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GM 21: RAPID REACTS

Posted by: Jeff McMenamin
01/31/12 8:09 am EST

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Orlando Magic 69 Final

Recap | Box Score

74 Philadelphia 76ers
Elton Brand, PF 31 MIN | 4-10 FG | 0-0 FT | 7 REB | 1 AST | 8 PTS | +3

Wow.  What a defensive performance from Brand in this one.  Brand played 31 tough minutes and played great defense on Ryan Anderson as well as help defense on Dwight Howard all game.  He also added 4 blocks and 2 steals to his defensive stat sheet. Howard shot 6-17 on the night and that was in large part of Brand on the blocks.  Coach K would’ve been proud.

Andre Iguodala, SF 42 MIN | 5-11 FG | 3-9 FT | 11 REB | 6 AST | 14 PTS | +12

Iguodala played a solid game.  He filled the stat sheet and the team was +12 with him on the court.  He held Hedo Turkoglu to a season low of 1-9 from the field.  He also notched another career milestone, surpassing Sir Charles on the Sixers all-time steals list putting him in fourth place with 1,007 steals.  I’m still disappointed though that the man cannot hit his free-throws.  Going 3-9 on the night is unacceptable, considering only a few weeks ago he missed a free-throw that could’ve given the Sixers a win against Denver.  For the sake of his team, he has to put in some extra time in the gym at the foul line.  Can we get Herb Magee to come over to PCOM for an hour or so?

Tony Battie, C 17 MIN | 3-5 FG | 2-2 FT | 9 REB | 0 AST | 8 PTS | +8

He sure didn’t seem like the oldest man on the team in this game.  Battie held his own against Howard and played well on offense and defense.  8 points and 9 rebounds in 17 minutes is a great night for Tony Battie.

Jodie Meeks, G 24 MIN | 2-6 FG | 1-2 FT | 6 REB | 1 AST | 7 PTS | +8

Meeks played a solid game.  He defended J.J. Redick very well, limiting him to 3-13 shooting.  Outside of that he didn’t need to do too much in this one.  It’s worth noting that the 3-headed monster at the shooting guard spot of Meeks, Williams, and Turner had nearly identical minutes in this one however with 24, 25, 24 respectively.

Jrue Holiday, PG 30 MIN | 3-11 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 6 AST | 6 PTS | +4

Jrue was cold from the field, but defended well and distributed the ball effectively as well.  The Magic were without Jameer Nelson which made Holidays job a lot easier.  With the toughest stretch of games coming up for the Sixers, Holiday has to find his rhythm for the team to have success.  He has the task of defending two of the best in the game in Derrick Rose and Dwyane Wade next.  It’s his chance to make a statement around the league.

Lou Williams, PG 25 MIN | 4-13 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 2 AST | 9 PTS | -4

Awful shooting from Lou in this one.  His 9 points stopped his streak of five straight games hitting for double digits.  As I said for Jrue Holiday, Lou needs to be on point for this tough stretch of games coming up.  He’s still leading the team in scoring and will be looked to often to provide that scoring in the next few games.

Thaddeus Young, F 31 MIN | 5-13 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 2 AST | 10 PTS | -3

He tested Dwight Howard and Howard showed him why he’s one of the best defenders in the League.  Young scored 10 points but on 5-13 shooting as many of his drives to the cup were defended well by Superman.  He’ll have an easier time with those takes when he’s not going in against the 3-years and counting NBA Defensive Player of the Year.

Lavoy Allen, PF 17 MIN | 0-4 FG | 0-0 FT | 5 REB | 3 AST | 0 PTS | +7

He did an outstanding job for a rookie making Howard work for his looks.  Lavoy continues to shine in the absence of Hawes and Vucevic.  He’s done it offensively on a couple occasions, but against Howard it was his defense that made the difference.  It seems for the moment that even when Hawes and Vuc return that Lavoy has earned some minutes of his own.  It’ll be interesting to see how coach Collins uses him the rest of the season.

Evan Turner, SG 24 MIN | 4-7 FG | 4-6 FT | 4 REB | 1 AST | 12 PTS | -10

Besides Tony Battie, Turner was the only Sixer to shoot above 50% from the field.  Turner had 12 points on 4-7 shooting, and it was nice to see him use his size and strength to get a few looks from the free-throw line.  He’s currently third on the team in FTA’s behind Lou Williams and Andre Iguodala, but only shooting 63%.  He averaged 75% from the line in his final season at Ohio State, so at least we know he’s capable of hitting them on a more consistent basis if given the opportunity.

