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GM 52: RAPID REACTS

Posted by: Tom Sunnergren
03/31/12 11:05 pm EST
Atlanta Hawks 90 FinalRecap | Box Score 95 Philadelphia 76ers
Elton Brand, PF 37 MIN | 10-12 FG | 5-6 FT | 10 REB | 5 AST | 25 PTS | +11

Elton Brand was phenomenal.  In the decisive fourth period that his team trailed for much of — and, for context, the Sixers were coming off not only their worse loss of the season, but one that knocked them into second place for the first time since December — the veteran went 5-of-6 from the floor for 13 points, and added five rebounds (three of which were offensive), two assists, and a block.  He hit big shot after big shot after big shot.  That, ladies and gentlemen, is clutch.

Andre Iguodala, SF 43 MIN | 6-12 FG | 3-4 FT | 8 REB | 4 AST | 18 PTS | +10

His knee looked fine tonight.  His outside shot was falling — he went 3-of-4 from deep — and he did typically fine work defensively when he was matched up with Joe Johnson.  He delivered 43 very high-quality minutes.

Spencer Hawes, C 27 MIN | 2-7 FG | 4-4 FT | 8 REB | 0 AST | 8 PTS | -3

He was productive on the glass, but for the second straight game his touch was shaky.  The last two nights, Spence has gone 5-of-17 from the floor.

Evan Turner, SG 30 MIN | 6-13 FG | 1-2 FT | 3 REB | 4 AST | 13 PTS | -3

The Kid had a strong third period, scoring 11 points.  He also played the role of good solider for Collins — spending a lot of time at power forward in the dead-legged Thad Young’s stead.  Though Josh Smith scored 34, much of it came against Thad.

Jrue Holiday, PG 30 MIN | 4-11 FG | 0-0 FT | 8 REB | 6 AST | 9 PTS | +13

In what has become an increasingly common occurrence, Holiday’s offensive game was shaky on Saturday, while his defense was just shy of extraordinary.  He held the underrated Jeff Teague to 8 points on 8 shots.

Tony Battie, C 7 MIN | 0-1 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 0 AST | 0 PTS | -6

Moving along…

Lou Williams, PG 17 MIN | 3-7 FG | 0-1 FT | 0 REB | 3 AST | 6 PTS | -10

On night two of a back-to-back, Lou, like Thad Young, looked exhausted.  His effectiveness suffered for it.

Sam Young, SF 0 MIN | 0-0 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 0 PTS | 0

That’s a lot of zeros.

Thaddeus Young, F 21 MIN | 2-6 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 1 AST | 4 PTS | +1

Like Lou, Thad struggled.  He looked thin, uncharacteristically unexplosive, and was out-hustled and out-muscled by Josh Smith all night.

Jodie Meeks, G 29 MIN | 4-8 FG | 2-2 FT | 2 REB | 2 AST | 12 PTS | +12

After following up his career night with a dud, Jodie bounced back with a strong showing for the Sixers.  He played all 12 fourth period minutes.

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GM 51: RAPID REACTS

Posted by: Tom Sunnergren
03/30/12 9:49 pm EST
Philadelphia 76ers 76 FinalRecap | Box Score 97 Washington Wizards
Elton Brand, PF 29 MIN | 3-6 FG | 2-2 FT | 9 REB | 1 AST | 8 PTS | -8

At first blush, he looks like he contributed. At second, third, fourth, fifth, sixth, seventh, eighth and ninth blushes–not so much.  When he was matched up against Nene, which he was for much of the game, he was outplayed.  Badly.

Andre Iguodala, SF 33 MIN | 3-9 FG | 0-1 FT | 3 REB | 3 AST | 7 PTS | -12

Sure your left patella tendon is okay Andre?  Positive?  Good, I’m glad you’re well.  Do us all a favor, lay off the behind the back passes.  Style points don’t actually count on the scoreboard.

Spencer Hawes, C 18 MIN | 3-10 FG | 0-0 FT | 7 REB | 3 AST | 6 PTS | -9

Six points on 10 shots is not helpful production from a center.  Oh, and that’s what Spencer Hawes had.

