|Nerlens Noel, PF 25 MIN | 1-4 FG | 0-0 FT | 5 REB | 3 AST | 1 STL | 1 BLK | 3 TO | 2 PTS | -19Nerlens came down to earth after his strong performance in Milwaukee. He struggled to find any offensive rhythm against what is a particularly weak Miami interior defense, and his post moves continue to look awkward.|
|Tony Wroten, SG 33 MIN | 6-11 FG | 8-11 FT | 3 REB | 10 AST | 1 STL | 1 BLK | 4 TO | 21 PTS | -11Performances like this are actually frustrating because it reminds you that buried deep beneath all the wretched shooting and bad decisions, there is some real basketball talent.This is Wroten’s second solid performance this season, so maybe it’s the start of him turning over a new leaf.|
|Malcolm Thomas, PF 19 MIN | 4-4 FG | 0-0 FT | 9 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 8 PTS | -6This guy might be worth keeping an eye on. He can’t shoot a lick (like every other Sixer), but he once again showed that he can be a hard worker on the boards as well as a smart and willing defender. If he can keep this up, he might be able to earn himself some more minutes in Philadelphia’s thin frontcourt rotation.|
|Brandon Davies, PF 24 MIN | 7-9 FG | 3-4 FT | 3 REB | 0 AST | 3 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 18 PTS | -1This is a performance that you’ll tell your grandchildren about one day. Davies was a God amongst mere mortals, and nobody saw it coming. In fact, the aftershock created by his lone 3-pointer was so deafening that it wiped Alexey Shved’s facial hair clean off his face. Get ready world, this may be only the beginning of the Brandon Davies era.|
|Alexey Shved, PG 15 MIN | 1-4 FG | 3-3 FT | 1 REB | 6 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 6 PTS | -7#PointAlexey was in full effect for a good stretch in the first half, but his inability to score once again limited Shved’s playing time. If he can’t become a consistently effective scorer before Michael Carter-Williams returns from injury, Shved might be seeing a lot of the pine this season.|
By the Numbers
38 – Philadelphia has scored just 38 fourth-quarter points through its first three games. That’s really bad.
Quote of the Game
“48 minutes is a very long game for the group we have.” – Brett Brown.
Tweet of the Game
This Alexey Shved to Brandon Davies combination is simply unguardable.
— Derek Bodner (@DerekBodnerNBA) November 1, 2014
BELIEVE THE HYPE.
This team’s inexperience is really starting to show as Philadelphia doesn’t have a scorer to lean on in the fourth quarter. Despite how frustrating veterans such as Evan Turner or Spencer Hawes used to be at times, they could still be depended on in crunch time. The eventual return of Michael Carter-Williams should help, but this season could get ugly fast if the Sixers don’t address this problem soon.