Apr 09 2015

Sixers Blitzed By Wiz, Noel Sprains Ankle

Washington Wizards 119 Final
Recap | Box Score
90 Philadelphia 76ers
Robert Covington, SF 24 MIN | 8-11 FG | 7-8 FT | 3 REB | 1 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 27 PTS | -12 +/-Covington’s offense was the only thing keeping Philadelphia in the game for the first three quarters. Just look at that shooting percentage …

Jerami Grant, SF 27 MIN | 1-9 FG | 4-6 FT | 2 REB | 0 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 6 PTS | -16 +/-Grant had a vicious dunk after Noel picked a pass and hit him with a beautiful feed in transition. Other than that? 0-8 from the field in a relatively apathetic performance overall.

Thomas Robinson, PF 22 MIN | 5-12 FG | 1-2 FT | 12 REB | 2 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 11 PTS | -7 +/-Always reliable to rebound at a high clip, Robinson pulled down 12 boards and added 11 points in just 22 minutes. His energy was palpable on the court and he didn’t fare quite as badly as the other bigs on defense. (which doesn’t say much.)

JaKarr Sampson, SG 23 MIN | 0-7 FG | 2-2 FT | 0 REB | 3 AST | 2 STL | 1 BLK | 0 TO | 2 PTS | -17 +/-How many Sixers can shoot 7+ or more field goals and make less than 2 of them in a game? Apparently a lot. JaKarr Sampson was one that did a whole lot of missing. And no making.

Jason Richardson, SG 21 MIN | 6-7 FG | 1-1 FT | 1 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 17 PTS | -13 +/-Richardson threw it back to the old days, burying four of five 3-pointers. It really seemed as if he and Covington scored every other Sixer basket.

By the Numbers: 34.8. That’s the 76ers field goal percentage on the night. They had players that shot 1-9, 1-9, 2-8, 3-10, 0-7, 0-3, and 2-7.

Noel update: Nerlens turned his right ankle and had to leave the game. Reports are that it’s a sprain, but it may force him out of the final three games.

Tweet of the Night:

Parting Shots: It’s been a long season and it looks like the Sixers are ready for it to end. They’ve lost seven games in a row now, including two to the Knicks and Lakers. Most guys couldn’t make a basket and the defense wasn’t even close to getting any stops tonight. Only three more games. When is the draft lottery again?

Apr 05 2015

76ers Drop Sixth Straight, This Time to League-Worst Knicks

Philadelphia 76ers 91 Final

Recap | Box Score

101 New York Knicks
Furkan Aldemir, PF 29 MIN | 2-7 FG | 0-0 FT | 9 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 4 PTS | +6 +/-Furkan boarded and set hard picks but did not quite make the most of another chance at starter’s minutes. He did take two 3-pointers, showing that the 76ers really are committed to letting anyone take a crack at developing from beyond the arc. It is by no means time to draw a final conclusion on the Furkan experiment, but tonight was not reassuring.

Robert Covington, SF 29 MIN | 4-13 FG | 3-4 FT | 3 REB | 2 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 14 PTS | 0 +/-Covington is bound to continue to have his ups and downs. He is more of the focus of opposing team’s defense than he should be given the 76ers current personnel. Tonight was more of a down. His 14 pts were not particularly efficient and he disappeared for stretches of his time on the floor.

Nerlens Noel, C 37 MIN | 7-14 FG | 0-1 FT | 9 REB | 4 AST | 1 STL | 2 BLK | 1 TO | 14 PTS | -10 +/-The stat line looked solid tonight but it wasn’t one of Nerlens’ best performances. Defensively the front court gave up way too much to Bargnani and company, and Nerlens wasn’t able to slow that down. Offensively he didn’t contribute down the stretch, scoring only 4 points in the second half.

Ish Smith, PG 32 MIN | 8-18 FG | 0-1 FT | 1 REB | 7 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 17 PTS | -22 +/-Ish Smith was the most productive player on the court offensively for the 76ers, though that -22 +/- is a little scary. While Ish is on the road to earning a roster spot on next year’s team, he shouldn’t be carrying the offense. Here’s to hoping he can have more offensive games like tonight, just with more help from his teammates.