Evan Turner, SG 29 MIN | 5-7 FG | 1-2 FT | 2 REB | 3 AST | 11 PTS | -7

What happened to the torrid rebounding pace?  And the general…I don’t know, confident play?

Jrue Holiday, PG 30 MIN | 2-8 FG | 0-2 FT | 1 REB | 4 AST | 4 PTS | -15

This was Jrue’s worst night of the season.

Tony Battie, C 10 MIN | 2-4 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 1 AST | 4 PTS | +8

Blech.

Lou Williams, PG 20 MIN | 5-11 FG | 2-2 FT | 2 REB | 1 AST | 14 PTS | -1

Lou and Thad were both bright spots in the dreadful performance.  Comparative bright spots.

Sam Young, SF 9 MIN | 0-4 FG | 2-2 FT | 3 REB | 0 AST | 2 PTS | -12

He looked a lot like a player a team would be willing to trade for cap relief tonight.

Thaddeus Young, F 24 MIN | 4-10 FG | 6-6 FT | 5 REB | 0 AST | 14 PTS | -11

The one 76er who consistently attacked the rim.  Alright, occasionally attacked it.

Jodie Meeks, G 25 MIN | 1-8 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 3 AST | 2 PTS | -13

After the best game of his career, what an encore.  It’s like if Francis Ford Coppola followed up Godfather with Hudson Hawk.

Lavoy Allen, PF 4 MIN | 1-1 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 2 PTS | -6

Whatever.

Nikola Vucevic, C 9 MIN | 1-4 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 2 PTS | -19

Whatever.

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TIME TO PANIC??

Posted by: C. Smith
03/30/12 10:29 am EST

For those of you have been living under the Ben Franklin Bridge for some time, we’re here to let you know that the 76ers have not been playing all that well of late.  And by “of late”, we mean pretty much since Valentine’s Day. 

But for this post we’re going to stay focused on the most recent stretch of unacceptable basketball from the 7-6.  Collins & Co. are 3-5 in their last 8 games and looked simply awful in Ls in San Antonio and down at the Wells Fargo Center to the New York Knickerbockers.  The current rough patch has been enough for many to loose faith in this squad. 

But is it time for the true hoop heads in this town to worry about this team?

If you read this site, you know the “on the court” issues — inept half court sets, less then average 3-point shooting, an inability to get to the rim and a record setting lack of free throw attempts. 

But for this post, we wanted to dive a little deeper and get past the X&Os.  So after the jump is our list of issues the Sixers are facing right now or will  face coming up.  We ask you to read them and decide for yourself whether or not it is time for Philadunkia nation to panic.


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ADVERTISE HERE

Posted by: C. Smith
03/29/12 1:26 pm EST

I believe the Sports Business Journal “broke” this story yesterday and it is now being widely reported that the NBA will consider or is “open” to considering the prospect of selling advertising space on the League’s uniforms in the very near future.  Apparently when the League’s board of governors meets in April it will be one of the many topics that is brought up for discussion.

This pratice is common place with professional soccer teams both here in the States as well as in Europe.  Most WNBA teams already have gone down this path and Golden State Warriors president Rick Welts told the SBJ, “…I feel like it is inevitable.” 

Obviously Mark Cuban who has been a proponent of this idea for some time was ecstatic to hear this latest rumor, “I’ve been trying to tell (the NBA),” Cuban told the Fort-Worth Star-Telegram. “If someone wants to give us $10 million, I’ll make it happen…If the amount’s enough, (commissioner) David (Stern) will jump up and down,” Cuban continued.  “He’s not going to do it for $200,000 from Power Balance, but if somebody offers us $25 million, it’s done.”

Now, we know that if the NBA is going to place advertising on the League’s uniforms, Stern & Co. will be looking for a national marketing deal that brings in huge dollars just as Cuban said, but we wanted to have a little fun with this concept and how it could apply to our 76ers. 

