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GM 23: RAPID REACTS

Posted by: C. Smith
12/15/12 9:25 am EST
Philadelphia 76ers 85 FinalRecap | Box Score 95 Indiana Pacers
Evan Turner, PG 42 MIN | 9-16 FG | 2-2 FT | 10 REB | 5 AST | 22 PTS | -8

Throughout this game I found myself bouncing between being thrilled with ET’s play and wanting to strangle him.  He hauled 42 solid minutes at the point, posted a double-double and I liked the way he responded after he got T’d up.  On the other side of things, he had 5 turnovers (including a killer one with 1 minute left in the gm), should never had gotten the T in the first place, his defense was suspect and I didn’t think he did a great job of getting others involved.

Thaddeus Young, PF 37 MIN | 5-12 FG | 2-2 FT | 7 REB | 1 AST | 12 PTS | -11

A tough night for Thad as he had major match-up problems on the defensive end.  Still, his steal and dime to Turner in the 2nd Q was sick.  He also kept the Sixers in this one with 10 & 6; 2 steals and 2 blocks in the 1st half.

Kwame Brown, C 21 MIN | 2-2 FG | 1-4 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 5 PTS | -11

Obviously I am grading Kwame on a severe curve here, but this was the best basketball we have seen from him all year (That’s not saying much).  To open the 2nd half, he executed a nice pick-n-roll that led to 2 FTs.  His pump fake, drive and slam in the 3rd Q was awesome.  However if you think back to the 2nd Q, he also dropped a sweet behind the back pass from Hawes on which he was wide open and would have scored easily.  Lastly, in 21 mins. of play he grabbed 1 rebound.  That’s right 1.  Sad.

Jason Richardson, SF 20 MIN | 1-6 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 1 AST | 3 PTS | -13

Again he’s here to do two things — provide veteran leadership and hit open jumpers.  Last night he did not hit those J’s.

Nick Young, SG 37 MIN | 4-14 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 5 AST | 8 PTS | -16Swaggy came out hot and hit for 6 points in the opening minutes, but it was all down hill from there. His shot selection was suspect all night and the runner / floater he missed in the 4th Q with the Sixers down 86-83 was a killer.  Hopefully his days in the starting lineup are now over.
Lavoy Allen, PF 13 MIN | 3-5 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 0 AST | 6 PTS | -3

Not sure why he got the demotion to the bench, but he did a nice job overall last night.

Dorell Wright, SF 30 MIN | 3-7 FG | 3-4 FT | 9 REB | 4 AST | 9 PTS | -1

Overall, I really liked what I saw from Wright last night, but he did miss several WIDE OPEN jumpers last night and had 2 TOs in the 4th that were brutal.

Spencer Hawes, C 24 MIN | 8-15 FG | 2-2 FT | 3 REB | 1 AST | 18 PTS | +5

Hawes had a very nice night and posted a season high 18 points.  His FG at the 1st half buzzer was a momentum changer for the Sixers.  He also had several other clutch FGs for the 7-6 and a sweet behind the back pass to Kwame in the 2nd Q, but the fact that he only grabbed 3 rebs in 24 minutes just kills me.

Maalik Wayns, PG 11 MIN | 0-4 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 2 AST | 0 PTS | 0

A short and brutal stint in the 4th Q may bury Wayns in the Do(u)g-house.

Damien Wilkins, SG 4 MIN | 0-0 FG | 2-2 FT | 1 REB | 1 AST | 2 PTS | +8

He grabbed the same number of rebounds as Kwame in roughly 1/5th of the minutes.

Arnett Moultrie, PF DNP COACH’S DECISION MIN | FG | FT | REB | AST | PTS |

REALLY?!?  We get killed on the boards in the 2nd half and DC can’t find a way to get this kid in the game.  C’mon man.

