Monthly Archive  December 2012

 
 

THAD & THE 3-BALL

Posted by: Steve Toll
12/31/12 12:16 pm EST

Energy and Hustle. 

That might as well be Thaddeus’ name at this point in his career.  He is fighting the good fight every single night.  Not only is he undersized, but a vital weapon has been removed from his bag of tricks.  While my opinions are often met with incredulous opposition, these next two points are beyond refute.  A 3 point shot is more valuable than a 2 point shot and Thad was developing into a legit threat from downtown until the arrival of DC. 

For a team that has mentioned being like the Stan Van Gundy led Orlando Magic featuring Dwight Howard, you’d think that having a stretch 4 might be part of the equation.  Thad can be that guy, he just needs the chance.


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GM 30: RAPID REACTS

Posted by: C. Smith
12/29/12 10:54 am EST
Philadelphia 76ers 89 FinalRecap | Box Score 94 Golden State Warriors
Lavoy Allen, PF 30 MIN | 4-6 FG | 3-4 FT | 7 REB | 1 AST | 11 PTS | -6

How many almost double-doubles can one guy post in a year??  Despite his offensive output, Allen was part of a host of Sixers that had significant trouble with GSW’s David Lee.

Dorell Wright, SF 23 MIN | 3-9 FG | 1-2 FT | 5 REB | 1 AST | 8 PTS | -53

Hopefully it was just playing against his former team that threw Wright’s shooting stroke off for a night.

Thaddeus Young, SF 37 MIN | 9-16 FG | 1-2 FT | 10 REB | 4 AST | 19 PTS | -58

Another monster night for Thad on the stat sheet, but he too could not keep GSW’s Lee in check.  However, GSW had no answer for this dunk by Thad either.  One of the best Sixers dunks of the year.

Evan Turner, SF 33 MIN | 5-14 FG | 0-2 FT | 5 REB | 4 AST | 10 PTS | -10

He’s scored 11 points in his last two games and is 5-18 on FGAs in those two runs.  ET is one more poor perfromance away from officially being in a slump.  He also was 0-2 from the FT line last night. But I did like the way he took the ball to the hoop, especially in the 1st half.

Jrue Holiday, PG 40 MIN | 7-19 FG | 6-7 FT | 2 REB | 10 AST | 21 PTS | -60

A solid night from Jrue on the stat sheet, but I thought he forced a couple of ill-advised shots.  Also if you combine Curry’s and Jack’s numbers, GSW’s point men accounted for 27 points, 12 dimes and 9 boards.  How much of that stat line was Jrue’s fault at the defensive end is debatable.

Spencer Hawes, C 9 MIN | 1-3 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 1 AST | 2 PTS | -7

Coming off a season-high 20 points in the win over Memphis, Spence had two points last night.  Reality —  she is a cold hearted biyatch.

Kwame Brown, C 16 MIN | 0-1 FG | 0-0 FT | 8 REB | 1 AST | 0 PTS | +4

As always I’m grading on the “Kwame-Curve” here and in that case 8 boards in 16 minutes is stellar for this guy.  However, David Lee treated him like an orange practice cone last night.

Royal Ivey, PG 25 MIN | 1-2 FG | 2-4 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 5 PTS | -39

The fact that he is playing 25 minutes for the Sixers is scary.  It also tells you why the Sixers are looking for a back-up point guard (see note after the jump).

Nick Young, SG 26 MIN | 5-17 FG | 1-2 FT | 4 REB | 3 AST | 13 PTS | -46

For all you Swaggy P lovers out there, here’s a basketball fact…Scoring 13 points on 17 FGAs is not efficient offense and will NOT help your team win games.

Doug Collins

I’m not sure DC could have done anything to prevent the Sixers from losing this game. The Sixers looked tired, Lee was a beast and the GSW got a big night from their bench.  Although I would like to have seen the very athletic, long and quick Moultrie take a shot at guarding David Lee, but he’s playing for Sioux Falls right now.

After the Jump, Six Things We Saw Last Night


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PHILADUNKIA 4on4

Posted by: Philadunkia
12/28/12 10:35 am EST

From the imitation is the highest form a flattery category, Philadunkia presents a new question and answer series titled “Philadunkia 4on4″. 

