Monthly Archive  January 2012

 
 

GM 17: RAPID REACTS

Posted by: Tim Parker
01/23/12 10:52 pm EST
Washington Wizards 83 FinalRecap | Box Score 103 Philadelphia 76ers
Elton Brand, PF 29 MIN | 8-14 FG | 1-2 FT | 9 REB | 1 AST | 17 PTS | +15

Brand was solid and needed to be, as the Sixers were without the services of 2 of their rotational big men.  He battled for loose balls and gave an excellent effort even in the garbage team that the fourth quarter was.  Most impressively, Brand was very aggressive on the offensive end.

Andre Iguodala, SF 32 MIN | 3-5 FG | 0-2 FT | 7 REB | 11 AST | 7 PTS | +13

Iguodala’s play set the tone for the entire game.  His 1st quarter was outstanding.  His stellar defense set up great fast break opportunities that started the rout of the lowly Wizards.  He was a facilitator and was a perfect set up man for his teammates.  He had 6 assists in the 1st quarter alone.  The box score does not tell his whole story.

Tony Battie, C 17 MIN | 1-3 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 1 AST | 2 PTS | +13

Without Hawes and Vucevic, one would think Battie would have had a bigger roll in the contest. – Not so much!  However, he did a nice job defending Sixer killer JaVale McGee in the 1st half.

Jodie Meeks, G 26 MIN | 5-9 FG | 2-2 FT | 5 REB | 1 AST | 15 PTS | +12

When his three ball is working, the Sixers bring their offense to another level.  Not only did he have the outside game going, he evn took the ball to the cup at times and got it done.

Jrue Holiday, PG 37 MIN | 8-15 FG | 0-1 FT | 4 REB | 4 AST | 17 PTS | +15Holiday showed flashes of elitism against the Wizards.  Though, that may be not be the hardest thing in the world to do. He knocked down tough shots and played well.  He showed off his great ball handling skills, shot well, all while playing within himself.  He only had 1 turnover.
Lou Williams, PG 26 MIN | 5-12 FG | 4-4 FT | 2 REB | 2 AST | 14 PTS | +9

Williams was just another one of the many Sixers who were able to run on Monday night.  Still, he, as usual, got his shots up and made his showing on the stat sheet.  He never takes a night off.  Though, on this night he very well could have. There was no energy lacking from the Sixers in this one.

Thaddeus Young, F 26 MIN | 5-10 FG | 4-7 FT | 7 REB | 4 AST | 14 PTS | +9

Young was very impressive, using his unique combination of size and skills. He made incredible moves down low, resulting in points for the Sixers.  Young, even had his post game working.

Lavoy Allen, PF 17 MIN | 5-5 FG | 0-0 FT | 6 REB | 1 AST | 10 PTS | +2

The Temple grad looked pretty good.  He showed off his jump shot and at times he even made some nice interior plays on offense and defensively.  He even broke out the hook shot.  Though, he will most likely be remembered for delivering the Wells Fargo Center their free Big Macs that they begged for in the 4th quarter.

Evan Turner, SG 28 MIN | 3-10 FG | 0-2 FT | 4 REB | 5 AST | 7 PTS | +10

Turner started off the game well but got sloppy in the second half.  He forced the issue and went away from the things that got the Sixers a big lead in the first place.

After the Jump…Six Things We Saw Tonight


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BIG PROBLEMS

Posted by: Tim Parker
01/23/12 10:13 am EST

With the 18th pick in the 2008 NBA draft, the Washington Wizards took JaVale McGee.

With the 17th pick in 2008 draft, the Indiana Packers took Roy Hibbert.

With the 16th pick in the 2008 NBA draft, the Philadelphia 76ers took Marreese Speights.

If this were a multiple choice test, which featured the question, “Which of these were the mistake?” undoubtedly every Sixers’ fan in the Delaware Valley would probably have a resounding unanimous answer.

Not only, do the Sixers no longer have Speights or his lack of production, they currently lack the inside post physicality needed to go toe to toe with the top big men in the NBA.

As great as Spencer Hawes looked early on the season, much of his noteworthy contributions have come as a result of his mid-range shooting and not his interior paint play.  The story gets even worst defensively.  As Chris Bosh, Nene, Greg Monroe, Andrew Bogut can testify, there is no intimidation factor when driving the ball against Hawes and the rest of the Sixers’ bigs.

