Fo’ with the Foes: Phoenix Suns

Posted by: Philadunkia
11/21/14 12:31 pm EST
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sunsdancersThis edition of “Fo’ with the Foes” – Philadunkia’s advanced scouting series which with the help of an accomplished journalist from around the NBA beat or blog world, previews key upcoming 76ers games – features tonight’s opponent, the Phoenix Suns who stand at 7-5; have won two straight and feature Eric Bledsoe who recently made some interesting comments on a potential 76ers vs. Kentucky Wildcats match-up.

After the jump, I’ll look a Fo’ key items for tonight’s game. Additionally, we’ll get a little more insight into this Phoenix team the Sixers face tonight from our colleague Kevin Zimmerman at valleyofthesuns.com, as Kevin will answer Fo’ questions on his Suns squad from us here at Philadunkia.


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GM11: Rapid (Frickin’) Reacts

Posted by: Philadunkia
11/20/14 10:43 am EST
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Boston Celtics 101 FinalRecap | Box Score 90 Philadelphia 76ers
Luc Richard Mbah a Moute, PF 34 MIN | 5-11 FG | 0-2 FT | 6 REB | 1 AST | 3 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 11 PTS | -3I don’t care that Luc shot nearly 50% from the field and did shoot 50% from three last night. There were numerous moments in the game that he caused me to slam the remote and declare “What the hell is that guy doing!?!?” My favorite one came with 2 mins. remaining in the game when he took teh ball to the hole during a 1-on-4 FB and got swatted by Brandon Bass.

Nerlens Noel, PF 34 MIN | 5-10 FG | 0-0 FT | 8 REB | 3 AST | 2 STL | 1 BLK | 0 TO | 10 PTS | -15Nerlens is obviously very raw on offense, but he did make a couple of nice dives to the hoop for buckets last night. He displayed a half-decent cross-over move last night as well. What was alarming to me last night was how bad his on-ball defense was throughout. It didn’t matter who he was guarding (Olynk; Sullinger; Bass) that Celtic simply got buckets whenever they wanted.

Henry Sims, C 32 MIN | 6-12 FG | 2-2 FT | 7 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 14 PTS | -3That’s three straight solid nights from Sims who appears to have found his jumper again and threw a beauty of a dime to Nerlens in a high to low post half court set.

Michael Carter-Williams, PG 32 MIN | 4-13 FG | 2-2 FT | 6 REB | 5 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 4 TO | 11 PTS | -6MCW simply shoots too many jumpers for a guy with a broken stroke and what makes it even more frustrating is that he gets to the time whenever he wants.

Hollis Thompson, SG 27 MIN | 1-6 FG | 2-2 FT | 4 REB | 3 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 5 PTS | -9Hollis plays solid on-ball defense for like 5 seconds each time his man has the ball. That’s the only thing positive I can say about #31 these days.

 


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Fo’ with the Foes: Boston Celtics

Posted by: Philadunkia
11/19/14 1:16 pm EST
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mariaThis edition of “Fo’ with the Foes” – Philadunkia’s advanced scouting series which with the help of an accomplished journalist from around the NBA beat or blog world, previews key upcoming 76ers games – features tonight’s opponent, the Boston Celtics who despite playing some solid basketball so far this season have now lost three straight (3-6 overall) and are statistically are worse on defense than our 76ers.  Over their last 3 defeats the C’s are giving up 116 ppg. and on the season opponents are averaging 109 points per night.

After the jump, I’ll look a Fo’ key items for tonight’s game.  Additionally, we’ll get a little more insight into this Boston team (23-52) the Sixers face tonight from our colleague Chuck McKenney at red’sarmy.com, as Chuck will answer Fo’ questions on his Celtics squad from us here at Philadunkia.


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GM10: Rapid (Texas Sized L) Reacts

Posted by: Philadunkia
11/18/14 10:56 am EST
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Philadelphia 76ers 75 FinalRecap | Box Score 100 San Antonio Spurs
Brandon Davies, PF 18 MIN | 0-4 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 4 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 0 PTS | -19BD threw up consecutive bricks in the 1st Q and his night did not get any better from there. Over his last 3 games, Davies is averaging 4 points and 4 rebounds per night.  I think it’s safe to say the BD lovefest is now over.

