|Nerlens Noel, C 24 MIN | 3-7 FG | 1-2 FT | 7 REB | 0 AST | 1 STL | 2 BLK | 2 TO | 7 PTS | -20 +/-
By no means was this game a step backwards for Noel, but against stiffer competition in Greg Monroe and Andre Drummond, he failed to establish tempo and momentum like he did a night ago. Like most starters, Noel didn’t play many minutes in a blowout second half, but for a player trying to establish consistency, tonight remained consistently inconsistent.
|Michael Carter-Williams, PG 24 MIN | 6-12 FG | 2-2 FT | 1 REB | 6 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 4 TO | 15 PTS | -14 +/-
Carter-Williams played a fine game in Wroten’s absence once again. His box score would have looked much sexier if he had a reason to play in the fourth quarter. Yet he was absolutely pummeled attempting to defend Detroit’s perimeter shooters off screens in the first quarter, enabling the Pistons to open up a lead they wouldn’t give up.
|K.J. McDaniels, SG 27 MIN | 2-10 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 1 BLK | 3 TO | 4 PTS | -12 +/-
Detroit excels in forming effing walls, so it makes sense that no game has better encapsulated the rookie wall K.J. McDaniels has crashed into. Originally considered a three-and-D wing prospect, McDaniels simply has to work right now to figure out what role he fills on the team.
|Henry Sims, C 17 MIN | 5-6 FG | 2-2 FT | 10 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 12 PTS | -1 +/-
In the computer game The Sims, a character can die of starvation if left to his or her own devices. Henry Sims is the opposite; if left alone, he drains buckets. Sorry. It’s hard to find much to get excited about from this game.
|Larry Drew II, G 24 MIN | 3-7 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 9 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 6 PTS | -4 +/-
Drew 2K continues to pass the eye test. Though the scoring numbers don’t jump out at you, his assist numbers are much more important to a prospective back-up point guard. His nine dimes don’t even do him justice, as he was able to find some absurd windows that led to fouls or missed opportunities. Swirling Wroten and/or MCW trade rumors continue to look more feasible as this kid continues to demonstrate he belongs in the league.
By the Numbers
90 – The number of points it takes for the 76ers to get us a discount on our Papa John’s pizza tomorrow. Apparently no one told them. Because they did not score 90. They scored 89, like they get off on being withholding. There are two great football games on TV tomorrow. You know what goes great with football? Uh, Earth to Sixers – pizza!
Quote of the Game
“Haha, no.” -Peyton Manning, on whether you can still get the Papa John’s discount tomorrow.
Tweet of the Game
The Sixers look so bad, Papa John is going to double charge for pizza tomorrow.
— Gregory L. Vince (@GregVince) January 18, 2015
Look, no one likes Papa John’s anyway. The crust is doughy, the cheese is pathetic, they throw in that weird pepper thing almost as an apology… remember that episode of The Office, when Michael assumes the Scranton employees will enjoy a higher quantity of shitty pizza as opposed to a smaller amount of good pizza, and they universally agree he’s wrong? That’s what getting Papa John’s feels like. But if it was considerably cheaper than getting a full-priced, quality pizza, you’d have to, at the very least, weigh your options. The 76ers stripped us of that option tonight, and I literally felt like Sam Hinkie was slapping a slice of pizza out of my hand as part of his “master-plan.”
This felt like the rare game the Sixers wanted no part of. They got their win last night in front of a great home crowd, and as soon as the Pistons caught fire (roughly 3.8 seconds into the game), they collectively scoffed and said “whatever,” as only a team with a pedigree of being better than the Knicks and Timberwolves can. They obviously can’t play with that mentality going forward, but for tonight, we’ll let the kids leave early and go party in Detroit, which seems like what they really wanted to do for some reason.