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GM 44: (RELIEVED) RAPID REACTS

Posted by: C. Smith
01/31/13 9:26 am EST
Washington Wizards 84 FinalRecap | Box Score 92 Philadelphia 76ers
Thaddeus Young, SF 34 MIN | 6-15 FG | 1-2 FT | 8 REB | 2 AST | 1 STL | 1 BLK | 1 TO | 14 PTS | +2

I have no real complaints about Thad’s night vs. the Wiz, but to my eyes he looked tired at times and lacked his usual ultra-high level of energy.  DC confirmed my suspicions in the post game PC when he described yungsmoove as “simply tired”.  He did however drop his first 3PA of the year (1-4 on the season).

Evan Turner, SF 37 MIN | 3-11 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 3 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 1 TO | 6 PTS | 0

The roller coaster continues.  Poor shooting night and in the 2nd Q especially the offense came to a screeching halt with ET at the helm.  Even Malik Rose was exasperated with the way Turner pounded the ball into the floor last night.

Spencer Hawes, C 38 MIN | 4-13 FG | 3-4 FT | 11 REB | 4 AST | 0 STL | 4 BLK | 0 TO | 12 PTS | -2

If his stroke had been “on” at all last night and he could have defended Okafor better, this could have been a scary good game for Hawes.  All I ask is that he continue to grab 10 boards a night.  FYI…the breakaway dunk he had blocked by Wall was simply embarrassing.

Jrue Holiday, PG 41 MIN | 10-22 FG | 1-2 FT | 3 REB | 6 AST | 4 STL | 0 BLK | 6 TO | 21 PTS | +6

Not the most efficient scoring night for Jrue (21 points on 22 shots), but a solid effort overall.  The left handed dunk he had blocked back in his face was hard to watch as well.  Still Jrue was steady for most of this game and he stepped up in the 4th Q.  He scored the Sixers final 7 points.  He also ended the Wiz’s big run during the very late 4th Q with a FT and a FGM.  That combo delivered this game to the W column for the Sixers.

Nick Young, SG 36 MIN | 7-17 FG | 1-2 FT | 4 REB | 4 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 18 PTS | 0

Enjoy your moment in the sun all you Swaggy P lovers.  He shot 7-17 from the field (not awful) and produced a solid all-around game.

Lavoy Allen, PF 22 MIN | 7-10 FG | 0-0 FT | 6 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 14 PTS | +14

Is it possible that all the trade talk on Philadunkia yesterday inspired Mr. 500 to go out there and dominate?  There were two stretches of this game where he simply took over.  He scored 6 straight in the early 2nd Q and then did the same thing in the final minutes of the 3rd Q.  Any chance this production can be sustained?  I say NOPE.

Dorell Wright, SF 16 MIN | 3-6 FG | 0-0 FT | 7 REB | 5 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 7 PTS | +10

Considering he received two straight DNP-CD this was an amazing effort from Wright.

Royal Ivey, PG 16 MIN | 0-1 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 3 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 0 PTS | +10

He played some tenacious defense and handed out a few dimes.  I’d love it if my back-up PG could add some scoring to the stat sheet, but I’m happy with this from Ivey until we locate a legit back-up PG.

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

He was probably exhausted from the 11 minutes of burn he received vs. Memphis on Monday night.

Doug Collins

I liked that he stuck with the “new” starting-five and that the team seem inspired on defense.  However I still cringe every time he put the ball in Turner’s hands at the offensive end and allows him to “direct” this team.  I also am not a big fan of the way DC has had the team wind the shot clock down on each possession while leading in the late 4th Q of the last two games.  This squad does not execute well in those situations.

After the Jump, Six Things We Saw Last Night…


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PHILADUNKIA 4on4

Posted by: Philadunkia
01/30/13 9:28 am EST

It’s time for another edition of Philadunkia 4on4…

As a reminder, this Philadunkia question and answer series is “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.  Included in this week’s edition are some opinions on want to do with Wright and Lavoy as well as Bynum’s “progress”.

   
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GM 43: (ROLLER COSTER ) RAPID REACTS

Posted by: C. Smith
01/29/13 9:27 am EST
Memphis Grizzlies 103 FinalRecap | Box Score 100 Philadelphia 76ers
Thaddeus Young, SF 40 MIN | 11-19 FG | 1-2 FT | 7 REB | 2 AST | 4 STL | 1 BLK | 0 TO | 23 PTS | +5

Forget about his tremendous stats for a second and look at the fact that Thad held Z-Bo to 4 points last night.  I dropped him to an A- because of the ill-advised 3PA down the stretch and the fact that he faded away on that last possession when he should have gone strong to the tin for a lay-in and/or to get a foul.

Evan Turner, SF 40 MIN | 12-18 FG | 3-4 FT | 3 REB | 7 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 27 PTS | +5

One of his best nights of the season and in the 3rd Q he was tremendous, but…(more on this after the jump)

Spencer Hawes, C 36 MIN | 4-7 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 2 TO | 8 PTS | -3

I need more from my starting center, but as far as Hawes goes this was a decent outing vs. a much bigger front line.  Still his defense on Gasol was pitiful.

