Monthly Archive  March 2012



Posted by: Tom Sunnergren
03/14/12 10:43 am EST

Michael Levin over at Liberty Ballers put together an excellent post yesterday morning on Evan Turner’s prowess on the boards.  According to Levin, ET’s 23.7 DREB% this season — the percentage of available rebounds on the defensive end that he grabs — is the highest ever recorded by a guard or a swingman in the history of the Association, and he bests No. 2 Jason Kidd’s 20.8 percent mark from 2006-’07 by a pretty ridiculous margin.

Now, as excited as I am by Turner’s emergence, and especially by unequaled his work on the glass, my enthusiasm is curbed by the fact that such a huge percentage of his rebounds come on the defensive end.  Defensive rebounds, generally speaking, are easier to come by: if you don’t grab them, there’s a pretty high chance that somebody else on your team will.  When Iguodala jokingly calls Turner a “rebound thief” — well, maybe jokingly — he’s sort of on to something. 

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Posted by: C. Smith
03/13/12 12:30 pm EST

Obviously inserting Evan Turner in to the 76ers starting lineup has had a tremendous impact on the team.  To say the change has revitalized this franchise after a terrible (but short) slump that caused a lot of folks to leap off the bandwagon is an understatement.

During ET’s recent three-game stretch (BOS; UTA; NYK), the #2 overall pick in the 2010 Draft is averaging 22 points, 11.3 rebounds and 3.3 dimes per night while shooting 60% from the field.  The 7-6 have won all three of those games (3-1 overall) and during Turner’s recent hot streak they have now scored 100 or more points in three straight games for the first time since March 2011. 

Whether you are on the street or listening to the radio in you car, Turner is the talk of Philadunkia nation.  But, hoop heads in Philadelphia are not alone in their admiration of Turner’s recent play.  It seems Twitter-land has taken notice of ET’s skill and all sorts of people are showing ET the love via the social media network.

After the jump we present some of the best ET related Tweets we could find.

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Posted by: Tom Sunnergren
03/11/12 3:17 pm EST
Philadelphia 76ers 106 FinalRecap | Box Score 94 New York Knicks
Elton Brand, PF 33 MIN | 6-10 FG | 1-1 FT | 8 REB | 2 AST | 13 PTS | +4

Elton and the guy who used to be Amare Stoudemire were in stark contrast on Sunday.  Two guys whose skills have more or less completely left them, but one is still able–through pluck, grit, determination, and a bunch of other words generally used to describe depression-era boxers–to contribute; the other is an albatross.  Amare has a lot to learn from Brand.

Andre Iguodala, SF 39 MIN | 7-11 FG | 3-3 FT | 7 REB | 8 AST | 19 PTS | +10

Offensive limitations aside, he’s somewhere between good and great nearly every time he steps on the court.  Today, he was great.  He Turner and Young, when the three are on the floor, give the Sixers a trio that, in size, athleticism, and skill, nobody can match.

Nikola Vucevic, C 20 MIN | 0-2 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 0 AST | 0 PTS | -2

Well.  He didn’t do a whole lot of good.  He didn’t do a whole lot of bad either.  Till next time kid.

Evan Turner, SG 40 MIN | 9-14 FG | 6-7 FT | 15 REB | 2 AST | 24 PTS | +15

What else is there to say?  Evan Turner has gone from bust / afterthought to arguably the Sixers best player faster than you can say “Thank god Jodie Meeks isn’t playing 25 a game anymore.”  Dude looks confident, skilled, and generally like the National Player of the Year he was just 24 months ago.

Jrue Holiday, PG 38 MIN | 2-14 FG | 4-7 FT | 4 REB | 3 AST | 8 PTS | 0

Okay. So, he was pretty bad today, but he contributed to the 7-6’s impressive wrangling of Linsanity.  Holiday scored 8 points on 14 shots, but Lin got only 14 on 18.

Lou Williams, PG 28 MIN | 10-19 FG | 5-6 FT | 3 REB | 2 AST | 28 PTS | +7

Lou Williams was an absolute Tom Berenger-level sniper today.  He missed his final five shots, but still finished 10/19. He likes to shoot.

