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GM 60: RAPID REACTS

Posted by: Tom Sunnergren
04/17/12 9:36 am EST
Philadelphia 76ers 100 FinalRecap | Box Score 113 Orlando Magic
Andre Iguodala, SF 37 MIN | 6-12 FG | 0-1 FT | 8 REB | 4 AST | 15 PTS | -10

He was active, but where was he while Quentin and Jason Richardson combined for 30 points on 11-of-19 shooting?  Or, I don’t know, while the entire Orlando team shot 53.3 percent from the floor and 63.1 percent from 3?

Thaddeus Young, F 29 MIN | 7-11 FG | 1-2 FT | 2 REB | 0 AST | 15 PTS | -5

In his first start of the season, Thad was efficient and productive on the offensive end.  Defensively, where his charge was Ryan Anderson, Young fell flat on his face.  The NBA’s top three point shooter put up 26 points and grabbed eight offensive rebounds.

Elton Brand, PF 23 MIN | 4-8 FG | 1-2 FT | 3 REB | 1 AST | 9 PTS | +2

Doug Collins went small tonight, starting Brand at center, and presumably expecting substantial production on the glass from the veteran.  He didn’t get it.  Though EB wasn’t otherwise awful, he did get turnstiled pretty badly by Earl Clark.

Jodie Meeks, G 31 MIN | 2-5 FG | 1-1 FT | 2 REB | 0 AST | 5 PTS | -12

There is no reason, none, that Jodie Meeks should start and play 31 minutes in a professional basketball game.  In a recession economy, fans shouldn’t have to pay to see that.

Jrue Holiday, PG 34 MIN | 7-15 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 8 AST | 18 PTS | -9

Jrue’s finals numbers look nice, but here’s what they miss: he started out like gangbusters–he had something like 12 points, three assists, a pair of steals and a block in the first quarter — but disappeared for the most part after that.  He has a disconcerting habit of doing that.

Lou Williams, PG 31 MIN | 5-11 FG | 3-4 FT | 3 REB | 3 AST | 15 PTS | -12

Lou did his damnedest to shoot the Sixers back into this one down the stretch — even answering a Jameer Nelson 3 with one of his own to get the 7-6 to within 104-97 with just under three minutes left– but it was too much, too little, too late.

Spencer Hawes, C 32 MIN | 3-10 FG | 4-4 FT | 6 REB | 9 AST | 10 PTS | -10

I liked what Spence did as a distributor tonight — his nine assists set a new career high — but was concerned by his lack of aggression around the basket and his inability to stop Earl Clark and Co. from steamrolling the Sixers on the glass.  You’re seven-feet-plus man, do something with it.

Evan Turner, SG 23 MIN | 6-8 FG | 1-1 FT | 5 REB | 2 AST | 13 PTS | -9

The final numbers look decent, but you can’t shake the sense that Turner is shrinking as this long, strange season winds down.

After the Jump, Six Things We Saw


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MISSION IMPOSSIBLE ???

Posted by: C. Smith
04/16/12 12:47 pm EST

We skipped the “Rapid Reacts” post for the 76ers awful loss to the New Jersey Nets on Friday because we simply could not stomach typing up another recap that ripped the Sixers.  We’re all aware that Collins & Co. are in a deep funk.  To be honest, except for a few glimpses of excellence, the Sixers have been in a funk since the All-Star break.  There’s no way to sugar coat and there’s no need to analyze it further.  It’s a simple fact that this team has not been very good in the last two months.

So this post is not about how bad the Sixers have been of late. 

Instead, the purpose of this post is to issue a challenge to all the ballers in the 76ers locker room as well as the coaches. 

It’s time to wake up, band together, play some good basketball and finish this season strong.  Sneaking into the playoffs as the 8th seed is unacceptable as it does this current team and the future of the franchise no good.  Playing solid ball and catching either the Celtics (currently 4 games ahead in the division race) or Orlando or Atlanta (both currently 4 games ahead in the East standing) is a must.  When you analyze the mission in front of this Sixers team, you find that it’s a difficult one to complete, but not necessarily impossible.

But it’s now or never for this group of Sixers and should they fail to accomplish the task ahead of them, this roster will be blown up in 3, 2, 1…


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GM 58: RAPID REACTS

Posted by: C. Smith
04/12/12 2:25 pm EST
Philadelphia 76ers 93 FinalRecap | Box Score 75 Toronto Raptors
Elton Brand, PF 28 MIN | 4-9 FG | 3-4 FT | 8 REB | 1 AST | 11 PTS | +20

Another very solid night for the Ol’ Chevy who has displayed more energy of late.

