Monthly Archive  October 2010

 
 

GM 3 RECAP: HORRIFIC 3rd Q = 0-3

Posted by: Kevin Jones
10/31/10 3:21 pm EST

After three games on the long and grueling NBA docket, 76ers Head Coach Doug Collins has yet to notch his first W as the Sixers fell again last night to the Pacers in Indianapolis 99-86.

Unlike Friday’s loss to the Atlanta Hawks, there’s not much positive we can take from this one.  The 76ers could only muster 35 total points in the second half Saturday night.  The starting five hopefully had one of their worst scoring performances of the young season — Andre Iguodala, Elton Brand and Jrue Holiday all tied as the leading scorer among the starters with 12 points.  The Sixers got outscored on the fastbreak (18-15) and in the paint (46-40).  Indiana also owned the boards (51-46) and attempted 25 free throws, compared to the Sixers 16.  Yikes.  If it wasn’t for Lou Williams seven-for-eight shooting display (18 points), this game could have been a lot uglier.


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GM 2 RECAP: YOU CAN SEE THE LIGHT

Posted by: Philadunkia
10/30/10 11:18 am EST

That’s what we discovered while watching the 76ers during the first two games of the 2010-11 season — you can see the light at the end of the tunnel.  Yes there have been large chunks of the first two Ls were this team reverts back to the awful habits they developed playing under Eddie Jordan — ole’ defense and settling for jumpers — but there have also been beautiful stretches were the Sixers play in-your-face defense and on the other end they drive the ball to the tin. 

We realize that there is a long road ahead before the Sixers play the way Doug Collins wants them to for nearly an entire game, but we saw flashes of what this roster is capable of last night against a very good Hawks team and it was encouraging.   

More recap after the jump.


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FO’ with the FOES: ATLANTA HAWKS

Posted by: Philadunkia
10/29/10 4:13 pm 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 the Atlanta Hawks.

The 76ers are coming off a not-so-surprising loss to the Miami Heat during which they actually looked like they had a clue for a stretch or two.  However most of the time on Wednesday night they looked like the same band of headless chickens that played in Eddie Jordan’s circus last year.  The question for this team really is how quickly can they shake the bad habits from 2009-10 and start following the plan Doug Collins has laid out for them.  We don’t see that happening in Game 2 of this season. 

In addition to the Sixers being a mess, the Hawks are more talented, more athletic and deeper. They also shoot the ball better and they play better defense.  So even if the Sixers get their acts together tonight and play the way Collins wishes, they’re still matched up against what is simply a better team. All of this basketball stuff provides a daunting list of items that this Sixers roster has to overcome in order to secure a victory tonight.

Of course there also is an off-the-court item that could have an impact on the Sixers tonight.  Hanging out in the wind are the reports (and subsequent denials) that Andre Iguodala has asked to be traded.  In our minds, that rumor has to be a distraction.  The rumor combined with the Sixers learning a new system and the fact that the Hawks are a better all-around team means that tonight’s contest will produce an 0-2 start for the 7-6.  

For a little more insight into the Hawks team the Sixers face tonight, we turn to our man Bret LaGree from hoopinionblog.com to answer two questions on Atlanta from us here at Philadunkia as well as provide us with two points of analysis on this Hawks squad from an insider’s perspective. 


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DID HE OR DIDN’T HE ?

Posted by: C. Smith
10/29/10 11:57 am EST

Last night there was a very interesting report on ESPN’s NBA pre game show regarding the 76ers.  That report said that Sixers swingman and “star” player Andre Iguodla had gone to the 76ers brass and requested to be traded.  The story was later featured on ESPN’s bottom line ticker as well.  Needless to say, we were shocked at this report. 

So we made a few calls and sent some emails to try and confirm this report, but no one we spoke with had any knowledge of the story.

Now the Inqy’s Kate Fagan has done some leg work and apparently gotten the answers we were looking for last night and earlier today. 

Did AI9 request to be traded just one game into the 2010-11 season?

Find out after the jump.


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GM 1 RECAP: HEAT STROKE

Posted by: Tom Sunnergren
10/28/10 10:22 am EST

In the much-anticipated NBA debut of Craig Brackins, the Sixers fell to the Heat by a dime.

First the good:

Evan Turner, preseason and summer league be damned, played really good basketball.  He overcame Doug Collins’ start-Kapono-diss (I hope Doug’s sufficiently recovered from his concussion to learn his lesson on this one, though given the fire it lit under Turner, maybe old man Collins is craftier than we give him credit for.  Crazy like a fox!), made Dwyane Wade look like Wade Phillips with an absolutely devastating cross-over to twenty footer in the third, and led the team with sixteen points.  And for you efficiency-mongers, he managed to score those sixteen with only three missed shots and two turnovers.  What else did he do?  Oh, just grabbed seven boards, dished out four assists, and –and this is probably the best part– flat out looked like a guy who was the number two pick in the draft.  And after an exhibition season where he looked like a guy who didn’t know what kind of guy he was supposed to look like, to see him banging with two of the three best players in basketball like he belonged, was a welcome sight. “He’s a gamer,” said Doug Collins, just now through my television.  Agreed.


