Philadelphia 76ers - The Week in Review
This is the fourth column of a new weekly series, where we discuss the performances of all five Atlantic Division teams.
After already discussing the Toronto Raptors, Brooklyn Nets and Boston Celtics, we now shift our attention to Philadelphia. The 76ers are sitting at 7-30, placing them fourth in the Atlantic Division and 14th in the Eastern Conference. Philly are in their second season of a full rebuild, as they have a total of six first year NBA players. They are hoping that the core of Michael Carter-Williams, Nerlens Noel and Joel Embiid will lead them into a successful future.
Note: Games recapped were played between 5/1 – 12/1
Wednesday, 7th January, 2015 – Milwaukee Bucks @ Philadelphia 76ers
Bucks 97 Philadelphia 77
In what was a tough way to start the week, Philly were easily accounted for by fellow Eastern Conference foes, the Milwaukee Bucks. After a horrible first quarter (where the 76ers scored only 11 points), they never looked like they were going to come back. A poor team shooting performance saw the 76ers shoot 30% from the floor and a mere 8% from three-point range. Philly were only able to dish out 14 assists as a team. A bright note out of the game though, was the fact that Philly’s first year players scored 49 out of the team’s 77 points.
Rookie KJ McDaniels led the team in scoring with 14 on 63% shooting, JaKarr Sampson led the team in rebounds, grabbing 7 (2 offensive) while Michael Carter-Williams and JaKarr Sampson both dished out a team high of 5 assists.
JaKarr Sampson: 11 points, 7 rebounds, 5 assists, 71% FG
KJ McDaniels: 14 points, 6 rebounds, 3 steals, 63% FG
Nerlens Noel: 13 points, 5 rebounds, 2 blocks, 60% FG
Friday, 9th January, 2015 – Philadelphia 76ers @ Brooklyn Nets
Philadelphia 90 Nets 88
The 76ers were able to defeat Atlantic Division rivals Brooklyn, thanks to a last second (1.9 seconds remaining) dunk by Nerlens Noel that was perfectly assisted by Michael Carter-Williams. The game was an up and down one for the entire time, with both teams exchanging leads for each quarter (Philly won second and fourth quarter). The 76ers were also able to shoot an impressive 46% from the field and 47% from three-point range. Philly also played great defensively, keeping Brooklyn to only 88 points and registering 15 steals (compared to Brooklyn’s 8.)
Robert Covington led the team in scoring, with 20 points on 67% shooting. Covington and Michael Carter-Williams led the team in rebounds, with both grabbing 7 rebounds (as well as 2 offensive for each player). Michael Carter-Williams also dished out 8 assists, a team high.
Robert Covington: 20 points, 7 rebounds, 6 steals, 67% FG
Luc Mbah a Moute: 16 points, 4 rebounds, 3 steals, 60% FG
Michael Carter-Williams: 8 points, 7 rebounds, 8 assists, 22% FG
Saturday, 10th January, 2015 – Indiana Pacers @ Philadelphia 76ers
Pacers 92 Philadelphia 93
It’s always good to finish off the week with a win, especially against an Eastern Conference rival. The 76ers were able to hold off the Pacers in what was a close game throughout the entire night. Philly were able to play well defensively and keep Indiana to a woeful shooting effort (33% FG and 22% 3P). Brett Brown settled on a 10 man rotation, which meant that all the players got a good amount of time to give their best effort to the team. The win was the 76ers second in a row.
Tony Wroten led the team in scoring with 20 off the bench (35% FG). Nerlens Noel and Henry Sims both grabbed 9 boards (2 offensive for Noel and 4 offensive for Sims). Tony Wroten and Michael Carter-Williams both dished out 9 assists.
Tony Wroten: 20 points, 4 rebounds, 9 assists, 35% FG
Michael Carter-Williams: 15 points, 5 rebounds, 9 assists, 35% FG
Robert Covington: 16 points, 2 rebounds, 46% FG
The Atlantic Division is arguably one of the weakest divisions in the NBA as it consisted of poorly performing teams (intentional or otherwise), such as the New York Knicks and Philadelphia 76ers.
The Raptors had a poor week for their standards, winning only one out of three games.
TORONTO: W1 – L2
CHA @ TOR BOS @ TOR DET @ TOR
103 95 96 109 114 111
The Nets had a horrible week, where they lost all four of their games.
BROOKLYN: W0 – L4
BOS @ BKN PHI @ BKN BKN @ LAC HOU @ BKN
89 81 90 88 93 98 113 99
The Celtics had an okay week, winning two out of their four games.
BOS @ BKN BOS @ IND BOS @ TOR NOP @ BOS
89 81 103 107 96 109 100 108
The Knicks had another bad week, losing all three of their games.
NYK @ WAS HOU @ NYK CHA @ NYK
91 101 120 96 110 82
Stay tuned for next week, where we discuss how the New York Knicks performed throughout the week.
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