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Kobe’s Philly Farewell

Posted by: Michael Kaskey-Blomain
12/02/15 3:12 pm EST

kobeThere were some boos, more cheers, and even more emotion.

 

Draft implications aside, Kobe Bryant’s last professional game in Philadelphia went about as well as it could have for a Sixers supporter also appreciative of Kobe’s career.

 

There were vintage Kobe moments – like his three three pointers in the game’s first two minutes*. The game also had its share of modern day Kobe gaffes – he was 7-for-26 from the field – which served to remind the packed Wells Fargo Center, and the player himself, why he is walking away from the game after two dominant decades with the Lakers.


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Rapid Reacts: Beat LA, Beat LA…DONE

Posted by: C. Smith
12/02/15 10:16 am EST
Los Angeles Lakers 91 FinalRecap | Box Score 103 Philadelphia 76ers
Robert Covington, SF 34 MIN | 8-16 FG | 5-11 3FG | 2-4 FT | 5 REB | 4 AST | 0 STL | 2 BLK | 3 TO | 23 PTS | +18 +/-Cov continues to play at a very high level (21 ppg. over his last 3 contests) and last night he was simply on fire. His 9 points in the 3rd quarter helped the 76ers grab the lead in this game. Then in the 4th Q Cov drained a huge 3-ball that pushed the Sixers to close out a game for once.

Jerami Grant, SF 31 MIN | 6-7 FG | 0-1 3FG | 2-2 FT | 7 REB | 4 AST | 1 STL | 4 BLK | 0 TO | 14 PTS | +7 +/-I’m not sure what got into Grant coming out of the locker room after half time, but Brett Brown may want to bottle it up for future use. Grant scored 8 points in the 2nd half, but to me it seemed like he simply took over the game with his athletecism and energy.

Jahlil Okafor, C 30 MIN | 6-14 FG | 0-0 3FG | 0-1 FT | 5 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 2 TO | 12 PTS | +13 +/-A solid night for Jah, especially considering this was his first home game since all of the off-the-court issues came to light. However it have become obvious to me that right now the rookie struggles when matched up against true centers such as Hibbert and D12.

Isaiah Canaan, PG 30 MIN | 4-9 FG | 4-7 3FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 5 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 12 PTS | +13 +/-Canaan is a shoot first player and tonight because his shot was “on”, so mentality that worked for the Brown and the Sixers for three quarters. However, if you watched the 4th Q closely, you probably noticed that after a few ill-advised plays by Canaan, Brown replaced him with McConnell for clutch time.

JaKarr Sampson, SG 19 MIN | 0-5 FG | 0-0 3FG | 2-4 FT | 7 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 2 PTS | +10 +/-Between Stauskas and Sampson, it’s like nobody wants top grab the starting SG job and own it.

 

 


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Showing Some Fight

Posted by: C. Smith
11/27/15 10:11 am EST

TARRYTOWN, NY - AUGUST 8: Jahlil Okafor #8 of the Philadelphia 76ers poses for a portrait during the 2015 NBA rookie photo shoot on August 8, 2015 at the Madison Square Garden Training Facility in Tarrytown, New York.Despite not having won a game this season, the 76ers have displayed a great deal of heart and fight on the court every night.  Now it appears they can fight off-the-court as well.

Unless you fell into a post-Thanksgiving dinner coma, you aware that TMZ Sports has posted a grainy cell phone video showing 76ers’ rookie Jhalil Okafor punching out a heckler in the streets of Boston late on Wednesday night.

The “fight” (in the video it looks like only 2 punches were thrown) came after a very tough loss by the Sixers to the Celtics in which Jah and Co. blew a late fourth quarter lead and suffered their 16th straight loss of the season.  Okafor scored 19 points in the loss up in Boston and during a post game night on the town, he was apparently in no mood to be clowned on by a Boston faithful.

 


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Not That Big of A Surprise

Posted by: C. Smith
11/18/15 10:33 am EST

Philadelphia 76ers vs Boston CelticsOn Monday night the 76ers put up a respectable fight against the Dallas Mavericks, but were eventually bested by the Dirk and Company.  The loss dropped the Sixers record to 0-11 and with a brutal schedule the rest of the month, my prediction of a 2-16 start to this season now seems like a pipe dream.

Still, for the most part I have truly enjoyed watching this group of rookies and undiscovered “prospects” play basketball. Additionally, there have been a few positives revelations we can take from the first 11 games of the season.  It’s become very obvious that Jahlil Okafor is a low post beast on offense.  There’s little doubt that Nerlens Noel has improved his offensive game.  TJ McConnell can be a rock steady point guard at this League.  To most, the last positive item is the biggest revelation of all.

Nearly everyone in Philadunkia nation and around the Association in general has been shocked by McConnell’s ability to compete at the NBA level.  The undrafted rookie out of Arizona boasts stats line of 7.8 ppg. and 6.2 apg., while shooting 52% from the field and has held his own in difficult matchups with former NBA MVP Derrick Rose, 2015 All-Star Kyle Lowry and former All-Star Deron Williams.   However, if you look at McConnell’s basketball resume, talk to his dad and his former college coach, you’ll find that we should NOT be the least bit surprised at the success McConnell is achieving with the 76ers.