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SEASON PREVIEW: LOCALS ONLY

Posted by: C. Smith
10/27/10 11:26 am EST

On Monday we told you what the odds makers in Las Vegas are predicting for the 76ers this season and it wasn’t pretty.  Then yesterday we hit you with Philadunkia’s own breakdown of  the upcoming Sixers season which included opinions from national NBA “Insiders”.   Not much of that post was very rosy either.  Today for the third and final installment of our 2010-11 76ers preview series, we reached out to a host of great local basketball minds in order to get their quick opinions on what lies ahead for the 7-6 this season.  These Philadunkia nation hoop heads know the game extremely well and as a bonus for us, they also follow the Sixers very closely.  In short, these guys know what they are talking about when it comes to Philadunkia’s home team.

Unfortunately for Sixers fans, the forecast for the 76ers in 2010-11 from the local Sixers gurus is just as gloomy as the predictions from Sin City, Philadunkia.com and the national “experts”.

Read on if you can handle the pain.  


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SEASON PREVIEW: PHILADUNKIA’S TAKE

Posted by: Tom Sunnergren
10/26/10 9:55 am EST

Since the sun set on the Sixers’ dreadful ’09-10 season, a handful of significant things have happened.  They fired a bad coach, hired what might be a good one, lucked into the two pick in the 2010 NBA Draft, used it to procure the reigning national collegiate player of the year, traded the wildly unpopular but productive Sam Dalembert for two players who are significantly worse than Sam Dalembert, traded the wildly unpopular and unproductive Willie Green for two players who are probably worse than Willie Green, and hired an old man who just built the worst team since the first Bush administration to ameliorate theirs.  Ohh yeah, and they signed Tony Battie.

So while this offseason was a mixed bag (mixed in the sense that a bag full of broken glass with a couple Milky Ways in it is mixed), here in the offices of Philadunkia, while Oceans have risen, and cities fallen, hope has survived (This both false and stolen from Deep Impact).

Here’s our season preview.  Enjoy it, because given Comcast’s preseason coverage of the Sixers, this might be the last you hear of them for a long time.


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SEASON PREVIEW: VEGAS BABY

Posted by: Philadunkia
10/25/10 9:32 am EST

The 76ers tip off the 2010-11 season on Wednesday night by hosting and most likely losing to the much improved Miami Heat.  Over the next three days we will be previewing the 2010-11 Sixers as only Philadunkia can do.  We’ll kick things off this week with a look at what the “experts” in Vegas are forecasting for the 7-6 and their current roster.  After all it’s one thing to read what the scribes on the Internet are writing or listen to what the talking heads are saying on television, but when it comes down to it, the odds makers in Vegas typically seem to have a better feel for the League and what will happen over the course of a season.

After the jump is a Sixers-centric review of the 2010-2011 NBA Odds posted in Vegas.  Included in the list of futures and line info we have for you are odds to win the NBA Championship, Conference odds, over/under win totals for the 76ers, award and stats odds and a variety of player odds. 

Take a look at what the “wise guys” have to say about the 76ers.

 
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IF YOU TELEVISE IT, THEY WILL WIN

Posted by: C. Smith
10/21/10 10:46 am EST

Last night, Comcast finally put a 76ers preseason game on the airwaves and the 76ers rewarded their ownership group with a nice drubbing of the New York Knicks. 

We’re trying not to get too excited about the win last night as the Knicks are a mediocre team and last night they were without Amare and Gallinari.  Still you have to be a little pleased with numerous things the Sixers did correctly last night.

At the top of our list of “Things We Liked from Last Night’s W Over the NYK” was that the Sixers played some solid defense through the first three quarters.  Forget for a minute that the NYK shot 34% from the field for the game.  If you look at the tape, you’ll see hands in the passing lanes, blocked shots, numerous steals, tough on-ball defense, decent rotations and improved defensive rebounding.  We had to check the channel guide to make sure we had tuned into the Sixers game.

Next would be the play of Jrue Holiday (10 points, 11 dimes and 5 rips).  Holiday has struggled at times this preseason, but not last night.  Wednesday night he was simply dominant.  His night also included this ridiculous flush that garnered him “Play of the Night” honors on NBA.com.

NBA.com also has the rest of the highlights of the Sixers final preseason game vs. the NYK.

More of our thoughts after the jump.


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1-5 PRESEASON…TIME TO PANIC?

Posted by: Philadunkia
10/20/10 10:22 am EST

Once again last night there was no television coverage of a 76ers preseason matchup.  On Tuesday night Comcast SportsNet chose to air a nearly tw0-hour long Phillies post game show followed by the syndicated documentary “The Golden Age of Baseball” instead of the Sixers vs. Cleveland game.  Over at TCN we were treated to UEFA Champions League Soccer.  To be honest the soccer may have been more interesting then Sixers and Cavs in Cincinnati, but the point is, the Sixers remain the red-headed step-child of Comcast nation.

But once again, have no fear as we have the game covered for our readers.

We’ll start with fellow THN blogger John Krolik of cavstheblog.com who has a solid recap of the Sixers latest loss.    

Over at csnphilly.com they have highlights of Cavs win over the Sixers last night.

Dei Lynam of csnphiilly.com actually made the trip to Cincinnati last night and files this recap of another preseason loss for the Sixers.  FYI…T.O. was in the house.

Checking out the boxscore, we’re not sure what is most concerning — a) Evan Turner started, played 20 minutes and only scored 4 points; or (b) Jrue Holiday played nearly 30 minutes had zero assists and shot 30% from the field.  It does seem that Nocioni is finally healthy (17 points) which is good news.  But again these quick hitters are just based on analyzing the box score because the game was NOT on TV.

More on this game after the jump.


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