Monthly Archive  February 2012



Posted by: Tom Sunnergren
02/19/12 10:15 pm EST
Philadelphia 76ers 91 FinalRecap | Box Score 92 Minnesota Timberwolves
Elton Brand, PF 33 MIN | 2-9 FG | 4-4 FT | 7 REB | 2 AST | 8 PTS | +6 

Sir Elton didn’t contribute much on the offensive end, but he did yeoman’s work defensively on Kevin Love before the bearded one’s fourth period transformation into a vicious mutant assassin.  All the same, Love was his charge and EB held him to 7-23 shooting.

Andre Iguodala, SF 34 MIN | 5-8 FG | 2-4 FT | 7 REB | 3 AST | 13 PTS | +3 

Iguodala did some nice things tonight.  Just not quite enough of them.

Lavoy Allen, PF 21 MIN | 3-6 FG | 0-0 FT | 8 REB | 0 AST | 6 PTS | +1 

The young’un did some nice work on the boards and held his own against Kevin Love and the surging Pekovic.

Jodie Meeks, G 29 MIN | 4-10 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 1 AST | 9 PTS | +8 

A resoundingly ‘meh’ effort from Meeks.  He’s a shooter and his shots weren’t falling.

Jrue Holiday, PG 40 MIN | 10-20 FG | 0-0 FT | 5 REB | 2 AST | 20 PTS | -2 

Holiday came out the gates strong–looking energized by the match-up with the energizing Rubio and though he hit a lull in the middle part of the action, he closed strong.  One critique: there are ways to contribute beyond scoring.  As a point guard, it’d be nice if Jrue learned some of them.

Lou Williams, PG 28 MIN | 5-12 FG | 2-2 FT | 3 REB | 2 AST | 13 PTS | -8 

When Kevin Love came on in the final period, Williams looked for a while to be the only Sixer willing to counter punch.

Thaddeus Young, F 26 MIN | 5-12 FG | 0-0 FT | 5 REB | 1 AST | 10 PTS | -6 

He made a brilliant block of Rubio, coming up from behind the Spaniard as he coasted for a layup in the third, and did a handful of other Thad Young Things–which is to say “wildly athletic plays that make me wonder why he isn’t better than he is.”

Evan Turner, SG 14 MIN | 2-5 FG | 0-0 FT | 7 REB | 3 AST | 4 PTS | -4 

With just 14 minutes of floor time, he’s apparently still in Collin’s dog house.  Evan Turner is a very good basketball player.  The Sixers would be well-served to give him more opportunities to play basketball.

Nikola Vucevic, C 16 MIN | 4-8 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 0 AST | 8 PTS | -3 

He wasn’t even the best Montenegrin named ‘Nik’ on the floor, so it’s hard to rate his game that favorably.

After the Jump, Six Things We Saw Tonight

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Posted by: Jeff McMenamin
02/18/12 12:47 pm EST
Dallas Mavericks 82 FinalRecap | Box Score 75 Philadelphia 76ers
Elton Brand, PF 30 MIN | 4-10 FG | 0-0 FT | 6 REB | 0 AST | 8 PTS | -18

It’s starting to get to the point whether to question Brand being in the starting five the rest of the way or not for the 7-6. Brand is off to his worst season in the NBA, averaging a mere 10 points and 7 rebounds a game.  His defense on Dirk Nowitzki was non-existent in the 2nd half and his efficiency rating for the game was -18. He is miles away from the player he used to be that averaged nearly 25 points and 10 rebounds a game for the Clippers in ’05-’06.  As an analyst, I’m becoming more impatient with each passing game that he can turn things around.  Brand has only five double-doubles on the season and the team is only 2-3 in those games. In comparison, Spencer Hawes who has played in 15 less games has six double-doubles where the team went 4-2 in those games.  There’s a time in every man’s career where he has to do what’s best for the team to win, right now for the Sixers that could mean Brand coming off the bench the rest of the way.