And with some help from Photoshop, we did.  Legendary cheesesteak and hoagie stop Tony Luke’s seems like a natural fit, so we went with that idea for the homepage.  After the jump are a few of our more, shall we saw, controversial advertising ideas.   

 
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GM 50: RAPID REACTS

Posted by: Tom Sunnergren
03/28/12 8:35 am EST

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Cleveland Cavaliers 85 FinalRecap | Box Score 103 Philadelphia 76ers
Elton Brand, PF 32 MIN | 4-6 FG | 0-0 FT | 5 REB | 2 AST | 8 PTS | +10Brand, who’s been perhaps the most consistent Sixer during the team’s recent rough stretch (also known as their f***ing disastrous near-season ruining stretch), didn’t do a whole lot on Tuesday, but what he did do was uniformly good.
Evan Turner, SG 31 MIN | 6-13 FG | 0-0 FT | 7 REB | 2 AST | 12 PTS | +10Evan the Kid continues to disappointing in comparison the run he tore off after being inserted into the starting PG / 2-spot, but he took a modest step in the right direction against Cleveland.  His offensive game still looked arrhythmic, but his help D was solid.
Spencer Hawes, C 25 MIN | 5-9 FG | 0-0 FT | 8 REB | 5 AST | 10 PTS | +9Spence is coming along more slowly than most of us (all of us) would like, but he tossed off some nice dishes and, perhaps most encouragingly, had a dunk in transition that a man with a balky Achilles wouldn’t have been able to pull off.
Jodie Meeks, G 36 MIN | 11-16 FG | 2-2 FT | 2 REB | 2 AST | 31 PTS | +15Whatever got into Capt. Streaky, here’s hoping it stays in there.  He scored a career, and Sixers season, high 31; shot lights out (the fact that the lights stayed on in the WFC during that torrid stretch is a credit to the arena’s staff); and, by virtue of his hot hand, opened things up inside sufficiently to allow the rest of the team to notch 54 points in the paint.
Jrue Holiday, PG 36 MIN | 9-19 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 6 AST | 19 PTS | +20He outplayed Kyrie Irving.  Enough said.
Tony Battie, C 8 MIN | 0-1 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 0 PTS | +1Tony Battie continues to post incredible stat lines.  He’s like the complete opposite of Lebron James.
Lou Williams, PG 24 MIN | 5-14 FG | 0-1 FT | 7 REB | 7 AST | 11 PTS | +3Lou didn’t bring his “A” game tonight–he brought his B- game, as you can see to the right — but scored seven straight for the 7-6 between the end of the first and beginning of the second that helped break the visiting Cavs.
Sam Young, SF 16 MIN | 1-4 FG | 1-2 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 4 PTS | +10The former-Grizzly didn’t look quite as explosive as he did against the Spurs.
Thaddeus Young, F 27 MIN | 3-7 FG | 0-0 FT | 6 REB | 0 AST | 6 PTS | +12A second straight “rare off night” for Thad.  Is their a chance that absolutely carrying the Sixers for the first 48 games of teh season has taken its toll on @yungsmoove21
Lavoy Allen, PF 2 MIN | 0-0 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 0 AST | 0 PTS | 0The former-Temple Owl and fan favorite got one of the night’s loudest applause with his fourth quarter, garbage time, bucket.
Craig Brackins, SF 1 MIN | 1-2 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 1 AST | 2 PTS | 0The most interesting thing about him is his haircut.  For a second-year player, not a compliment.
Nikola Vucevic, C 1 MIN | 0-1 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 0 PTS | 0You can probably see the rookie wall Vucevic has hit from outer space.  Of course it’s hard to tell for sure when he’s anchored to the bench for an entire game.

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NOTES, LINKS & TWEETS

Posted by: C. Smith
03/27/12 11:13 am EST

Dre is going to be cautious with this knee tendinitis issue, which is not a new development, because he wants to be healthy for the post season.

Good thing Collins likes Sam Young so much because he made need to haul some major minutes coming up.

The Cavs have an elite point man in Krie Irving and they like to run the pick and roll, which spells trouble for the Sixers.  On sixers.com Collins explains what they need to do to better defend one of the oldest plays in hoops.

