FIRST things FIRST, the Sixers Win! This past Wednesday, as I am sure you have heard, your Philadelphia 76ers managed to grab their first win this season against their old friend Thaddeus Young and the lowly Minnesota Timberwolves. That was a nice early Christmas gift!
I am now thinking that I probably shouldn’t have waited until they notched their first victory to write about them again. Truthfully though, there was not much to write about. I mean, Covington, Sampson, Gordon, who are these guys? I miss Thad!
I am still on board with what the Sixers are doing, but man is it tough to watch. Most of the time I just don’t (watch). I haven’t been writing either, but I have been taking notes. The Nerlens Noel part of this article has been on the shelf for a while awaiting that elusive first W. Speaking of W’s, that new Wu-Tang album just dropped …
Here are a few of Noel’s “Firsts”:
Nerlens’ FIRST regular season game was on 10/29 against the Pacers in Indiana. In 35 minutes, he scored 6 points, blocked 3 shots, and hauled in 10 rebounds, all FIRSTS!
In his next pro basketball game, Noel recorded his FIRST career Double-Double (14 points and 10 rebounds) to go along with his 3 blocks. This was in that terrible loss to the Bucks (on Halloween). The one where they went scoreless for the final 8+ minutes of the game, just after Christmas in Hollis Thompson pulled them within 1 point (82-81) with a clutch 3 pointer. Damn. Sixers lose 93-81.
Noel’s FIRST home game came against the mighty Heat in game 3 of the regular season. With only 2 points and 5 rebounds to go along with his single block, Nerlens was underwhelming in his Wells Fargo Center debut.
The kid blocks shots. His FIRST block was in Game 1 at Indy on a CJ Miles lay-up. BUT, his FIRST notable and probably his most memorable block came against the bearded one (James Harden) in regular season game 4 to end quarter #3 at the Big House on Broad Street. Marc Zumoff was on the call!
Since the tall, lanky one missed the entire 2013-14 season, I really do not want to talk too much about his FIRST in-game injury and/or his FIRST DNP. On 11/13, at Dallas, in a HUGE 123-70 loss, Nerlens did get to play in his FIRST pro game alongside reigning Rookie of the Year Michael Carter-Williams. I do not want to talk about his performance in that game either! But, I do want to talk about his and the 76ers FIRST win!
The 85-77 win by the 76ers over the Timberwolves at the Target Center in Minnesota is exciting in that it is indeed the Sixers FIRST win. It was a low scoring affair and “the boys in blue” did not reach the Papa John’s 90 point plateau. Since it was a W though, I think John still offered some sort of discount yesterday! Perhaps it was a sign of things to come and possibly “A Better Tomorrow.”
Anyway, neither of these teams, Sixers/Wolves, are very good. But, somebody had to win! There are some things to be said about this, the 76ers first victory of the 2014-15 season. MCW was a work-horse in his 43 minutes played. Wroten was OUT, Shved was OUT. That’s one PG in. Therefore, the kid (MCW), had some work to do. And, yes, he did WORK. He was a single dime and a single board short of recording his second triple-double of his young season. He had 20 points, 9 rebounds, 9 assists and 3 steals.
Did I mention the name Covington with a tone of obscurity earlier in this article? Yes, I did. Who? Well, Robert Covington is the cat who played 31 minutes off the bench in the win. He dropped 17 points going 3 of 6 from 3 point land. I want to see more and perhaps I will when I head down to the Wells Fargo Center tonight for my FIRST live 76ers game of the year!