Nocioni's Revenge: Short-Handed Sixers Face Grizzlies in Memphis

Nocioni's Revenge: Short-Handed Sixers Face Grizzlies in Memphis

Yes, you heard right—Andres Nocioni, he of the 43 minutes played all
season, will be starting tonight at power forward for the Sixers in
Memphis. Why? Because regular starter Elton Brand is riding the pine
with a right thumb sprain. Why Noc in his stead? Tough one, though my
best guess is that Coach Collins doesn't anticipate Brand beating out
long, and doesn't want to mess with his rotations and a successful bench
in the meantime. Noble, though as Liberty Ballers writer Michael Levin
puts it, "I get the idea that the Night Shift is cool, but having them
on the bench only works if your starters are mildly competent." And
mildly competent is about as generous as you can be for a guy like
Nocioni, who has a 5.1 PER for the season in his limited burn thusfar.

So yeah, two of the starters for the 20-12 Sixers in Memphis tonight
will be Andres Nocioni and Lavoy Allen. Not exactly how Dougie drew it
up at the beginning of the season, but despite being nominal starters,
it seems unlikely that either player will get particularly hefty
minutes, as Thaddeus Young, Evan Turner and Nikola Vucevic will probably
soak up most of the actual frontcourt PT off the bench. None of it is
particularly ideal, though at the very least, the Grizz frontcourt is a
bit depleted itself, with top two power forwards Zach Randolph and
Darrell Arthur sidelined with long-term injuries.

Speaking of Grizzlies PFs, by the by—tonight will mark our first meeting
with Marreese Speights since he was jettisoned by Rod Thorn and company
for a couple late second-rounders earlier this year. Mo has put up
respectable, if unspectacular numbers as the 18-15 Grizz' starting four
since being traded, averaging about nine points and seven rebounds on
45% shooting. It's better than what they were getting from the likes of
Dante Cunningham and Quincy Pondexter, certainly, but not quite enough
to put us in My God What Have We Done mode—though I will say that I'd
rather have Speezy starting at the 4 for us tonight than Nocioni.

8:00 tip from the FedEx Forum. Students of recent Sixers history will no
doubt recall that the Grizz went 2-0 against the Sixers last year,
including rallying back from a 20+-point deficit in the 4th quarter to
upset Philly in Philly last January. Payback time? Hard to be too
optimistic with our roster losses and the way we've been playing late,
but it'd certainly add another level of triumph to the win if it was.

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Circumstances lead to new Sixer, rotation changes

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Circumstances lead to new Sixer, rotation changes

CAMDEN, N.J. — The Sixers' already-shorthanded backcourt will be down another key player against the Bulls.

T.J. McConnell will miss Wednesday’s game to attend his father-in-law's funeral. The Sixers, already down JJ Redick (leg) and Jerryd Bayless (wrist), signed guard Larry Drew II to a 10-day contract Thursday. 

There’s no easy substitution for McConnell, who has averaged 12.6 points, 5.0 assists and 4.2 rebounds off the bench in his last five games. So much of his contributions come from hustle.

“You’re especially going to hear us say that the energy and the sort of spark that he gives needs to be generated as a group through our defense,” Brett Brown said Tuesday. 

Brown plans to play starting point guard Ben Simmons more than his averaged 35.0 minutes. He also intends to utilize Drew, a familiar face who already has played on the Sixers through 10-day contracts and summer league. 

“I respect him,” Brown said of Drew. “He’s good. He’s solid. He’s a true point guard. He was a natural request from my side when these other injuries and circumstances, like T.J. is going through, happened.” 

Drew had been playing in the G League this season, averaging 11.3 points, 7.5 assists, 5.1 rebounds and 1.3 steals for the Heat’s affiliate, the Sioux Falls Skyforce. 

“[Brown] gave me kind of the rundown of what he was expecting from me and I told him he has the man for the job,” Drew said. “Come in, run the team, just be a leader, get guys shots and take open jumpers when you have them. No turnovers, just take care of the ball.” 

Turnovers a hot topic
That last item on Drew’s to-do list was at the forefront of topics for Brown when he addressed the media the day after the Sixers’ 105-101 loss to the Grizzlies (see story). The team committed 10 of its 24 turnovers in the decisive fourth quarter, a number further magnified when those 10 errors led to 20 Grizzlies points. 

“We can say let’s just dribble it up the floor, post Jo (Joel Embiid), and I bet we reduce our turnovers,” Brown said. “Or you can say, we play with a pace, we play with a speed, we lead the NBA in passes, we’re amongst the elite in assists, we like the style of play. But it needs to be filtered, it needs to tempered. All those things end up my answer to where we’re feeling some pain.”

Brown said the players have to “own” their turnovers. Embiid (4.2) and Simmons (4.0) lead the team in that category. Brown noted it is his job as the coach to keep emphasizing it game after game. The Sixers rank worst in the NBA with 17.6 turnovers per game. 

“I don’t want to overreact to Memphis,” Brown said. “I’m not discounting it. It’s not in my bucket of, ‘Oh, there’s 82 games.' It isn’t that. It’s a stinky loss. It’s a poor loss. But we’re going to move on.”

Injury update
James Young (gastroenteritis) is questionable Wednesday against the Bulls.