Luc Richard Mbah a Moute, PF 25 MIN | 4-10 FG | 3-4 FT | 4 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 2 BLK | 2 TO | 13 PTS | -4A decent night for Joel Embiid’s babysitter began in the 1st Q with 4 quick points and a nice drive to the tin for a bucket.  But he didn’t score another FG untill the 11:37 mark of the 3rd Q and the inbound pass/TO he threw under the Sixers’ offensive hoop in the 2nd Q was horrific.

Henry Sims, C 28 MIN | 3-6 FG | 3-4 FT | 8 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 9 PTS | -15A near double-double for Sims who IMO has played much better in his last two games and seems to have found his storke again — 9-14 in his last 2 games.

Tony Wroten, SG 30 MIN | 4-14 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 3 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 4 TO | 8 PTS | -27The immature TWroe showed up last night as he launched one ill-advised shot after another and he posted 4 TOs against 3 dimes.

Hollis Thompson, SG 26 MIN | 1-8 FG | 1-2 FT | 3 REB | 0 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 4 PTS | -33First something positive on #31 — there were moments last night where I saw decent defensive fundamentals from him. However his shooting and especially the corner 3PA he put up in the 4th Q that hit the top of the backboard was disturbing. Again I say — enough of this experiment, it’s time for KJ to start.

 


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Fo’ with the Foes: San Antonio Spurs

Posted by: C. Smith
11/17/14 1:57 pm EST
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san-antonio-spurs-cheerleadersThis edition of “Fo’ with the Foes” – Philadunkia’s advanced scouting series which with the help of an accomplished journalist from around the NBA beat or blog world, previews key upcoming 76ers games – features tonight’s opponent, the San Antonio Spurs who stand at 5-3 and lost to the Sacramento Kings on Saturday night despite a season high 21 points from Manu Ginobili.

After the jump, I’ll look a Fo’ key items for tonight’s game. Additionally, we’ll get a little more insight into the Spurs team the Sixers face tonight from our colleague Matt Tynan at 48minutesofhell.com will answer Fo’ questions on his Spurs from us here at Philadunkia.


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Rock Bottom In Big D

Posted by: C. Smith
11/14/14 9:42 am EST
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Philadelphia 76ers v Dallas MavericksKim Kardashin and another set of her “racy” photos recently attempted to break the Internet.  I am not sure how close the former Mrs. Kris Humphries came to shutting down the inter-web with her “classy” nude pictorial, but I am willing to bet that the 76ers’ disaster last night in Dallas put just as much stress on Al Gore’s invention as Kim K did earlier this week.

As you know by now the Sixers lost to the Mavericks last night by 53 points and dropped to 0-8.  The loss was the largest margin of defeat since 1993 (56-point loss to the Sonics) and the franchise is now 0-8 for the first time since the notorious 1972-73 season.  Last night, Philadunkia’s home team committed 27 turnovers; netted only 23 field goals; shot 29% from the field; 25% from three and scored only 26 points in the paint.  In short, it was Armageddon for this young roster and the loss will probably go down as the lowest moment in Sam Hinkie’s tanking process.

Throughout this 76ers debacle, Twitter and the Internet in general was on fire with 76ers talk, heavy criticism and even some support.  I can not remember the last time so many hoop heads and casual NBA fans alike were talking about the Sixers.

So we are going to skip the usual Rapid Reacts recap and after the jump take a look at some of my favorite comments on Twitter regarding the beat down the Sixers received last night.


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Fo’ with the Foes: Dallas Mavs

Posted by: C. Smith
11/13/14 12:07 pm EST
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mavshottieThis edition of “Fo’ with the Foes” – Philadunkia’s advanced scouting series which with the help of an accomplished journalist from around the NBA beat or blog world, previews key 76ers games – features tonight’s opponent, Mark Cuban’s Dallas Mavericks who are currently 5-3 despite the shooting woes of Chandler Parsons, their tremendous off-season addition.