As we all know, the 76ers and the Celtics are now tied for 1st place in the Atlantic Division, but with wins by the NYK (25 W’s) and Pacers (29 W’s) again last night, if this swoon continues, the Sixers could soon find themselves as the 7th or 8th seed in the East

This one is from Sunday, but it still has us talking here at the Philadunkia offices.  Tom Moore of phillyburbs.com writes that the Sixers roster needs an overhaul and either Turner, Holiday or Dre must go.


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GM 49: RAPID REACTS

Posted by: C. Smith
03/26/12 10:06 am EST
Philadelphia 76ers 76 FinalRecap | Box Score 93 San Antonio Spurs
Elton Brand, PF 24 MIN | 7-9 FG | 0-0 FT | 9 REB | 2 AST | 14 PTS | -16

The “Ol’ Chevy” played very well and came just short of what would have been his second double-double in the last three games.  However, zero trips to the FT line for a PF/C who saw 24 mins. of action and took 9 shots, is not a good sign for your team.  Over his last 3 runs EB has been good for 15.3 ppg. & 8.6 boards per nights.  Too bad the Sixers are wasting these performances by Brand.

Jodie Meeks, G 26 MIN | 5-10 FG | 0-0 FT | 5 REB | 0 AST | 11 PTS | -9

He got the start in Dre’s absence and played okay overall.  Four of his 11 points came during garbage time in the 4th Q.

Spencer Hawes, C 27 MIN | 2-6 FG | 2-2 FT | 6 REB | 4 AST | 6 PTS | -22

Forget his Achilles issue, maybe Hawes should go back on the injured list until he finds his game.  In the last two losses, Hawes has been simply awful and especially glaring is that he has been weak with the ball.

Evan Turner, SG 36 MIN | 5-11 FG | 0-0 FT | 6 REB | 3 AST | 10 PTS | -21

Does anyone remember the last time Turner played well?  He saw minutes during garbage time in the 4th and still could not score a basket.  ET is averaging just 6 pts. per run over his last three games.

Jrue Holiday, PG 31 MIN | 5-14 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 3 AST | 10 PTS | -22

Jrue got off to a hot start (10 pts. in 1st Q) because he was willing to put the ball on the deck and go to the hole.  Unfortunately his shooting touch escaped him after the 4:43 mark of the 1st Q and he never scored another bucket last night.  In the 2nd half he was a disaster shooting the ball.  He began the 3rd Q going 0-3, including a couple of wild, ill-advised shots and he never recovered.

Lou Williams, PG 28 MIN | 4-14 FG | 1-1 FT | 3 REB | 3 AST | 9 PTS | +3

Just a horrible night for Louis.

Sam Young, SF 30 MIN | 4-11 FG | 0-0 FT | 9 REB | 1 AST | 8 PTS | -6

We really like the way Sam took the ball to the tin and finished with authority.  He clearly is not afraid to drive in among the trees and attack the basket.  Maybe Dre could take some lessons from his new teammate.

Thaddeus Young, F 25 MIN | 3-8 FG | 0-2 FT | 3 REB | 2 AST | 6 PTS | 0

One of the few “off” nights in an otherwise stellar season, so we’ll give Thad a passing grade.  Still there is no excuse for missing those FTs.

Nikola Vucevic, C 13 MIN | 0-2 FG | 2-6 FT | 3 REB | 0 AST | 2 PTS | +8

This is what it takes for the promising rookie to get back out on the floor?  A blow out loss in San Antonio.  That’s sad Doug.  Well, at least he got to the FT line, now if he could just hit the freebies.

Andre Iguodala, SF DNP LEFT PATELLA TENDINITIS MIN | FG | FT | REB | AST | PTS |

So is Iguodala’s recent swoon a result of the knee tendinitis or is he simply tired and they dug up this old injury as a reason to give him the night off?  We hope it’s the second thought.

