|Nerlens Noel, PF 35 MIN | 7-11 FG | 0-0 FT | 10 REB | 2 AST | 1 STL | 3 BLK | 0 TO | 14 PTS | -4This was an encouraging performance from the hi-top fade after an underwhelming NBA debut. Noel looked more comfortable on offense and was an absolute menace on defense. He put it all together for what will be his first of many double-doubles.|
|Chris Johnson, SF 29 MIN | 1-11 FG | 1-2 FT | 8 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 1 TO | 4 PTS | -1The Chris Johnson experience has been a rocky one so far. He crashed the boards well and, well, that’s about it. Despite a strong effort, he continues to look lost on defensive and uncomfortable shooting the ball. If he can’t put it together soon, his days in Philadelphia may be numbered.|
|Tony Wroten, SG 35 MIN | 4-11 FG | 6-11 FT | 3 REB | 6 AST | 3 STL | 0 BLK | 8 TO | 14 PTS | -6This was the epitome of a Tony Wroten game. For every flashy assist or electrifying attack at the basket, an errant pass or blown defensive rotation quickly followed. He showed that he can limit the turnovers and bad decisions in the season opener against Indiana though, and perhaps we’ll see more games like that, than like what we saw tonight.|
|Hollis Thompson, SG 35 MIN | 6-19 FG | 1-1 FT | 3 REB | 2 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 15 PTS | -4Hollis “Future MVP” Thompson shot poorly, but helped open up the Sixers’ offense with some great ball movement, and gave his typically awesome defensive effort. He looked a lot more aggressive as well, which was encouraging after a mostly passive offensive performance on Wednesday.|
|K.J. McDaniels, SG 14 MIN | 5-7 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 12 PTS | -10McDaniels showed he can do a lot more than just block shots, draining a couple 3s as well as attacking the rim with reckless abandon in limited playing time. If you’re confused as to why he only got 14 minutes while Chris Johnson played 29, don’t worry, so are we.|
By the Numbers
8:21 – Philadelphia failed to record a single point in the final 8:21 of the game. The wins will be few and far between unless the team can find a go-to scorer to lean on in crunch time.
Quote of the Game
“This guy’s got a full-grown mustache. What is he, a Ninja Turtle? A superhero? Come on, man.” – Malik Rose, Halloween Costume Expert Critic
Tweet of the Game
Tony Wroten missed a three, Henry Sims missed a rebound and put-back, and Nerlens Noel missed a follow dunk. Same play. But it looked nice
— John Gonzalez (@gonzoCSN) November 1, 2014
This is what the entire 2014-15 76ers season will be in a nutshell.
Philadelphia’s defense showed its versatility, switching on basically every pick-and-roll Milwaukee threw its way. This was a change of pace from the typical “pack-the-paint” style of defense that the Sixers usually employ, and at times it suffocated Milwaukee’s offense. It’ll be interesting to see whether this was just a one-time experiment or if Brett Brown uses this strategy more often in the future.