OPSL GM 2: WYATT SHINES IN L

Posted by: Alex Gorge
07/08/13 8:22 pm EST

Three after three after three, the Indiana Pacers put on a shooting clinic Monday as the Sixers were stuck playing catch up and eventually fell 96-75 in Game 2 of the 2013 OPSL.

Following yesterday’s porous interior defense, coach Michael Curry decided to use a no hedging policy on pick and rolls to limit points in the paint.  Curry accomplished that goal but the only problem was the 76ers gave up 15 three’s in the process.

Second year forward Arnett Moultrie commented on the Pacers shooting, “They made a couple and then the rim just got bigger for them.”

The Sixers kept the game close in the first half on the shooting of un-drafted free agent Khalif Wyatt.  Wyatt kept the offense under control in the first half scoring 15 points off of 6-11 shooting.  Wyatt got whatever shot he wanted making two three’s, floaters and driving to the lane for lay ups in the first half.

“I’m having fun and just playing ball, before the game coach Curry told me to be in attack mode,” Moultrie continued.

Philadelphia went on a run to make it 43-47 at the break but after halftime the three point barrage continued.  Every time the Sixers generated any momentum it was answered by either Solomon Hill or Micah Downs draining a three.  Hill and Downs alone combined to shoot 8-9 from behind the arc.

First round pick Michael Carter-Williams gave a strong effort to try and rally the team in the second half, but had a pedestrian shooting day going 4-19 from the field.  The one bright spot for Carter-Williams was the stat of zero turnovers improving upon his nine giveaways from yesterday.

Coach Curry was pleased with MCW’s progress and said, “Michael not turning the ball over is definitely a good sign for us moving forward.”

Moultrie had a strong offensive game with 15 points, while shooting 5-12 from the field and grabbing 9 rebounds.  Other than Moultrie, Carter-Williams and Wyatt, the offense was very mundane.  The rest of the team scored a combined 22 points.

With most of the team playing very inefficiently on the offensive end it is a serious concern of where the points will come from going forward.  Wyatt finished the game 11-18 shooting with 25 points.  The rest of his teammates shot a combined 16-50.  Wyatt may not have envisioned having to bear this big of a load offensively coming into OPSL but he will surely embrace it similar to the way he did at Temple.  The only earmark to Wyatt’s game is his defensive capabilities.

Coach Curry added after the game, “He is being asked to defend more than he probably ever has before, but if he can defend he can stay on the court and continue to do some of the things he is great at on offense.”

Wyatt was only scheduled to play two games with Philadelphia then report to Dallas but decided to stay on for the rest of summer league adding, “I think I fit in well with this team and can help them so why not (stay in Orlando)?”

If Wyatt can continue to defend and play efficient offensively, then he will make a strong case for a roster spot with the 7-6 come fall.  Let’s not stop there though, if we are being honest as Sixers fans there really isn’t a reliable scoring option on the actual team.  Yes Carter-Williams can score if asked to do so but if he is the only option then teams will concentrate on limiting him.  Then who do you go to as a second option, Evan Turner? Be real.

Wyatt could be the Sixer equivalent of a rare hologram card nerds get when they buy the Pokemon packs.  They didn’t expect to get it but they will damn sure take it.  Wyatt may just be the hologram card of un-drafted free agents and be a valuable source of points for the Sixers come fall.

Game 3 of the OPSL for Philadelphia is Wednesday July 10th at 1 p.m. vs. Oklahoma City.

 

Alex Gorge is a scribe for Philadunkia and he will be Tweeting live from the OPSL all week.  You can follow him @apg3000

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11 Responses to “OPSL GM 2: WYATT SHINES IN L”

  1. Alex
    8. July 2013 at 21:02

    Lets see who is worth keeping. Time is on our side now. No more Bynum crap as he may have found two potential idiot front offices in Mavs and Cavs.

  2. MattSg
    8. July 2013 at 21:13

    Justin holiday was trash. Moultrie stats look much better than what really Went down . Arslan kazemi got 3 steals which is pretty cool . He hustles his ass off

  3. Jon
    8. July 2013 at 23:16

    Two summer league games isnt enough be judging any of the players on the players on their performances. Good or bad.

  4. Alex
    8. July 2013 at 23:44

    The problem with Kazemi is that he cannot shoot!! Otherwise he is a rebounding beast!!

  5. Alex Gorge
    8. July 2013 at 23:58

    Matt, your right about Kazemi he plays the game in a smart way. What he does doesnt necessarily show on the stat sheet.

  6. Alex
    9. July 2013 at 14:45

    Starting in up of
    MCW
    Turner
    Thad
    Hawes
    Noel
    Will most likely make playoff
    We need to suck!!! for Luck!!!

  7. NBA Genuine Draft
    9. July 2013 at 15:03

    MCW may not have had any turnovers in this game, but going 4 for 19 from the floor is as good as turning it over a bunch of times. I’m sure the Sixers didn’t rebound every one of his misses.

    I like Moultrie. I think he’s got a future if he puts on some weight and the Sixers are patient enough to let him develop.

    Not sure I like Curry fighting the prior night’s battle. If the Pacers are killing it from 3, at least make an adjustment and contest some shots.

  8. Glen Gonzales
    9. July 2013 at 17:17

    What made it worse for Syracuse was Khalif Wyatt and Anthony Lee draining a combined 26 free throws. Seemingly every time they stepped to the line they gave Temple critical points. Lee hit two with 11:32 left to give Temple a 57-55 lead. It continued to give the Owls a cushion over the Orange all game long.

  9. George
    10. July 2013 at 00:11

    I like Moultrie but he has hands of friigin stone, so many mishandles these first two games. When watching kazemi you can really tell how little the rest of our team blocks out/gets a body on a body. I’m not sure how the point guard situation is gonna go but I really think we are strapped for shooters

  10. Buddy
    10. July 2013 at 14:34

    He’s a diamond in the rough

  11. travel charger
    12. July 2013 at 23:28

    travel charger…

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