 
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GM 15: RAPID REACTS

Posted by: Tom Sunnergren
01/20/12 11:00 pm EST
Atlanta Hawks 76 FinalRecap | Box Score 90 Philadelphia 76ers
Elton Brand, PF 37 MIN | 5-11 FG | 0-0 FT | 16 REB | 2 AST | 10 PTS | +18

No Spencer Hawes? No problem. The veteran flung the team on his surgically repaired shoulders, posting a season high in rebounds and tying his season high in shots blocked. The minutes are a concern though, as the oft-injured 32-year-old played for 36 just two nights after going for 38 against Denver. This is a situation that bears monitoring.

Andre Iguodala, SF 40 MIN | 5-12 FG | 1-2 FT | 6 REB | 6 AST | 11 PTS | +14

Iguodala will dominate the highlight reel in this one—the alley-oop he took from Holiday in the third to push the Sixer lead to 58-51 stirred the crowd to near 2000-01 level bedlam—and with good reason. After his misadventures at the line on Wednesday, it was a nice bounce-back performance for Iggy, who also notched his 1,000th career steal in the second half.

Nikola Vucevic, C 29 MIN | 4-11 FG | 0-0 FT | 7 REB | 1 AST | 8 PTS | +11

We thought the soft-spoken Montenegrin looked a little out of his depth starting in Spence’s stead, but Doug Collins begged to differ, identifying his presence inside as a key to the Sixers strong second half.

Jodie Meeks, G 27 MIN | 4-8 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 0 AST | 12 PTS | +10

Meeks hit a quartet of timely threes, but didn’t do a whole lot else. He didn’t need to. On account of the big three pointers. You get three points for those things after all.

Jrue Holiday, PG 36 MIN | 6-16 FG | 4-4 FT | 6 REB | 11 AST | 16 PTS | +15

Holiday continues to be a little too trigger happy for our taste — he’s taken 80 shots in the last five games — but on Friday, it was a defect more than made up for with his playmaking. He intercepted an inbounds pass early in the fourth and, without even turning his head, unleashed a canny no-look pass to an open Andre Iguodala as he strode down the court. He also did a better job of getting his teammates involved during the huge 3rd quarter run.

Tony Battie, C 7 MIN | 0-1 FG | 2-2 FT | 2 REB | 1 AST | 2 PTS | -3

If Tony Battie were a horse, we’d have turned him into glue by now.

Lou Williams, PG 19 MIN | 1-9 FG | 4-5 FT | 3 REB | 1 AST | 6 PTS | +2

Williams delivered a game about as pretty as Madonna’s bicep vein and for the second time all season, he failed to hit double figures.
He failed to hit pretty much everything Friday. This didn’t stop him from trying.

Thaddeus Young, F 23 MIN | 8-11 FG | 4-4 FT | 3 REB | 0 AST | 20 PTS | +3

On an evening when the other “Night Shift”- ers struggled, Thad decidedly did not. Coming off a season high in scoring, Young netted two fewer points on Friday, but on 11 fewer shots and in 15 fewer minutes than the loss to the Nuggets. Gotta love the hook shot. He seems to.

Evan Turner, SG 23 MIN | 2-5 FG | 1-2 FT | 5 REB | 2 AST | 5 PTS | 0

Evan Turner has become a winning proposition. When he’s good he’s very, very good, and when he’s bad…well, he’s not really that bad. ET struggled Friday—looking out of sync with the offense and not standing out defensively—but he got his rebounds, didn’t turn the ball over, and only missed three shots. He doesn’t hurt you.

After the Jump, Six Things We Saw Tonight…


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GOING AGAINST THE GRAIN

Posted by: Jerry Scherwin
01/20/12 9:48 am EST

As Ice-T famously coined in the late 80’s, “Pimpin’ ain’t easy”.  Well, neither is winning in the NBA.  As the 7-6 faithful know full well, the road out of the depths of David Stern’s armpit and personal torture chamber to an Eastern Conference sleeper is lengthy, rotten, disturbing, inauspicious, infuriating, and any other negative adjective you can think of.