Andre Iguodala, SF 42 MIN | 2-9 FG | 5-6 FT | 7 REB | 7 AST | 10 PTS | -5

Another underwhelming performance from Iguodala. Yeah yeah, he was three assists and three rebounds away from a triple-double, but it was his fifth straight game of shooting under 50 percent from the field. 2-9? Really?  February has not been a good month to Iguodala.  Outside of his All-Star bid, Iggy is shooting just 40 percent from the field as the Sixers have gone 5-5 for the month.  He played lock-down defense against Kobe and the Lakers a little over a week ago, but then let the likes of Hedo Turkoglu and Ryan Anderson go for a combined 38 points against the Sixers on Wednesday night.  Can the veterans of the Sixers please stand up?

Lavoy Allen, PF 20 MIN | 4-8 FG | 0-0 FT | 10 REB | 2 AST | 8 PTS | -11

Lavoy had yet another solid game.  He’s sure come a long way since being ranked’s worst player in the NBA:
Allen had a season high 10 rebounds(which was good for team high in the game) and added eight points in only 20 minutes of play.  A much better outing then the Magic game.

Jodie Meeks, G 16 MIN | 0-3 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 0 PTS | -7

Doug Collins may have finally pulled the cord on Meeks.  Meeks played only 16 minutes in the contest and was held scoreless for the first time this season.  As a starting shooting guard in the NBA, usually you are relied upon to score. Recently Meeks hasn’t been getting the job done, and the more Collins gets under fire about the situation the worse things will pan out for Meeks.  There could very well be an opening on the pine for Meeks in the upcoming weeks if he can’t turn things around.  It was his daily ritual in Milwaukee.

Jrue Holiday, PG 32 MIN | 0-9 FG | 3-4 FT | 4 REB | 2 AST | 3 PTS | -20

In the movie Dumb and Dumber there’s a scene where Lloyd Christmas drives a sixth of the way across the country in the wrong direction.  His best friend Harry gets so upset at Lloyd for this action that it seems as if in the movie that the two will never make amends again.  That is until about five minutes later when Lloyd trades in their sheep-dog van for a motor scooter, Harry Dunne delivers one of the best lines in cinema history.  Harry says, “you know Lloyd, just when I think you couldn’t possibly be any dumber you go and do something like this…and totally redeem yourself!”  In terms of Jrue Holidays play as of late, I wish I could say the same. Jrue followed up his worst game of the year against the Magic(1-8 shooting for three points, to go with four fouls and five turnovers), with a 0-7 shooting performance for a mere two points and a -20 efficiency rating.  Not to mention, point guards have continued to exploit Holiday’s lack of defense, as J-Kidd hit for nine points, nine rebounds, and dished eight while having a game high efficiency rating of +28.  Jrue has been the most troubling player on the Sixers roster.  He has to snap out of the funk he’s in for the Sixers to go anywhere.

Lou Williams, PG 33 MIN | 4-15 FG | 4-5 FT | 0 REB | 4 AST | 12 PTS | +10

Nothing special from Lou in this. Only shot 4-15 from the field and was 0-5 from deep.  He has to become a more accurate scorer.

Thaddeus Young, F 26 MIN | 6-13 FG | 2-2 FT | 5 REB | 2 AST | 14 PTS | +5

Solid game scoring wise for Thad, but he was embarrassed on defense by Dirk Nowitzki in the 2nd half.  Dirk had 24 of his game high 28 points in the end half.  Of course it doesn’t hurt that Dirk is 7-feet tall and Thad is, well, not.

Evan Turner, SG 22 MIN | 2-11 FG | 0-0 FT | 9 REB | 2 AST | 4 PTS | +3

We’re guessing Turner is out of Doug Collins’ dog house, but he wasn’t of much help for the Sixers in this game.  He shot 2-11 from the field, but did have an impressive nine rebounds.  Maybe he’s just rusty from the lack of PT lately.

Nikola Vucevic, C 19 MIN | 7-8 FG | 2-2 FT | 7 REB | 0 AST | 16 PTS | +8

This was arguably Vuc’s best game as a pro.  16 points and 7 rebounds on 7-8 shooting including a couple nice jumpers. He also played some great defense and showed some nice post moves.  Too bad his play was wasted.

After the Jump, Six Things We Saw Last Night

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Posted by: C. Smith
02/17/12 2:15 pm EST

This 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 banged up, but red hot Dallas Mavericks.