“Loosely based” on ESPN.com’s highly successful, NBA related series of posts titled “5on5″, our version of this genre of posts will ask 4 Philadunkia scribes to answer 4 topical, hot button questions about our Philadelphia 76ers.

Now you’re probably asking, “Why not simply stick with the “5on5″ format that ESPN.com uses?” 

Well as any great hoops coach will tell you — playing 4on4 is the best way to truly learn the game of basketball.

After the jump four key questions that are currently facing our 76ers and some answers from four Philadunkia scribes.  

   
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GM 29: RAPID REACTS

Posted by: Tom Sunnergren
12/26/12 11:24 pm EST
Philadelphia 76ers 99 FinalRecap | Box Score 89 Memphis Grizzlies
Lavoy Allen, PF 27 MIN | 2-6 FG | 2-4 FT | 6 REB | 1 AST | 6 PTS | -8

LA got schooled a bit by Marc Gasol in the early going; watching in helpless/thumb-up-the-rear-end fashion while the Spaniard shot over him in midrange and beat him to the bucket in transition. Momma said there’d be days like this…

Dorell Wright, SF 35 MIN | 8-11 FG | 7-8 FT | 6 REB | 1 AST | 28 PTS | +10

More grist for the “Play Dorell Wright” mill. As he’s been more often than not lately, Wright was very good on Wednesday; scoring a season-best 28 points on just 11 shots–including a dagger 3 with 3:16 left that tripped up a Memphis rally and moved the lead to an insurmountable 95-84. He’s hit 18 3-pointers now in his last five games. On a mediocre team, he should be logging more than 22 minutes a night.

Thaddeus Young, SF 37 MIN | 6-10 FG | 1-2 FT | 2 REB | 0 AST | 13 PTS | +2

With a tough matchup against Z-Bo, Thad, consumate gamer, hung in. He was tremendously active defensively–see Memphis’ 32 percent shooting after the first quarter–and with 13 points, he’s now scored in double-digits in his last 19 games. The consistency helps.

Evan Turner, SF 41 MIN | 0-4 FG | 1-2 FT | 6 REB | 9 AST | 1 PTS | +3

41 minutes. 1 point. 41 minutes. 1 point. Sure, he did some other helpful things, and was a capable facilitator, but…41 minutes. 1 point. 41 minutes. 1 point.

Jrue Holiday, PG 37 MIN | 5-16 FG | 2-2 FT | 4 REB | 9 AST | 13 PTS | +6

Jrue didn’t bring his A game tonight (there were points in the fourth quarter where I considered the possibility that he was throwing the game), but he did yeoman’s work defensively on Mike Conley and hit a 3-pointer in the third that feels, in retrospect, like it marked a turning point.

Spencer Hawes, C 31 MIN | 9-14 FG | 2-4 FT | 9 REB | 1 AST | 20 PTS | +24

After watching, mouth presumably agape, while Marc Gasol abused his team in the first quarter on the strength of a bunch of things he can kind of do, but not really, Spence went off; scoring a season-high 20 points and racking up five swats. He blocked Zach Randolph, which, if nothing else, is something for Zach Randolph to think long and hard about.

Royal Ivey, PG 11 MIN | 2-3 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 6 PTS | +4

The pair of 3-pointers he hit in his first run off the bench were enormous. “They call it a Royal with Threes!” I imagined someone saying at the time, before remembering that I’m an adult man.

Nick Young, SG 21 MIN | 5-7 FG | 1-1 FT | 4 REB | 2 AST | 12 PTS | +9

An uncharacteristicly efficient performance from the Swaggster.

Doug CollinsI liked the decision to put extra bodies on Gasol and Z-Bo, his starting Wright over Swaggy, and the continued flirtation with the zone. It’s no small thing to win in Memphis these days.

