|Nerlens Noel, PF 39 MIN | 6-11 FG | 5-10 FT | 12 REB | 2 AST | 1 STL | 1 BLK | 2 TO | 17 PTS | -12Nerlens played what was easily the best game of his young career. He made a point to attack New York’s feeble front line, and it paid off with 10 free throw attempts as well as a couple chances to show off some nifty post moves. This was exactly the kind of game that Nerlens needed after a few consecutive rough offensive performances.|
|Michael Carter-Williams, PG 29 MIN | 4-13 FG | 1-2 FT | 4 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 4 TO | 9 PTS | -6It was a tough night for Philadelphia’s backcourt, and MCW may have been the worst of the bunch. He looked visibly frustrated after throwing a few nice passes that led to missed shots by his teammates early in the first quarter, and that frustration seemed to stick with him through the entire game. He also shot the ball poorly in addition to making a lot of sloppy reads, and it makes you wonder whether he’s just getting his footing back or if he simply didn’t watch enough Ellen this week.|
|Robert Covington, SF 14 MIN | 4-6 FG | 2-2 FT | 4 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 14 PTS | +12Robert Covington’s tenure in Philadelphia had been a bit disappointing up until the fourth quarter tonight, where he hit four 3-pointers and almost single-handedly kept the Sixers in the game. Hopefully this was a sign of things to come rather than just a flukey performance for Covington, because Philadelphia needs any shooting that it can get at the moment.|
|Drew Gordon, C 3 MIN | 0-0 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 0 PTS | 0You may not have noticed that Drew Gordon played in this game tonight, and that’s fine. He was able to notch an infamous 0-0-0-0-0 line in about three minutes of playing time. Why is he taking up a roster spot again?|
|Alexey Shved, PG 8 MIN | 1-7 FG | 1-2 FT | 0 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 3 PTS | -4Alexey got nearly a full eight-minute stretch as the lead ball handler at the end of the first half, and once again squandered his opportunity to impress. He’s starting to look a lot like the player he was in Minnesota, who would hopelessly chuck shots in an attempt to make the most out of his limited playing time. The dream might be over with Shved in Philadelphia.|
By the Numbers
0.72 – The Sixers had an assist/turnover ratio of 0.72, recording 18 turnovers and 13 assists. That is the opposite of good.
Quote of the Game
At one point during the first quarter, the on-court cameras caught Henry Sims loudly screaming “FUCK” after picking up a foul. We agree, Henry.
Tweet of the Game
Wait, Brett Brown isn’t bald yet?
— David Vertsberger (@_Verts) November 23, 2014
It’s only a matter of time…
The argument for “veteran presence” is about as trite as it gets at this point, but the utter lack of experience on this Sixers squad seems to only be digging them into deeper holes. The mistakes made tonight were about as careless as they were frequent, and many of the role players look to have either hit a wall in their progression or are Luc Richard Mbah a Moute. Rumors swirled yesterday that Andre Kirilenko might be making his way to Philly in a trade that would be a salary dump for the Nets, and it is unlikely that Hinkie will keep the 6-9 Russian around if the deal strikes. But even though Kirilenko is 33 and well past his prime, I’d want him to stick around for a while and work as a guy who, oh I don’t know, knows how to pick up simple on simple instructions, and how to play basketball. These games are only getting harder to watch, and anybody resembling Kirilenko, who was an absolute joy in his prime, could add some much-needed flair to this putrid Philadelphia bench.