This is going to be a very difficult game for the 76ers to win tonight.  Forget for a second that Dallas has won five straight games and that Dirk has returned to his all-world form.  Also forget for a second that to be honest, that the Sixers have not played that well in four of their last five contests.  All things being even, the Sixers will have the same issues with Mavs that they had with the Spurs and Magic in recent losses. 

In Jason Kidd the Mavs have a point guard that can run the high pick game as well as penetrate the lane for a bucket or to drop a dime.  They also have a few bigs who can bang down low and pound the offensive glass.  Lastly, Rick Carlisle’s bunch can stroke the 3-ball.  Yeah, we know long distance assassin Jason Terry will not play tonight, but Dirk, Kidd, Shawn Marion and Vince Carter (at times) all will not hesitate to take and make 3PAs. 

As we saw again on Wednesday in Orlando, this unique combination of offensive threats is the kryptonite for the Sixers usually super hero level defense.  If the Sixers defend and rebound like they did on Wednesday night, Dallas will run us right out of the gym.

Still there is a significant chance the Sixers can win this game tonight.  That chance comes in the fact that the Mavs are beat up and let’s face it, old.  Jason Terry, Delonte West and Rodrigue Beaubois will not play tonight.  Kidd is still not 100%.  Lamar Odom has looked slow this year.  Vince Carter…well he has played like an old man for years now.  So if the Sixers can relocate their lockdown defense, get turnovers or force the Mavs into bad shots, then hopefully Collins & Co. can push the pace of this game and run Dallas into the ground.  Specifically, we’ll be looking for the “Night Shift” to take advantage of the Mavs depleted bench and simply demolish Rick Carlisle’s second unit by getting out on the break for easy scores.        

Ohh yeah…and Jrue Holiday better come back and play like a man possessed tonight in order to erase that debacle in O-Town from our memories.

For a little more insight into the Mavs team the Sixers face tonight, we turn to our man Rob Mahoney from to answer four questions on the Mavs from us here at Philadunkia from an insider’s perspective.

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Posted by: C. Smith
02/16/12 9:35 am EST
Philadelphia 76ers 87 FinalRecap | Box Score 103 Orlando Magic
Elton Brand, PF 26 MIN | 6-10 FG | 1-1 FT | 2 REB | 1 AST | 13 PTS | -13

Only his solid run of play to open the 3rd kept Brand from getting a terrible grade.  In the 3rd EB had a couple steals, a 3-point play, then scored 4 straight at one point and did a solid job guarding D12 for a stretch (although not as good of a job as he did on Jan. 30th).  That stretch of solid play helped the Sixers cut the lead to 5, but Brand and the Sixers could not sustain that high level of play and the Magic pulled away again.  Where has the EB of 2010-11 gone?

Andre Iguodala, SF 35 MIN | 6-14 FG | 2-3 FT | 5 REB | 4 AST | 15 PTS | -13

Dre was invisible (4 pts.) during the 1st half and the Sixers can not afford for him to disappear in big games against superior opponents (on paper).  Collins must have said the right things at half ’cause Dre cam out like gang busters and scored the 76ers first six points and 8 of their first 10.  But that was it.  He only scored 3 points the rest of the way.  At what point will Dre — the leader of this team — learn that he can not simply “play well” for a small stretch in big games if the Sixers are to grab a win.

Lavoy Allen, PF 13 MIN | 1-3 FG | 0-0 FT | 5 REB | 0 AST | 2 PTS | -9

Except for his solid defense on Howard for a brief period in the 3rd Q, he was a non-factor

Jodie Meeks, G 26 MIN | 2-7 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 1 AST | 5 PTS | -13

The awful version of Capt. Streaky made the trip to Orlando.  How much more proof do we need that Meeks is not a starting NBA two-guard?

Jrue Holiday, PG 25 MIN | 1-8 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 5 AST | 3 PTS | -17

Arguably Jrue’s worst game of the year.  Maybe in two years.  Not only couldn’t he get it going offensively, Jrue also couldn’t come close to slowing down Jameer Nelson.

