Coors Light Summer Six Pack: July 16th
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The Sixers capped what ultimately ended up being a nine-game summer league slate on Friday by soundly defeating Miami, 74-66,at Thomas & Mack Center. A key factor in the victory proved to be the contributions the club received from its frontcourt rotation. Shawn Long helped the Sixers get going, bursting for 14 of his team-best 18 points (8-13 fg, 1-3 3fg) in the opening period of play. By the time the contest had come to a close, the power forward from Louisiana-Lafayette had also made his presence felt on the glass, ripping down 10 rebounds.
Long was not alone in providing a valuable two-way performance. Ben Simmons registered a double-double as well - his first and only one of the summer - with 15 points (5-15 fg, 0-1 3fg) and 10 boards. The top pick of the 2016 draft generated a game-high tying six assists, two steals, and a blocked shot as well.
Richaun Holmes came off the bench Friday, a first since the Sixers began their summer schedule nearly two weeks ago. He continued to make an impact, notching 14 points (5-6 fg, 1-1 3fg), six rebounds, and two blocks. Holmes stuffed 22 shots between the Utah Jazz and Samsung NBA Summer Leagues, which, as of Friday evening, was the highest total of any player.
In all, Long, Simmons, and Holmes combined to account for 47 of the Sixers’ 74 points, and 26 of the squad’s 44 rebounds. The Sixers outdid the Heat on the glass by 10, and finished Friday’s tilt with a 36-26 edge in points in the paint. Their final summer record stood at 3-6 overall, after compiling a 2-4 mark on the Las Vegas circuit.
Heading into Friday’s summer league finale, Ben Simmons had been held out of the Sixers’ previous two games on Wednesday and Thursday due to rest. Against Miami, however, not only did the LSU product suit up and start, he logged nearly 31:30 minutes, his highest total of the summer. Why did Simmons consider it important to play in Friday’s consolation contest, and assume such a heavy workload in the process?
“I just wanted to finish on a win, so I came out here aggressive, and tried to take over the game.”
Did You See That?:
As mentioned earlier, the Sixers’ big men had it going on Friday, both individually, and in tandem with one another. See, for instance, this development, which unfolded nearly three minutes into the first quarter.
— Philadelphia 76ers (@Sixers) July 16, 2016
Between Shawn Long’s strong start, Ben Simmons’ versatile efforts, and Brandon Paul’s powerful finishes at the rim, there were a handful of noteworthy sequences from the Sixers’ last contest of the summer. Here are some of the highlight calls, as heard on the Sixers Summer League Stream.
Forward Jaylen Brown, chosen third in this year’s draft by Boston, punctuated his first foray into professional hoops on a positive note. After hitting only three of 19 field goal attempts for a total of 14 points in his first two Samsung NBA Summer League appearances, the Cal product exploded over the Celtics’ final three tilts. He poured in at least 20 points in each game, including a 21-point showing in Boston’s 80-75 setback to Portland on Friday. Brown also tallied seven rebounds and five steals versus the Trail Blazers.
Until further notice, the Sixers are on hiatus. While some players will continue their individual off-season training at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine throughout the rest of the summer, the next formal team activity that’s on the horizon is training camp, which will begin in the fall.