Jrue Holiday, PG 40 MIN | 9-19 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 10 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 4 TO | 18 PTS | -2

A double-double is nice, but he hoisted up too many jumpers last night.  I thought he and the Sixers would learn from the NYK game, but I was wrong.  His defense on Bayless also left something to be desired.

Nick Young, SG 33 MIN | 5-13 FG | 1-1 FT | 2 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 1 BLK | 1 TO | 13 PTS | -4

A red-hot 1st Q (9 points) did not lead to a big not from Swaggy.  I need more from my starting SG. But that’s something I have been saying for years now while covering the Sixers

Lavoy Allen, PF 8 MIN | 1-2 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 2 PTS | -2

Anyone want to bet that Lavoy is dealt at the deadline?

Kwame Brown, C 11 MIN | 1-1 FG | 1-2 FT | 2 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 0 TO | 3 PTS | +1

We have a Kwame sighting and outside of dropping two passes that would have led to sure fire dunks, he played well.  So on the Kwame curve he gets a “B”.

Royal Ivey, PG 17 MIN | 2-2 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 3 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 6 PTS | -4

A very solid night from Royal (with cheese).  He was especially huge in the early 4th Q when he drained a 3PA and then had a steal and dime that led to a Thad slam.

Damien Wilkins, SG 15 MIN | 0-2 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 0 PTS | -8

Last night the jump shot disease even infected the most physical player on the Sixers.

Doug Collins

I liked that he stuck with the “new” starting five.  I also liked that he got Jrue some extra rest with a 15 point lead in the 1st Q.  I didn’t like that he rested the red-hot Turner in the early 4th.  And I did not see any adjustments to slow down Gasol who was simply killing the Sixers.

After the Jump, Six Things We Saw Last Night…


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GM 42: (DVR’D) RAPID REACTS

Posted by: C. Smith
01/27/13 11:41 am EST
New York Knicks 80 FinalRecap | Box Score 97 Philadelphia 76ers
Thaddeus Young, SF 36 MIN | 4-8 FG | 2-2 FT | 4 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 0 TO | 10 PTS | +30

Thad delivered his usual energy and hustle which is really all the needed him to do on a night when the Sixers had three players score 20+ points. Still, I bet he’ll be hearing from his teammates about that two handed flush he missed in the 4th Q.

Evan Turner, SF 37 MIN | 8-14 FG | 3-5 FT | 6 REB | 3 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 4 TO | 20 PTS | +20

Last night was one of the best efforts we have seen from Turner in a couple of weeks. However, I am still not a fan of putting the ball in his hands and letting him orchestrate the offense. On several occasions last night he pounded the ball into the floor too much and he routinely turns his back to the basket 20-25 feet from the tin. That’s a major no-no when you are playing PG.

Spencer Hawes, C 29 MIN | 2-4 FG | 0-2 FT | 5 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 4 BLK | 2 TO | 4 PTS | +16

Hawes got the start and delivered — sort of. He scored all 4 of his points in the 1st Q and helped ignite the Sixers quick start, but that was it for Spence in teh scoring department.  The 4 blocks were a nice toss in.

Jrue Holiday, PG 38 MIN | 16-25 FG | 2-3 FT | 5 REB | 6 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 35 PTS | +30

Simply amazing to watch last night. Two notes from Jrue’s career best scoring night. First, he recognized a mismatch in this game (hobbled Felton on him) and exploited it by taking the ball to the rim repeatedly. Second he committed only 1 turnover and that hiccup came in the 4th Q when the game was well over.

Nick Young, SG 41 MIN | 5-12 FG | 7-8 FT | 4 REB | 4 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 20 PTS | +13

In J-Rich’s absence Swaggy got the start and put together a nice game.  But it didn’t start out that way as NY missed his first 3 FGAs before a 4-point play in the late 1st Q seemed to ignite his scoring touch. IMO Swaggy also did a decent job of putting the ball on the floor and going to the hoop.

Lavoy Allen, PF 14 MIN | 0-1 FG | 1-2 FT | 5 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 1 PTS | +6

It’s gotten to the point were I am not against trading Lavoy.

Shelvin Mack, PG 2 MIN | 0-1 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 0 PTS | -6

With the Sixers standing on 97 points, Mack missed a wide open 3-ball that would have given the Sixers 100 points and delivered fee Big Macs to the sellout crowd.

Royal Ivey, PG 18 MIN | 1-4 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 3 PTS | -13

I liked a lot of what I saw from Ivey last night, but I would have liked his effort even more if he could hit a few more shots

Damien Wilkins, SG 21 MIN | 2-5 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 1 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 4 PTS | -6

Wilkins has found a role on this team — play tough, physical defense and drive the ball to the tin — and his does a great job of delivering those elements every time he steps on the floor.  IMO his bucket in the early second was an important NYK momentum stopper.