Lou Williams, PG 32 MIN | 7-13 FG | 5-6 FT | 4 REB | 7 AST | 21 PTS | 0

Louis was Louis, but his shot selection killed us a couple time in this game.  With Jrue strapped to the bench, LW’s inability to guard anyone on the Magic really came to the surface last night.  However Louis was one of the few Sixers who showed up ready to play and his 11 first half points kept the Sixers alive in this one.

Thaddeus Young, F 35 MIN | 6-13 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 3 AST | 12 PTS | -7

An overall solid game by Thad.  Still, except for the series in the 3rd where he blocked D12’s shot and then streaked down the court for a lay-in at the other end, it was the quietest night Thad’s had in a while.

Evan Turner, SG 26 MIN | 2-7 FG | 1-2 FT | 8 REB | 6 AST | 6 PTS | -5

Considering how deep in Doug’s doghouse ET has been of late, this was a solid outing for Turner.  Although 2-7 on FGAs is not good.  ET appeared to be looking for and avoiding D12 on every move he made to the basket.

Nikola Vucevic, C 22 MIN | 5-10 FG | 0-0 FT | 5 REB | 0 AST | 10 PTS | -3

Big Nik came to play last night.  In the first half he got off to a strong start by scoring 4 straight at one point and it should have been at least 6 as he was fouled on a dunk attempt and got no call.  Along with Dre’s hot start, his solid second half was the only reason the Sixers managed to keep this one respectable.  He showed some nice offensive moves overall.  He also showed the ability to adjust in-game as Vuc did a much better job of guarding D12 in the 3rd and 4th quarters and even grabbed a couple steals from Superman.

After the Jump, Six Things We Found Hard to Watch Last Night

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Posted by: C. Smith
02/14/12 1:00 pm EST

In case you have been living in a box under the Ben Franklin Bridge lately, you’re aware that there have been some significant changes happening at the Wells faro Center for the 2011-12 NBA season.  In the front office there’s a new ownership group that actually likes basketball.  On the court, the Sixers are well, very good.  And in the seats, there are fans.  Lots of them.

Among the growing number of folks headed down to the Wells Fargo Center for Sixers home games is a rowdy group of 76ers faithful who are attempting to create the greatest home court advantage in the NBA.  They’re called The Revolutionaries and they’re looking for a few good men (and women) to join their ranks.

We caught up with (via email) Matthew Hengy one of the more…let’s see, how shall we say this…notorious, yeah, notorious members of The Revolutionaries.  Hengy was kind enough to field a few questions from us here at Philadunkia on behalf of his Revolutionaries brethren about this new Sixers movement.

As always, Q & A after the J…

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Posted by: C. Smith
02/13/12 10:40 pm EST
Philadelphia 76ers 98 FinalRecap | Box Score 89 Charlotte Bobcats
Elton Brand, PF 18 MIN | 4-11 FG | 0-0 FT | 6 REB | 1 AST | 8 PTS | -1

He was plagued with foul trouble most of the night, but he showed some flashes of regaining his 2010-11 form during the early 3rd Q when he scored 6 straight for the Sixers, grabbed a few boards and blocked an alley oop attempt.  We can’t remember a game where we saw Brand whine to the officials as much as he did tonight — not that he wasn’t justified in his complaints — just sayin.

Andre Iguodala, SF 35 MIN | 1-6 FG | 1-2 FT | 3 REB | 9 AST | 3 PTS | +5

Yes, the 9 dimes were nice to see and his defense on Maggette in the 4th slowed down the Cats late charge, but we need and expect more out of an all-star then 3 points against the lowly Bobcats.  He also did not have a single bucket in the 4th Q.

Lavoy Allen, PF 16 MIN | 1-2 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 3 AST | 2 PTS | +5

A non-factor.

Jodie Meeks, G 32 MIN | 4-12 FG | 0-0 FT | 5 REB | 0 AST | 11 PTS | +13

Along with Holiday, Meeks was key in getting the Sixers a first half double digit cushion that they needed all of to hold onto this W.  His trifecta of 3-balls in the 1st half was nice to see. Too bad he didn’t much in the 2nd half (2 points).  But that is the essence of Capt. Streaky.