Glenn Robinson III, SG 5 MIN | 0-2 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 0 PTS | +5 +/-There are plenty of wing prospects who have earned time ahead of GRIII, but while the 76ers are in full roster/lineup experimentation mode, and after a solid offensive showing against Charlotte, would’ve liked to have seen him get more minutes tonight.

By the Numbers 

8: The number of 76er free throw attempts…in the entire game. Even if they played poorly they deserved better than this.

Tweet of the Game

This game was sad. Nothing left to do but move on to alternative entertainment…

Parting Shots

Even considering some of the 20 plus point losses the 76ers have taken this year, tonight was one of if not the most disappointing performance. There was some lineup experimentation going on, and the referees made an early decision that no one on the 76ers was worthy of going to the line, but that alone does not account for what went on tonight. Nerlens looked out of sorts, and possibly not 100% given the eye troubles, Furkan and Jerami Grant did not make the most of starter’s minutes, and Ish was left to carry the load. Yikes. If nothing else, this team has shown it is resilient, so it would be no surprise if they came out and competed on Wednesday against Washington. Until then Andrea Bargnani, Jason Smith, and Lou Amundson, believe it or not, will haunt their dreams.

Apr 04 2015

Sixers Get The Best Kind Of Loss In Charlotte

Philadelphia 76ers 91 Final
Recap | Box Score
92 Charlotte Hornets
Furkan Aldemir, PF 29 MIN | 2-4 FG | 4-6 FT | 6 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 2 BLK | 0 TO | 8 PTS | -2 +/-Save for his rebounding, Furkan looked like he knew how to do little on a basketball court when he joined the Sixers earlier this season. Lately however, he’s played some stellar defense and has even looked semi-competent on the offensive side of the ball. Could he become the next JaKarr Sampson? Could JaKarr Sampson become the next Magic Johnson?

Nerlens Noel, C 11 MIN | 1-2 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 0 AST | 1 STL | 1 BLK | 2 TO | 2 PTS | -4 +/-Nerlens left early in the first half after getting a cut on his right eyelid, which sounds about as fun as watching Hank Sims soak up the rest of his minutes. Hopefully he can be back tomorrow night in New York and continue the roll he’s been on lately.

Ish Smith, PG 33 MIN | 6-20 FG | 2-4 FT | 9 REB | 5 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 3 TO | 15 PTS | -1 +/-I am speechless! I am without speech! He may have blown the game by missing key shots down the stretch, but this Kemba Walker-lite gave it his all against the real Kemba Walker tonight and continued to solidify his role as the lead point guard for the remaining five games.

JaKarr Sampson, SG 17 MIN | 4-6 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 8 PTS | -2 +/-With Isaiah Canaan out, the “Point Guard JaKarr Sampson Oh My God Brett Brown Do You Hate Us Why Are You Doing This” experiment was in full effect tonight. And although he only racked up two dimes, JaKarr looked astonishingly confident running the offense and was an apt substitution for Ish Smith coming off the pine. What a long way this guy has come since October.

Glenn Robinson III, SG 19 MIN | 3-7 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 2 TO | 7 PTS | +2 +/-In the absence of Canaan, GR3 was able to soak up most of his minutes and put together what was probably his best game in a Sixers uniform. Although that may not be saying much, he did have a couple nice off-the-bounce takes to the rim and played annoying defense throughout the whole contest.

By the Numbers

38.9 - The combined field goal percentage of both teams. This was a mostly hideous game right from the jump

Tweet of the Game

Parting Shots

Over the last seven games, this has been the third time that the Sixers have lost by just one point. These are the best types of losses for Philly, as it shows that they can hang tight in games while still securing those extra ping pong balls. Games like these where the Sixers can fight with decent basketball teams — though it’s questionable whether Charlotte is such — only further displays the astounding progress this team has made since October; a few months ago many wondered whether Jerami Grant would ever round into an NBA player (he tallied three 3-pointers and six rejections tonight), JaKarr Sampson looked as if he never played basketball in his life (he ran the offense quite splendidly against the Hornets), and Furkan Aldemir was here merely for the puns (he still is).

