Monthly Archive  December 2010

 
 

GM 32 RECAP: FUN IN THE SUN

Posted by: Tom Sunnergren
12/30/10 9:54 am EST

Last night at the US Airways Center with Andre Iguodala watching from the bench, Evan Turner and Andres Noicioni scored season-highs, Jrue Holiday played Steve Nash to a draw, and the Sixers topped the fast-setting Phoenix Suns in a hyperthyroidal 123-110 win.

The Sixers improved to 13-19 and, for those of you who pay attention to these things in December, slid a half-game ahead of the Milwaukee Bucks and into the eight hole in the East.

Going into the game, the story was in the other locker room.  After he missed the better part of two weeks with a knee injury, last night marked game one of Phoenix’s Vince Carter experiment.  I don’t like being the guy who watches the Sixers so he can watch their opponents (at least I don’t like admitting to being that guy), especially in a win, but last night I couldn’t take my eyes off Vinny, even though he”s now a shadow of himself.  I’ve always been, for lack of a better word, interested in him; his athleticism, his weirdness, the disproportionate ire his weirdness draws from the fan bases of the (at this point, many) teams he’s played for.  I don’t necessarily root for him, but I keep close tabs on the guy.


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PODCAST PART DEUX

Posted by: Philadunkia
12/29/10 12:33 pm EST

We know this city is on fire over the Birds loss Tuesday night to the lowly Minnesotta Vikings, but the Sixers also have serious issues that need to be addressed and a simple post would not do those issues justice.

So Philadunkia scribes Nabeel Ahmadieh and Kevin Jones are back with another podcast to help you focus on the ills of the 7-6 and forget the Eagles debacle last night.

Among the numerous topics Nabeel and Kevin discuss on today’s podcast :

  • The 2-3 start to this 8-game road trip
  • Iguodala’s lingering injury
  • AI9 — Trade him or not? 
  • Brand or ‘Dre — Who is the better player on the Sixers?
  • The upcoming matchup vs. the Suns
  • What happens in 2010-11 if we drop the remaining 3 games on this road trip?

 Full podcast after the jump…

 
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GM 31 RECAP: SHORT HANDED L

Posted by: Kevin Jones
12/28/10 12:27 pm EST

The grind that we call the NBA regular season can take its toll on the players.  It also takes a toll on the writers covering the sport.  Don’t get me wrong, I absolutely love covering the 76ers; but sometimes these recaps can become monotonous.  So today I am going to try something a little different.

The Philadelphia 76ers lost 110-95 Tuesday night in the Bay Area to the Warriors.  Golden State hit a season high 15 three pointers, and other than a bad stretch in the first quarter, the Warriors dictated the game.  The loss dropped the Sixers record to 12-19 on the season and 2-3 on this 8-game road trip.

After the jump, read the rest of what happened in my first 76er game night retro diary.


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GM 30 RECAP: ROCKY MT. HIGH

Posted by: Philadunkia
12/27/10 2:26 pm EST

After a two game road skid the 76ers bounced back with a 95-89 victory last night over the Denver Nuggets who were missing star Carmelo Anthony.   Anthony – averaging 24 points and 8.3 rebounds per game – missed his third game sadly due to the death of his sister.  His absence has harmed the Nuggets who have now lost three straight games without their scoring leader, their largest losing streak of the season. 

The Denver faithful might not of seen this loss coming with an 82-70 lead early in the fourth quarter, but the 76ers (12-18) fought hard to steal a victory.  Denver was on a 22-6 run with eight minutes remaining in the fourth and a twelve point lead when things turned in favor of the Sixers.  Behind starting guard Jodie Meeks with nine fourth quarter points – six at the free throw line – the Sixers ran away with a  25-7 run to close out the ball game. 


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GM 29 RECAP: BAH HUMBUG

Posted by: Kevin Jones
12/23/10 12:08 pm EST

For the second time this season the 76ers had pushed the streaking Boston Celtics up against the ropes in the final quarter.  And for the second occasion this season the C’s were able to come away the victors, pressing their win streak all the way to 14 games.

