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GM75: Rapid (Big AL) Reacts

Posted by: C. Smith
04/03/14 11:03 am EST
Charlotte Bobcats 123 FinalRecap | Box Score 93 Philadelphia 76ers
Thaddeus Young, PF 34 MIN | 4-13 FG | 3-3 FT | 5 REB | 4 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 4 TO | 11 PTS | -21Here’s a line I never thought I would write: Last night Thad got shut down by Cody Zeller.

Henry Sims, C 31 MIN | 5-13 FG | 5-7 FT | 6 REB | 2 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 15 PTS | -28Last night was the first time I have seem Sims struggle on defense as he simply got abused by Al Jefferson.  But I’ll give Sims credit he was one of the few Sixers who got involved early in this game with 4 points in the 1st Q.

Michael Carter-Williams, PG 27 MIN | 10-18 FG | 2-4 FT | 7 REB | 3 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 1 TO | 22 PTS | -18MCW came out firing in the 1st Q (3-5 on FGAs) and other than Sims was really the only bright spot on offense for the Sixers during the early going.  MCW also put up 12 points in the 2nd Q including a filthy AND 1, but by than the Sixers were trailing by 15+ and this game was essentially over.  I really liked that he only turned the ballover 1 time against a good defensive unit in Charlotte.

James Anderson, SG 25 MIN | 0-4 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 0 PTS | -16The journeyman comes crashing back to reality.

Hollis Thompson, SG 26 MIN | 3-5 FG | 2-2 FT | 2 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 9 PTS | -22I have a hard time grading “The Keeper’s” performance last night.  His numbers are decent, but if you watched the game, you know that he was invisible during the 1st and 2nd Q’s while the Sixers weer getting steam rolled.  Of course, he wasn’t the only one.


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GM71: Rapid (Happy 25th) Reacts

Posted by: C. Smith
03/25/14 9:27 am EST
Philadelphia 76ers 91 FinalRecap | Box Score 113 San Antonio Spurs
Thaddeus Young, PF 35 MIN | 7-20 FG | 3-5 FT | 5 REB | 2 AST | 2 STL | 1 BLK | 3 TO | 17 PTS | -3Thad scored 7 of his points in the 1st Q and than went ice cold. His brutal shooting night doomed any hopes the Sixers had of staying competitive in this game past the 1st Q.

Henry Sims, C 33 MIN | 5-8 FG | 0-2 FT | 7 REB | 7 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 10 PTS | -8After a very slow start (zero points in 1st half), Sims recovered to stuff the stat sheet.  However, he did have a couple nice dimes and two steals in the 1st half.  Still the game was out of reach when he did most of his scoring damage and that’s reflected in his grade.

Michael Carter-Williams, PG 38 MIN | 5-20 FG | 5-7 FT | 7 REB | 4 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 17 PTS | -5Another poor shooting night for MCW who will be spending a tremendous amount of time with Brett Brown this coming summer working on his stroke.  He only committed 3 TOs, but handed out only 4 assists.

James Anderson, SG 33 MIN | 4-9 FG | 0-0 FT | 6 REB | 6 AST | 2 STL | 1 BLK | 1 TO | 10 PTS | -15Anderson’s defensive lapses last night were comical.

Hollis Thompson, SG 37 MIN | 3-7 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 8 PTS | 0Thompson scored the first 5 points of the game for the 76ers and than checked out of this one.  His grade is a D+ (technical difficulties).


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A Method Behind Hinkie’s Roster Moves

Posted by: Alex Hootan
03/12/14 10:20 am EST

sam-hinkieThose of us who have followed the 76ers for a while as devoted fans or professional sport writers understand the facts of what Sam Hinkie is trying to accomplish in the 2013-14 season.

We appreciate the way he traded established players for a stock pile draft picks.  We are aware that under watchful eye of head coach Brett Brown, Hinkie is trying to develop young players. And perhaps most importantly, we recognize that Hinkie is losing a great deal of games this season for ping pong balls at the 2014 NBA Draft Lottery.

But one element of Hinkie’s rebuilding project that has been intriguing and at times mysterious, is the revolving door of reserve players he has signed only to get rid of them after a few weeks or months at most.

The  Sixers roster has changed so often this season it makes us wonder, “Is there a method behind Hinkie’s frequent roster moves?”

The evidence indicates that there is in fact a method to Hinkie’s ways and after the jump, I’ll explain that possible method in detail.


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GM61: Rapid (Thunderstruck) Reacts

Posted by: C. Smith
03/05/14 9:42 am EST
Philadelphia 76ers 92 FinalRecap | Box Score 125 Oklahoma City Thunder
Thaddeus Young, PF 23 MIN | 3-13 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 3 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 6 PTS | -29Thad is going to have these night once in a while down the stretch of the 76ers tanking effort.

