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Jan 09 2015

Do You Believe in Unlikelihoods? The Sixers Win in Brooklyn

Philadelphia 76ers 90 Final

Recap | Box Score

88 Brooklyn Nets
Robert Covington, SF 40 MIN | 8-12 FG | 1-2 FT | 7 REB | 1 AST | 6 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 20 PTS | +10What a game. SIX STEALS?! 50% from deep? Big Shot Bob was a two-way threat all game, and the Sixers absolutely would not have won without him. No body wanted this guy. I bet they feel pretty stupid about that now.

Nerlens Noel, C 32 MIN | 6-10 FG | 0-0 FT | 5 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 2 BLK | 1 TO | 12 PTS | +6Noel has really begun to put it together the past couple games. He’s making some more shots, he’s going up stronger, and he’s been a blast to watch develop. Also, GAME WINNING DUNK. The only thing deflating this grade was his embarrassing missed dunk in the second quarter.

Michael Carter-Williams, PG 31 MIN | 2-9 FG | 3-6 FT | 7 REB | 8 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 4 TO | 8 PTS | -2Another hyper inefficient near triple double from our point guard. He had a great assist to Noel on the game winner, but man oh man, those hero ball possession near the end of the game are just difficult to watch.

Furkan Aldemir, PF 7 MIN | 0-1 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 0 PTS | -3Yikes. You have to work pretty hard to get 5 fouls in 7 minutes. The dude is hustling, but he just seems a step too slow. I have faith, but he’s got ways to go.

Brett Brown
The Sixers aren’t a very good team. Brett Brown has them playing hard every night and has them staying competitive WAY more often than most of us thought they would. It will be hard to really judge him until there is more talent in his cupboard, but so far, so good.

By the Numbers

68.75% – Making 11 of their 16 attempts in the 4th quarter, the Sixers shot just a hair under 70% in the final frame. That’s a pretty good way to mount a comeback.

Tweet of the Game

Still can’t really believe that every team in the NBA decided that Covington wasn’t good enough…

Parting Shots
It wasn’t always the prettiest thing in the world, but the Sixers pulled this one out for their first win ever in Brooklyn. They have a mediocre Indiana team at home tomorrow night. Another winning streak? It is certainly possible.

  • robbybonfire23

    MCW, with single-digit shots from the floor, is why we won this game, with credit to others, too, of course. Just saying, MCW takes his usual 18-20 shots from the floor in this game – we lose. I like winning, tanking or not, I appreciate this successful team effort.

    • Allan Perez

      I was thinking the same thing, MCW should be taking between 8-10 shots a game , focus on setting up his offensely challenged teammates for better shots, getting boards and playing d…if he’s gonna make it in this league it’s not gonna be playing hero ball on a bad team

      • robbybonfire23

        We agree Allan. Safe to say that discipline and “playing within yourself,” as it applies to all players, is a key to winning these games.

  • KevinB76

    Absolutely NOTHING made me happier today than seeing my man Michael Carter-Williams drive the lane, fake out Mason Plumlee, dish out the ball to Nerlens, and watch him throw it down for the game winner. I understand we are in tank mode but I get so hype when you see a play like this between these two players, the future of this franchise! Great win, I knew they would step up! Nerlens has been playing some very solid basketball as of late, and that is something I can get used to

    • robbybonfire23

      You see the game Plumlee had? You see the consistently monster games Plumlee has been having, lately?

  • robbybonfire23

    As for NN, nice end of game dunk, just as nice the all-around offensive contribution of 12 total points scored on just four missed shots from the floor. THIS, is what I would like to see more of.

    • Joe

      Very decent game by Noel. Also great work by the Sixers out of the inbounds play the end to force the ball into Brook Lopez’s hands for the potential gamewinner – there’s no one you’d rather take that shot than a man who’s never made a 3 in the NBA. Doesn’t show up in the stat sheet, but nice work.

  • Tmandolfan

    I don’t spend much time thinking about what I’d do with a superpower, ie being able to fly, being invisible, etc But that being said, I wouldn’t mind doing a little time traveling. Specifically I’d go back to March 19th of last year and Madison Square Garden. I’d congratulate the Knicks franchise and their fans on the hiring of Phil Jackson and then I’d tell them that 10 months later “you’ll be buried in last place and trailing the Sixers by three games in the standings”. The looks of their faces would be something to see don’t ya think?