After the jump, (7)6 Things We Saw Last Night


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GM 28: RAPID REACTS

Posted by: Tom Sunnergren
12/23/12 6:10 pm EST
Philadelphia 76ers 92 FinalRecap | Box Score 95 Brooklyn Nets
Lavoy Allen, PF 30 MIN | 6-11 FG | 0-0 FT | 9 REB | 1 AST | 12 PTS | +6

LA got off to a great start and fell just shy of his second career double-double. He beat Brook Lopez to a handful of rebounds (okay, no great accomplishment there) and posted four points and five rebounds by the midway point of the first quarter. He also made a tremendous extra pass to Thad Young in the middle part of the third.

Thaddeus Young, SF 37 MIN | 8-14 FG | 2-2 FT | 10 REB | 1 AST | 18 PTS | -7

The third quarter belonged to Thad. He scored 12 points on 6-of-7 shooting and near single-handedly kept the Sixers within striking distance in a game that threatened to get away from them.

Evan Turner, SF 42 MIN | 7-16 FG | 0-0 FT | 7 REB | 2 AST | 15 PTS | 0

Though his midrange game was on point in the early going, ET missed all but two of his last eight shot attempts.

Jrue Holiday, PG 38 MIN | 9-16 FG | 3-4 FT | 6 REB | 9 AST | 24 PTS | 0

Though saying a guy outplayed Deron Williams doesn’t quite carry the same rhetorical heft it did in, say, 2009, Jrue Holiday got the better of his counterpart tonight. With nine fourth quarter points and three assists, he closed strong in the losing effort.

Jason Richardson, SG 29 MIN | 2-10 FG | 0-0 FT | 5 REB | 1 AST | 5 PTS | -14

After a promising performance against Atlanta, Richardson returned to form tonight; which is to say he played badly. He had the worst plus/minus of anyone in uniform on Sunday and struggled, again, to find his shot. JRich has been JPoor lately. * Ugh*

Dorell Wright, SF 29 MIN | 2-8 FG | 2-2 FT | 6 REB | 2 AST | 8 PTS | +16

Dorell Wright is not making his shot attempts this season, yes, but he’s also doing really, really helpful things in every other area of the game. Tonight was more of the same. DW used his length to grab three steals and pull down six rebounds.

Spencer Hawes, C 20 MIN | 2-9 FG | 1-2 FT | 4 REB | 3 AST | 5 PTS | -4

A vanilla performance. Sorry for the racial overtone.

Nick Young, SG 12 MIN | 2-4 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 0 AST | 5 PTS | -5

Swaggy hit a 3-pointer that ended the Nets 18-0 first quarter run, so…well, at least he did that.

Doug Collins

The good: More Dorell Wright. Clever zone defense sets. Keeping the team’s head together after the 18-0 BKN run. No fast food controversy. The bad: Calling a timeout nine points into an 18-0 run and making adjustments that allowed the Nets to immediately score nine more unanswered points.

After the Jump, (7)6 Things We Saw


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A THIRD OF THE WAY HOME

Posted by: Steve Toll
12/23/12 9:44 am EST

The 76ers are now twenty seven games into the season and by conservative estimations, at least another 27 or so until Andrew Bynum possibly starts his first game of the year.  

That would be poetic, as game #55 on the schedule is against the Orlando Magic featuring “Big Nik” and Maurice Harkless.  A return to action by Bynum before that game vs. the Magic would be a pleasant surprise, no make that an epic surprise, for the team and Philadunkia nation.  

But now is not the time to dwell on the Bynum drama.  No, now is the time to look at this team and assess where they sit in the NBA landscape and how the 7-6 project to look going forward.

After the jump, I’ll take a look at this season up to this point and how this team has done as well as take a look at the road ahead for the Sixers. 


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GM 27: RAPID REACTS

Posted by: C. Smith
12/22/12 9:22 am EST
Atlanta Hawks 80 FinalRecap | Box Score 99 Philadelphia 76ers
Lavoy Allen, PF 36 MIN | 3-7 FG | 0-0 FT | 7 REB | 3 AST | 6 PTS | +10

I like the fact that Lavoy saw increased minutes in last night’s game (21.3 mpg over last 10) as I’d rather have him on the floor than Kwame. He did some nice things with those extra ticks, like the 2 OREBs he grabbed in one trip at the 3:40 mark of the 3rd Q. Or also in the 3rd, the help D that he supplied on which he tied up J-Smoove for a jump ball.

