Rapid Reacts: Turnovers & Dirk’s Dagger

Dallas Mavericks 92 FinalRecap | Box Score 86 Philadelphia 76ers
Nerlens Noel, PF 38 MIN | 5-12 FG | 0-0 3FG | 2-4 FT | 12 REB | 1 AST | 2 STL | 1 BLK | 5 TO | 12 PTS | -4 +/-A very nice double-double by #4 was tainted by the turnovers Noel was responsible for at the worst times. Additionally, he scored only 2 points in the back-and-forth 4th quarter when the Sixers needed him most. As the leader of this team he has to produce in the clutch.

Jerami Grant, SF 29 MIN | 5-10 FG | 0-1 3FG | 3-5 FT | 3 REB | 0 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 13 PTS | -21 +/-I thought Grant had an very nice game last night. He was extremely aggressive on offense. His hustle and energy was at a high level. Grant also scored 4 big 4th Q points. His cold shooting in the early 3rd Q was a factor in this game and that’s the lone knock on his play lst night.

Jahlil Okafor, C 33 MIN | 8-15 FG | 0-0 3FG | 3-3 FT | 11 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 2 BLK | 4 TO | 19 PTS | -13 +/-I understand how inefficient the 7-6’s offense can be when Jah is in the game and I just don’t care. When the Sixers find a REAL perimeter knock down shooter to compliment his inside game, this offense will be difficult to defend.

T.J. McConnell, PG 34 MIN | 6-9 FG | 1-3 3FG | 0-0 FT | 7 REB | 6 AST | 2 STL | 1 BLK | 4 TO | 13 PTS | +5 +/-After two straight sub-par efforts (by his own high standards), TJ scored a career high 13 points and was a big help on the glass as well. I loved that he was jawing at Dirk for the acting job the Geramn legend did during a very questionable foul call in the late 4th Q.

Nik Stauskas, SG 16 MIN | 0-4 FG | 0-2 3FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 0 PTS | -14 +/-I have no words for how disappointed I am in Suace Castillo’s shooting so far this season. Hopefully last night is the rock bottom moment.



Robert Covington, SF 20 MIN | 2-8 FG | 0-4 3FG | 3-4 FT | 5 REB | 2 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 4 TO | 7 PTS | +9 +/-Cov was cleared to play last night very close to game time, so we will chalk up his poor shooting night on rust. But either he of Stauskas needs to get it going quickly from deep if this team is going to compete on a nightly basis.

Isaiah Canaan, PG 25 MIN | 1-9 FG | 1-8 3FG | 0-1 FT | 1 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 3 PTS | -1 +/-He can shoot you out of a game in the blink of an eye and last night his ill advised shots killed the Sixers.

JaKarr Sampson, SG 15 MIN | 3-3 FG | 0-0 3FG | 1-2 FT | 2 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 7 PTS | +3 +/-Sampson didn’t have a huge stat night but his was the lone Sixer who showed any life in the 1st Q and that allowed the Sixers to keep this game respectable until the rest of the team woke up.

Hollis Thompson, SG 29 MIN | 4-6 FG | 3-4 3FG | 1-1 FT | 3 REB | 2 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 12 PTS | +6 +/-I am admittedly a Thompson hater, but even I cannot deny that played solid last night. He splashed home two key 3-balls during the Sixers 2nd Q run and looked like a real NBA player.  Now let’s seehim do that two games in a row.

Brett Brown
After a day off, the Sixers were not ready to play last night and some of that blame has to be placed on the head coach. Still he kept this depleted group focused, they fought hard, put together a rally and produced a very entertaining game

Six Things We SawLast Night…

1)  Eight 1st Q turnovers and 15 total points in the stanza produced an awful start to this contest for the Sixers. They coughed up 27 turnovers for the game…Noel led the way with 5 TOs, but 3 other players had 4 TOs each. “You’re not going to win any basketball games with 27 turnovers,” Brown said.

2)  I know that future HOF Dirk Nowitzki appears to always have big games against a great number of NBA teams, but IMO he has a special habit of slaying the Sixers. He scored 21 points, including seven during a clutch stretch late in the 4th Q. His dagger 3-pointer capped a 9-2 Mavs run that put Dallas ahead 90-84 with 1:47 left. GAME OVER. In his last 4 games against the Sixers, Dirk is averaging 22 ppg. and seems to hit the big shots every time.

3)  The 76ers were down by as many as 19 points in the second quarter and this game looked like it was headed for snooze territory before the Sixers got it in gear and put on a rally. A 17-0 run in the late 2nd Q got the sparse crowd on its feet and helped the Sixers go into the locker room down just five at 49-44. 5 different 76ers scored during this stretch.

4)  To be honest, the Sixers let this one slip through their fingers. After the huge rally, the Sixers hing close in the 2nd half and thanks to a 6-1 push in the mid-4th Q they actually took the lead at 78-77. They also held an 82-81 lead and had the ball with 3 mins. left, but a Grant turnover killed that possession. Dirk scored the next 9 points for Dallas and that was all she wrote for the Sixers.

5)  The Sixers got physical with the Mavs last night and it showed in the stat line. The Sixers scored 48 PIP; posted a +7 in the rebounding column and committed 29 PFs thus sending Dallas to the FT line time and time again last night (30 FTAs).

6)  Based on the following quote were not sure Mavs head coach Rick Carlisle is a big fan of the style of play the Sixers brought to the floor last night…”They’re playing on a go-hard basis,” he said. “If guys aren’t playing hard, they sit down. They have young, motivated guys on small contracts. . They try to rat up the game and try to get you to retaliate. Our guys did a great job with their composure in the second half.”


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