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Rock Bottom In Big D

Posted by: C. Smith
11/14/14 9:42 am EST

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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GM5: Rapid (Buzzer Beater) Reacts

Posted by: C. Smith
11/06/14 11:53 am EST
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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GM4: Rapid (Bearded) Reacts

Posted by: C. Smith
11/04/14 8:57 am EST
Houston Rockets 104 FinalRecap | Box Score 93 Philadelphia 76ers
Brandon Davies, PF 24 MIN | 5-10 FG | 2-3 FT | 4 REB | 3 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 0 TO | 13 PTS | -15That’s two solid games in a row from # 0. BD posted a quick 5 points in the opening Q and in the 3rd Q he had a beautiful up and under move for a bucket.  However his ill-advised 3PA with 5 mins left in the 3rd Q was simply awful.

Luc Richard Mbah a Moute, PF 25 MIN | 4-9 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 10 PTS | -15I liked Luc’s energy last night and he did some nice things, but nothing really stood out to me about his play last night.  That’s kind of the story of his career.

Nerlens Noel, PF 30 MIN | 5-8 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 5 AST | 6 STL | 1 BLK | 3 TO | 10 PTS | -6There was a battle raging on Twitter after the game as to what type of night Noel had for the 7-6. Noel had four steals and five assists in the first half.  He was very active on defense all night, including tremendous blocks of a D12 FGA and a Harden dunk attempt.  On offense, he made a very savy dive to the basket in the 2nd Q that led to a dunk.  Still, the 7-foot rookie, failed to grab a rebound until there was 2:40 left in the game.  I know there will be growing pains this season with Noel, but that can’t happen ever again.

Tony Wroten, SG 31 MIN | 7-16 FG | 4-6 FT | 5 REB | 4 AST | 5 STL | 0 BLK | 5 TO | 20 PTS | -9TWroe rackd up his third 20-plus points in the first four games, but Wroten had 5 tunrovers and only 4 dimes last night.  He did have 5 steals.  In the 3rd Q there was one play I really liked…Wroten had a tremendous dribble-drive to the rim, but missed the lay-in. However he quickly grabbed the rebound and put in the follow up. Still too many 3PAs for my tastes.

Hollis Thompson, SG 31 MIN | 2-5 FG | 2-3 FT | 3 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 7 PTS | -9I’m over this experiment already.  Hollis has been given every opportunity to grab the starting SG spot and make it his permanant home and has failed to do so.  I’m calling for KJ to start right now.

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GM1: Rapid (Not So Bad) Reacts

Posted by: C. Smith
10/30/14 9:40 am EST
Philadelphia 76ers 91 FinalRecap | Box Score 103 Indiana Pacers
Nerlens Noel, PF 35 MIN | 2-11 FG | 2-6 FT | 10 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 3 BLK | 2 TO | 6 PTS | +2

I was very impressed with his athleticism, shot blocking skills and ability to get to the rack on offense. However, he obviously struggled to finish when he got to the tin and most alarming for me was Noel’s inability to guard the pick and roll. I saw flashes of major potential and points where his raw skills were exposed badly. I have a felling that will be the case on a lot of nights. The spill he took in the 3rd was scary.

Chris Johnson, SF 32 MIN | 5-10 FG | 1-2 FT | 1 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 12 PTS | +1

I was shocked to see CJ’s name in the first-five, but he captalized nicely on the opportunity Brown gave him, scoring point in every quarter of this game. Defensively I like what I saw as well.

Henry Sims, C 23 MIN | 4-9 FG | 2-2 FT | 4 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 10 PTS | -16

A quick start — 4 pts. in the early 1st Q — did not produce the big night I was looking for from Sims, but he played solidly.  Still, I need more than 4 boards from my “center”.

Tony Wroten, SG 35 MIN | 9-21 FG | 3-8 FT | 8 REB | 7 AST | 3 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 22 PTS | +8

If this more “mature” version of TWroe shows up every night, the Sixers will be more pleasant to watch than I expected. 7 dimes and only 1 turnover for #8 last night. He still shot way too many 3’s and was awful from the FT line, but overall I like what I saw. The flush in traffic during the 4th Q was smooth.

Hollis Thompson, SG 29 MIN | 2-5 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 2 AST | 4 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 5 PTS | 0

Someone remind me again why the Sixers brass is so high on this guy?