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VIDEO: SIXERS BEAT BOSTON…AGAIN

Posted by: Philadunkia
03/24/12 8:41 pm EST

Philadunkia’s Tim Parker filed this video report from last night’s 76ers win over Boston… 

 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X8719YFd_5c&feature=youtu.be

 

STATEMENT MADE

Posted by: Tim Parker
03/24/12 12:09 pm EST

There are some moments in sports that mean so much more than the final score, the box score, a coaches’ 400th win, and the pursuit of a championship.  On Friday night, 20,000 fans in South Philadelphia witnessed a moment  that they won’t soon forget.  It wasn’t an alley-oop nor a no look pass. It was real life. 

With 5:08 left in the 2nd quarter of a battle for first place between the 76ers and the Celtics, Mickael Pietrus penetrated the lane and was met by Lou Williams and Elton Brand.  Pietrus was fouled, lost his balance, and landed on his back.  It seemed ordinary enough. 

But, an arena full of basketball fans would realize, in a ten minute scary pause of time, that this was more than extraordinary.  Pietrus’ head snapped backed after he fell to the ground.  He laid on the ground, without movement , as cleanup crews mopped and cleaned the floor from reported vomit.  Eventually, he was taken off the floor in a stretcher as the crowd cheered to show their support during his unfortunate exit.   Officially, he left the game with a ”closed head injury”. 

After a collective gasp and many prayers offered, the game went on and the Sixers pulled out the 99-86 win.  The win was a huge statement as the Sixers held on to first place in the Atlantic Division.  The win also gave Coach Doug Collins his 400th career victory.

 
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GM 48: RAPID REACTS

Posted by: Tom Sunnergren
03/24/12 8:20 am EST
Boston Celtics 86 FinalRecap | Box Score 99 Philadelphia 76ers
Elton Brand, PF 26 MIN | 10-15 FG | 0-0 FT | 5 REB | 0 AST | 20 PTS | +17

Sir Elton was just phenomenal tonight.  In the decisive third quarter that the Sixers won 37-17, the old Chevy scored 14, and left to loud, and deserved, cheers.

Andre Iguodala, SF 39 MIN | 5-10 FG | 3-4 FT | 6 REB | 8 AST | 14 PTS | +15

Iguodala had a classically Iguodala game: he wasn’t particularly demonstrative offensively, but he filled it up.  And after Paul Pierce torched him early with 11 fast points, AI9 clamped down to hold him to 9 the rest of the way.

Spencer Hawes, C 28 MIN | 6-13 FG | 0-0 FT | 10 REB | 3 AST | 12 PTS | +3

Hawes, for the first time in a long time, looked like his best self tonight.  He was solid underneath, got his mid-range game going, and was an able distributor.  In one stretch, he gave Brand and Holiday beautiful looks on consecutive possessions, then finished himself on the third.

Evan Turner, SG 34 MIN | 3-9 FG | 0-0 FT | 5 REB | 4 AST | 6 PTS | -5

ET, who followed his breakout by breaking down, looked better tonight than his numbers suggest.  After a slow start, he did some brilliant work as a distributor in the fourth.

Jrue Holiday, PG 30 MIN | 5-12 FG | 4-5 FT | 3 REB | 4 AST | 15 PTS | +21

Jrue kept the Sixers in it when the Celts were shooting lights out earlier, but disappeared when the home team made its run.

Tony Battie, C 4 MIN | 0-1 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 0 AST | 0 PTS | +2He blocked Rondo at one point.  So there’s that.
Lou Williams, PG 30 MIN | 6-13 FG | 6-8 FT | 5 REB | 3 AST | 19 PTS | +5

Lou’s sweet shooting put the stake in the heart of the Celts, and their bid to take over the Atlantic Division lead.

Sam Young, SF 2 MIN | 0-0 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 0 PTS | -2

He played?

Thaddeus Young, F 30 MIN | 6-13 FG | 0-0 FT | 9 REB | 2 AST | 12 PTS | +8

When everything was going wrong for the 7-6, Thad got his mid-range game going and gave me a reason to believe. Someone like you, makes it hard to live without, somebody else…

Jodie Meeks, G 16 MIN | 0-6 FG | 1-1 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 1 PTS | +1

Nice knowing ya

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