After the jump, I’ll look a Fo’ key items for tonight’s game.  Additionally, we’ll get a little more insight into this Dallas team the Sixers face tonight from our colleague Tim Cato of mavsmoneyball.com, as Tim will answer Fo’ questions on his Mavericks from us here at Philadunkia.

 


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Hinkie-palooza: Covington To Be Added

Posted by: C. Smith
11/12/14 1:05 pm EST
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covingtonSam Hinkie’s roster turnstile continues this morning as multiple online reports  — we believe Marc Stein Tweeted it first — are stating that the 76ers general manager is about to sign / call up Robert Covington of the D-League’s Grand Rapids Drive.  The 76ers roster already has 15 players on it, so someone who dressed for Sunday night’s debacle in Toronto is about to get waived.

The 6-foot-9 , 215-pound forward with a 7-foot wingspan spent the majority of last season with the Rio Grand Valley Vipers of the NBA Development League where he earned rookie of the year honors and for what it is worth, was league’s all-star game MVP.  Covington also had a cup of coffee with the Houston Rockets last season (7 games) and put up 2.3 ppg. as well as less than 1 rebound per contest.


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Interview: Jordan McRae

Posted by: C. Smith
11/10/14 11:23 am EST
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jordan-mcraeAUSAfter a very encouraging performance against the Derrick Rose-less Chicago Bulls on Friday night, the 76ers wrapped up another lost weekend by getting trounced in Toronto 120-88.  The score doesn’t even begin to tell the story as the Sixers were posterized and humiliated by one the best teams in the Eastern Conference all night.  Instead of rehashing that debacle up north through a Rapid Reacts recap and further depressing everyone, we decided to post something a little more positive.

If you have been surfing the old inter web for overseas basketball scores and highlights, then you probably know that 76ers’ 2014 draft day acquisition Jordan McRae is playing extremely well for the Melbourne Tigers of Australia’s National Basketball League.  In fact, McRae’s play (22.6 ppg.) has been so nice, I decided to give him a call to discuss life in Australia, his internet fame and what elements of his game he’s working on “Down Under”.

Q & A after the J…


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GM5: Rapid (Buzzer Beater) Reacts

Posted by: C. Smith
11/06/14 11:53 am EST
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Orlando Magic 91 FinalRecap | Box Score 89 Philadelphia 76ers
Brandon Davies, PF 29 MIN | 9-11 FG | 1-4 FT | 4 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 20 PTS | -1It’s BD’s world and we’re just living in it.  In the 3rd Q BD had a stretch where he scored on a nice up & under from the low block and then on the next trip he drained a 3-ball.

Luc Richard Mbah a Moute, PF 26 MIN | 2-7 FG | 0-2 FT | 5 REB | 4 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 2 TO | 4 PTS | -9I get that Luc is here to help Joel Embiid adjust to life in the NBA, but does that role require 20+ minutes of run a night?

Nerlens Noel, PF 17 MIN | 2-4 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 3 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 3 TO | 4 PTS | +8Given the cautionary approach of the 76ers’ medical staff and front office, I’ll be very interested to see how long a sprained ankle keeps Noel out of the lineup.  Before the injury, #4 did drop a smooth behind the back pass to Shved for a lay-in in the 2nd Q.

Tony Wroten, SG 35 MIN | 9-16 FG | 5-7 FT | 3 REB | 8 AST | 5 STL | 2 BLK | 9 TO | 27 PTS | +5Of course on a night where TWroe buries 4 out of 6 threes, he also turns the ball over 9 times (6 in the 1st half). The no look alley-oop he threw to KJ was fantastic. The two dribble-drive buckets he scored and the 8 points he put up in the late 4th Q kept the Sixers in this game.

Hollis Thompson, SG 34 MIN | 1-5 FG | 3-3 FT | 9 REB | 1 AST | 3 STL | 2 BLK | 0 TO | 6 PTS | +1This guy is allegedly a good shooter, right? Wait, didn’t I ask that question all of last year as well?


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