In their fifth game of the 2015-16 NBA season, the Sixers predictably dropped another game to the Cleveland Cavaliers. Despite another strong effort, the team's enterprises were not enough to overcome the LeBron-led Cavs. Once again, the Sixers came into the game as massive underdogs, and once again they failed to overcome that status to achieve a victory.
It's been a tough five games for this group of Sixers, as they have lost each game by an average of double figures. It's been a frustrating start, but a lot of it has had to with the schedule, which has been disproportionately difficult so far. In five games this season, the Sixers have faced four teams that qualified for the playoffs last year and the Utah Jazz who finished the season as strongly as any playoff team did. It stands to reason that the team would struggle against these opponents and that they should improve as the schedule gets easier.
Nerlens and Okafor both continued their strong starts, scoring 18 points each while shooting close to 50% from the field. It is hugely encouraging to see both of these players continue to contribute positively this season, as they are the players that this franchise will depend upon in the future.
Isaiah Canaan, meanwhile, had his best showing of the year, tallying 17 points and shooting 5-8 from the field. Stauskas, too, continues to do well in his new role, contributing 14 points on 60% shooting while also tallying 2 assists and 3 rebounds. He seems to have come into his own with the additional freedom the Sixers have given him. If he became a a real player in the next couple of years, Hinkie will have had a great success through that trade.
More to come tomorrow, after I have given the game a thorough watch. Let us know what you thought of it in the comments!