With Nerlens Noel exploding over the last month, a seemingly healthier Joel Embiid, and potentially four first-round draft picks looming, it’s almost impossible to not be excited for the 2015-16 campaign. #ThisStartsAtSomePointInTheNearFuture

Mar 30 2015

Sixers Drop Pivotal Tank Game Against Lakers

Los Angeles Lakers 113 Final
Recap | Box Score
111 Philadelphia 76ers
Nerlens Noel, C 36 MIN | 7-18 FG | 5-10 FT | 14 REB | 4 AST | 1 STL | 1 BLK | 3 TO | 19 PTS | -8 +/-Noel struggled early at the four, but found his groove throughout the game and taking control in crunch time.

Ish Smith, PG 32 MIN | 8-20 FG | 0-0 FT | 5 REB | 3 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 17 PTS | 0 +/-Although his lack of defense resulted in Jordan Clarkson’s game-winning basket, Smith’s increasing chemistry with Noel is turning into one of the bright spots of this season.

Thomas Robinson, PF 24 MIN | 4-7 FG | 5-7 FT | 5 REB | 2 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 13 PTS | +3 +/-Robinson did what he does best, providing great energy off the bench for the Sixers. His scoring and rebounding continue to shine.

Henry Sims, C 25 MIN | 4-9 FG | 0-0 FT | 7 REB | 2 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 8 PTS | +6 +/-Sims recorded his highest minute total since January, but with performances like this, his time with the Sixers may be coming to an end.

Isaiah Canaan, PG 27 MIN | 4-9 FG | 7-7 FT | 0 REB | 3 AST | 3 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 18 PTS | -4 +/-While Ish Smith continues to solidify his spot as a starter, Canaan is doing whatever he can to guarantee the Sixers a top-three pick. He was often careless and selfish with the ball despite finishing with 18 points.

By the Numbers: 

  • 7 – Games remaining.
  • 3 – Games behind the Lakers.
  • 1.5 – Lakers games behind the Magic.

Tweet of the Game:

Parting Shots:

The Sixers pulled off the overtime loss, inching one step closer to a top-three pick. The Lakers are only 1.5 games behind the Magic in the race for the fifth-worst record. If Los Angeles were to catch up with Orlando, the Sixers chances of acquiring the Lakers pick rise from 17.2 percent to 44.8 percent.

Nerlens Noel continues to impress, although he may be better suited as a center with the current Sixers acumen of big men. Henry Sims and Furkan Aldemir are not sufficient support for Noel, although the Sixers may simply be preparing him for life with Joel Embiid.

Mar 30 2015

Sixers Blow It

Philadelphia 76ers 86 Final
Recap | Box Score
87 Cleveland Cavaliers
Furkan Aldemir, PF 27 MIN | 5-6 FG | 1-2 FT | 10 REB | 0 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 11 PTS | +5 +/-Aldemir gave the 76ers some strong defensive minutes and cleaned up on easy looks. 5-6 from the field. A double-double. His only miss was another attempted three. That’s pretty much a best-case scenario game for him.

Robert Covington, SF 31 MIN | 7-13 FG | 0-2 FT | 4 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 19 PTS | +4 +/-The two missed free-throws in the final minute sting, especially in a one-point loss, but he provided a bulk of Philadelphia’s offense. He poured in five big 3-pointers and was active looking for his shots.

Isaiah Canaan, PG 17 MIN | 3-11 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 5 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 8 PTS | +2 +/-Spent most of the night gunning for shots that weren’t there. He’s an erratic scorer, that much we know, but when doesn’t take care of the ball as well, it hurts the team. It definitely did so down the stretch today.

JaKarr Sampson, SG 17 MIN | 4-7 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 9 PTS | -5 +/-Sampson provided some solid defense and a relatively efficient offensive night. He’s so athletic and every now and then he shows these glimpses of putting it together, like when he took Shawn Marion to work in the post late in the third quarter.

Hollis Thompson, SG 24 MIN | 3-5 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 0 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 7 PTS | 0 +/-It’s important to note that Thompson drew the toughest defensive responsibilities of the night. He had to cover LeBron most of his time on the court, and he guarded Kyrie Irving to perfection on Cleveland’s last offensive possession. He got a beat a few times, of course, but no one can stay perfect guarding the Cavs stars.

By the Numbers: 18 and 21. The Cavaliers pulled down 18 offensive rebounds to the Sixers’ 11, and 53 total to Philadelphia’s 45. The Sixers also committed 21 fouls. Both statistics point to a more aggressive and opportunistic Cleveland frontcourt.