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FO’ with the FOES: ORLANDO MAGIC

Posted by: C. Smith
01/30/12 3:01 pm EST

This Monday 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 important upcoming 76ers games — features tonight’s opponent the Orlando Magic, who if we are totally honest, are a hot mess right now.

Our thoughts on tonight’s game vs. the Magic are all over the place.  Ten days ago, we would have viewed this game as a litmus test or a statement game for the 76ers.  Ten days ago a win over the Magic would have gone a long way towards shutting up many of the critics who have refused to give the 7-6 any credit for their successful start to the 2011-12 season.  But that was 10 days ago.

Now, roughly four hours before tip off, we’re not sure this game tonight against the Magic means anything.  Orlando has lost three straight and 4 of their last 5.  Two of the L’s happened at the hands of the old and slow Boston Celtics.  Both came in simply unexplainable, but vastly different fashion. Another of their recent losses was to an Eric Gordon-less Hornets team.  They’re banged up.  Dwight Howard called his teammates out in the media.  And those who cover the team on a daily basis are suggesting that in an effort to shake his team out of this slump, Stan Van Gundy should make significant line up changes.  Basically it seems like total chaos in Orlando right now.

Thus, we guess that what this game means depends on which Orlando Magic team shows up tonight down at the Wells Fargo Center.  If the team that won five straight earlier this month and owns Ws over the Lakers and Blazers makes an appearance, we can put some stock in the result of tonight’s game – either way.  If the Orlando squad of the last week or so shows up again tonight, then the Sixers will simply own another W over a weaker squad and the home team’s critics will remain.   

For a little more insight into the Magic team the Sixers face tonight, we turn to our man Eddy Rivera from magicbasketball.net to answer four questions on this Orlando squad from us here at Philadunkia.


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SCHOOL YARD BULLY ???

Posted by: Tim Parker
01/30/12 9:46 am EST
Everybody remembers that one kid in high school that was the roughest, toughest and meanest.  The guy who would take your lunch money and obliterate any self confidence that you thought you owned.  Sometimes, even a black eye would accompany your demoralized ego. 
 
But often when that same jerk faced someone just as rough, nasty, or mean; they’d crumble.  They suddenly seemed normal, and they seemed almost as vulnerable as their past victims had been.
 
Have the Sixers become that guy? 
 
Based on the first 20 games of the 2011-12 season, they have fit the perfect description of the bully who can’t pick on someone its own size.  All of their victories have been in convincing fashion, including many of the demolition variety.
 
In fact, 12 of the Sixers 14 wins have been by at least a 10 point margin or more.  Their smallest margin of victory is 8.  What’s even more amazing is that 8 of those games were won by 17 points or more. 
 
Bottom line – The 76ers’ W’s have been utter massacres.  And, like the true tormentors they have been, they’ve shown no mercy against the glee club and geek squad members of the NBA. 

GM 20: RAPID REACTS

Posted by: Tom Sunnergren
01/28/12 10:22 pm EST
Detroit Pistons 74 FinalRecap | Box Score 95 Philadelphia 76ers
Elton Brand, PF 28 MIN | 6-11 FG | 2-2 FT | 4 REB | 3 AST | 14 PTS | +15

The old man continued stroking it from mid-range and contributed defensively too, holding Greg Monroe to 6-19 shooting (16 pts.) and getting three blocks.  As a bonus, he only played 28 minutes tonight.  But the question remains…Can he have a big night (2010-11 big) when when we really need him to?

Andre Iguodala, SF 35 MIN | 4-7 FG | 1-2 FT | 10 REB | 10 AST | 10 PTS | +15

He’s not really taking charge offensively — given his limited shooting ability, maybe that’s okay — but Iguodala filled it up otherwise on Saturday, celebrating his 28th birthday with his eighth career triple double.  And the first period pass, off the glass and to himself, that he finished with two hands was a thing to see.  He now trails only Sir Charles on the Sixers career triple-double list (Chuck had 10).  To bad he can’t take over and dominate a game like Charles.  But we are trying to “embrace him” as coach Collins begged us to do in the post game presser.  Which is getting easier since he quoted Ice Cube on the triple-double in his post game Tweet.

Tony Battie, C 14 MIN | 0-1 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 0 AST | 0 PTS | +1

He played?

Jodie Meeks, G 28 MIN | 4-8 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 1 AST | 12 PTS | +14

Most in the Philadunkia offices were concerned about the two spot heading into the season.  We’re not so concerned anymore.  Meeks hit another four threes against Detroit, making him 27/55 from outside in his last ten nights.

