Rapid Reacts: Injuries & Poor Shooting

Chicago Bulls 111 FinalRecap | Box Score 88 Philadelphia 76ers
Richaun Holmes, PF 28 MIN | 4-9 FG | 0-3 3FG | 3-5 FT | 3 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 2 BLK | 1 TO | 11 PTS | +5 +/-Another rookie enters the first-five for the 76ers and posts a respectable performance. With his hops and quick second jump, I’d like to have seen Holmes grab a few more boards, but his energy and hustle are amazing. He is falling in love with his jumper a little too much for my tastes.

Jerami Grant, SF 29 MIN | 4-12 FG | 0-2 3FG | 3-4 FT | 3 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 3 BLK | 1 TO | 11 PTS | -26 +/-Grant was very aggresssive going to the rack last night and I hope he continues to play that way this season. Grant scored 6 points in the 1st Q and I thought he was headed for a big night, but like a number of the Sixers, he went ice cold.

Jahlil Okafor, C 31 MIN | 9-25 FG | 0-0 3FG | 3-8 FT | 15 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 2 BLK | 1 TO | 21 PTS | -22 +/-

A 2-10 start to the game di not prevent Jah for putting up a monster night (7-14 in 2nd half). Honestly, Jah got some great looks at the hoop because of his low post moves, he just couldn’t get the ball to roll in. There was a stretch in the 1st Q were on 3 consecutive trips Jah could not get lay-ins to fall. His 8 defensive rebounds in Noel’s absence were huge.

T.J. McConnell, PG 29 MIN | 3-8 FG | 0-2 3FG | 0-0 FT | 5 REB | 8 AST | 0 STL | 2 BLK | 2 TO | 6 PTS | -18 +/-

I know that TJ’s job in this lineup is to find open shooters and not turn the ball over, but with the Noel and Cov out last night, I’d like to have seen TJ look to score a bit more in the 1st half. Still an 8/2 assist to turnover ration is amazing and if Stauskas could shoot at all last night, TJ has double digit assists.  I thought he battled former MVP Derrick Rose to a draw last night.

Nik Stauskas, SG 33 MIN | 2-13 FG | 1-7 3FG | 0-0 FT | 5 REB | 2 AST | 3 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 5 PTS | -23 +/-Stauskas was 1-7 from deep last night and miss fired on a host of wide open looks. He is now hit 9 for 37 on 3-balls acorss his last 4 games. “Jesus,” Stauskas commeneted post game when informed of his recent shooting stats. My thoughts on his struggles during the game last night were significantly more volatile.



Christian Wood, PF 22 MIN | 4-10 FG | 0-1 3FG | 1-2 FT | 8 REB | 0 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 9 PTS | -9 +/-Outside of an 0-4 stretch in the 3rd Q, I thought Wood played a solid game. His length and quickness was a factor on the boards last night.

Phil Pressey, PG 13 MIN | 4-6 FG | 2-2 3FG | 1-2 FT | 0 REB | 5 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 11 PTS | +4 +/-Pressey is quickly becoming this season’s Ish Smith, so unfortunately I doubt Hinkie will bother to keep him around.

Isaiah Canaan, PG 21 MIN | 1-5 FG | 1-3 3FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 3 PTS | -9 +/-This was the first game since his move to coming off the bench at the SG spot in which Canaan has struggled with his stroke. Last night the Bulls defense forced Canaan into several ill advised shots so that did not help. However I also thought Canaan failed to make the extra pass that would have led to easier looks on several possessions last night

JaKarr Sampson, SG 13 MIN | 2-4 FG | 0-1 3FG | 2-2 FT | 7 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 6 PTS | -18 +/-It’s been a rough start to the season for Sampson who appears to be having trouble finding his role on this team. He bricked a jumper and turned the ball over in his first two touches during the 1st Q and that won’t help matters.

Hollis Thompson, SG 21 MIN | 2-8 FG | 1-4 3FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 5 PTS | +1 +/-How bad must Jordan McRae have looked in training camp that he couldn’t beat out Hollis for a roster spot?

Brett Brown
With this suspect roster and now major injury issues to his projected starters, I give coach Brown the A+ just for showing up and coaching his ass off last night vs. the heavily favored Bulls.

Six Things We Saw Last Night…

1)  Without Cov and Noel last night you knew buckets would be hard to come by for the 7-6, but at times the Sixers’ shooting was simply brutal to watch.  Brown’s troops shot just 35 for 100, including 5 for 25 from three-point range.  They were several stretched were the Sixers went scoreless for 2+ minutes.  Especially brutal was a six-minute stretch in the mid-3rd Q where Sixers missed 11 straight shots.  Wood was 0-4 during that stanza of the game.

2)  After a decent start to this game, Brown & Co. hit a rough patch in the mid-1st Q and the Bulls took full advantage of it.  Starting at the 5:28 mark of the 1st Q, Chicago posted a 15-2 run pushed the lead out to 15 in the 1st Q.  The Sixers could not buy a basket duirng this Bulls run.

3)  The Sixers showed some heart, battled back in the 2nd Q and actually took the lead with just under 6 mins remaining in the half. Rookie Holmes (4 pts) and Wood (6 pts) led the way during this stretch.  The run for the Sixers happened despite Stauskas shooting 1-5 during this stretch.

4)  However a 12-4 Bulls run leading into the half put Chicago up 52-43 and the Bulls never looked back…Which means the 76ers have now lost 17 straight games dating to March 27, 2015.

5)  “The reality of it is we’ve had a lot of practice at [losing] the last couple of years,” Brown said. “So, I think when you anticipate possibilities that we’re going through, we have a thing we call a premortem. If we’re going to die, how’s it going to be? We talk freely about it and what comes up in times like these is stay together and be clear about our purpose and the compass for this year’s team. It’s always the same old, same old. We want to help them get better and to the next level.”

6)  In a post late last month I noted that the 76ers were facing long road during the first month of the 2015-16 season and asked for patience from Philadunkia nation.  In another post last month I also predicted that the Sixers would start the season off with a 2-16 record. Well, they now stand 0-7 and with a merciless schedule over the next week — against Toronto, at OKC and San Antonio, then against Dallas, things won’t get an easier.  Unfortunately it looks like my prediction is well on its way to coimg true.


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