Andre Iguodala, SF 31 MIN | 4-7 FG | 1-2 FT | 2 REB | 4 AST | 10 PTS | +10

Started the game 0-3…Hey at least he put up a shot in the 1st quarter vs. TOR.  That’s not something you can say happens every night. 

Nikola Vucevic, C 20 MIN | 5-9 FG | 2-2 FT | 5 REB | 3 AST | 12 PTS | -4

A fast start — six 1st Q points led to a very nice game from “Big Nik”.  The kid keeps starting for the rest of the season in my opinion.  We may also be looking at the 7-6 starting center for 2012-13.

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

Enough already.  I’d rather see Sam Young get these minutes.  How on earth did this clown get two rotations into the game during the 3rd Q?  Meeks must have some serious blackmail dirt on Collins that coach keeps trotting him out there.

Jrue Holiday, PG 38 MIN | 4-9 FG | 0-2 FT | 7 REB | 7 AST | 8 PTS | +22

He had 4 points in the 1st Q, so we though we would see bigger scoring numbers out of Jrue last night.  We didn’t, so that was disappointing. However, the rest of his game and his defense were right on point.

Lou Williams, PG 23 MIN | 4-8 FG | 2-2 FT | 0 REB | 3 AST | 10 PTS | +14

LW still looks tired to me, but a decent night anyhow.  The dime he had to Hawes in the post during the late 3rd was simply a great pass and one he would not have made two years ago.

Sam Young, SF 3 MIN | 1-1 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 2 PTS | -3

Needs more minutes down the stretch so that the other wings are not exhausted come playoff time.

Thaddeus Young, F 26 MIN | 8-12 FG | 1-3 FT | 5 REB | 1 AST | 17 PTS | +16

What is left to say about Thad’s stellar play in 90% of the Sixers games this season?  Not much, but we’ll give it a try.  The Toronto shot attempt he pinned on the glass @ the 7:45 mark of the 4th was a ridiculous play.

Spencer Hawes, C 22 MIN | 5-9 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 2 AST | 10 PTS | +4

When combined with Vuc’s numbers (12 & 5) you get one very solid center.  Hawes did a great job of taking the ball to the bucket last night and not settling for long J’s.

Evan Turner, SG 24 MIN | 3-6 FG | 0-0 FT | 8 REB | 6 AST | 6 PTS | +13

Better, but still lacking something.  Of course more minutes and a vote of confidence from Coach would solve a lot of his issues.  The drive and dish he dropped to Thad in the 4th for an AND 1 was encouraging

After the Jump, Six Things We Saw


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GM 57: RAPID REACTS

Posted by: Tom Sunnergren
04/11/12 9:56 am EST
Philadelphia 76ers 107 FinalRecap | Box Score 88 New Jersey Nets
Elton Brand, PF 27 MIN | 3-8 FG | 3-3 FT | 7 REB | 0 AST | 9 PTS | +3

The Old Chevy didn’t look so old on his second half drive to slam on the former Mr. Kim Kardashian. Age is just a number and athleticism is just a …well, it would be nice if he still had some athleticism.

Andre Iguodala, SF 35 MIN | 4-11 FG | 4-4 FT | 4 REB | 7 AST | 13 PTS | +16

The number are unspectacular, but he had a pair of dunks that were.  Iguodala threw down one rafter-rattler off a second period alley-oop from Thad Young and the other, an even more impressive solo job off a strong drive to the basket, a few minutes later.  They galvanized a team in desperate need of a swift kick to the rear end.  Still, we’d like to see him be more aggressive in the early going — Dre had zero FGAs in the 1st Q.

 
Nikola Vucevic, C 16 MIN | 2-5 FG | 0-0 FT | 8 REB | 0 AST | 4 PTS | -7

Vucevic got the start and was, in limited minutes, outstanding on the glass.  Couple his numbers with Spencer Hawes’ (23 points, 16 rebounds, and four blocks) and you get one fine center.

Jodie Meeks, G 26 MIN | 2-8 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 2 AST | 5 PTS | +3

Jodie Meeks translated his starting opportunity into…well, not a whole lot.  He came out of the gate 0-3 on 3PAs and missed an easy layin during the 3rd Q.  Capt. Streaky rides again.