Thaddeus Young, F 35 MIN | 6-9 FG | 2-2 FT | 2 REB | 1 AST | 14 PTS | +11

Thad Young provides so much electricity off the bench it’s a wonder he isn’t regulated by the NERC.  Dude was outstanding again today, just jumping over and through everybody in his path.

Jodie Meeks, G 7 MIN | 0-0 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 0 PTS | +15

It was nice knowin’ ya kid.  Good luck and watch your top knot.

After the Jump, Six things We Saw Today…

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Posted by: C. Smith
03/09/12 10:47 pm EST
Utah Jazz 91 FinalRecap | Box Score 104 Philadelphia 76ers
Elton Brand, PF 32 MIN | 4-13 FG | 0-0 FT | 9 REB | 1 AST | 8 PTS | -3

8 points on 13 shots is not good, especially when you are coming off an 18 point night.  Most concerning for us were his 3 missess in the 4th Q.  EB looked tired and old during that stanza and his shot was flat.  Also…is there a forward in the League who gets his shot blocked more often?  EB simply has no lift.

Andre Iguodala, SF 36 MIN | 5-5 FG | 0-0 FT | 7 REB | 10 AST | 10 PTS | +11

We’d still like to see him be a little more assertive in the half court offense, but that’s being really, really picky tonight.  His defense on the perimeter during the 2nd half was simply stellar.

Tony Battie, C 11 MIN | 2-3 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 2 AST | 4 PTS | -5

Tony went 2-3 from the field in 11 minutes and didn’t make any major mistakes.  For a guy who has no right being in the Association, what else could we give him but an A?

Evan Turner, SG 43 MIN | 7-12 FG | 2-2 FT | 12 REB | 6 AST | 16 PTS | +2

Simply amazing again tonight.  We’re not ready just yet to start a Jeremy Lin level of hysteria here in Philly for Turner, but after a second straight double-double, we’re getting close.  Of special note was his 7 points and 3 boards in the 1st Q that helped the Sixers stay in this game when they were getting killed down low.  Is it me or does ET simply appear to have more energy and spring in his step then everyone else on the court.  He looks “fresh” (for lack of a better word) compared to the rest of the ballers out there.  He also hit the bucket that gave everyone in the WFC free Big Macs…’nuff said.

Jrue Holiday, PG 32 MIN | 7-11 FG | 0-1 FT | 3 REB | 4 AST | 16 PTS | +6

Holiday got off to a slow start and didn’t score his first basket until 3:40 remained in the 2nd Q.  He quickly followed that up with a 3-ball, but because of foul trouble couldn’t keep the momentum going in the 3rd Q.  So, after a long stretch on the bench, Jrue simply took the game over in the 4th.  Jumpers on the break, 3-pointers, following his own shot, back door cuts, Holiday did it all in the 4th (Holiday scored the Sixers’ first seven points in the fourth.).  His 4th Q totals — 10 points, 3 rebounds and one charge drawn.  He basically closed out the Jazz in this one.

Lou Williams, PG 26 MIN | 6-10 FG | 8-10 FT | 2 REB | 1 AST | 21 PTS | +18

Except for two ill advised running leaners in the second half and a couple of missed FTs, this was one of LW’s best games of the year.

Thaddeus Young, F 33 MIN | 8-17 FG | 5-8 FT | 6 REB | 1 AST | 21 PTS | +21

The leader of the “Night Shift” was red hot in the 1st half and his energy carried the Sixers during the late 1st and into the 2nd Q.  At one point he scored 8 straight for the Sixers.  However, even while he was carrying the Sixers, we were concerned that he was scoring by settling for jumpers (That all went in.).  That came back to haunt him in the second half as his J went cold.  It took him a second to adjust, but Thad eventually did and then scored the ball off the bounce.

Jodie Meeks, G 8 MIN | 0-2 FG | 2-2 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 2 PTS | +2

Meeks missed 2 3PAs and had two awkward drives to the rim during the 2nd Q and that was all the evidence Collins needed to realize that Jodie didn’t have it tonight.  He did not see the floor in the 2nd half.

