As usual, Lightning split the sim
- By Kyle Kappe, Day 57, 2023
It was a tale of two games these last two sims. Missing starting SG, Keirall Richardson to paternity leave for the birth of his triplets, the starting lineup for the Lighting was a little different. In his place was 2nd round pick, Derrick Poole, making his second and third starts of the mostly young season.
Skyhawks 117 - Lighting 103
The first game of the sim wasn't pretty. After a mostly close 1st quarter where they were down by a point, the halftime margin saw Houston down by 6. The halftime speech given was less than inspiring as the third quarter saw Houston outscored by 11, 30-19. The fourth quarter was a small moral victory as the L were able to "win" 32-29, to finish the loss by 14 points. Non-lowlights were 7 players in double figure scoring, 5 players with 5 or more assists. But the lowlights were pretty low. Houston rebounds really well and our leading rebounder had 6. We have two pretty elite guys and it was an embarrassing showing. 5 players had double digit negative ratings in the +/-. Hall was plagued by foul trouble and played just a season low 20 minutes and his +/- was at zero, so his lack of presence was a huge reason for the loss.
Lighting 135 - Predators 108
The second game of the sim was, thankfully, at home. The Lightning were down early, 9 after the first quarter before they felt a surge of inpiration and just destroyed the will of the Predators with a 47-13 quarter. That's right, a 34 point margin. The rest of the game was mostly controlled by the Preds 76-70, for the final margin. The highlights of the game was Stephan Hood chipping in for 21 assists. The team shot a stellar 55% so shots were going in and Hood was dishing them out. Hall, feeling rested after not playing much in the last game, added 22 points in nearly 40 minutes of game time. He was a little quiet on the rebounding end, collecting just a disappointing 4 boards. Pace added 29 and and 15, but failed to register an assist for the first time in nearly 12 years to go with his 7 turnovers. Rookie Derrick Poole set a career high with 20 and 8 boards, while had 11 points and 17 rebounds. Buie and Harrison also added double digit points for the Lightning. LeGarde had a team high +29 for the game to lead Houston to the win.