Jrue Holiday, PG 36 MIN | 5-10 FG | 2-3 FT | 4 REB | 2 AST | 13 PTS | +21

Solid night, but everybody wants to see a little more out of Jrue.  Locally, the “rising star” talk has quieted, but the national “experts” stll love him — just saying.

Francisco Elson, C 4 MIN | 1-1 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 2 PTS | -7

See Battie, Tony

Andres Nocioni, F 3 MIN | 0-2 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 0 PTS | -6

Well, he’s had a nice career.  So he’s got that going for him.

Lou Williams, PG 25 MIN | 5-12 FG | 4-5 FT | 3 REB | 4 AST | 17 PTS | +14

All he does is score.  Lou, again, led the Sixers in the sexiest of all categories, and held his position as seventh in the NBA in points per 48 minutes.

Thaddeus Young, F 18 MIN | 4-11 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 2 AST | 8 PTS | +13

After a rough start, Thad hit one of his first six shots, the sixth (seventh? eighth?) man extraordinaire picked it up in the late going.

Lavoy Allen, PF 24 MIN | 3-6 FG | 1-1 FT | 4 REB | 2 AST | 7 PTS | +26

The Sixer with the highest per minute productivity (by measure of wins produced via The NBA Geek)? Lavoy Allen, who entered Saturday with a .314wp48, or three times the productivity of your average forward.  Probably won’t last, but it didn’t end against the Piston’s either.  Apparently he has located the “motor” that every NBA scout said he lacked at Temple.

Craig Brackins, SF 3 MIN | 0-1 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 0 PTS | -6

The Sixers have the makings of their own human victory cigar.

Evan Turner, SG 23 MIN | 6-8 FG | 0-2 FT | 6 REB | 3 AST | 12 PTS | +5

The Sixers swiss army knife, continues to take a page out of Andre Iguodala’s book by doing everything but put the ball in the bucket for the 7-6.  Down the stretch on Saturday, he even did a little of that — including a reverse dunk off a hesitation move to give the Sixers their 90th point.  Is it us or does ET get no respect from NBA refs?  The kidET has been mauled repeatedly on his way to the hoop in the last two games and gotten no calls.

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GM 19: RAPID REACTS

Posted by: Jeff McMenamin
01/28/12 12:15 pm EST
Charlotte Bobcats 72 Final

Recap | Box Score

89 Philadelphia 76ers
Elton Brand, PF 21 MIN | 2-5 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 2 AST | 4 PTS | +13

Brand was given some much needed rest in the contest after having to shoulder the load in the lane for the past few games. He had an efficiency rating of +13 while on the court so he seemed to be doing things right when out there.

Andre Iguodala, SF 27 MIN | 3-9 FG | 2-2 FT | 4 REB | 6 AST | 9 PTS | +18

AI9 played the role of a distributor in this game and it worked out well for the 7-6. Iggy had 6 assists in the contest including a sick pass in transition to a trailing Thaddeus Young in the second quarter who finished with the alley oop flush.

Tony Battie, C 13 MIN | 2-3 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 0 AST | 4 PTS | +6

The veteran Battie who started the game was given the typical “veteran playing time when their team establishes a big lead” treatment.  Battie played 12 minutes in this one and enjoyed a comfortable seat on the bench for this one.

Jodie Meeks, G 33 MIN | 4-12 FG | 3-3 FT | 4 REB | 2 AST | 14 PTS | +14

Meeks continued his solid shooting at home this season, knocking down three treys in the contest.  He’s a guy that the Sixers have to get going each game because when he’s hot he’s a tough guy to stop.

Jrue Holiday, PG 31 MIN | 6-14 FG | 2-2 FT | 5 REB | 3 AST | 15 PTS | +23On

Jrue’s bobblehead night the man did not disappoint. Whether driving to the cup, distributing the ball, forcing turnovers, or simply just controlling the game Holiday was able to do it all in this one.  The Sixers were +23 with him on the court.

Francisco Elson, C 4 MIN | 0-1 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 0 PTS | -3

We have an Elson sighting! In his first game of the year just hours after the Sixers signed him to a contract, the seven foot dutchman grabbed a board and blocked a shot. Let’s see what he can do with a little more tick.

Lou Williams, PG 21 MIN | 6-12 FG | 4-5 FT | 5 REB | 4 AST | 17 PTS | +7

Sweet Lou did what Sweet Lou does best. Score the basketball. Lou led all scorers with 17 in this one and paced the Sixers all night.  When Lou gets it going, usually good things happen.  When Lou hits for 13 or more the Sixers are 11-4, 12 or less 2-2.