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

It seems Lavoy Allen is deep in Doug’s doghouse as the kid from Temple saw limited minutes in the 1st half and no burn in the second at all.  C’mon Doug.  Lavoy is certainly a better option then Ol’ Man Battie.

Nikola Vucevic, C 18 MIN | 2-5 FG | 2-4 FT | 5 REB | 1 AST | 6 PTS | +15

“Big Nik” missed a couple shots that he usually knock down, but other then that it was a solid night.  We’ll continue to push for more minutes for the rookie as well still remember what he did vs. Houston when he got 28+ minutes of playing time.

After the Jump, Six  Things We Saw Tonight

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Posted by: Tom Sunnergren
03/09/12 1:18 pm EST

The Inquirer’s John Mitchell collects impressions from Andre Iguodala and some other Sixers’ vets on Evan Turner’s brilliant effort against the Celts.

“We see him in practice, so we know what Evan can do,” power forward Elton Brand told Mitchell. “He’s been working hard and being patient, very supportive. He’s going to continue to work hard and try to get better as a player because he’s a professional.”

Bob Ford breaks down Turner’s game on Wednesday in the context of Stan Hochman’s head scratching “something is wrong with Evan Turner” innuendo. A thoughtful treatment of the situation.

As we keep on the subject of Turner, the indispensable NBA Geek performs an autopsy on his game and says the patient’s fine.  He posits that the reason ET isn’t logging a ton of minutes isn’t some mystery illness, or that he’s run afoul of Doug Collins, but that Jodie Meeks is actually, sneakily, pretty good.  Not sure we can follow you there NBA Geek, but we appreciate the math.

Bob Cooney says the Sixer’s biggest deadline addition is likely to be Spencer Hawes.  Hawes appears to be recovering well (finally) from his bulky Achilles.  Given our 12-2 record with him, and deep mediocrity without him, Cooney just might be right.

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Posted by: Matt Swiman
03/09/12 10:11 am EST

In 2010 when the Sixers drafted Evan Turner the 6’7 guard from Ohio State, the one question people were asking was, “Where are we going to play him?”

At the time, it was a legitimate concern as the “franchise” player for the 76ers, Andre Iguodala, plays a very similar style of basketball.  Now in 2011-2012, people have been wondering when second year player Evan Turner was going to get the minutes a second overall pick deserves.  Prior to the Milwaukee game,  Doug had played Turner a very low 23.7 minutes per game.  That’s not a whole lot of minutes for a lottery pick.

well, apparently Doug and the front office finally decided they needed to see Turner’s potential and where his skills stand when measured against premiere NBA players.  In short it was time for Turner to start and as he showed vs. Boston Wednesday night, Turner has potential.  But that potential apparently comes with an asterisk as Turner needs the ball in his hands to be successful.  That fact opens up a host of possibilities for the Sixers but also raises a new personnel question.

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Posted by: Tom Sunnergren
03/07/12 10:14 pm EST
Boston Celtics 71 FinalRecap | Box Score 103 Philadelphia 76ers
Andre Iguodala, SF 29 MIN | 5-11 FG | 0-0 FT | 7 REB | 8 AST | 10 PTS | +19

Another day at the office for Iguodala, who held Pierce to 13 and continued to be the beating heart of the best, and most consistent, aspect of the 7-6’s game. When I say “D” you say “Fence.”

Craig Brackins, SF 4 MIN | 1-3 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 1 AST | 2 PTS | -3

When Craig Brackins is playing, it means something either very good or very bad has happened. Tonight, fortunately, it was the former.

Tony Battie, C 11 MIN | 0-2 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 0 PTS | +6

With zeros in almost every category, Battie is giving a whole new meaning to “empty stats.”

Evan Turner, SG 37 MIN | 11-19 FG | 3-4 FT | 9 REB | 2 AST | 26 PTS | +30

Oh. My. God. ET delivered the sort of performance we’ve been waiting two years for.  Since getting the starting nod the last two nights, he’s looked like a completely different player.  Monday’s misses aside — and they became makes on Wednesday anyway — he just looks so demonstrative out there.  Turner also did a nice jobe defensively on Rondo at the start of the game.

