Monthly Archive  December 2012

 
 

NOTES, LINKS & TWEETS

Posted by: C. Smith
12/06/12 1:20 pm EST

Good news for the Sixers…Rajon Rondo spent his suspension relaxing in Mexico so he is now well rested for our back-to-back set this weekend.

In Yahoo Sports’ NBA power rankings, the Sixers somehow find a spot in the Top 10

Conflicting reports on the financial status of Allen Iverson.  As we mentioned previously, earlier this week TMZ made it look like Iverson is broke.  Well, veteran NBA scribe Peter Vecsey writes that his sources say Iverson is okay financially

Derek Bodner of libertyballers.com analyzes the sad state of the Sixers bigs, but doesn’t want Tony & Doug to panic and make a stupid trade.

John Finger at csnphilly.com looks at how the pick-n-roll is trending up in the NBA.  That’s bad news for the 7-6 who struggle to defend the classic basketball move. 


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GM 18: RAPID REACTS

Posted by: C. Smith
12/05/12 10:04 am EST
Minnesota Timberwolves 105 FinalRecap | Box Score 88 Philadelphia 76ers
Lavoy Allen, PF 24 MIN | 3-6 FG | 0-0 FT | 5 REB | 1 AST | 6 PTS | 0

I actually thought Lavoy did a respectable job on both ends of the floor last night, but he was one of the few who came to play.

Thaddeus Young, SF 27 MIN | 6-10 FG | 1-1 FT | 2 REB | 0 AST | 13 PTS | -8

In the 3rd Q Thad made a valiant effort to pull this game out in the for the Sixers. He put up 7 straight and 9 overall in the Q, but even his high energy on defense and his scoring burst was not enough to get the Sixers over the hump.  I also thought he did a decent job of defending Love by fronting the big man.  Still, he has to grab more then 2 boards a game.

Evan Turner, SF 36 MIN | 8-20 FG | 1-3 FT | 5 REB | 2 AST | 19 PTS | -12

Don’t let the stats fool you, this was a very inefficient 19 points (on 20 FGAs) by ET.  Too many times he jacked up shots early in the clock without moving the ball via the pass even once.

Jrue Holiday, PG 31 MIN | 5-13 FG | 3-4 FT | 5 REB | 9 AST | 13 PTS | -13

Arguably the worst defensive game I have ever seen Jrue play.  He looked clueless at times vs. the Wolves guards.

Jason Richardson, SG 30 MIN | 6-10 FG | 2-4 FT | 7 REB | 4 AST | 14 PTS | -12

J-Rich came out early and established a nice rhythm for himself — 8 quick points.  He scored in a variety of ways — posting up Ridnour; grabbing an OREB as well as hitting a jumper.  Unfortunately none of the other Sixers cared to follow his lead.

Arnett Moultrie, PF 11 MIN | 1-3 FG | 2-5 FT | 4 REB | 1 AST | 4 PTS | +3

I know it was garbage time, but I like what I saw from this kid. He had 3 OREBs which is more than I can say for any other 76er.

Dorell Wright, SF 12 MIN | 2-6 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 1 AST | 6 PTS | -10

Eventually this guy is going to get his jumper popping, right?!?

Kwame Brown, C 12 MIN | 0-0 FG | 1-2 FT | 2 REB | 0 AST | 1 PTS | -13What would like me to say here? He takes up space and that’s really it.
Maalik Wayns, PG 14 MIN | 1-6 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 2 AST | 2 PTS | -1

If Wayns would just slow down a little on (or pass up entirely) the long jumpers, I think he would be much more effective for the Sixers. We have enough jump shooters on this team, his job is to push the ball up the floor on the break or take it to the rim in the half-court. Let’s stick to that, thanks.

Royal Ivey, PG 2 MIN | 0-0 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 0 PTS | 0

He was simply awesome in his 2 mins. of play (Sarcasm here).

Damien Wilkins, SG 19 MIN | 1-3 FG | 2-2 FT | 2 REB | 2 AST | 4 PTS | -3

I liked his physical defensive effort in this game (as I always do) and I’m not sure why DC didn’t throw him into the game a little earlier in an attempt to slow down the Wolves.  Why not try it???