Thaddeus Young, F 24 MIN | 5-7 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 0 AST | 10 PTS | +21

Young played with high intensity all night and did his job while on the court. His numbers don’t give him enough justice. Thad helped the Sixers with what they do best: transition basketball.  That’s one of the keys to the Sixers success this season.

Lavoy Allen, PF 28 MIN | 4-7 FG | 0-0 FT | 7 REB | 1 AST | 8 PTS | +5

The Temple Alum once again played a great game at the WFC.  He was active on the boards, had a sick dish to a cutting Thad Young, and was productive shooting the ball. It was a good thing to see after the way that Kris Humphries totally dominated him in the game before.  It’s the typical rookie growing pains.

Evan Turner, SG 22 MIN | 2-4 FG | 0-0 FT | 7 REB | 1 AST | 4 PTS | +1

Turner didn’t play his best in this one, but still did things to help while on the court.  He defended well and pulled down seven boards which led the team. He’s looking more and more comfortable though when on the court.

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THE ROAD AHEAD

Posted by: Jerry Scherwin
01/27/12 1:20 pm EST

For the first time in this obscure NBA season, I’m feeling a little troubled about the Sixers.  Although I knew and was warned that this stretch of the schedule was coming like a ruthless hurricane, I boarded up my house and pretended it wouldn’t be that bad.  After all of the good feeling Sixers “propaganda” that I have been accused of pouring out in my posts, I’ve lost a little bit of my confidence after last night’s loss.

Did we really just lose to the Nets… at home?

It’s not that I’m all of a sudden turning my back on Doug Collins and his team of young and inspired talent; I’m just worried about the storm ahead.  A storm that looks really, really ugly for the Sixers young backcourt and a beat up front.

To cut to the point, the schedule for February is nothing else but exceptionally BRUTAL.


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EVAN TURNER’S NEW LIFE

Posted by: Jeff McMenamin
01/26/12 2:00 pm EST

Every year the NBA draft lottery comes to Secaucus, New Jersey where GM’s of teams who sat and watched the NBA Playoffs hope desperately that David Stern will pull their teams ping pong ball out of the lottery machine for the chance at a high draft pick.  For the 2010 NBA draft, Philadunkia nation knows all too well that for once the ball had bounced in their favor as the 7-6 received their first top five draft pick since the awful selection of forward Keith Van Horn with the number two pick in 1997.  The pick they received in 2010 was also the second pick and in a weak draft the Sixers were left with more questions then answers come that draft day.

The clear cut number one selection was point guard John Wall who had dazzled the US with his incredible quickness and leaping ability as a freshman at Kentucky.  Wall led Kentucky to a number one seed in the NCAA tournament where they lost in the elite 8, but it was enough to show the country and league GM’s alike the leadership and potential that Wall possessed as the Wizards ended up taking him with the number one pick.

The second pick wasn’t nearly as clear cut as the first. 

 
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GM 18: RAPID REACTS

Posted by: Tom Sunnergren
01/26/12 7:31 am EST
New Jersey Nets 97 Final

Recap | Box Score

90 Philadelphia 76ers
Elton Brand, PF 28 MIN | 6-10 FG | 4-5 FT | 4 REB | 0 AST | 16 PTS | -6

Another day, another high efficiency, albeit losing, performance for EB. With the Sixers frontcourt thin and getting thinner by the day, here’s hoping he’s got a few more of these in the tank.

Andre Iguodala, SF 41 MIN | 4-12 FG | 4-4 FT | 6 REB | 4 AST | 12 PTS | -10

There was more bad than good tonight for Iguodala. Though he made a couple large-sized, quintessentially Iguodala plays—his tip-in off a Brand miss to bring the 7-6 to within 77-75 stands out—he was brutal from outside. In the final analysis, our best guy (him) wasn’t as good as their best guy (Deron Williams) and that made all the difference.

Tony Battie, C 13 MIN | 1-1 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 0 AST | 2 PTS | -6

With the frontcourt ravaged by injuries, and the team relying on him to contribute, Tony Battie came through with a classic Tony Battie performance.