Jrue Holiday, PG 30 MIN | 4-11 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 6 AST | 10 PTS | +18

An okay performance on the offensive end, but after the Sixers got torched by PGs Derrick Rose and Brandon Jennings in consecutive games, it was nice to see the red-hot Allen (0-5 on FGAs) and Rondo (2-6 on FGAs) struggle thanks to Jrue’s defense.

Elton Brand, PF 26 MIN | 8-10 FG | 2-2 FT | 9 REB | 2 AST | 18 PTS | +24

Elton Brand was outstanding tonight.  At one point he had dunks — like jump up in the air and put the ball directly into the hoop with your two hands — on consecutive trips down the court.  I think I need to sit down.

Andres Nocioni, F 4 MIN | 0-1 FG | 1-2 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 1 PTS | -3

The human victory cigar got lit in the fourth period.

Lou Williams, PG 28 MIN | 4-11 FG | 5-7 FT | 4 REB | 4 AST | 15 PTS | +19

Lou, who’s been hot and cold of late, was sound on Wednesday, but did the lion’s share of his work once the outcome was decided.  So like mid-second quarter and beyond.

Jodie Meeks, G 22 MIN | 2-4 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 1 AST | 5 PTS | +13

Jodie, who looked great off the bench against the Bucks, looked less than that tonight.

Lavoy Allen, PF 21 MIN | 1-2 FG | 0-0 FT | 6 REB | 0 AST | 2 PTS | +15

LA did some nice work on the glass, snagging one particularly impressive o-board from the clutches of Kevin Garnett.

Nikola Vucevic, C 30 MIN | 7-15 FG | 0-0 FT | 12 REB | 0 AST | 14 PTS | +22

With Hawes reportedly on the mend, the Montenegrin stepped his game up.  He was a terror on the boards, stayed with his own misses, and delivered the kind of performance that, when you look at the numbers, leaves you wondering ‘That was all?’


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Posted by: Philadunkia
03/07/12 9:57 am EST

What do Kobe, Durant, D-Rose, Dirk, D-Wade and Chris Paul all have in common?  They’re all NBA ‘closers’ — players who make big plays towards the end of the game.  These guys have the ability to put a team on their shoulders and carry that squad to victory through sheer will and killer instinct.  Or, at least that’s how the narrative goes.  Not every player in the League owns the skills and killer instinct to be a ‘closer’ — LeBron James apparently can not fill this role.  But, most concerning for us is that despite Louis Williams’ best efforts, it seems the current Sixers roster lacks anyone with enough talent and killer instinct to ‘close’ a game. 

It has become evident that the 76ers have some major issues in the fourth quarter, which are indicative in their poor record in close games — 28 in games decided by 5 points or less & 2-12 in games decided by 7 points or less.  These issues bring some questions about the team’s future.

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Posted by: Tim Parker
03/06/12 2:26 pm EST

It’s about time!

Something felt naturally wrong about the number two overall pick in the 2010 NBA Draft coming off the bench in his second season in the League.  Especially, when there’s a one trick pony starting in his stead – and quite frankly the pony hasn’t even performed his one trick that well.

Though, that all changed last night when Evan Turner replaced Jodie Meeks in the starting lineup.  It was a change that Sixers’ fans have been begging for since the season began.  In fact, Turner’s standout effort vs. the Miami Heat in the 2011 Playoffs had many believing ET should have been anointed a starter from day one this season.  

But, Doug Collins felt he had valid reasons for placing Meeks in the starting five.  Meeks is the only true shooting guard the Sixers have on their roster.  No one else can knock down the 3 ball like he can — when he’s on.  Thus, in theory he could space the floor, open up driving lanes and allow the Sixers to run a smoother and more efficient offense.  At least that was the thinking heading into the season.  