Jrue Holiday, PG 31 MIN | 6-12 FG | 1-1 FT | 4 REB | 3 AST | 14 PTS | +12

Jrue started hot, again — scoring 7 of the Sixers first 9 points — and fizzled late. He was sound all night on Deron Williams though, who scored only 14 on 12 FGAs after scorching the 7-6 for 34 on Jan. 25th.

Lou Williams, PG 30 MIN | 5-8 FG | 8-8 FT | 8 REB | 5 AST | 20 PTS | +24

With seconds left in the first half, Sweet Lou took an inbound pass, weaved his way down the court, and banged a three that beat the buzzer by a whisker to give the Sixers a 52-43 halftime lead.  He was like that pretty much all night.

Thaddeus Young, F 29 MIN | 8-15 FG | 3-4 FT | 8 REB | 1 AST | 19 PTS | +22

Thad was a bad, bad man tonight.  The Nets just don’t have anyone on payroll who can do a thing to even slow him down.

Spencer Hawes, C 23 MIN | 7-11 FG | 4-6 FT | 8 REB | 2 AST | 19 PTS | +22

Where the f**k did this come from?  Coming off the bench for the first time this deeply weird season, Spence scored a season high 19 points, and did a little bit of everything.  You like three pointers?  He hit one.  You like two-handed slams?  He’s got you covered. You like interior presence?  He had three blocks.  You like wispy goatees?  Me neither.

Evan Turner, SG 19 MIN | 1-4 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 2 AST | 2 PTS | +4

Evan Turner just looks like he has no idea what he’s doing out there.  It’s like watching a kid play soccer who would rather be doing anything but playing soccer.  However his thread-the-needle pass to Hawes at the end of the 1st Q was simply ridiculous.

After the Jump, Six Things We Saw


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LOST ?? SORT OF…

Posted by: C. Smith
04/10/12 2:36 pm EST

Rumors continue to float around the Internet and on the sports talk radio airwaves that Doug Collins has “lost” this team.  Thaddeus Young did his best to squash those rumors last Sunday when he told the local media, “We’ve got Coach’s back all the way.  [Has he] lost us?  Man, nobody is even thinking about that.  We’re thinking about winning games and getting back on track.  All that other stuff is just gossip.”

Still, the rumors may have a hint of truth in them.  Now I don’t think Collins has “lost” this team.  Nor do I believe that we are headed for a scenario like the Stan Van Gundy – Dwight Howard – def-con 5, level of drama that went down in Orlando.  And I certainly don’t believe that Collins  is fully responsible for the Sixers down swing of late. 

But what I do believe is that especially over the last ten games or so, Collins has “lost” his touch with this team and has not been pushing the right buttons for this squad of late.  Thus he has had a role in the recent unacceptable level of play being witnessed from Philadunkia’s home team.

After the jump a look at several ways I believe Collins has NOT helped the Sixers recently…      


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VIDEO: LAVOY ALLEN

Posted by: Philadunkia
04/10/12 10:40 am EST

This morning we’re going to take a short break from analyzing the 76ers horrible level of play over the last ten games and the results it has produced.  We’ll get back to that later this afternoon.

For now, please enjoy this video feature produced by Philadunkia’s Tim Parker on Sixers rookie Lavoy Allen.  At one point this season Allen was a valuable starter / contributor off the bench for the Sixers — see the 15 points he had vs. Chicago back on February 1st. 

However, over the last eight games Coach Collins has reduced Allen to a mere spectator — Allen is clocking only 5 mpg. over his last eight runs. 

“Why has Collins stapled Allen to the pine?” you ask. 

Good question.  We have no idea. 

So until we find an answer to that question, enjoy this feature and reminisce about when Lavoy was allowed to contribute to this team.

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GM 56: RAPID REACTS

Posted by: C. Smith
04/09/12 10:06 am EST
Philadelphia 76ers 79 FinalRecap | Box Score 103 Boston Celtics
Elton Brand, PF 15 MIN | 2-5 FG | 2-4 FT | 2 REB | 1 AST | 6 PTS | -14

This is what happens when the Ol’ Chevy plays 35 minutes vs. Orlando getting beat down by D12 and then has Boston looming the next night. Collins could have helped Brand out by giving “Big Nik” and Lavoy Allen some minutes vs. Howard on Saturday night.  But that would have made too much sense.

Andre Iguodala, SF 26 MIN | 6-12 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 2 AST | 13 PTS | -14

On three occasions in the half court offense Dre had a clear path to the basket for an attempt at a strong finish and on all three chances he chose to not even drive to the rack, let alone go strong. ‘Nuff said.

