GM81: Rapid (MCW’s Revenge) Reacts

Milwaukee Bucks 107 FinalRecap | Box Score 97 Philadelphia 76ers
Furkan Aldemir, PF 22 MIN | 1-2 FG | 0-0 FT | 5 REB | 3 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 2 PTS | -3 +/-I’ve been waiting to see what Furkan could do with extended minutes and I think I have my answer.

Robert Covington, SF 33 MIN | 6-13 FG | 12-13 FT | 7 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 4 BLK | 10 TO | 25 PTS | +2 +/-Yes Cov filled it up last night from a scoring standpoint, but 18 of his points came in the 1st half.  He also turned the ball over 10 times; shot 16% from deep and played zero defense in the 2nd half.

Jerami Grant, SF 28 MIN | 3-9 FG | 1-4 FT | 7 REB | 4 AST | 3 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 8 PTS | -7 +/-An off shooting night for Grant hurt his production.  Still, he was agressive on offense and I thought he was one of the few Sixers that actually played hard at the other end last night.

Ish Smith, PG 34 MIN | 2-7 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 9 AST | 3 STL | 0 BLK | 5 TO | 4 PTS | -8 +/-A horrific shooting night and 5 turnovers are not what I was looking from Smith last night, but he was simply out-classed by MCW all game.

Hollis Thompson, SG 36 MIN | 7-18 FG | 2-2 FT | 4 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 19 PTS | -17 +/-Despite shooting 30% from three, HT had a decent night scoring the ball.  Still I think it should be noted that 15 of his points came in the 1st half and Thompson was MIA in the 2nd half when the Sixers desperately needed some buckets.

 

 

Thomas Robinson, PF 21 MIN | 4-8 FG | 4-6 FT | 6 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 12 PTS | -6 +/-TRob’s 9 point outburst in the 3rd Q kept the 76ers within shouting distance of a Bucks team that coming out of half-time finally woke up and decided to ball.

Henry Sims, C 26 MIN | 3-13 FG | 4-5 FT | 6 REB | 2 AST | 2 STL | 1 BLK | 4 TO | 10 PTS | -7 +/-I love Sims, but last night he appeared to be in a “get mine” mode and hoisted up a number of ill-advised shots.  However, I loved the attitude he displayed in the 2nd half and that he didn’t back down when the Bucks came at the Sixers.

JaKarr Sampson, SG 21 MIN | 3-8 FG | 4-4 FT | 5 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 1 BLK | 2 TO | 10 PTS | -1 +/-The two SC worthy dunks Sampson had last night were amazing, but I also thought he played one of his best all-around games in some time.  Obviously 0-4 from three is not great.

Glenn Robinson III, SG 20 MIN | 3-3 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 7 PTS | -3 +/-A solid outing from GRIII included 5 points in the opening quarter.

Brett Brown
With 3 key guys out (Noel, JRich & Luc), I have to tip my cap to Brown and admire the fact that the Sixers did not lose by 25.

Six Things We Saw Last Night…

1)  The story of last night was obviously MCW’s return and that he torched the 76ers for 30 points (11-17 shooting; 813 on FTAs); 5 rebounds; 5 dimes and only 2 turnovers. MCW got to the tin whenever he wanted and basically controlled the game. To be honest I thought Carter-Williams looked very good last night and a little piece of me was happy that he had such a great night. Via ESPN.com — Over his last four games, Carter-Williams is averaging 22.8 points, 3.0 rebounds and 6.3 assist.

2)  “I was just trying to be aggressive, attack the open lanes,” Carter-Williams said. “I was able to hit some midrange shots and my teammates put me in the right positions.”

3)  MCW’s 30 points were a big part of the Bucks win last night, but I would argue that the Sixers’ 30 turnovers played a much bigger role. Covington led the way with 10 TOs, but Smith also coughed it up 5 times. The Bucks scored 47 points off those TOs. I’ve seen CYO teams take better care of the basketball.

4)  “They are a great defensive team,” JaKarr Sampson said.  “They defend the pick-and-roll really well. We have to give them credit. That is what caused a lot of turnovers.  They played great defense and we didn’t make smart decisions.”

5)  The 76ers caught the Bucks napping In the 1st half on what was the second game of a back-to-back set for MIL.  The 7-6 actually led this game by 6 points at the break.  Covington scored 18 points and the Sixers were white hot in the 1st half — shot 56.4% (22 for 39) from the field and 40% (6 for 15) from deep.  That all changed in the 2nd half when the Bucks started the 3rd Q with a 10-3 run and then turned up the intensity on defense (allowed on 39 points in 2nd half).

6)  Allen Iverson was among those in attendance last night and he had to thinking, “If I’m out there, the Sixers win this game.” Not sure he wouldn’t be correct…ICYMI: The Knicks (17 wins), Heat and Thunder all won last night.  While MIN (16 wins) and the Lakers (21 wins) lost…I liked the chippy edge this game took on in the 2nd half. In general I think the Sixers need a nastier attitude. While I like the way this team is developing, I’m tired of watching all these “nice guys” play hard, but with no edge at all.

 

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