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Posted by: C. Smith
03/06/12 10:24 am EST
Philadelphia 76ers 93 FinalRecap | Box Score 97 Milwaukee Bucks
Elton Brand, PF 29 MIN | 2-6 FG | 2-4 FT | 12 REB | 1 AST | 6 PTS | +12

EB’s string of double-double comes to an end vs. MIL and it was not pretty.  Early foul trouble may have prevented him from getting into the flow of the game but we have to point out…How many times did Brand fail to score because what little vertical lift he once owned is now completely gone?  Too many to count.  Also Drew Gooden simply killed him all night.

Andre Iguodala, SF 38 MIN | 6-9 FG | 1-2 FT | 2 REB | 5 AST | 16 PTS | -3

What else can we say about Dre taht you haven’t heard already?  Yes, he scored the ball efficiently, got his teammates involved and played solid defense on Jennings at times.  And he nailed several “bail out” 3’s that saved the Sixers at the end of the shot clock.  However “the leader” of this team didn’t score his first bucket until there was 4:50 remaining in the 1st Q, had only one FGA in the 4th Q (which he made) and shot 2 FTAs.  We need more from him in these close games.

Nikola Vucevic, C 17 MIN | 3-8 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 0 AST | 6 PTS | -21

A quick start — 3 for 3 in the 1st Q had us excited that “Big Nik” was headed for a huge game.  But that 1st Q was followed by and 0-5 the rest of the way.  Foul trouble also hampered his efforts last night.

Evan Turner, SG 32 MIN | 1-12 FG | 0-0 FT | 12 REB | 4 AST | 2 PTS | -5

Well, a lot of you had your wish granted last night as Collins shook things up and ran Turner with the first-five.  Whether ET capitalized on it or not is a matter of opinion.  We know it’s very hard, but let’s try to ignore for a minute the 0-10 start ET had last night (1-12 overall) and the fact that he missed some easy bunnies and lay-ins.  He was a monster on the glass, something the Sixers desperately need.  ET also got to the rim with easy, but simply couldn’t finish. He also did a nice job of getting the other Sixers involved and played good defense.  Still 1-12 is hard to ignore and we are trying hard to do just that.

Jrue Holiday, PG 34 MIN | 4-13 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 5 AST | 8 PTS | -1

Obviously not a great shooting night for Jrue and Jennings simply killed him in the 1st Q.  But the thing that stood out for us is that Jrue spent too much time playing off the ball.  The Sixers need to get to the rim (and thus the FT line) more often and for that to happen Jrue has to your primary ball handler.  He also did a much better job on Jennings as the game went on, but 19 first quarter points is unacceptable.

Lou Williams, PG 28 MIN | 7-17 FG | 11-15 FT | 3 REB | 1 AST | 26 PTS | -4

A big scoring night for LW was capped by a stellar 4th Q.  He even drew a charge in the final quarter.  LW also got to the FT line which is something we have been begging the Sixers to do for weeks now.  However he chucked up (and missed) an ugly jumper at the :45 mark of the 4th Q with the Sixers trailing by only two points.  And of course he missed another “last shot” with 6 ticks remaining and the 7-6 down by two.  Can we please go to someone else as our closer?

Thaddeus Young, F 36 MIN | 6-15 FG | 2-2 FT | 13 REB | 1 AST | 14 PTS | +3

We love the double-double he had last night as Young-Smoove was one of the few Sixers who brought the energy and did not look tired.  He was rewarded by Collins with a start in the 3rd Q.  But we’ll only think of one thing for Thad in this game…How on earth did he miss that point blank tip-in during the final seconds?

Jodie Meeks, G 18 MIN | 5-10 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 0 AST | 13 PTS | -4

With ET in the starting lineup, Meeks became part of the “Night Shift” and provided an instant lift off the bench.  He nailed two 3PAs at the end of the 1st Q.  Then he hit another to open the 2nd Q and threw in a driving lay-up for good measure. Jodie had tallied 11 points at half, but Capt. Streaky only scored 1 bucket the rest of the way.  He missed two wide open 3’s in the 3rd and finally another one at the 5 min. mark of the 4th Q.  Uggghhhhh

Lavoy Allen, PF 7 MIN | 1-4 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 0 AST | 2 PTS | +3

Let’s just move on.

After the Jump, Six Things We Saw last Night…

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