After the Jump, Six Things We Saw


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NOTES, LINKS & TWEETS

Posted by: C. Smith
12/14/12 1:43 pm EST

Let’s start off with a Twitter item, instead of ending with one…

Via numerous Twitters accounts, Tweeting from Indy, we learn that Holiday (foot in boot at left) will sit tonight vs. the Pacers and that Turner will start at the point. 

Which means a boat load of minutes for Swaggy P as well as possibly some time at PG.  At least this should be an entertaining game.

If the Sixers can somehow squeak out a W vs. the short handed and offensively challenged Pacers tonight, they’ll play a Lakers team on Sunday that according to ESPNLA’s Dave McMenamin is an absolute mess right now, but is fixableSo that could be a nice two game winning streak for us.

Ben Golliver and Rob Mahoney at SI.com review the Howard-Bynum-Iguodala trade and both still feel the Sixers made the right move in acquiring Bynum..

Complex.com ranks J-Rich as one of the top players who is better in the video game NBA2K than he is in real life. 

After the jump, an interesting trade scenario for a big man that I pulled together from a couple different posts on the Internet…

 


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OHH NO…PLEASE NO

Posted by: C. Smith
12/13/12 3:29 pm EST

In case you have not been on Twitter or the WWW in the last two hours, here’s the news flash…

Jrue Holiday did not practice Thursday and is a game-time decision for Friday night’s contest against the Pacers in Indianapolis.  A sprained left foot kept him out of practice today and appears to be the reason for Jrue’s sluggish 4th Q in Wednesday night’s debacle vs. CHI. 

Holiday had both an X-ray and a MRI today, which again according to numerous sources indicated that the foot is simply sprained.

According to sixers.com Holiday will wear a walking boot and as the team travels to Indianapolis Thursday afternoon in advance of their Friday night meeting with the Pacers.  He is a game-time decision (but arent’s we all).


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GM 22: RAPID REACTS

Posted by: C. Smith
12/13/12 10:20 am EST
Chicago Bulls 96 Final

Recap | Box Score

89 Philadelphia 76ers
Lavoy Allen, PF 30 MIN | 3-6 FG | 0-0 FT | 6 REB | 2 AST | 6 PTS | +14

Lavoy had a very solid night on the boards, especially considering the front line he was up against.  He threw in 2 blks for good measure.

Thaddeus Young, SF 33 MIN | 6-10 FG | 1-4 FT | 9 REB | 3 AST | 13 PTS | -14

A big 1st Q for Thad included a an amazing rejection of a Boozer shot.  However, Thad had some issues with guarding Noah (To be expected) and his missed FTs ripped my heart out.

Evan Turner, SF 42 MIN | 7-15 FG | 2-2 FT | 8 REB | 3 AST | 16 PTS | -3

A decent all around night by ET and I love the direction his is headed in overall, but IMO Turner has fallen in love with his own game and it is costing the Sixers at times.  Specifically with regards to last night’s game, he forced and missed two ill-advised mid range runners in the 4th Q.

Jrue Holiday, PG 40 MIN | 13-28 FG | 0-3 FT | 5 REB | 9 AST | 26 PTS | -7

Jrue was one quarter away from possibly having his best game of the year.  Unfortunately the Q he went MIA in was the all important 4th Q.  During that stanza Jrue was 1-4 on FGAs, 0-2 on FTAs and had 2 turnovers.  Still he came out on fire in the 1st Q (8-2-2); in the 3rd Q he dropped a dime to Turner on the fast break that was ridiculous; he got into the lane at will (as planned vs. Nate Robinson); and killed it on the pick-n-rolls.  FYI…Holiday is 4 for his last 24 from behind the arc.

Jason Richardson, SG 32 MIN | 2-9 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 2 AST | 6 PTS | -3

Not a good night for J-Rich. Obviously he struggled with his shot and the 3PA he took and missed with 1 minute remaining in the game was a terrible decision.  But more depressing for me was the way Belinelli carved him up on the defensive end.