Thaddeus Young, SF 40 MIN | 9-16 FG | 0-0 FT | 11 REB | 4 AST | 18 PTS | +23

He’s been simply amazing this year and last night he posted what might have been he best all-around game of the season.  Two stretches of his play really stick out for me.  In the 3rd Q he had a steal that led to a break; then he tipped in a Holiday miss and after that he drew a charge.  The OREB play in the 3rd Q where he battled for the ball 3 times on the glass before grabbing it and putting it back in was also stellar.  He’s now scored in double figures in 17 straight games.

Evan Turner, SF 41 MIN | 10-17 FG | 0-0 FT | 5 REB | 6 AST | 21 PTS | +29

Turner is so much better when he is not playing the point.  His stretch of play to open the 4th Q was fantastic — shot clock beating FG; slam on the break and then a beauty of a dime to Thad on the blocks.

Jrue Holiday, PG 36 MIN | 5-13 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 7 AST | 11 PTS | +15

Jrue did a nice job of working himself back into the lineup without forcing things or trying to do too much.  What a difference he makes for this team.

Jason Richardson, SG 33 MIN | 7-12 FG | 0-2 FT | 8 REB | 7 AST | 17 PTS | +30

J-Rich got off to a fast start — 8 points; 7 dimes; 3 rebounds and 2 steals — in the 1st half and had a very solid overall game.  His FGM made to open the 2nd half was huge.  His beautiful post up, spin move and kiss off the glass in the 3rd Q put the Sixers up 10 and IMO was the knock out blow for the Hawks (even though the run by Louis got them within 8).

Dorell Wright, SF 20 MIN | 2-5 FG | 2-4 FT | 1 REB | 2 AST | 7 PTS | -4

I thought we learned in Texas that this guy needs more minutes and more looks.  I guess I was wrong.

Spencer Hawes, C 20 MIN | 5-10 FG | 1-1 FT | 8 REB | 2 AST | 12 PTS | +5

I thought he would have more trouble against the Hawks physical front-line, so this was a surprisingly strong effort from Spencer.

Damien Wilkins, SG 4 MIN | 2-2 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 5 PTS | -7

If he can give us this production every night, we’ll make the playoffs (sarcasm here).

Nick Young, SG 10 MIN | 1-4 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 2 PTS | -6

I’d like to see his minutes further reduced.

Kwame Brown, C DNP COACH’S DECISION MIN | FG | FT | REB | AST | PTS |

DNP — CD…That’s what I’m talking ’bout !!!!

After the Jump, Six Things We Saw


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GM 25: RAPID REACTS

Posted by: C. Smith
12/19/12 10:04 am EST
Philadelphia 76ers 100 FinalRecap | Box Score 107 Dallas Mavericks
Evan Turner, PG 38 MIN | 7-16 FG | 0-0 FT | 5 REB | 5 AST | 17 PTS | -3

Honestly I don’t know what to think about this kid’s play anymore.  One minute his play is stellar play — 5 straight points and 10 overall in 1st Q — and the next minute you want to bench the kid — in the 4th Q he had a stretch where he missed an ill-advised FG; then had a TO; next he air balled a 3PA and followed that up by dribbling the shot clock out.  I’ll have more in depth thoughts on Turner after the jump.

Thaddeus Young, PF 37 MIN | 5-13 FG | 2-4 FT | 7 REB | 2 AST | 12 PTS | -14

After a slow start (0-5 on FGAs), Thad recovered to have a decent game.  His solid 3rd Q kept the Sixers in this game.  However he had significant trouble on the defensive end of the floor vs. DAL.

Kwame Brown, C 19 MIN | 2-3 FG | 0-0 FT | 7 REB | 1 AST | 4 PTS | -9

Again, I am grading this on “The Kwame Curve”, so 7 rebs in 19 minutes is just a sick outing for this guy.  Still the smooth dime from Wayns that he blew in the 2nd Q drove me crazy and Kaman abused him.

