Turnovers lead to collapse
The Sixers were in control most of the game but as the pressure mounted in the closing minutes, and the Grizzlies clawed their way back in, the Sixers completely lost their composure. The Sixers committed 10 of their 24 turnovers in the final 12 minutes. The Grizzlies were able to turn the Sixers fourth-quarter turnovers into 20 points. Frantic play does not lead to wins, and bad turnovers don’t help at all.
Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot shows value
He started the night off 4-of-4 from beyond the arc and he didn’t stop there. Injuries to JJ Redick and Jerryd Bayless have pushed TLC into the starting lineup where he has taken advantage of the opportunity. He finished the night 6-of-8 from three for a season high 20 points, and though he racked up four fouls earlier than he would have liked, he played better defense than we are used to seeing from him including a much-needed block late in the game. Unfortunately, TLC’s big night was spoiled by the Sixers’ win streak ending in Memphis.
Robert Covington’s late-game three
The Sixers were shooting 59.1 percent from three-point range through the first three quarters so there was probably a little more confidence that the shot would fall, but Covington’s shot with nine seconds left was not the best idea to say the least. The problem here is just being aware of the game situation, the clock, and the score. The Sixers were down two, got a steal on the Grizzlies’ inbound right next to the Sixers’ basket and had a enough time to get a good shot to tie the game. There was no reason to go for the win on a rushed, off-balanced three. This shot was not the reason the Sixers lost in Memphis, but it was a bad moment in the waning moments.
Good and bad from Joel Embiid
Things started out quiet for Embiid and it wasn’t one of his best games, but the growth of Embiid becomes clearer every day. When the Sixers were losing their composure toward the end of the game he did his best to create contact, get to the line, and play close to the basket. There are definitely still areas where he can improve (i.e. turnovers, ball handling, and late three-pointers) but there are positive signs. The mentality of being a leader and wanting to take over when things aren’t going right is exactly what we want to see from Embiid, but his body language did not match. He was hanging his head a little and seemed extremely affected by the situation. He needs to get his head to match his body.
Justin Anderson’s Flagrant Foul
I usually don’t take part in criticizing officials or league rules. The topics are so subjective that any commentary usually isn’t productive in my opinion. But I’m going to take a minute to dissect what happened in the third quarter between Wayne Selden Jr. and Justin Anderson. Selden went up for a dunk and was fouled by Anderson. Selden talked a little too much after the foul and was charged with his second technical of the game, therefore ejected. Official Derrick Collins headed over to the replay screen and said, “Call on the floor is a technical on No. 7, we’re going to review to see if anything else happened.” They’ve already called a common foul on Anderson and Tech on Seldon and they’re reviewing for what? To upgrade? I don’t like that. Then, after the review, they saw something that I did not. Anderson’s foul, in my opinion was nothing more than a play on the ball by a guy that was moving in the opposite direction, and clearly a common foul. There was nothing over the top about it. And, while I’m handing out opinions, I’ll come to Seldon’s defense too — heat of the moment chirping is such a cheap way to penalize a basketball player. These guys can’t be robots.