Spencer Hawes, C 14 MIN | 1-3 FG | 0-0 FT | 5 REB | 0 AST | 2 PTS | -14

Just go back on the injured list, please.  One night after getting abused by D12, Hawes gave KG so many open looks from 12-16 feet that I thought it was a Boston shoot around session.

Evan Turner, SG 33 MIN | 3-6 FG | 4-4 FT | 3 REB | 2 AST | 10 PTS | -25

At least he managed to get to the FT line.

Jrue Holiday, PG 29 MIN | 4-10 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 1 AST | 8 PTS | -22

Moving Jrue in and out of the PG spot is clearly having an impact on his play. It’s time for the lead guard merry-go-round to stop.  Of course it would help if Jrue just grabbed the job by the throat and made the decision easy for the Sixers.

Lou Williams, PG 17 MIN | 2-7 FG | 4-4 FT | 1 REB | 5 AST | 8 PTS | -6

It’s a scary thought for this team when even LW is looking tired.

Sam Young, SF 12 MIN | 1-3 FG | 2-2 FT | 0 REB | 2 AST | 5 PTS | -3

Good thing we traded for Young so that Collins could never give him any “real” minutes.  Didn’t he do a respectable job vs. SAS when Dre was out?  I thought so…

Thaddeus Young, F 23 MIN | 2-6 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 0 AST | 4 PTS | -9

Thad has simply looked tired of late and after he carried the 7-6 vs. Orlando on Saturday night, you knew there was a strong possibility he would have nothing left vs. Boston.

Jodie Meeks, G 27 MIN | 0-7 FG | 4-4 FT | 2 REB | 1 AST | 4 PTS | -2

16 points vs. Orlando.  4, count ‘em 4 in Boston.  That’s why we call him Capt. Streaky.

Lavoy Allen, PF 13 MIN | 2-5 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 0 AST | 4 PTS | -3

Glad to see you’re still alive.  By the looks of things, we’ll need your fresh legs down the stretch.

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

You know things have gotten bad if CB is getting some burn.

Nikola Vucevic, C 29 MIN | 6-10 FG | 2-4 FT | 13 REB | 1 AST | 14 PTS | -4

The only Sixers big man who actually showed a pulse Sunday night.  Don’t worry Collins will probably continue to turn a blind eye to Spencer’s awful play and then bury “Big Nik” on the bench again.

After the Jump, Six Things We Saw


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SUPERBAD

Posted by: Tim Parker
04/08/12 9:43 am EST

“You ain’t a all star.”

That was one fan’s reaction when Andre Iguodala missed two free throws as the Sixers trailed by six in the final minute of an 88- 82 loss to the drama riddled Orlando Magic, who had lost five straight coming into Saturday night’s game in South Philadelphia.

The free throws capped off a night in which Iguodala was a disaster shooting from the field.  He had only six points on 2 of 9 shooting, yet was brilliant as a facilitator as he dished out 10 assists. 

Still, it’s nights like these (where the bad outweighs the good) that encapsulates the everlasting frustration that many in Philadunkia nation feel towards Iguodala.  Last night that eight years of frustration was further fueled by Dre’s criticism of those very same fans in Sports Illustrated this week. 

But, on Saturday night, Dre had plenty of help from his friends in the starting lineup in riling up the anger of the Philly faithful.

 
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INTERVIEW: TIM LEGLER

Posted by: Tim Parker
04/06/12 8:57 am EST

He scored over 1,600 points at LaSalle, is a member of the Big 5 Hall of Fame, earned an MBA from The Wharton School and is married to a former Eagles cheerleader.  Basically ESPN analyst Tim Legler is almost as Philadunkia as Dr. J, Allen Iverson and The Spectrum. 

As a bonus, he still lives in the Philadelphia area, attends numerous Sixers games each year and is actually somewhat of a 76ers fan, so he keeps a keen eye focused on our home team. 

Recently Legler gave Philadunkia scribe Tim Parker some 1-on-1 time to discuss the 2011-12 Sixers and the hometown guy was very candid about his views on why the Sixers have struggled so badly of late.


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RAGS TO RICHES TO RAGS

Posted by: Philadunkia
04/05/12 2:48 am EST

Before the start of this lockout-shortened season, the only Sixers topic of interest was which mascot they would go with once the rabbit on steroids known as ‘Hiphop’ was out of the picture.  The 7-6 were a young team with no proven leader or dominant big man.  It was just going to be another mediocre year of Philly basketball — something this city has grown increasingly resigned to since the 2001 Finals run.

Then the unexpected happened.


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