Arnett Moultrie, PF 4 MIN | 1-1 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 2 PTS | -8

A solid 4 minute run by Moultire. Now let’s triple those minutes and see what this kid can do for us.

Dorell Wright, SF 2 MIN | 0-0 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 0 PTS | 0

The Do(u)g-house is a lonely place.

Spencer Hawes, C 29 MIN | 5-12 FG | 0-0 FT | 10 REB | 0 AST | 10 PTS | -6

My only issue in what was otherwise a very good night for Spencer is his 3-point shooting.  We have enough long range gunners on this squad, I don’t want my 7-footer launching from behind the arc.  The one he shot in the 4th Q with the game at 78-77, nearly killed me.  I thought he was especially active on the boards vs. CHI, which makes me wonder why he can’t play like that on a nightly basis.

Maalik Wayns, PG 1 MIN | 0-0 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 0 PTS | -2

It was a hell of a 1 minute…With the pace of the 2nd half falling right into the tired Bulls hands last night I would have put Wayns in the game to see if he could push a more favorable tempo for the Sixers.  But I’m crazy like that…

Nick Young, SG 28 MIN | 4-10 FG | 2-2 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 10 PTS | -6

He has one job — make shots.  Last night he did an okay job of that and that’s all I have to say here.

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

That’s four straight DNP-CD’s for Kwame. $2 million well spent.

After the Jump, Six Things We Saw


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THE EVAN TURNER BACKLASH, BACKLASH

Posted by: Tom Sunnergren
12/12/12 9:02 am EST

There aren’t a whole lot of areas, in sport or otherwise, where the opinion of the casual observer and the studied wisdom of the experts dovetail, so it’s worth noting that entering this season the two occasionally warring factions were in almost perfect agreement on this point: Evan Turner’s awfulness.

The reasoning went like this: he hurt his team directly by being a poor shooter and missing shots, then indirectly because the opposing player tasked with covering him could, secure in the knowledge that if ET hazarded an FGA he’d likely miss it, drift off him and into the lane; shrinking the floor and undermining scoring opportunities for his teammates.

The things Turner did well — like being the best defensive rebounding guard of all-time last season, for starters — were either glossed over by these critics, or explained away as insufficient to offset the harm he did to the Sixers’ offense. There were numbers involved in some of these arguments.

Sometime in early November though, the sentiment swung; slowly at first, then more abruptly. 

Something like a pro-Turner consensus began to emerge.


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GM 21: RAPID REACTS

Posted by: Tom Sunnergren
12/10/12 10:35 pm EST
Detroit Pistons 97 FinalRecap | Box Score 104 Philadelphia 76ers
Lavoy Allen, PF 17 MIN | 2-5 FG | 0-0 FT | 5 REB | 0 AST | 4 PTS | +16

Allen, who’s sneakily been a force on the boards of late (he had 43 in his last five games coming in) continued his strong interior play on Monday; grabbing five rebounds with a pair of blocks in limited minutes.

Thaddeus Young, PF 37 MIN | 9-13 FG | 2-6 FT | 4 REB | 1 AST | 20 PTS | +9

Though in the digital age there are surely better options available, in a pinch, you could set your watch to Thad Young.  Despite banging with bigger bodies night in and night out (insert your own joke about your college roommate), Young’s been the most consistent Sixer in the season’s first 21 games. He was awesome on Monday.  His eight third quarter points were, almost invariably, of the “Piston Rally Quashing” kind.

Evan Turner, SF 40 MIN | 8-13 FG | 1-2 FT | 11 REB | 7 AST | 18 PTS | +7

The “Evan Turner is getting better” narrative continues to gain steam.  Turner isn’t really great at anything, which is unfortunate, because it obscures the fact that he’s pretty good at everything.  The jack of all trades posted an 18/11/7 line against a single turnover.  Ants are specialists.  ET is a basketball player.

