Monthly Archive  January 2010

 
 

GM 35 RECAP: A SEASON ON THE BRINK

Posted by: Jeff McMenamin
01/09/10 3:41 pm EST

In case you were wondering, yes, that is the title of a book about the 1984-85 Indiana basketball team coached by Bob Knight who made it to the NCAA national championship only to lose 65-62 to UCLA.  It is also the perfect title to describe the Sixers current situation this season.  Right now this Sixers team (10-25) is on the brink of total collapse, and it’s never been more evident then in last night’s loss at the hands of the Toronto Raptors.

Before the game even started we heard that Elton Brand was sick, and General Manager Ed Stefanski addressed the media saying that everybody was responsible for the Sixers lack of success this season.  Eddie Jordan, assistant coaches, players, and even himself. Stefanski told a group of reporters, “We’re not getting the job done and we’re going to have to get it done.”  If you read between the lines this statement basically means this, “Eddie, you have three games to show me that you can win or else you’re out.”


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FO’ with the FOES: TORONTO RAPTORS

Posted by: Philadunkia
01/08/10 10:29 am EST

This Friday 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 upcoming 76ers opponents — features tonight’s opponent, one of the hotter teams in the NBA right now, the Toronto Raptors. 

We’re still pretty frustrated and angry over the ridiculous loss to the Wizards on Tuesday night, so previewing the Toronto Raptors who have won 7 of their last 8 and just beat the Spurs and Magic back-to-back may just put us on suicide watch.  You see, much like the 76ers, the Raptors struggled through the first month of the season (7-13), but unlike Philadunkia’s home team the Raptors figured things out in early December and have been playing well (11-5) since that time.  It’s just a thought, but someone from the Sixers may want to pick the brains of Jay Triano and Bryan Colangelo and learn how we can turn around this season in Philadelphia. 

If we’re honest, we unfortunately have to admit that the Sixers have little chance to win this game tonight.  Forget for a second that the Raptors are on a hot streak right now and playing some of their best ball of the year.  If you break this game down by personnel, Toronto presents some serious match-up problems for the Sixers.  With Chris Bosh and Andrea Bargnani they have bigs that are tough to handle.  Our old nemesis Hedo Turkoglu will be raining threes.  Jose Calderon and Jarrett Jack are a nice 1-2 punch at the point that will rip up Louis and Iverson’s half-hearted attempts at defense.  Additionally, rookie DeMar DeRozen is a sick athlete who can get up and down the floor with Calderon or Jack to finish on the break.  Last but not least, the Raptors bench is solid and when they’re on, they can be almost dangerous.  All of that firepower has the Raptors ranked 8th in the NBA in scoring average at 103.1 ppg.  That list of assets does not bode well for a Sixers team that can’t defend a lick, especially on the perimeter.

However, there is some hope for the Sixers.  This is a classic NBA “trap game” for Toronto and the Sixers will have to take advantage of that fact if they hope to have any chance of winning tonight.  In theory, the Raptors should be primed for a let down as they are coming off big Ws vs. San Antonio and then at Orlando on Wednesday night.  Lying ahead on Sunday for Toronto is a huge barometer game against Boston at the Air Canada Centre.  Thus the Raptors may be a little over confident and also overlooking the Sixers, figuring they can coast in this one and still pickup a victory.  For the Sixers to capitalize on the “trap game” theory they’ll have to jump on the Raptors from the opening tip by playing something that resembles defense and cause some turnovers.  They’ll also need to push the rock hard after every Toronto miss and make.  If they can get Toronto down early, then hopefully Bosh & Co. will raise the white flag and start looking to rest up for Sunday’s big contest with the Celtics. 

Of course based on the Sixers ability to hold onto leads, they will need to put Tornto in a 30-point hole in the first half for the “trap game” theory to work for Eddie Jordan’s team.     

For a little more insight into the Raptors team the Sixers face tonight, we turn to our man Zarar “Arsenalist” Siddiqi from raptorsrepublic.com to answer two questions on the Raptors from us here at Philadunkia as well as provide us with two points of insider analysis on this Toronto squad.


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GM 34 RECAP: THE FINAL NAIL…

Posted by: Philadunkia
01/06/10 12:56 am EST

In the proverbial coffin.  That’s the role tonight’s horrific loss to the struggling Washington Wizards has to own in Eddie Jordan’s Philadelphia coaching career, right? 

For us this was arguably the worst L of the year for the 76ers and Eddie Jordan’s coaching deficiencies were never more obvious then tonight.  Philadunkia’s home team blew an 18-point late third quarter lead against a Wiz squad that has struggled all year, had lost four straight and is knee deep in off-the-court drama thanks to Agent Zero’s gun carrying ways.  Tonight’s loss is totally inexcusable and it should cost Eddie Jordan his job.  Here’s why…


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FO’ with the FOES: WASHINGTON WIZARDS

Posted by: Philadunkia
01/05/10 4:33 pm EST

This 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 upcoming 76ers opponents — features tonight’s opponent and Eddie Jordan’s former team, the Washington Wizards who are 2-0 against the Sixers this season. 