The final horn resulted in such a familiar theme for Doug Collins.  His Sixers (11-18) are now 1-8 in games decided by less than seven points and tonight’s cave in was just all too proverbial.  Choking away a 44-38 halftime lead — Boston’s lowest output all season, leaving star players wide open on switches and turning the ball over in critical moments.  Still this was an commendable defensive performance against the league’s hottest team especially the night after a 45 point loss.  It was refreshing to see the Sixers didn’t suffer from that hangover effect like they had during losing streaks in November.  


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GM 28 RECAP: LIFELESS LOSS

Posted by: Philadunkia
12/22/10 1:42 pm EST

So much for the 76ers solid play of late (won eight of last 11).  The team lost the ugliest game of the season 121-76 in Chicago to the Bulls on Tuesday night.  It all began right from the tip-off for the 76ers (11-17), lacking energy and assertiveness on both sides of the ball. 

The Sixers came out flat and looked lost on the court. 

It was perhaps the most embarrassing moment since Eddie Jordan held reigns as the head coach as at one stanza the Sixers trailed the Bulls by as much as 50 points.


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INAUGURAL PODCAST

Posted by: Philadunkia
12/21/10 4:52 pm EST

Today at Philadunkia we enter the world of Podcasts. 

We know it’s not as thrilling as DeSean Jackson’s punt return for touchdown on Sunday, but it’s still an exciting moment for us here at the site.

Our first podcast is hosted by Philadunkia scribes Nabeel Ahmadieh and Kevin Jones.

Among the numerous topics Nabeel and Kevin discuss on today’s podcast :

  • The 76ers solid defensive play
  • Predictions for the remainder of the 8-game road trip
  • Jodie Meeks and Jrue Holiday’s struggles
  • Agent Double-Zero’s play
  • And the idea of sending Evan Turner to the D-League 

 Full podcast after the jump


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ED’S BEST MOVE

Posted by: Tom Sunnergren
12/21/10 9:51 am EST

A broken clock is right twice a day.  Ed Stefanski is right every three years.

The sole occasion in Stefanski’s tenure as Sixers’ GM where his convoluted hardwood intuition has, through even sheer happenstance, coincided with objective reality came on Feb. 18 2010.  On that fateful afternoon, he traded Primo Brezec, Royal Ivey, and a second-round pick to the Milwaukee Bucks for Francisco Elson and Jodie Meeks.

The last ten months, this trade has vacillated somewhere between “good” and “very good” on the Sixers trade-o-meter, and lately has been swinging hard in the direction of the later. 


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GM 27 RECAP: OPPORTUNITY KNOCKED, SIXERS ANSWERED

Posted by: Kevin Jones
12/19/10 5:43 pm EST

It’s going to take a couple of lucky breaks for the 2010-2011 76ers to realistically grab a lower seed in the NBA’s postseason.  For starters, Doug Collins is back coaching for the first time since 2003 and last year the Sixers were bad enough to garner the number two pick in this past June’s draft lottery.

Saturday night, our Sixers caught a beautifully timed break during the first game of the daunting 8-game December road trip.  The Orlando Magic had just eight active players in uniform at the Amway Center after General Manager Otis Smith exchanged a healthy portion of his team (Vince Carter, Marcin Gortat, Mickael Pietrus and Rashard Lewis) for some risky veterans being shopped (Gilbert Arenas, Jason Richardson, Hedo Turkoglu).  The 76ers (11-16) would put together a superb second half to top Orlando 97-89. 


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GM 26 RECAP: ICE COLD

Posted by: Philadunkia
12/18/10 11:37 am EST

The 76ers came up short looking for their fourth straight victory in a home 93-81 loss to the Los Angeles Lakers.  The two-time defending champs were challenged by the home team for much of the first three quarters.  However, in the fourth quarter things turned ugly for the 76ers. 

With a four point lead heading into the fourth, the 76ers collapsed and allowed LA to walk away with a 35-19 blowout quarter.  Behind Lamar Odom’s 13 fourth quarter points the Lakers didn’t miss a beat late in the contest.  Odom provided a difficult mismatch for the 76ers all night.  His versatility and length is so rare in the NBA and the Sixers lacked anyone capable of matching his ability to play the perimeter.  Odom finished with 28 points, eight rebounds and three assists, including three separate three-point plays in the final quarter.  Odom’s dominance wasn’t the only surprise on the night, Matt Barnes played exceptional as did Spencer Hawes and the Sixers outside shooters (Meeks, Louis, Nocioni and Holiday) were ice cold.


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