Jason Richardson, SF 30 MIN | 5-14 FG | 0-0 FT | 6 REB | 4 AST | 11 PTS | +7

Sooner or later J-Rich going to find his stroke, right?  It amazes me how hard it is for career jump shooters to score when they have to create their own shots like Jason is being forced to do this year. Still he hits two shot clock buzzer beaters that bailed the 7-6 out and he provided some defensive presence on Mayo in the 2nd half, so not a terrible night.

Nick Young, SG 24 MIN | 3-6 FG | 1-1 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 8 PTS | -9

He had a 4-point play and scored 6 straight in the 1st Q…That’s about all he did last night.  His defensive effort on Mayo was pathetic

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

Not sure what he has done wrong, to apparently end up in the Do(u)g-house, but the Sixers could have used him on the floor last night.

Dorell Wright, SF 30 MIN | 8-18 FG | 2-2 FT | 5 REB | 2 AST | 25 PTS | -7

This is the D-Wright I was looking for when we acquired this guy.  I even thought he did a decent job of taking the ball to the cup last night.  He kept the Sixers in this game all by himself in the late 4th Q and if we can get efforts like this more frequently from Wright, this team could do some damage when Holiday gets back.

Spencer Hawes, C 27 MIN | 5-7 FG | 8-8 FT | 7 REB | 0 AST | 18 PTS | +4

A very solid night from Spencer.  I love that he got to the FT line 8 times and knocked all of those freebies down.  His 10 straight in the 4th kept the Sixers alive in this one.  However his help defense on Mayo (Blew by Hawes 2x) and his man-to-man on Kaman in the final minutes was brutal.

Maalik Wayns, PG 21 MIN | 1-7 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 9 AST | 3 PTS | +2

I realize that his shooting last night was atrocious and that can not continue, but I thought the Sixers offense flowed much better with Wayns at the PG (more on this later).  His behind the back dime to Allen in the 2nd Q capped off a 9-2 run.  And when DC put him at the point with 3:55 in the game, he (w/ a lot of help from Wright) pushed the Sixers to make this game entertaining down the stretch.

Royal Ivey, PG 4 MIN | 0-1 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 0 PTS | -3

Mehhh

Damien Wilkins, SG 5 MIN | 0-0 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 0 PTS | -9

I would like to have seen DC give Wilkins a chance to guard Mayo for a longer stretch.

Jrue Holiday, PG DNP SPRAINED LEFT FOOT MIN | FG | FT | REB | AST | PTS |

Please come back soon!!

After the Jump, Six Things We Saw


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YOUNG INFLUENCE

Posted by: Jeff McMenamin
12/18/12 9:40 am EST

What’s the difference between professional athletes in the United States and United States citizens?  The reality is that they’re one in the same, but for young fans of the NBA often times that may be too hard of a concept to grasp or to understand.

As a young fan you see these towering figures who can soar through an arena sky like a model airplane, eventually landing gracefully to the hardwood until the next flight.  You see them on television, in movies, in video games, in commercials, on billboards and maybe even on your favorite cartoon.  It’s hard for a young fan to comprehend that these men were once just like them – a small child watching their heroes take the court in a game in which they love.  They once had posters which lined the walls, jerseys of their favorite players hanging in their closets and sporting cards in their drawers which they were hoping to one day have signed.


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WHERE’S THE D ?!?

Posted by: C. Smith
12/17/12 10:37 am EST

I’m going to bypass the usual Rapid Reacts post that goes up the day after a 76ers game in favor of a look at some disturbing defensive trends over the last three contests. 

I know those of who are Nick Young and / or Kwame Brown fans will be upset to hear this news as both players had their best games of the season against the Lakers last night, but there are more important issues to take a look at right now.  We’re involved in a 3 game losing streak and defense or lack of it has had a huge role in this slide.

Obviously the Sixers have been without there best offensive weapon and best defensive player for the last two games and Holiday’s absence can not be discounted as a factor in this losing streak.  However, the Bulls, Pacers and Lakers were also ALL missing key players when they took the floor and they were able to overcome those challenges.  So, I don’t think Holiday’s injury can be completely to blame for the Sixers recent woes.  This is the NBA, injuries happen.  

Let me say that what follows after the jump is not going to be pretty…


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