Parting Shots: The defense did more than hold its own this game, giving LeBron plenty of trouble and holding one of the league’s hottest offenses to 87 points. In the end, it was the offense that came up short. The Sixers got every stop they needed, but couldn’t put the ball in the hoop down the stretch. Robert Covington missed two free throws with under a minute to go, and they didn’t get any real clean looks in the last two minutes.

Mar 27 2015

Clips Get The W, But Not Without A Career Night From Nerlens Noel

Los Angeles Clippers 119 Final
Recap | Box Score
98 Philadelphia 76ers
Robert Covington, SF 24 MIN | 0-4 FG | 2-2 FT | 3 REB | 1 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 2 PTS | -8 +/-Ever since suffering a right elbow contusion at the month’s start, Bob’s night-to-night performance has been all over the place. Coming off of back-to-back 20+ point performances where he made a combined 15 of his 26 field goals, the Clippers held Covington to his first goose egg from the field in over four months. Not great, Bob.

Nerlens Noel, C 39 MIN | 12-17 FG | 6-8 FT | 14 REB | 2 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 4 TO | 30 PTS | -8 +/-Just an outstanding all-around performance from Noel tonight, but particularly on the offensive end. He nailed an array of jumpers, dunks, and that awkward lefty hook, and took Glenn Rivers’ Defensive Player of the Year nominee to school for a career-high 30 points. Looks like the race for Rookie of the Year isn’t as clear-cut as we thought after all

Ish Smith, PG 32 MIN | 8-14 FG | 0-1 FT | 2 REB | 9 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 18 PTS | -5 +/-Chris Paul does not intimidate Ish Smith. For NBA floaters like Ish, performances against an all-time point guard like he put together tonight are huge in determining his future in this league. And don’t look now (small sample size alert), but his 3-point percentage is slowly creeping towards a league-average rate after tonight’s outing.

Isaiah Canaan, PG 20 MIN | 3-7 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 9 PTS | -22 +/-After an incendiary early stretch in a Sixers uniform, Canaan’s field goal percentage has hit a brick wall since his career night against Oklahoma City — he’s hit just 34.3 percent of his shots from the field and 32.6 percent of his 3-pointers since then. At first he seemed like the clear favorite to win the starting point guard position in favor of Ish Smith, but with his shooting taking a dive, his substandard defense, and his inability to run the pick-and-roll, Canaan may be seeing a lot more of the pine in this last stretch of the season.

Henry Sims, C DNP COACH’S DECISION MIN | FG | FT | REB | AST | STL | BLK | TO | PTS | +/-Hank registered his ninth DNP-CD in the month of March tonight. I look forward to following his career in the Chinese Basketball Association.

Quote of the Night

“He’s got a broken-hearted girls ponytail” – Malik Rose, on Spencer Hawes’ hair.

Tweet of the Game

By the Numbers

6 - The number of other 20 year-olds besides Nerlens who have posted lines with at least 30 points, 14 rebounds, and two steals in league history. Hooray for arbitrary milestones!

Parting Shots

  • The Sixers honored Spencer Hawes at the end of the first quarter. No, seriously.
  • With about four minutes remaining in the first half, Brett Brown initiated the Hack-A-DeAndre strategy. While this is a strategically sound basketball move (it helped cut the Clippers lead from 19 down to eight going into halftime), the league seriously needs to address this issue. All it did was make an already fairly unbearable game all the more unwatchable.
  • Earlier this month, Doc Rivers quite confidently proclaimed DeAndre Jordan this season’s Defensive Player of the Year. Nerlens made that proclamation look absolutely foolish tonight however, with the bulk of his 30 points coming against Jordan. Not only that, but so far this season Nerlens is racking up more combined steals and blocks than DeAndre, while also allowing fewer of his opponents shots at the rim. Quite frankly, if DeAndre ends up with more DPOY votes than Nerlens, there needs to be an investigation.
  • This game was essentially over at the opening tip; the only point the Sixers showed some semblance of keeping this game close came after the aforementioned Hack-A-DeAndre exploits, leading to the Clippers outscoring the Sixers by 14 points in the following half. The Clippers have now won seven straight games against the Sixers dating back to 2012.

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