Monthly Archive  January 2012

 
 

3-2 & READY TO GO

Posted by: Jerry Scherwin
01/06/12 10:47 am EST

With all of the Disney Princesses admirably rescued from the dangerous ice of the Wells Fargo Center, the Sixers find their way back home to the P-H-I after a long trip out West.  With the lowly Pistons on the docket for tonight, the Sixers are sitting in an unfamiliar spot from a year ago; they are 3-2 in their first five games, all of which were played in the Wild Wild West. 

After starting last year’s season off 1-9 in their first ten road games (the only win coming in Madison Square Garden where five Sixers players had to score in double-figures to get the win) and finishing 15-26 away from the WFC, there were a lot of skeptics around the Greater Philadelphia Area that said the Sixers seemed doomed to repeat another lousy start in 2011-12. 

Well that has not been the case this year boys and girls.  It’s actually quite the contrary.

 
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GM 5: RAPID REACTS

Posted by: C. Smith
01/05/12 12:28 am EST
Philadelphia 76ers 101 FinalRecap | Box Score 93 New Orleans Hornets
Elton Brand, PF 5-9 FG | 2-2 FT | 12 REB | 1 AST | 12 PTS | +12

Is this game that gets Brand’s season on track? We hope so, because if EB can give us a double-double every night or get back to his 2010-11 form this could be a great season for the 7-6. Brand did have trouble on defense — especially defending the NOH pick-n-roll and for that we dropped him a grade. But overall a very solid effort.

Andre Iguodala, SF 2-10 FG | 2-4 FT | 3 REB | 2 AST | 6 PTS | +2

Hopefully this outing ends AI9’s love affair with his 3-point shot as he was simply awful from behind the arc tonight. He wasn’t much better from inside the 3-point line either. Overall it was one of the biggest train wreck games we have seen out of Dre in a long time. His follow slam in the 4th saved him from getting a D.

Spencer Hawes, C 8-12 FG | 1-2 FT | 7 REB | 2 AST | 17 PTS | -2

What is left to say about Spence’s play so far in 2011-12? He was simply great again tonight and was one of the bright spots in an otherwise brutal first half for the 76ers. If Hawes can keep this up and Brand finds his 2010-11 game, the Sixers frontline could be a force on offense. Spence also had some issues on defense and that’s why gets the A and not the A+.

Jodie Meeks, G 1-5 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 0 AST | 2 PTS | -4

Tonight was just further proof that Meeks is not a starting SG in the NBA. He doesn’t just miss shots, he misses WIDE OPEN shots. His defense leaves a lot to be desired as well. We’re not sure he would start at Kentucky this year. How this glaring need for the Sixers was not addressed in the off-season is still a mystery to us.

Jrue Holiday, PG 8-15 FG | 3-3 FT | 2 REB | 8 AST | 23 PTS | +12

Jrue struggled to find his game in the first 4 contests, but tonight he located it and then some. When he got off to a slow start in the 1st Q, we feared the worst. But he recovered nicely and Jrue went on to be simply filthy tonight, especially in the 4th. He played all 12 mins. of the final stanza and was good for 14 points on 3-4 shooting from deep.

Lou Williams, PG 4-10 FG | 2-2 FT | 1 REB | 2 AST | 10 PTS | -1

Louis cooled off some tonight, but along with Spence and Turner, he kept this team in the game during the 1st half when the starters struggled out of the gate. He was also a key part of the Sixers “small” lineup that got this game turned around in the 4th Q. It was actually a relief to see that the Sixers could win a game without LW shooting the lights out. His defense (along with the rest of the Sixers wing players) left much to be desired for most of the game.

Thaddeus Young, F 5-12 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 3 AST | 10 PTS | +8

Not an eye popping game from Thad, but he too was instrumental during the run in the 4th Q by the “small” lineup that got the Sixers back in this game and allowed them to take the lead. Early on he (along with every other Sixer) Thad settled for too many J’s, but he git that corrected after the half. The spinning, put back, lay-in he had in the 4th was huge.

Evan Turner, SG 8-12 FG | 5-5 FT | 6 REB | 4 AST | 21 PTS | +13

Arguably his best overall game as a 76er. He exploited the mismatch with Belinelli and exploded for 11 points in the 2nd Q (and 4 rips). To be honest Turner was the only reason the Sixers were in this game at the half. ET’s amazing night continued in the 2nd half with some fantastic slices to the tin for buckets. He was also money for the charity stripe — 5 for 5. The was the type of performance you expect from the 2nd overall pick in the NBA Draft. Please let this be the start of a trend for ET.

After the Jump…Five Things We Saw Last Night


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TRADE FOR COUSINS ?!?

Posted by: Jerry Scherwin
01/04/12 10:56 am EST

DeMarcus Cousins is a child.  He is a child as much as he is a knucklehead.  He is a knucklehead as much as he is a pain in the ass.  He is a pain in the ass as much as he is a legit NBA talent.  He is a legit NBA talent as much as he is a giant head case.  He is a giant head case as much as he is still a child.  Thus, we have the complex inner workings of DeMarcus Cousins. 

We know this after one full season in the NBA.  We knew this while he was at Kentucky.  We knew this when he was in high school.  And it seems to be a safe bet that people knew this during his AAU and grade school days. 

Someone with a temper, oft never loses such aggression and anger.  Someone with a “what about me” attitude, oft never loses such self-destroying thoughts.  That is, until they meet their match.  The one person that challenges them all the while getting the most from them

 Nothing has changed in Sacramento for Cousins, and it will more than likely never change in Sacramento for Cousins.

But that’s not to say it won’t change elsewhere.  That’s not to say it can’t change in Philly.  That’s not to say Doug Collins can’t be the man that gets through to Cousins (as uneasy as that may be).

 
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NOTES, LINKS & TWEETS

Posted by: C. Smith
01/03/12 12:01 pm EST

While we were ringing in the New Year, the 76ers were clocking the short handed GSW — 107-79.  The Sixers now stand at 2-2 with the fifth and final game of the “Disney on Ice Road Trip” taking place on Wednesday night in New Orleans.

In case the Holiday Season kept you from watching much Sixers action, you should know that Louis Williams has been carrying this squad, especially in the 4th Q.  We love Louis and his scoring punch off the bench, but it’s a little scary that we are relying on him so heavily.

Although, Louis has gotten plenty of help from Spencer Hawes who is playing like a big man in need of a long term deal (12 & 12.5 per night).

Dei Lynam of csnphilly.com has more praise for Hawes.

Over at sixers.com Hawes talks about his improved play in 2011-12.

In Marc Stein’s Week 1 “Power Rankings”, the 7-6 are holding down the #9 spot.  That’s up 7 spots from his preseason edition.


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