|Nerlens Noel, C 37 MIN | 5-12 FG | 0-0 FT | 11 REB | 1 AST | 6 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 10 PTS | -9 +/-Not a great offensive outing for Noel, but that can be expected when facing the Favors-Gobert frontline. The high-top fade filled the numbers elsewhere however, snatching up six errant Utah passes while registering his fourth double-double over his last five games.|
|Jason Richardson, SG 27 MIN | 0-10 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 0 PTS | -19 +/-Ouch. As delightfully adequate as J-Rich has been since the return from his two-year hiatus, this was the first night where he really showed his age. He was never able to find his shooting touch and looked visibly frustrated throughout the entire game, however his presence on the floor still provided a nice amount of space for the Sixers to work with inside.|
|Thomas Robinson, PF 15 MIN | 5-8 FG | 1-2 FT | 12 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 11 PTS | 0 +/-A super-efficient performance by T-Rob in just a 15-minute run. Some may argue that Coach Brown should be handing him more minutes on nights like tonight, but this may be the best-suited role for Robinson while he crafts his game.|
|Ish Smith, PG 23 MIN | 6-13 FG | 2-2 FT | 1 REB | 7 AST | 1 STL | 1 BLK | 1 TO | 14 PTS | +3 +/-This is basketball in the year 2015. Ish came out the gates scorching, hitting his first four shots, and looked surprisingly competent operating in the pick-and-roll. He probably won’t be on this team in four months time, but he’s the closest thing we’ve got to Tony Wroten right now so let’s enjoy him while we can.|
|Henry Sims, C DNP COACH’S DECISION MIN | FG | FT | REB | AST | STL | BLK | TO | PTS | +/-This was the second DNP-CD Sims has registered over the last four games. The Jazz trot out several smallball lineups that make the Sims-Noel pairing an awkward matchup, but when Furkan Aldemir is clocking 11 minutes while Sims can’t get off the pine, that’s not a great look for our buddy Hank.|
By the Numbers
7 – The Sixers were seven-point underdogs going into tonight’s game, and didn’t look as if they were going to cover until a last second full-court heave by Isaiah Canaan shrunk Utah’s victory to just six points. This is why you don’t gamble on sports, kids.
Tweet of the Game
Reminder: the 2015-16 NBA season starts in just under eight months from now.
We’ll just leave this here. https://t.co/92yenceeWO
— Philadelphia 76ers (@Sixers) March 6, 2015
- Rudy Gobert may be the league’s very best rim protector this season, but that didn’t stop Isaiah Canaan and Ish Smith — practically midgets in comparison — from each netting some crafty shots at the rim against the Stifle Tower.
- This was a battle between the league’s two youngest teams tonight, and boy, did it sure look like it. Neither team shot above 38 percent from the field, while combining for 33 turnovers and shooting 66.1 percent from the charity stripe. Rebuilding can be painful sometimes.
- Speaking of painful: Jerami Grant left the game in the second half due to back spasms, possibly related to the back contusion he suffered in Orlando a couple weeks back. Hopefully he’ll be ready in time to suit up for tomorrow’s game against Atlanta.
- Speaking of Atlanta: if you opted to watch this game over a potential Eastern Conference Finals preview in Cleveland-Atlanta tonight, you must really enjoy watching crappy basketball.
- Speaking of crappy basketball: I really miss Tony Wroten. There, I said it.