Jrue Holiday, PG 36 MIN | 7-15 FG | 4-4 FT | 2 REB | 1 AST | 19 PTS | +1

What a great start by the Sixers point man…He scored the 7-6’s first 8 points, hit 4-out-of-his-first-5 shots and had 15 points at half.  He came out of the locker room and by our count then went 1-8 to start the 2nd half.  For some reason Jrue didn’t return from his 2nd half rest until late in the 4th and continued his roller coaster night by hitting a J the first time he touched the ball.  He only had one dime, but he also only turned the ball over once as well.  Just a weird, but successful night for Holiday.

Lou Williams, PG 27 MIN | 7-14 FG | 7-9 FT | 3 REB | 4 AST | 23 PTS | +6

Louis got off to a slow start, missing his first three shots.  He recovered to hit two buckets to open the 2nd Q, but to be honest he was forcing things all night and it was awkward to watch at times.  Still, he was huge in the 4th with 10 points & 2 dimes and he got to the FT line frequently again tonight.  Thus Louis stuffed that scoring column of the stat sheet.  But this was not a great game for him tonight.

Thaddeus Young, F 34 MIN | 6-9 FG | 8-9 FT | 6 REB | 0 AST | 20 PTS | +3

With Louis struggling from the field early, Thad led the “Night Shift’s” efforts in the 2nd Q.  Thad also scored 6 straight for the 76ers to open the 4th and that kept the Cats at bay in this one.  Thad’s post game has developed into a serious threat and he treated the Cats to a full display of his moves on the blocks.

Evan Turner, SG 15 MIN | 2-6 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 2 AST | 4 PTS | +4

We guess that conversation ET had with Collins regarding his lack of minutes did not go so well.

Nikola Vucevic, C 27 MIN | 4-8 FG | 0-0 FT | 10 REB | 1 AST | 8 PTS | +9

“Big Nik” was a force tonight on the glass. Vuc had 6 fourth quarter points and all of them came at times when the Sixers desperately needed a hoop.  It’s going to be interesting to see if Collins goes back to him as the starter at the 5-spot after this solid outing.

After the jump, Six Things We Saw Tonight…

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Posted by: Tom Sunnergren
02/13/12 11:05 am EST

According to multiple sources including our own Tom Sunnergren, the Sixers held a closed door, players only meeting after Friday night’s disappointing 78-77 loss to the Clippers which produced their first two-game losing streak of the season.

According to Tom, the meeting went on for some time and the media waited “forever” to gain access to the locker room after the game.  Well, apparently the right things were said behind those closed doors Friday night because after they finally gave the media their time, the 7-6 boarded a plane, traveled to Cleveland and on Saturday Collins & Co. simply dismantled an injured and hopeless Cavaliers team.  

We’ll never know for sure what was said in that locker room Friday night, but Tom imagines it went something like this…

 ELTON BRAND:  Well guys, we just lost by one to the Clips and we’re 18-9 now…

(The veteran looks somberly around room.)

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Posted by: Jeff McMenamin
02/11/12 4:54 pm EST
Los Angeles Clippers 78 FinalRecap | Box Score 77 Philadelphia 76ers
Elton Brand, PF 32 MIN | 5-10 FG | 2-4 FT | 10 REB | 0 AST | 12 PTS | +4

Brand was one of the lone bright spots for the Sixers in this one. He played solid defense on Blake Griffin, forcing him to shoot 8-19 from the floor for 16 points. He also added a double-double for himself 12 points and 10 rebounds. The best stat of the night was that Blake the high riser was only held to one dunk and it wasn’t nearly as impressive as the one he had on Perkins a couple weeks ago. I could watch that all day:

Andre Iguodala, SF 39 MIN | 5-13 FG | 0-0 FT | 8 REB | 7 AST | 12 PTS | -4

After being selected to his very first NBA All-Star game I expected Andre Iguodala to come out and show his home crowd why he deserves to be there. Don’t get me wrong 12 points, 8 boards, and 7 assists is a solid stat-line, but it was his defense on Chris Paul in the final stanza that mattered most. Iggy was assigned defensively to Paul clinging to a 1-point lead in the final seconds of the game. Paul drilled the go-ahead bucket with 3.2 seconds to play over Iggy’s outstretched hands. LAC 78-PHI 77

