The Philadelphia 76ers fell to the Charlotte Hornets 119-99, giving them their tenth consecutive loss and dropping their record to 8-53. Here are the grades for everyone who played. For the most part, they aren't pretty.
Isaiah Canaan (B): 17 points (5-15 FG, 4-10 3PT), 2 steals,
Canaan was the closest thing to a good player tonight for the Sixers, which is equal parts disturbing and sad. His stats took a tumble when the game was out of reach, but credit where it's due for the gunner, he was one of Philadelphia' best options from beyond the arc tonight. Despite the size difference he usually deals with when defending shooting guards, Canaan has a tendency to play some pesky defense. He's been pretty unreliable throughout most of the season, but it was nice to see him shoot the ball well, considering it's just about the only thing he's supposed to be good for.
Robert Covington (B): 15 points (5-12 FG, 4-8 3PT), 9 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 steal, 5 fouls
Covington was the Sixers other go to shooter outside of Canaan, finally snapping out of a 2-12 slump from beyond the arc over the past two games. Outside of that, I don't really think he did anything all that special. He still may be the best wing defender on the team, but that's not saying much. He loses his man a lot, and has a tendency to collapse when he shouldn't, resulting in a lot of open looks from the perimeter. He also picks up completely unnecessary fouls, and Philadelphia doesn't have too many options to go to when he gets in trouble. It was a good shooting night for him, but his game felt lacking in other departments.
Carl Landry (B): 9 points (3-6 FG, 3-4 FT), 3 rebounds
Landry never plays a lot, nor does he even play every night, but you know what you're going to get from him when he steps on the floor. He's a solid mid-range shooter who can also play down low in smaller lineups and knows how to get to the line. For the sake of this team just becoming more watchable, I think Landry should play a little more consistently than he currently does.
Nerlens Noel (C+): 17 points (6-11 FG, 5-6 FT), 3 rebounds, 4 assists, 3 turnovers, 4 fouls
I've been expecting Nerlens Noel to perform well without Jahlil Okafor in the lineup, and I've come away pretty unimpressed over the past two games. He allowed a lot of easy looks around the rim, and ended up finishing the game with zero blocks. Granted, he did seem to be playing banged up, but he allowed Cody Zeller to outperform him on the low block, and that should never happen. Noel also found himself in foul trouble early and often tonight, forcing the Sixers to go small against a team that has a ton of height. Offensively, he seemed to have his jump shot going once again, but he was sloppy with the ball and just threw it away on multiple occasions, with this play being by far his worst of the night.
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Ish Smith (C+): 12 points (5-13 FG, 1-1 3PT), 8 assists, 5 rebounds
After two solid shooting games against Washington and Orlando, Smith's offensive game returned to it's mediocre ways. His jump shot looked solid when he first joined the team back in December, but now he's fallen in love with and no longer seeing the success he was. Smith was effective when he got around the rim, but he doesn't seem to be trying to do that enough anymore. On defense, Kemba Walker too him to the cleaners, finishing with 30 points on 10-21 shooting.
Jerami Grant (C+): 7 points (3-6 FG, 1-2 3PT), 6 rebounds, 4 fouls
I've been struggling to see what Grant's role will be like on a real NBA team if he can't improve his jumper, but tonight was a decent shooting night for him. He had a nice pull up jumper from the baseline early in the game, and followed it up with a three from the wing. If Grant can continue to shoot like that, the sky is the limit for him. However, Grant found himself in foul trouble tonight, and his -16 was the second worst scoring differential on the team.
Hollis Thompson (C-): 10 points (3-8 FG, 2-6 3PT), 2 rebounds
Thompson shot the ball well for the first two quarters, but he was miserable for the rest. He three important free throws in a row when the game was still tight, and nearly finished the game shooting better from three than the free throw line. I look forward to the day we can move on from him for good.
T.J. McConnell (C-): 4 points (1-2 FG, 2-2 FT), 5 assists, 3 rebounds, 3 fouls
McConnell did a good job of creating for others as he typically does, but did little else for the team. His mediocre defense played a large role in Kemba Walker's big scoring night.
Failing The Class
Nik Stauskas (D+): 6 points (2-6 FG, 1-4 3PT)
After a string of solid games at the end of last month, Stauskas is back to playing like a mess on both ends of the floor. His shot is all over the place, and his on ball defense continues to be horrific.
Richaun Holmes (D-): 0 points (0-5 FG, 0-2 3PT), 6 rebounds, 3 fouls
I love Richaun, but tonight was not his night. He struggled against the larger Al Jefferson, and was an absolute non-factor on the offensive end. He'll like to forget about this one quickly.
The Sixers are off until Friday, where they'll face Miami for the first game of a home-and-home against the Heat.