Jrue Holiday, PG 37 MIN | 11-20 FG | 2-4 FT | 5 REB | 8 AST | 25 PTS | +8

Jrue rebounded from a slow start to play what might have been his best half of the season in the second frame, scoring 21 after the break — including 12 in the fourth — to keep the Sixers afloat when they sprang leaks.

Jason Richardson, SG 36 MIN | 4-11 FG | 3-4 FT | 7 REB | 1 AST | 13 PTS | +9

This is what Jason Richardson does.  Pair of threes?  Check.  YMCA/playground/general backyard style veteraness?  Check.  Weird that he’s, up to this point, arguably been the biggest difference maker of all the players that traded hands on August 10. (This is almost certainly not true.  Still.)

Dorell Wright, SF 18 MIN | 1-2 FG | 1-2 FT | 4 REB | 2 AST | 3 PTS | 0

Doug Collins: Give Dorell Wright more minutes. Seriously.

Spencer Hawes, C 32 MIN | 7-14 FG | 1-2 FT | 8 REB | 2 AST | 15 PTS | -8

The last time Spencer Hawes was not terrible was on November 18, so his not being terrible tonight was a very pleasant surprise.  And the jump shot he hit in the waning seconds of the third quarter to reclaim the lead for the Sixers: very pleasant indeed.

Nick Young, SG 18 MIN | 1-2 FG | 1-2 FT | 1 REB | 1 AST | 3 PTS | -3

Swaggy, back in action, was unusually passive tonight.  It was kind of…nice?

After the Jump, (7)6 Things We Saw


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QUARTER POLE REVIEW

Posted by: Steve Toll
12/10/12 10:47 am EST

For all you 76er or Pulp Fiction fans who ended up on Philadunkia, this is a 76ers quarterly review.  

The team has had some ups and downs, that is for sure.  As for this team being superior to last year’s team, that idea we can quite honestly throw out the window, with or without Bynum.  Variance is a word that I often use.  This year’s team has so far outperformed its expected Win-Loss record by 3 wins.  

Conversely, last year’s team underperformed on its Win-Loss record by at minimum six games.  Think about that for a second.  Some things have turned out for the better and some for the worse.

On the other side of the jump, will be my evaluation (of sorts) of the 76ers after 20 games in the 2012-13 season.


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GM 19: RAPID REACTS

Posted by: C. Smith
12/08/12 9:49 am EST
Boston Celtics 94 FinalRecap | Box Score 95 Philadelphia 76ers
Lavoy Allen, PF 32 MIN | 2-5 FG | 4-4 FT | 11 REB | 1 AST | 8 PTS | +4

A very solid night from Lavoy (near double-double). I especially loved the pick-n-roll he scored on in the 3rd Q. He also dropped a sweet dime to Thad during the 4th. But for some reason KG seems to have figured Lavoy out, so now it’s Lavoy’s turn to adjust and get back to being Garnett’s kryptonite.

Thaddeus Young, SF 45 MIN | 7-18 FG | 3-4 FT | 12 REB | 2 AST | 17 PTS | +1

A slow start (2-8 on FGAs) led to not the most efficient offensive night by Thad, but he had some huge moments in this game and racked up a double-double.  His follow slam in the 2nd Q was awesome.  He also scored 4 straight points in OT and grabbed a key OREB in the extra session.

Evan Turner, SF 45 MIN | 10-26 FG | 4-6 FT | 10 REB | 5 AST | 26 PTS | 0

Yeah, I know he had 26 & 10.  And yeah, I know he hit the “game winner” in OT on a great hustle play. But I also know that he scored 26 points on an inefficient 26 shots and was (by my count) 2-11 on FGAs in the 4th Q and OT. He also had a totally bonehead play / TO at the end of regulation that nearly cost the 7-6 the game.  Finally, he got absolutely abused by Pierce on several trips down the floor.