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NBASL GM5: ‘Chip Dreams End

Posted by: C. Smith
07/18/14 9:20 am EST

nbaslgmbullseditedThe double tank may be on for the 76ers, but the team’s bid to be crowned double summer league champs came to an end last night after a slow start to the 4th quarter produced 79–68 loss to the Chicago Bulls.

The Summer Sixers were led by Jordan McRae who scored 25 points on 7 of 8 shooting and 10 – 10 from the charity stripe. Nerlens Noel posted 14 points on 5-13 shooting from the field. Former Clemson star KJ McDaniels tallied 11 points in the loss.

Still the Sixers loss and McRae’s outstanding performance took a backseat last night after Noel went down hard and hobbled to the locker room late in the game.

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NBASL GM4: Crush and Advance

Posted by: C. Smith
07/17/14 11:28 am EST

nbaslgm4editedDespite not having Nerlens Noel, K.J. McDaniels and Jordan McRae — all out with ankle sprains — the Summer Sixers posted a  85-63 win over the Los Angeles Lakers last night to advance in the elimination round of play at the NBA Summer League in Las Vegas.

After a stalemate first quarter (20-20l), Casper Ware and the 76ers summer reserves opened the 2nd qurter with a 16-0 run that extended out to a 24-4 stretch.  That 22 point cushion helped the Sixers (2-2) keep the Lakers at arm’s length for the rest of the game.   

The Sixers were led in scoring by Sean Kilpatrick and Elijah Millsap who each posted 19 points.

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NBASL GM3: JV Team Takes A Loss

Posted by: C. Smith
07/16/14 9:35 am EST

nbaslgm5editedThe 76ers brass decided last night to sit Nerlens Noel and with K.J. McDaniels  out because of injury (left ankle sprain), the Summer Sixers reserves got their chance to shine last night.  Unfortunately those members on the roster shot a combined 36% from three and allowed Suns 1st round pick TJ Warren  to post a double-double (28 points and 11 rebs) in a  97-88 Suns Phoenix win.

Jordan McRae paced the 7-6 with 21 points on 7-of-11 shooting and Adonis Thomas contributed 15 points.  In addition to the loss, the other bad news is that McRae appeared to suffer a sprained left ankle late in the loss and he could miss Wednesday’s game.

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The OPSL in Review

Posted by: Tyler Cook
07/12/14 12:53 pm EST

2014summerleague2edited“Tyler, you always get to the airport 2 hours before your flight…ALWAYS.” That’s the wise words of my old man for you. With the Orlando Pro Summer league ending and my journey back home beginning I have a lot of time to think about each Sixer individually and how they preformed this past week.

Nothing is certain in professional sports, especially the guys that are playing their hearts out just to be invited to training camp. That being said the 76ers Orlando summer squad played surprisingly well and it will be interesting to witness how they perform in Las Vegas.  But before we movbe on to Sin City, let’s wrap up the action in O-Town.  Without further delay here is my assessment of the individual players and how they faired down here in Florida.

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OPSL GM5: We Are the Champions

Posted by: Tyler Cook
07/11/14 6:39 pm EST

opslgm5editedThe 76ers have brought a championship back to the City of Brotherly Love!

While it might only be the Orlando Pro Summer League championship the Sixers have continued to showcase their young talent and win all week long.

The Sixers played in the OPSL championship game this afternoon against another strong contender down here, the Memphis Grizzlies. Coming into this game the Sixers had won three straight games, only losing too the Orlando Magic the first game they played this week.

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OPSL GM4: 3 Game Winning Streak

Posted by: Tyler Cook
07/09/14 9:29 pm EST

opslgm4editedThere’s no hiding that the 76ers are playing some of the best basketball down here at the Orlando Pro Summer League.  The team won its third game in a row tonight against a big and physical Brooklyn Nets team.  The final count had the Sixers on top 92-86 in a game that went down to the wire.

The Sixers offensively have been on a tear lately and the main culprit has been Sixers guard Casper Ware.  He looked like a NBA caliber player tonight against Brooklyn scoring an astonishing 24 points.  He commanded the offense all night and looked like a leader on the court.  Ware shot 52% from the field tonight, knocking down 9-17 field goals.  He also made a couple clutch pull up threes when the Sixers needed them.

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