 


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Fo’ with the Foes: Milwaukee Bucks

Posted by: C. Smith
11/04/15 1:01 pm EST

bucksgirleditThis Wednesday 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 Milwaukee Bucks who tonight will celebrate the return of Jabari Parker (ACL injury) and of course feature the latest most loved/hated former 76er, Michael Carter-Williams .

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


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Rapid Reacts GM1: Some Things To Smile About

Posted by: C. Smith
10/29/15 9:58 am EST
Philadelphia 76ers 95 FinalRecap | Box Score 112 Boston Celtics
Nerlens Noel, C 35 MIN | 5-13 FG | 4-7 FT | 12 REB | 2 AST | 3 STL | 2 BLK | 3 TO | 14 PTS | -2 +/-Noel kept his great preseason game rolling last night with an agressive effort on the offensive end that led to a double-double. He even displayed the ability to use his off-hand with a lefty flip hook attempt in the 1st half. Last night’s effort by #4 has me excited for this season.

Jahlil Okafor, C 38 MIN | 10-16 FG | 6-6 FT | 7 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 2 BLK | 8 TO | 26 PTS | -9 +/-A blazing hot start 5 for 5 from the field led to the best scoring rookie debut by a 76er since Allen Iverson. I’ll take that from Jah, especially afer missings much of the preseason with nagging injuries. I loved that he was perfect from the FT line last night.

Isaiah Canaan, PG 38 MIN | 6-14 FG | 2-2 FT | 7 REB | 2 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 18 PTS | -3 +/-Canaan hit several big threes last night, but we know that he can shoot. What concerns me is the low assist number (2) and his inability to run the team in the half court last night.

Hollis Thompson, SG 36 MIN | 3-15 FG | 0-0 FT | 5 REB | 3 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 9 PTS | -15 +/-An 0-9 start to this game had me laughing out loud. As I said on Twitter last night — I’ll never undestand this franchise’s infatuation with #31.

JaKarr Sampson, SG 27 MIN | 5-9 FG | 3-3 FT | 4 REB | 0 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 13 PTS | +1 +/-When Sampson slows down a little bit and lets the game come to him he could be really good. His 5 point outburst in the 3rd Q was encouraging that he may actually take that step forward this season.


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Fo’ with the Foes: Boston Celtics

Posted by: C. Smith
10/28/15 1:44 pm EST

mariaThis 2015-16 season opening 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 a team many “experts” are predicting will be a playoff bound squad (AGAIN) at the end of the 2015-16 season.

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 the Sixers face tonight from our colleague Chuck McKenney at redsarmy.com, as Chuck will answer Fo’ questions on his Celtics squad from us here at Philadunkia.


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Six Predictions for 2015-16

Posted by: C. Smith
10/26/15 11:49 am EST

76ersaltlogoOn Wednesday night in Boston the 76ers will tip off what should be a very interesting 2015-16 season against the hated Celtics. If you believe all the online “experts”, Wednesday night’s contest against the C’s will begin yet another season of rebuilding/tanking that will produce little more than another high Draft pick for Sam Hinkie.

However, a number of us here at Philadunkia firmly believe that in 2015-16 the 76ers will actually show growth and take a significant step forward on the court. If Hinkie’s plan works and the Sixers become Eastern Conference contenders in the not so distant future, I am of the opinion that Phialdunkia nation will look back at year three of the “process” as the turning point in this long rebuild.

After the jump I present six predictions for the 76ers in the highly anticipated 2015-16 season.

 


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Opening Month Will Require Patience

Posted by: C. Smith
10/19/15 1:48 pm EST

brown-brettIn year three of Sam Hinkie’s “process” I am fully expecting the 76ers to take a noticeable step forward on the court.  The additions of Jahlil Okafor, Nik Stauskas and Kendall Marshall as well as training camp surprise Christian Wood have provided Brett Brown with a much deeper roster than he has had in the last two seasons of this rebuilding process.  Additionally, with a year of seasoning under his belt and an improved jump shot, Nerlens Noel’s should be ready to contribute on offense from the opening game of the season.  Lastly, I am expecting Robert Covington to take his game to the next level.

The combination of added talent and improvement among the players who return from the 2014-15 season should provide for better results on the court — 25 wins is a distinct possibility.  However I am writing this post to warn Philadunkia nation that because of injuries, learning to play together and an unfriendly opening month of the NBA schedule, a high level of patience with this team may be required at the start of 2015-16.


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Ready to Roll

Posted by: Michael Kaskey-Blomain
10/14/15 9:05 am EST

TARRYTOWN, NY - AUGUST 8: Jahlil Okafor #8 of the Philadelphia 76ers poses for a portrait during the 2015 NBA rookie photo shoot on August 8, 2015 at the Madison Square Garden Training Facility in Tarrytown, New York.High expectations exist for Jahlil Okafor’s rookie season.  He was labeled by many to be the most ‘NBA-ready’ player in the 2015 Draft, and his peers voted him most likely to be the League’s Rookie of the Year this season.

Okafor is a dominant low post player, who has found success at every level.  Equipped with an extremely advanced offensive arsenal, a soft touch that projects well professionally, and an innate feel for the game, Okafor is expected to find success (individual), at least offensively, almost immediately.  With a dearth of potentially dominant post-oriented players, Okafor could really develop into a nightmare matchup for defenses across the Association.


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