After the Jump, Six Things We Saw


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HELP WANTED

Posted by: C. Smith
12/04/12 10:35 am EST

It’s no secret that so far in 2012-13 season that our 76ers are having issues rebounding the basketball.  The 7-6 are ranked 21st in the League in rebounding with a -3.71 statistical differential and to be honest, via the “eye test” it seems a lot worse. 

Like ten times worse. 

FYI…those numbers won’t improve tonight vs. the Timberwolves who thanks to Kevin Love and Co. are absolute beasts on the boards — 4th in the NBA in rebounding with a +4.53 differential.

Since there’s seems to be no point in hoping that a return by Andrew Bynum will cure this ill and Doug simply refuses to play Arnett Moultrie who was a rebounding machine in college, it’s time to consider some realistic solutions for the Sixers.

After the jump, we provide a look at some of the guys who are “on the street” and could possibly help the Sixers compete on the glass.


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IVERSON UPDATE

Posted by: Jeff McMenamin
12/02/12 8:29 pm EST

Allen Iverson’s Answer VI’s were re-released on Friday.

Undoubtedly the most polarizing figure to the Sixers organization over the past 25 years was guard Allen Iverson. It’s hard to believe that the organization is now three seasons removed from Iverson’s last game with the team back on February 20th, 2010 in a loss to the Chicago Bulls.

Just because the Answer is now years and miles away from his playing days with the Sixers, doesn’t mean he can’t still make headlines in the city where he used to do it on a daily basis. As always with Iverson, there’s some good news and bad news to report to you on the sports icon as he’s miles away in China still trying to fight his way back onto an NBA roster.


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GM 17: RAPID REACTS

Posted by: C. Smith
12/02/12 10:33 am EST
Philadelphia 76ers 88 FinalRecap | Box Score 93 Chicago Bulls
Lavoy Allen, PF 33 MIN | 4-8 FG | 2-2 FT | 8 REB | 0 AST | 10 PTS | -1

Has Lavoy rediscovered his 2012 Playoff game??  Let’s hope so.  He came just 2 boards short of posting back-to-back double-doubles.

Thaddeus Young, SF 40 MIN | 10-16 FG | 2-5 FT | 7 REB | 1 AST | 22 PTS | -4

Another solid game from Young.  Thad just punches the clock each and every night.  Although his missed FTs had me pulling out my hair.

Evan Turner, SF 43 MIN | 6-17 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 7 AST | 12 PTS | -4

A horrible shooting night kept Evan from a third straight 20+ point game, but it was the play in the 4th Q where he got his pocket picked from behind by Noah that had me throwing the remote.  That exchange was a huge 4-point swing in this game.

Jrue Holiday, PG 39 MIN | 9-17 FG | 4-6 FT | 3 REB | 7 AST | 23 PTS | +3

Jrue scored 16 of his 23 points in the second half (9 in the 3rd Q) and committed only 1 turnover all night.  I am loving the $41million extension more and more.  He is averaging 21 ppg. and 10.5 apg. over the last 4 runs.

Jason Richardson, SG 34 MIN | 3-12 FG | 1-1 FT | 6 REB | 2 AST | 8 PTS | +3

So far I have been very happy with J-Rich’s play this season, but last night that was not the case.  He has two jobs on this team — hit jumpers and provide veteran leadership.  Against Chicago he failed miserably at one of those jobs.

Dorell Wright, SF 19 MIN | 2-2 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 0 AST | 5 PTS | -9

With Swaggy P out, Wright got some decent burn.  His shooting was of great help off the bench, but his 3 TOs will keep him in the Do(u)g-house for the near future.

Spencer Hawes, C 22 MIN | 2-7 FG | 2-2 FT | 6 REB | 0 AST | 6 PTS | -5

A bad shooting night and 3 TOs have me wondering if this guy will ever return to the form we saw from him early in the 2011-12 season.  I also wonder at what point his pride will kick-in and this 7-footer will go out and grab 10 or more rebs in a game?? (He’s done that once all season.)

Maalik Wayns, PG 9 MIN | 0-3 FG | 2-2 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 2 PTS | -8

The first bad game in this rookie’s short career.

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

DNP-CD….Really???

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

I am certainly not a big Kwame supporter, but couldn’t he have at least gone in and fouled Noah 5 or 6 times??

After the Jump, Six Things We Saw…


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