Most times teams try to buy their way out; adding a big free agent here and a mid-level free agent there.  Sometimes it’s successful, and other times it burns and fades faster thanDallas’ chances at repeating as NBA Champions. 

Even before Shaq teamed up with Kobe, championship teams were built by “buying” superstars, only to then pair them with a home grown talent; the likes of which were more times than not, threatening to leave without proper additions that would shed the teams previous losing ways. 

Today, even your regular run of the mill and early exit playoff teams are built on this very philosophy.  All of them pray that a few All-Stars mixed with the Matt Barnes’ of the world equate to the raising of a banner.

So often though, these teams spend much of their vital salary cap on guys unworthy of the status quo of being a highly touted/highly paid free agent.

Simply put, they fall victims to a thin market and their individual basketball habitat.  

When you take a look at the current NBA landscape, what do you see?

 
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GM 14 RECAP: THE CLOSER

Posted by: Jeff McMenamin
01/19/12 9:54 am EST

Sometimes there are games during the course of an NBA season that you have to sit back and enjoy.  This was the case for Wednesday night’s game against the Denver Nuggets in Philadelphia.  The Sixers were a team at 10-3 who were riding the momentum of a three game win streak, the Nuggets a team at 9-5 who had just dismantled Lebron James and the Heat just nights ago.  To add to the storyline of this game was the Sixers home record.  The Sixers entered the game with a perfect 6-0 record at home which was second in the NBA behind the Spurs who were 9-0.  Each team was also nearly identical when it comes to scoring as well, the Nuggets entered the game second in the NBA in scoring with  104.1 points per game, while the Sixers were third at 102.5 points per game.

Each team has been so successful this season because of the play they have gotten out of their benches.  For the Sixers Lou Williams, Thaddeus Young, and Evan Turner have shown all season great production when their names have been called to help out the 7-6, for the Nuggets there is Al Harrington, Corey Brewer, Andre Miller, and Chris Anderson who have played their part in the Nuggets success.

On this night there was one bench player which out-shined them all, and one who is very familiar with the Sixers.  Andre Miller who served as a nightly stat-machine in his playing days with the Sixers, showed why at the age of 35 that he’s still got it.  The classy veteran had 28 points, 8 rebounds, 10 assists, and 2 steals in nearly 39 minutes of work to lead the Nuggets to a 108-104 overtime victory.


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FO’ with the FOES: DENVER NUGGS

Posted by: C. Smith
01/18/12 3:00 pm EST

This season, for a number of reasons, we ditched our traditional 76ers game preview posts.  However, since tonight’s contest against the Nuggets is being viewed by many of our readers and the ‘experts” on sports radio as a real litmus test game for the 7-6, we decided to dust off our “Fo’ with the Foes” preview series…   

This late afternoon 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 foes, Danilo Gallinari and the Denver Nuggets (9-5), who should provide us with a decent measuring stick for this Sixers team. 

This should be an excellent game tonight as the Nuggets will present some interesting challenges for the 76ers defense.  Denver is the second highest scoring team in the League right now (104.1 ppg.) and have been held below 100 points just three times this season.  So the Sixers defense — arguably the best in the NBA right now – will need to be it’s usual tenacious self. 


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WHAT TO DO WITH TURNER?

Posted by: Jerry Scherwin
01/18/12 10:37 am EST

Evan Turner has had a bit of an enigmatic start to his NBA career.  In just his second year, Sixers fans and NBA junkies alike, are still not entirely sure what Turner is, or is going to be.  As the second overall pick of the perplexing “more flash than substance” 2010 draft, Turner’s abilities and capabilities where rightfully questioned starting early at Ohio State.

Those questions haven’t ceased. 

Some gathered that Turner would be one of the best overall products of the draft.  Standing at 6-7, 205 pounds, he was drawing comparisons to one Brandon Roy, passing the eye test as a big combo guard with a natural born scorers touch and feel for the game of basketball.

Others weren’t so pleased with Turner, crediting his athletic ability and inability to catch and shoot as giant, blood red flags.

So far in his youthful career, both sides have been right.


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ATLANTIC CHAMPS ???

