Dec 12 2014

Covington Makes Shots, Sixers Still Lose

Philadelphia 76ers 70 Final
Recap | Box Score
88 Brooklyn Nets
Nerlens Noel, PF 21 MIN | 0-8 FG | 0-0 FT | 6 REB | 0 AST | 1 STL | 1 BLK | 5 TO | 0 PTS | -4I don’t know what to say. It was truly a bad outing. timid, out of position, indecisive, and ineffective. Mix in a little foul trouble and some calluses and you get yourself a disastrous night. The future is bright, but tonight was dark.

Robert Covington, SF 30 MIN | 6-10 FG | 2-2 FT | 6 REB | 2 AST | 3 STL | 1 BLK | 3 TO | 20 PTS | -2BIG SHOT BOB. Welcome to the starting lineup Mr. Covington. Responsible for 28.5% of the Sixers’ total point output, Covington added some spacing and shot making. Keep it up.

Michael Carter-Williams, PG 38 MIN | 5-12 FG | 2-6 FT | 6 REB | 9 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 4 TO | 14 PTS | -1Until he started forcing things late, this was ideal MCW (as long as you ignore the 2/6 from the line). He facilitated, made some shots, and there were far fewer positions of hero ball. It’s when he is expected to carry the entire load that his game suffers. This MCW can be the point guard on a good team.

Henry Sims, C 24 MIN | 6-8 FG | 2-2 FT | 4 REB | 0 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 14 PTS | -11To put it bluntly, the only player on the Sixers bench tonight that looked like he belonged in the NBA.

K.J. McDaniels, SG 19 MIN | 0-1 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 0 AST | 1 STL | 1 BLK | 3 TO | 0 PTS | -16Until writing this report, I forgot that K.J. McDaniels had played tonight. With only one shot attempt and two rebounds in 19 minutes of action, McDaniels was totally anonymous. Let’s hope he can get back to his highlight ways against Memphis.

By the Numbers:

25: The amount of points the Sixers scored in the second half. They were up by one at half, but you ain’t going to hold onto too many leads scoring only 25 points in 24 minutes.

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Parting Shots:

This was a winnable game, but, man, it sure looked like they didn’t want to win it. No more than three Sixers played a passable game and Noel looked like┬áthe rookie that he is. Sadly, with their next game against Memphis tomorrow, I don’t predict that he or the team will fare much better then.

  • robbybonfire23

    I wonder how we would be doing now if we still had Holiday, Vucevik, Speights, who is lights out on the west coast this season, and Harkless, and if we had drafted Exum, instead of the Embiid promissory note, and not traded Payton after drafting him? That is not a bad nucleus, at all. Oh yes, some guy named Korver, what the hell was that garage sale all about? And I am not including Iguo and Louie Williams who could have stayed on here and continued to contribute, for awhile, along with resigningThad Young, if we were not going to procure Bennett in that big deal for two other teams, and throwaway deal for us.

    The question really is, are Noel now, and Embiid a year from now worth the humiliation and the degradation in perpetuity, it seems? And if the NBA would adopt a rule whereby draft picks may not be traded until these rookies have been with the drafting team for a minimum of one year – that might force Mr. Hinkie to roll up his sleeves and show the world that he can do something besides design the worst professional basketball team on the planet.

    All we do is throw away in-house talent for a bunch of convoluted reasons – contract considerations, tanking for draft day, and most of all, to feed the masochistic strain that has permeated this franchise since no further back than 1963.

    Does Mr. Hinkie drive a Pinto, live on spam and hash and Twinkies and Big Gulps, and live in a trailer trash park? Because that is the mentality he exudes in his professional capacity.

    • Evan

      I know we have had this conversation before, but you have to distinguish Hinkie’s plan and Billy King’s idiocy. Vucevic, Korver, and Speights were not let go by Hinkie, in fact, I think he would have loved two of them considering they had small contracts and are young. And what has payton shown so far with this 38% shooting and an assist to turnover ratio only slightly better than MCW’s in very limited minutes? HInkie’s plan may very well blow up and not work completely, but a team with Holiday, Iguodala (who has been terrible recently), Thad young (a good role player), and Elfrid Payton sounds pretty awful to me. That’s the best that Hinkie could have right now along with whoever we drafted at 11 instead of MCW.

      • robbybonfire23

        Sorry to be late with this response, I keep getting knocked off from internet access by some problem called “No HDMI signal,” and nobody and no company can help me with the problem, or so it seems. The latest down time was 24+ hours. Quite frustrating….

        Yes, I should always acknowledge that some of these former local players I mention were jettisoned prior to Hinkie’s arrival here.

        Payton is an interesting case in that he got off to a really good start, and now is stuggling with the reduced minutes playing time he is getting. He is he lesser-efficient because of his reduced role, now, or vice-versa? That I cannot say.

        I think the Saric signing bothers me as much as anything, coming on the heels of his long-term commitment overseas. Plus, let’s be honest here, Noel has a “journeyman” label written all over his future, until he snaps some bone and his career is prematurely ended. Holiday was too much of a price to pay for the risk attached to Noel’s entire bag of land mines.

        On the positive side, my numbers tell me MCW is a net asset, even with his FG shooting percentage deficiencies. That is encouraging, and MCW revs up to “All-World,” if he could somehow get up to a steady 45 per cent efficiency level from the floor. Stay tuned….

    • sixers

      You can’t blame Hinkie for decisions made by previous management groups. The Bynum trade happened before he was hired. And it’s not Noel and Embiid, its Noel, Embiid, Saric, a presumably top 5 pick this year, the Heats 1st this year, our 2017 first back, Kj McDaniels, etc. He inherited a team destined for mediocrity and has developed a very nice looking young nucleus. No one in that group of players you listed even comes close to the superstar potential Embiid has. That potential alone is worth it in my opinion.

      Hinkie hasn’t thrown talent away. We got great value for Jrue. Thad was not going to resign, and we still got a 1st for him. Who did we throw away – Evan Turner? Spencer Hawes? We were an average at best team with a low ceiling when Hinkie got here. He determined that in order to get to championship level, we had to blow it up, as the best way to get young assets is through high picks in the draft. I agree with him.

      • robbybonfire23

        We agree upon Embiid – brilliant future, IF he can hold together physically.

        We are going to disagree re acquiring Noel. With Embiid coming into our house, probably next fall, Noel will be an afterthought, and maybe even relegated to being a bench-warmer. Embiid will completely vaporize Noel’
        s presence on the floor. I see Noel as trade bait, accordingly.

        Another real concern is KJ. He just ain’t cuttin’ it, so far. Not doing nearly enough with or away from the ball. People rave about him, I have to wonder, besides blocking a few shots, the least valuable floor game contribution a player can make, what else has he shown so far? Really long-term project he is, at this point, if he ever comes around.

        Your points re dispatching Turner and Hawes, and the necessity of dispatching Young, are valid. I just think a really capable franchise can build a solid championship contender without tanking.

        And let’s face it, the playoffs in all sports are a crap shoot and a joke – RARELY does the best team in any of the major sports win it all now, with four levels of playoffs to go through. There is no guarantee that even if this franchise ascends to the top of the ladder over 82 games, it will hold it together over four more rounds. This is the fallacy of the tanking philosophy – regular season dominance never counted for less, in sports, than it does now.