Henry Sims, C 26 MIN | 2-5 FG | 6-6 FT | 5 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 10 PTS | -20Sims played some decent defense and gave a solid effort in the 1st half, but only 2 of his points came when this game was competitive.

Michael Carter-Williams, PG 33 MIN | 4-12 FG | 5-8 FT | 4 REB | 5 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 14 PTS | -16It’s hilarious to me that MCW was talking smack to Russell Westbrook in the 2nd half.  The Sixers are getting blown out; Westbrook is playing at half speed and having you for lunch; you can’t hit a shot and yet the rookie has the stones to run his mouth.  Gutsy, but just stupid.  FYI…7 of those points came in the 4th Q.

James Anderson, SG 27 MIN | 7-16 FG | 0-1 FT | 2 REB | 1 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 20 PTS | -24JA scored 14 points in a red hot 1st Q and than 6 the rest of the night.  Yet another night that shows he does not belong in this League.  If only the Sixers could play the Thunder (Oklahoma State guy) or Rockets (36 points earlier this year vs. his former team) every night.

Hollis Thompson, SG 26 MIN | 3-6 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 4 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 6 PTS | -26Thompson had a couple of nice back door cuts that led to a dunk and an easy lay-in, but I have no faith in his jump shot and this team needs guys who can stroke it from deep.


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An Enigma Until the End

Posted by: C. Smith
02/21/14 11:07 am EST

turnerblackbackdropeditedEvan Turner was perhaps the most frustrating and mystifying 76er I ever watched in my nearly 30 years of rooting for the franchise.

One night Turner would hang 34 points on the Knicks thanks to 59% shooting from the field and actually look like a player who should have been taken No. 2 overall in the 2010 NBA Draft.  The next night he would shoot 2-10 and total 6 points against the Hawks while acting like an overly dramatic teenager towards the officials all night and his head coach at times.

Turner’s roller coaster level of of play and his highly emotional mind set are the reasons I dubbed him  “The Enigma”.  And that nickname served the combo-guard well right up to his final moments in a Sixers uniform as it appears executives around the Association found Turner just as difficult to figure out as we did.

 

 


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GM52: Rapid (Posterized) Reacts

Posted by: C. Smith
02/10/14 9:24 am EST
Philadelphia 76ers 78 FinalRecap | Box Score 123 Los Angeles Clippers
Thaddeus Young, PF 26 MIN | 7-17 FG | 0-0 FT | 11 REB | 2 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 15 PTS | -40Keep husting and grinding Thad, someday it’s going to pay off in the win column.  Unfortunately it may not be here in Philly

Evan Turner, SF 27 MIN | 1-8 FG | 5-5 FT | 4 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 7 PTS | -43Another trade value killing night from “The Enigma”.  FYI…In his last 10 games Turner is averaging 12.9 ppg. on 36% shooting from the field.

Spencer Hawes, C 23 MIN | 0-8 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 0 PTS | -42It’s amazing how bad Hawes plays against athletic centers who care about defense (see KG as well).  Spence had 2 rebs in 23 mins of action…well done for a 7-footer.

Michael Carter-Williams, PG 35 MIN | 5-18 FG | 4-5 FT | 7 REB | 5 AST | 1 STL | 2 BLK | 8 TO | 14 PTS | -25Another awful shooting night from MCW.  Additionally, he now seems to have the turnover bug — 8 last night.  That TO number exceeded his totals for assists (5); FGM (5) and FTM (4).

James Anderson, SG 16 MIN | 1-6 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 1 TO | 2 PTS | -40Wasn’t this guy supposed to be lethal from behind the arc?


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GM48: Rapid (I’m Done) Reacts

Posted by: Philadunkia
02/02/14 11:32 am EST
Philadelphia 76ers 96 FinalRecap | Box Score 113 Detroit Pistons
Thaddeus Young, PF 32 MIN | 7-14 FG | 0-3 FT | 4 REB | 3 AST | 5 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 14 PTS | -17Thad was simply over matched on the defensive end, but did manage 5 steals. A decent night on offense was overshadowed poor FT shooting and an O-fer night from three.  In his last 5 games, Thad is shooting 7-24 (29%) from three. In his last 3 games, Thad is 4-14 from the charity stripe.  When a player with Thad’s silky shootin stroke is missing that frequently, it indicates to me that #21 is simply tired.

Evan Turner, SF 33 MIN | 5-13 FG | 5-6 FT | 4 REB | 4 AST | 3 STL | 0 BLK | 4 TO | 15 PTS | -17“The Enigma” is alive and well.  A 1-5 start from the field produced a typical inefficent scoring night for Turner.  And in a shocking turn of events, Turner got emotional and showed his temper last night.  Turner is now 13-40 from the field in his last 3 games and 0-7 from the 3-point line.  Add 8 turnovers in those 3 runs to the stats and you have player that is becoming increasingly difficult to trade for a 1st round pick.