Jodie Meeks, G 36 MIN | 2-4 FG | 0-0 FT | 8 REB | 1 AST | 6 PTS | -2

Meeks somehow ended up covering the aforementioned Williams on the two crucial possessions that came immediately after the Sixers took a 90-88 lead in the extra period. Deron promptly hit a two to tie the score, then drained a three to give the Nets a lead they wouldn’t relinquish. The Sixers worst defender on the Nets only scoring threat, while he was on fire?
“[It was] a switch on a pick and roll,” Meeks said after the game. “He’s an All-Star for a reason, and he made a good shot.”
My head hurts.

Jrue Holiday, PG 42 MIN | 5-13 FG | 2-2 FT | 2 REB | 7 AST | 14 PTS | -11

The good: he hit two fourth period threes—one that tied the game at 72, the other that gave the Sixers a 78-77 lead—scored 12 in the fourth period and overtime—including a dunk off an inbound steal at the other end that, temporally, put the home team in the driver seat with 1:18 left in OT—and his seven dimes were a welcome sign considering he entered the game 35th among point guards in assists per 48 minutes. The bad: he got torched by Deron Williams to the tune of 34 points and was invisible in the game’s first three periods. Dude’s got aways to go.

Lou Williams, PG 32 MIN | 7-15 FG | 2-4 FT | 1 REB | 6 AST | 17 PTS | +6

Lou Williams took a dumb 23-footer with the game tied at 80 and hit it to put the Sixers in the lead. Lou Williams took a dumb 23-footer with the Sixers down 93-90 and missed it to ensure a loss. There’s a moral here somewhere.

Thaddeus Young, F 27 MIN | 5-9 FG | 0-0 FT | 5 REB | 2 AST | 10 PTS | +7

Doubt his centrality to what the Sixers do? The matchup nightmare’s back injury was the anvil that broke their…well, back.

Lavoy Allen, PF 18 MIN | 2-5 FG | 2-2 FT | 2 REB | 0 AST | 6 PTS | -1

Lavoy Allen got abused by Kris Humphries tonight. When a man is capable of that kind of physical violence, it’s no surprise his marriage only lasted 72 days.

Evan Turner, SG 29 MIN | 3-10 FG | 1-2 FT | 7 REB | 1 AST | 7 PTS | -12

He was active, but tonight that wasn’t necessarily a good thing. His shot was off and he didn’t finish inside. He kept doing his thing on the boards though, and leads all SGs in rebounds per 48 by a wide margin. Silver linings.

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NOTES, LINKS & TWEETS

Posted by: C. Smith
01/25/12 2:49 pm EST

The Sixers wil be without the services of Hawes and “Big Nik” again tonight vs. the Nets.

Which means that hopefully the Lavoy Allen lovefest will continue .  We know it’s only 2 games, but does Lavoy’s emergence signal the end of the Craig Brackins era in Philly — before it even got started?

NBA.com has a preview of tonight’s Nets at Sixers game.  The Sixers have won 8 straight against the NJN and had a +15 point margin of victory average in their 4 games from 2011-12, so we are loving the -11.5 point line that Vegas has established for the  Sixers tonight.

Sixers.com has a host of video from today’s shootaround that previews tonight’s game, including this interview with Jrue.

According to John Finger at csnphilly.com, you can forget those ideas about ‘Sheed coming home, but Francisco Elson will be in for a workout on Thursday

Back to Lavoy…he was a guest on csnphilly.com’s “Lunch Break” show today.

In his latest power rankings, ESPN.com’s John Hollinger has the Sixers sitting pretty at #2.


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INSIDE HELP

Posted by: Jerry Scherwin
01/25/12 9:57 am EST

On Tuesday, Philadunkia’s Tim Parker wrote about the Sixers brevity at the power forward and center positions on the current roster.  He discussed the existing lineup of big men and their ample offensive effectiveness from any spot on the floor, all the while making it a point to unearth their lack of bone shattering physicality on the defensive end.  Though the 7-6 are sitting among the League’s elite in the first quarter of the 2012 NBA season, it seems as though the bubble could burst soon.

Or at least deflate.

Though we agree that Spencer Hawes and his team of gangly goons can light it up from 15-20 feet on any night (opening up the floor for Sweet Lou and Jrue Holiday to run rampant among a wide open lane), they lack that special something that makes guys like Kevin Garnett and Tyson Chandler coveted “Bigs” in the NBA for their actions on the defensive end.

Yes, it may seem like we are finding nominal intricacies to complain about among the first place 7-6 and yes, I at least (as I’m sure Tim is as well) am ecstatic about that happening (even if the Sixers schedule has featured more powder puffs than giants).  But (like Tim said, “there always is a but…”), the current assimilation of big men is worrisome.

So how do the Sixers fix it? 


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