Nikola Vucevic, C 12 MIN | 1-2 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 0 AST | 2 PTS | -3

Vuc was non-existent on the court. After getting the start, he only notched 12 minutes of PT as Collins decided to go with a smaller line-up. It almost had shades of the Denver Nuggets game earlier in the season. I’ll get to that later…

Jodie Meeks, G 30 MIN | 4-9 FG | 1-1 FT | 1 REB | 1 AST | 10 PTS | -6

Meeks had a decent game at best. His defense left much to be desired as both Randy Foye and Mo Williams hit for double figures. Meeks hit for 10 points, but shot just 1-5 from beyond the arc. When Jodie hits three or more from deep this season the Sixers are 8-1.

Jrue Holiday, PG 38 MIN | 2-8 FG | 4-6 FT | 4 REB | 8 AST | 8 PTS | +9

Jrue had a terrible game defensively in this one, and outside of his defense on Derrick Rose this season it seems as if good point guards have had their way with him. Deron Williams, Andre Miller, Dwayne Wade, and now Chris Paul have all exposed his weak D. He also missed a crucial free-throw at the end of the game that could’ve very well been the end for the Sixers if they hadn’t played flawless defense on the ensuing inbound right after.

Lou Williams, PG 25 MIN | 3-11 FG | 5-8 FT | 0 REB | 2 AST | 11 PTS | +23

3-11 shooting doesn’t cut it and his final shot attempt to win the game was ugly and embarrassing. When you’re being swarmed by two defenders you have to get the ball to someone else. Disappointing game from Lou on an otherwise great season.

Thaddeus Young, F 26 MIN | 4-9 FG | 2-2 FT | 3 REB | 0 AST | 10 PTS | -13

Solid game from Thad. Great D on Blake, but was out-hustled by his former teammate Reggie Evans. We’ll get to that after the jump.

Lavoy Allen, PF 26 MIN | 2-5 FG | 1-2 FT | 8 REB | 0 AST | 5 PTS | +8

Didn’t do too much in this game. More physical bodies in the post for the Clippers led to 15 offensive rebounds. It wasn’t as ugly as the Lakers game on the boards, but it seemed as if the Sixers didn’t do enough in this one.

Evan Turner, SG 12 MIN | 3-4 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 1 AST | 7 PTS | -2

12 minutes? I’m not sure what went into coaches decision here. He was efficient on the offensive end and he’s one of the Sixers best perimeter defenders. If he had been assigned to Paul more in the game, maybe he wouldn’t have penetrated as well as he did.


With Hawes in the line-up the Sixers are 12-2.  Without him they are just 6-7.  It’s becoming more and more apparent how important he is to the teams success.

After the Jump, Six Things We Saw Last Night…

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Posted by: Jerry Scherwin
02/10/12 1:18 pm EST


With last night’s announcement of Andre Iguodala’s selection as an NBA Eastern Conference All-Star Reserve, it seems that the 76ers organization is finally getting recognized publicly.  But not in the way you would think. 

The media and public…still are not sold on the Sixers being mainstays of the East’s upper echelon.  ESPN-ers still aren’t ready to pronounce them worthy.  The Power Rankings on different websites all come with same warning of tough times ahead.  And it seems that Chuck, Kenny, C-Webb, and any other ex-NBA players roaming different sports talk studios aren’t going out on a limb quite yet to make a bold statement about them either. 

Instead, the Sixers are being recognized by those that view them the closest; their peers.

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Posted by: C. Smith
02/10/12 10:32 am EST

As you probably know by now, Andre Iguodala was named a reserve for the Eastern Confernce All-Star team.  Dre is the first Sixer to appear in the ASG since 2006.

If Ian Thomsen at controlled player selection for the 2012 ASG the Sixers Louis Williams would also be on the East team

Zach Lowe at “The Point Forward” defends ‘Dre’s selection to the ASG.  Not that we needed more evidence.

Despite their hot start, San Donnellon at still believes the 7-6 need a go to guy.  We’re not sure we disagree.

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