Spencer Hawes, C 28 MIN | 2-8 FG | 0-0 FT | 8 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 1 TO | 4 PTS | -23I know the Pistons are a massive team down low, but have some stones and provide a little resistance.

James Anderson, SG 28 MIN | 5-11 FG | 1-2 FT | 6 REB | 0 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 12 PTS | -19Anderson started his night with two smooth drives to the rack for layins in the 1st Q.  After a couple of nice buckets — including a tear drop floater — in the 2nd Q, I thought Anderson was headed from a big night.  It didn’t pan out that way, but still a nice performace from JA.  Great draw of a charge in 2nd Q.  I thought the 3PA his missed at the 8:45 mark of the 3rd Q with the Sixers down 10 was the turning point in the game.  He can’t go 1-4 from three if the Sixers are to compete on a nightly basis.

Tony Wroten, SG 35 MIN | 8-19 FG | 2-2 FT | 3 REB | 5 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 6 TO | 18 PTS | -11Coming off a 1-13 shooting night vs. Atlanta, Wroten got his stroke going early with a 3-5 start in the 1st Q.  He ended the 1st half 6-12 from the field for 12 points.  TWroe also had a nice give and go with Lavoy in the 2nd Q for a hoop.  But Wroten’s hot hand stayed in the locker room at the break as he shot 2-7 in the 2nd half.  He also turned teh ball over 6 times and was out of control on a number of drives to the tin.


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GM44: Rapid (KD’d) Reacts

Posted by: C. Smith
01/26/14 11:16 am EST
Oklahoma City Thunder 103 FinalRecap | Box Score 91 Philadelphia 76ers
Thaddeus Young, PF 36 MIN | 5-17 FG | 2-3 FT | 10 REB | 3 AST | 8 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 13 PTS | -16Thad’s energy and hustle last night were amaizng and the physical beating he took reminded of watching Iverson play. He posted a double-double and just missed a triple double (8 steals).  Howver #21 had a terrible night shooting the ball.  Is it me or is Thad suddenly fading away on almost every 3PA he takes?  FYI…Thad is 3 for his last 26 from deep.

Evan Turner, SF 34 MIN | 4-11 FG | 7-8 FT | 5 REB | 6 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 15 PTS | -3Since Turner’s career high 34points against the NYK, “The Enigma” has returned to action vs. Toronto on Friday and last night against OKC. Turner has his best games when he scores early in the 1st Q and gets into the flow.  Last night he only attempted (and missed) 2 shots in the first 10 minutes of the game.

Spencer Hawes, C 32 MIN | 6-15 FG | 0-0 FT | 6 REB | 3 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 3 TO | 14 PTS | -8Except for his one scoring bonanza in the 3rd Q, Hawes looked intimidated and hesitant most of the night.

Michael Carter-Williams, PG 33 MIN | 4-13 FG | 0-1 FT | 3 REB | 4 AST | 2 STL | 2 BLK | 2 TO | 8 PTS | -11MCW has collided head first with the rookie wall.  Of course it would be stupid not to acknowledge that OKC’s smothering defense had something to do with his poor performance Saturday night.

James Anderson, SG 33 MIN | 7-16 FG | 4-5 FT | 5 REB | 1 AST | 3 STL | 1 BLK | 1 TO | 19 PTS | -7Last night JA shot 43% from the field and 14% from three.  I thought he was brought here to be a big 3-point threat?!?  But he has stepped up his scoring since being put back into teh starting lineup — 15 ppg. in his last 3 runs.


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Notes, Links & Tweets

Posted by: C. Smith
10/28/13 3:48 pm EST

cassiedreamteamtwitpicThe Sixers signed former BYU player Brandon Davies.

Lebron calls Allen Iverson ‘pound for pound the greatest player ever’.

We all know the Sixers are in full tank mode, but thanks to Tony Manfred at the Business Journal, you can see that the Suns are in Winless for Wiggins mode as well.

Dwayne C. Nelson at Yahoo Sports reviews 5 reasons why Philadunkia nation will always love “The Answer”.


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Notes, Links & Tweets

Posted by: C. Smith
10/21/13 2:38 pm EST

sixersDreamteamjulieJG1099Philly.com’s Keith Pompey writes that Lavoy Allen is not very concerned about missing the 76ers open practice on Saturday because he overslept.

Lavoy was at practice on Sunday and coach Brown says the matter will be handled “internally”.

In SI.com’s preseason power rankings, the Sixers did not fair well.  Like not well…at all.

The hoop heads at Grantland have differing takes on how watchable the Sixers will be in 2013-14.

Marc Stein at espn.com looks at the 2010 Draft class and determines the possibility of extensions for the remaining players in that Draft still under their rookie deals (see Evan Turner).


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