Posted by: Tim Parker
01/17/12 10:51 am EST

Once upon a time; in a previous reality, the iPod was a revolutionary idea, Ja Rule was relevant, braids and cornrolls were in vogue, and gas cost just $1.46 per gallon. 

That reality was the year 2001.  Obviously 76ers’ fans will remember 2001 for the dramatic ride they took all the way to the NBA Finals.  Unfortunately, not only have we never take that ride again, we also have never seen our beloved Sixers be crowned division champions.

But, after a long and tumultuous 11 year wait, NOW could be the time that Atlantic Division crown could finally come back to Philadelphia.

Through the 2011-2012 infancy stage, the Sixers sit alone in first place at 10-3; and with the boost of a favorable January schedule, they have begun to distance themselves from the pack and could very well be on their way to sitting firmly at the top.

 
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GM 13: RAPID REACTS

Posted by: Tim Parker
01/16/12 9:50 pm EST
Milwaukee Bucks 82 FinalRecap | Box Score 94 Philadelphia 76ers
Elton Brand, PF 21 MIN | 2-8 FG | 2-2 FT | 4 REB | 1 AST | 6 PTS | +3

Brand only played 21 minutes but still needs to be more productive especially in the shooting department.  He’s played well of late but Monday afternoon wasn’t his best day.

Andre Iguodala, SF 42 MIN | 9-14 FG | 0-0 FT | 7 REB | 4 AST | 21 PTS | +6

What more can you ask for?  He played great defense, he blocked shots.  He’s even added a complimentary jump shot to his elite athleticism.  When he plays like that, he looks like a star.  What’s just as impressive is his smarts and that he’s now making better basketball decisions.  A lot of the credit belongs to Coach Collins who seems to have helped AI9 become comfortable with his role on this team.

Spencer Hawes, C 33 MIN | 4-8 FG | 1-4 FT | 10 REB | 2 AST | 11 PTS | +11

He got of to a sluggish start, but finished strong.  He took advantage of Andrew Bogut’s inability to play defense outside of the paint, including dropping two from beyond the arc.  Those 3-balls were a huge part of the Sixers play in the 3rd Q that put this game away.  However, there’s no doubt that he had more then a little trouble with Bogut in this game.

Jodie Meeks, G 30 MIN | 2-8 FG | 4-4 FT | 2 REB | 2 AST | 9 PTS | +9

There is one reason Meeks is on the team. If he isn’t making 3 pointers, he’s useless. 1-6 from downtown just won’t cut it.

Jrue Holiday, PG 43 MIN | 11-17 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 5 AST | 24 PTS | +10

This is the Holiday the Sixers like to see.  He was a leader on the floor.  He got his teammates involved and still helped himself.  He played solid defense which led to open floor and transition opportunities.  Still it does concern us that Holiday is walking the fine line between a PG who can score and facilitate and becoming a single minded scoring point man.  However Jrue absolutely owns the ultra quick Brandon Jennings — he was 3-11 today and in 2010-11 shot an awful 29% vs. the Sixers.

Tony Battie, C 13 MIN | 1-3 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 2 AST | 2 PTS | +2

He earned his 13 minutes because he gets down and dirty with the opposing big men.  Something that lacks from the rest of big compadres.

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

We have a sighting!!!!

Lou Williams, PG 26 MIN | 6-17 FG | 2-2 FT | 3 REB | 6 AST | 17 PTS | +4

Lou, provided his usual consistent instant offense.  Though, what was most impressive was his his 6 assists.  His ability to get others involved offensively shows maturity in his game.

Thaddeus Young, F 27 MIN | 1-8 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 0 AST | 2 PTS | +9

You might call Young “Mr. Hustle and Flow.”  Though, against the Buck he was all hustle but had no offensive flow.  As usual, he battled for loose balls and provided his grit, but he just couldn’t find the bottom of the net today.

Nikola Vucevic, C DNP COACH’S DECISION MIN | FG | FT | REB | AST | PTS |

We had to assume that (A)  The rookie is in the doghouse or (B)  Collins was portecting “Big Nik” by not playing him against a dominant big of Bogat’s skill level (Collins admitted as much post game). 