Jrue Holiday, PG 43 MIN | 7-18 FG | 1-2 FT | 6 REB | 4 AST | 15 PTS | +4

A roller coaster night for Holiday that featured some poor shooting and interesting decisions on defense.  However, IMO his AND 1 at the end of the 1st half was a huge part of the Sixers finding their groove in this game. He also bailed the Sixers out with a huge jumper at the 2:30 mark of the 4th.

Jason Richardson, SG 42 MIN | 5-13 FG | 3-4 FT | 3 REB | 3 AST | 13 PTS | +5

Given his horrific shooting night, I have no idea how he scored 13 points, but I liked his defense and he hauled an amazing 42 minutes last night which is a lot for a veteran like J-Rich.

Arnett Moultrie, PF 7 MIN | 0-3 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 0 AST | 0 PTS | -2

DC gave him an opportunity and he did okay, but apparently not well enough to see minutes in the 2nd half.

Dorell Wright, SF 16 MIN | 0-5 FG | 2-2 FT | 4 REB | 0 AST | 2 PTS | -5

It will be back to the Doug-house for Wright.

Spencer Hawes, C 22 MIN | 5-10 FG | 0-0 FT | 6 REB | 1 AST | 10 PTS | -1

Spence’s best game since opening night.  He provided a huge lift off the bench for the 7-6 last night and his energy in the 3rd Q was a key to the run the Sixers made that got them in this game and eventually got them the lead.  Great block by him at the end of the 3rd!!!

Damien Wilkins, SG 14 MIN | 1-1 FG | 2-4 FT | 0 REB | 3 AST | 4 PTS | -1

Solid night by DW and I actually wish DC would have put him on Pierce a little more over the course of the game. He has a physical presence the other guards on the Sixers just don’t own.  Maybe he could have worn Pierce out some.  But his two missed FTAs in the late 3rd Q nearly killed me.

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

Seriously…He’s a $2million paper weight.  But I hear he is a great locker room guy. 

Maalik Wayns, PG DNP COACH’S DECISION MIN | FG | FT | REB | AST | PTS |

Is there any chance the ultra quick Wayns could have slowed down Rondo just a little?  I guess we will never know.

After the Jump, Six Things We Saw…


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2012-13 SIXERS: HARD TO IDENTIFY

Posted by: Jeff McMenamin
12/07/12 4:24 pm EST

Identity: Some teams have it, some teams don’t and some teams are still in search of it.

The identity of the 2012-13 Sixers was summed up pretty well by coach Doug Collins after their latest loss Tuesday night to the Minnesota Timberwolves.

“This team hasn’t been through anything together, so I don’t know who we are,” Collins said. “The adversity we’ve had have been injuries. But I’m talking about losing. And I worry about that. I worry about getting punched in the mouth a few times and how we’re going to react. That’s a huge concern to me. … I don’t know about this team yet.”

Jason Richardson added to Collins’ comments, but also said that despite not knowing each other very well the Sixers are obviously still a good team.

“We try to stay together, that’s the main thing,” Richardson said. “We were outplayed. Yes, we are a very new team, we don’t know each other real well, but we have a 10-8 record.”

Some believe the Sixers to be the same team as last season, some believe the Sixers to be to be a lottery bound team, some believe that the season depends on the status of Andrew Bynum and other more realistic analysts believe that the Sixers are a deal away from making some noise in the playoffs this season, with or without Andrew Bynum.

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IS HOLIDAY ELITE !?!

Posted by: C. Smith
12/07/12 7:59 am EST

That’s a question that has been hotly debated here at Philadunkia during the early part of this 2012-13 NBA season.  Many of the scribes and readers here on this site believe “The Jruth” is well on his way to becoming a very good player and is quickly closing in on that “elite” level.

A few others, including my talented colleague Steve Toll, beg to differ.

Late yesterday Sunny Saini of the ESPN Stats & Information department wrote a post that outlined some interesting data which indicates that Jrue is in fact absolutely headed in the direction of becoming an “elite” point guard in this League.

After the jump we have some excerpts from that post which should promote a spirited debate in the comments section today.


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