Looking through our red-white & blue sunglasses, this is a game that 76ers absolutely should win tonight.  Of course we said that the last two times the Sixers  have faced the Wizards and things did not work out so well for Philadunkia’s home team.  The Wizards (10-21) have struggled mightily on-the-court this season much like the 76ers and now with the Federal Government’s ongoing investigation into Agent Zero’s gun play, the Wiz are facing off-the-court distractions as well.  That’s a combination few NBA teams are able to survive.  Throw in the Antawn Jamison trade rumors and it would seem to us that Washington is primed to truly put a stamp on the 2009-10 season and mail it in.  The Sixers could start Washington’s final downhill slide tonight with a W down at the Wachovia Center. 

But our basketball brains say the Wiz will put aside all of the issues listed above and come out and play hard.  Thus this will be a tough game for the Sixers to win.  The Wizards present serious match up problems for Eddie Jordan’s crew as their 2-0 record against us this season indicates.  Washington is athletic and fast, potentially they can score from outside, Jamison is a beast on the blocks and Agent Zero can be lethal.  If you remember back in December Gilbert hit the Sixers for 31 points overall, 12 in the 4th Q ,  and single handily won the game for Washington.  Finally,  most of the Wizards players are familiar with Eddie Jordan’s bastardized version of the Princeton offense and that should give them a defensive advantage vs. the Sixers half-court offense.  Not that they need it.

In short, we see tonight’s game as a toss up and we’ll go with our hearts and say the Sixers win this one.

For a little more insight into the Wizards team the Sixers face tonight, we turn to our man Kyle Weidie from truthaboutit.net to answer two questions on the Wizards from us here at Philadunkia as well as provide us with two points of analysis on this Washington squad from an insider’s perspective.


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MAYBE IT WAS COLD OUTSIDE

Posted by: Philadunkia
01/05/10 12:45 pm EST

We thought the drama this photo and this video generated on Monday here in Philly would have died down by now, but it seems that the folks on the radio and people on the street are not willing to let it go, so we now have to address it.  

In case you missed it — which to be honest we did Sunday night and we had to check our Tivo’d copy of Sunday’s 76ers game to believe it– in the wake of the Eagles drubbing at the hands of the hated Dallas Cowgirls, Allen Iverson showed up for the Sixers game at Denver on Sunday night wearing a Dallas ski cap.

Are we disappointed in Allen?…Yes.  Is it just wrong?…Absolutely.  Are we surprised?…Hardly.  Should all of us here in Philadunkia nation care?…Not at all. 


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GM 33 RECAP: FOOL’S GOLD

Posted by: Philadunkia
01/04/10 12:24 pm EST

jsmithvsdenAt this point in the 76ers debacle of a season, we’ll take a win anyway we can get it and last night the Sixers got an ugly win, but it still counts.  The problem is that’s really the most positive thing we can say about last night’s game in Denver.  Sunday night, the Sixers (10-23) who were on the last game of their 6-game road trip, played a Nuggets squad that was missing All-Stars Carmel Anthony as well as Chauncey Billups and during the 2nd quarter lost Chris “Birdman” Anderson to a sprained ankle.  So in theory the Sixers should have walked home with an easy W vs. the significantly depleted Nuggs.

Instead, the 76ers decided to take us on a dramatic and unnecessary rollercoaster ride on the way to a lucky win.  Philadunkia’s home team of course started slow, fell behind by nine points in the 1st Q, made a comeback thanks to the second unit, built a 15-point lead in the 3rd Q, nearly blew the game on the FT line and then miraculously held on for the victory.  Against most NBA teams this game would have been a loss for the Sixers and against a healthy Nuggets sqaud it would have been a blowout loss.

 
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FINALLY

Posted by: Philadunkia
01/03/10 4:03 pm EST

82875250JG002_Sixers_PCIt took 32 games for it to happen, but someone in the “mainstream media” finally had the smarts to write an article heavily criticizing the coaching job Eddie Jordan has done with the 76ers this season.  Jordan’s double speak, questionable lineup choices and overall sub-par performance at the helm of the Sixers has been a topic we have discussed many times in our posts here at Philadunkia.com.  So it is with great pleasure that we announce…Kate Fagan of the Inqy finally came to her basketball senses and wrote a solid piece on the losing and often mysterious ways of Coach Jordan.

Fagan, who we consider to be a very knowledgeable basketball scribe, writes…“The 76ers can’t dream of contending this season, but they shouldn’t be a 9-23 team, either; they shouldn’t be the second-worst team in the Eastern Conference. They should be better, a second-tier playoff team at worst, a squad that competes nightly and wins half the time.”

We could not agree more.  Read the rest of Fagan’s article from today’s Inqy here.  Our only question is how much longer will it take Ed Stefanski to come to his senses and find a new coach for this team?!?