The Furkan Aldemir era got off to a rough, but pun-tastic start for the Sixers, who fell Monday night in Boston 105-87. The game was not particularly pretty, and save for the first quarter, not exactly close either. The Sixers held a 20-15 edge, but then the Celtics went on a 17-5 run and never looked back, cruising for the easy 18-point victory.
Some bullet points from this snoozer.
- Furkan Aldemir did see the court today, playing 9:32 and going 1-3 from the field. Coincidentally his one make was a jump shot which is something he struggled with in Europe.
- Under the watchful eye of Sixers fans everywhere, Nerlens Noel had a real strong and efficient shooting game, going 9 for 12 with 19 points in addition to two blocks, three steals, four assists, and eight rebounds. Noel's passing was on-point for most of the game and his 19 points sets a career high. For a guy who has seen his fair share of offensive struggles, it was refreshing to see him have such a strong game.
- Robert Covington was second behind only Michael Carter-Williams in terms of amount of time on the court today, and the difference between Covington and MCW was only 22 seconds. It wasn't the best statistical game for Covington but Covington was largely responsible for the Sixers' hot start along with Noel. He went 0-for-6 from beyond the arc after starting 2-2 from downtown. Covington ended the game with 13 points on 4-15 shooting and six rebounds.
- K.J. McDaniels had a bit of a disappointing game in his first game back from an ankle injury, but he did this so all is forgiven.
- Yeah, there's no way around it, Kelly Olynyk had his way with the Sixers tonight. 12-17 for 30 points to lead his team and the game. Yikes. Boston end of half shot: Kelly Olynyk drains a three. Sixers end of third quarter shot: Over the backboard. Go team.
- Evan Turner does nothing for me. I watch him, I feel nothing. Not anger, not wishfulness of he could have been, not sadness for what has become of his career, nothing. I do not care about Evan Turner. But apathy may be the worst indictment there is for his career.
- Alexey Shved's biggest contribution to the game may be supplying a body for this photoshop.
This is a horrible photoshop of Furkan, right? pic.twitter.com/j1d7uSqi9W— Zach Harper (@talkhoops) December 16, 2014
- The Lakers trailed the Pacers 60-27 at halftime. Remember that during the next Sixers blowouts and Deadspin is writing yet another article on the Sixers being an embarrassment to the sports.