After the Jump…Six Things We Saw This Afternoon

 
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GM 12: RAPID REACTS

Posted by: Philadunkia
01/15/12 10:32 am EST
Philadelphia 76ers 103 Final

Recap | Box Score

90 Washington Wizards
Elton Brand, PF 23 MIN | 5-10 FG | 2-2 FT | 2 REB | 1 AST | 12 PTS | -5

Five games in six days for the 32 year old Elton Brand has to be tough on his body. Brand looked slow, out of it and simply worn down. But what can you expect from a player his age in a condensed season? There’s going to be nights like the one against the Wizards, where Brand’s legs are going to be heavy and he’ll struggle to perform.

Andre Iguodala, SF 35 MIN | 9-16 FG | 4-6 FT | 7 REB | 5 AST | 23 PTS | -2

Iguodala was great. He was aggressive from the opening tip, looking to create shots for himself on the offensive end and setting up teammates in transition. AI9 was in a good rhythm against the Wizards and he continues to excel pushing the ball for fast-break opportunities. Collins also praised his defensive efforts following the game.

Spencer Hawes, C 19 MIN | 2-4 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 3 AST | 4 PTS | +1

Remember when Spencer Hawes came out really hot to start the season? Remember when he had four double-doubles in the first six games and was equally impressive in the other two contests? Yeah, I miss that Spencer Hawes. I guess we’ll just blame it on the nagging back injury.

Jodie Meeks, G 31 MIN | 1-5 FG | 2-2 FT | 1 REB | 3 AST | 5 PTS | +2

Meeks went from scoring a career-high 26 points against Washington on Friday, to hardly being relevant the next night. His five points all came in the first quarter of the ball game.

Jrue Holiday, PG 40 MIN | 5-17 FG | 3-3 FT | 3 REB | 2 AST | 13 PTS | +12

I still can’t tell if Holiday taking 17 shots is a good or bad thing. The positive: He’s being aggressive and attacked the lengthy JaVale McGee at the rim several times. The negative: The 7-6 have plenty of guys that can score, maybe 17 shots is too high. It’d be nice to see him create more as a passer (averaging 4.5 assists heading into Saturday’s game).

Tony Battie, C 12 MIN | 0-1 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 0 AST | 0 PTS | +6

In only his fifth game appearance of the young season, Battie showed why he rarely gets on the floor. Battie is simply a solid veteran guy who’ll warm the bench when Hawes and Vucevic are healthy. Tonight he received minutes once Collins felt uncomfortable putting Hawes in due to his back injury.

Lou Williams, PG 26 MIN | 7-12 FG | 6-6 FT | 5 REB | 2 AST | 24 PTS | +13

After a 19 point performance on Friday night, Lou-Will did not disappoint in DC. Williams was feeling it from downtown and connected on four long distance treys. He finished with a team-high 24 points and is the Sixers leading scorer on the season.

Thaddeus Young, F 31 MIN | 6-13 FG | 6-6 FT | 4 REB | 0 AST | 18 PTS | +11

In the post game media questioning, Doug Collins mentioned only running a single play for Thaddeus Young the entire ball game. And yet, Young was still able to deliver with 18 points off the bench. When asked how he was able to score 18 while only being called upon once, “Just from having a natural feel for the game and knowing where the ball is at all times,” he explained.

Evan Turner, SG 13 MIN | 1-4 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 3 AST | 2 PTS | +15

Turner never got in rhythm on the offensive end and although he made a few good passes, he rarely looked to create for himself. Turner’s thigh looked to be the reason for his lack of production. ET said he caught a bruise from JaVale McGee’s thigh during a moving pick. Turner said “I’ll ice it and rest it and be good to go.” So Philly fans should not be concerned.

Nikola Vucevic, C 10 MIN | 1-4 FG | 0-2 FT | 4 REB | 1 AST | 2 PTS | +12

Just like Battie and Hawes, the rookie struggled to keep up with JaVale in the paint. However, he did grab a pair of offensive boards over him during the 2nd quarter.

Lavoy Allen, PF DNP COACH’S DECISION MIN | FG | FT | REB | AST | PTS |

No, the rookie did not accumulate any floor time in the contest, but he did get an assist in the locker room after Lou Williams shouted “Hey Lavoy, this chicken ain’t going to cut itself.” Allen promptly found the veteran a knife to eat with.

After the Jump…Six Things We Saw Last Night


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