Dorell Wright, SF DNP COACH’S DECISION MIN | FG | FT | REB | AST | STL | BLK | TO | PTS |

The Do(u)g-house strikes again.

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

Somewhere there is a big that can actually help this team and not just take up space.

Doug Collins

I’ll assume it was by DC’s design that Jrue and others drove the ball to the hoop like they have not done all-season. I have a suspicion Jrue may have been freelancing. I guess we’ll never know.

After the Jump, Six Things We Saw Last Night…


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HOUSTON WE HAVE AN ALL-STAR

Posted by: C. Smith
01/25/13 3:46 pm EST

As we all know by now, the reserves for the 2013 NBA All-Star Game were announced Thursday evening and 76er Jrue Holiday was chosen as a back-up guard for the Eastern Conference squad.  Jrue’s selection by the NBA coaches to the ASG in Houston means that Holiday (22-years-old) now owns a place in Sixers lore, as he becomes the youngest player in franchise history to be named an All-Star.

Whether or not Jrue is having an All-Star caliber year is a topic that has been debated many times here at Philadunkia.com.  This post in not an attempt to continue that thread.  Today we’re going to put that hot button issue aside for a minute and celebrate Jrue’s selection to the 2013 NBA All-Star Game.

First I’ll take a quick look at Jrue’s numbers so far this season, which in themselves are pretty impressive.  Then I’ll revisit the 2009 NBA Draft to see how Jrue stacks up against the guards who were selected ahead of him that June.   


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WRONG NIGHT TO HAVE A BAD NIGHT

Posted by: Tim Parker
01/23/13 4:44 pm EST

In an underwhelming, frustrating, and (so far) disappointment filled  season for the Philadelphia 76ers, there was been one thread that has held the fabric of the team together.  It’s been the all star candidate Jrue Holiday, who is having the best season of his career and quite frankly is the captain of a basketball ship treading through muddy water.  But, when that thread comes apart, and when the captain steers off course, the fabric tears itself and the ship finds itself completely lost.  There’s no better illustration of this then in the Sixers’ 110-102 loss to Milwaukee Bucks last night.

While, another Sixers loss was disheartening enough for a city starving for wins from anybody – anywhere (Villanova notwithstanding), Holiday’s failing performance in what was an all star selection audition against Brandon Jennings sunk their emotions even lower.

After all, if a basketball team is going to roam in the world of sub-mediocrity, at least it’d be nice to do so with an all star to boast about.  But, as Kyrie Irving cemented his all star spot with a 40 point outburst against the Celtics, Holiday looked  just as dull as the team he would represent in Houston, in their final game before all star reserves are announced. 

 
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GAME 41: (FRUSTRATED) REACTS

Posted by: Jeff McMenamin
01/22/13 2:06 pm EST
San Antonio Spurs 90 FinalRecap | Box Score 85 Philadelphia 76ers
Lavoy Allen, PF 17 MIN | 1-3 FG | 0-0 FT | 8 REB | 0 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 2 PTS | -3Lavoy was taken to school by Tim Duncan in this game, as Duncan finished with 24 points, 17 rebounds, five assists and two steals. On most nights I’d be happy with Lavoy pulling down eight rebounds, on this night not so much.
Dorell Wright, SF 16 MIN | 1-5 FG | 1-2 FT | 4 REB | 3 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 3 PTS | -6Last year Jodie Meeks was given the name Captain Streaky for the random production he would give you on any given night. This season Dorell Wright seems to be that guy for the Sixers. Being in the Do(u)g House for the majority of the season is probably a major factor in this as well.
Thaddeus Young, SF 39 MIN | 7-14 FG | 0-2 FT | 6 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 3 BLK | 3 TO | 14 PTS | -17Thad was a key player in the Sixers’ second-half surge to get back into the game. He scored 10 of his 14 points in the second-half. He also had a couple big misses down the stretch, however, which had me spiking my remote against the floor. Tiago Splitter’s 12 boards were equally as depressing.
Evan Turner, SF 42 MIN | 8-15 FG | 1-1 FT | 12 REB | 7 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 18 PTS | -10Turner had one of his best games of the season against the Spurs. He came up just three assists shy of a strong triple-double with 18 points, 12 rebounds and seven assists. He looked confident with the ball in his hands (for most of the game) and was drilling the mid-range shot which critics have been hammering him for all season. Yet, two huge turnovers down the stretch, missing a wide open three to regain the lead with just a minute left and leaving Kawhi Leonard open on the perimeter for a couple huge treys in this game will have critics rightfully hammering him again.
Jrue Holiday, PG 37 MIN | 7-20 FG | 1-1 FT | 2 REB | 8 AST | 4 STL | 0 BLK | 6 TO | 15 PTS | -16Jrue Holiday was relegated to the bench by Doug Collins for close to five minutes of the 4th quarter. He entered the game when the Sixers held a four point lead over the Spurs with just seven minutes to go. Where in the previous game against the Raptors Jrue thrived to close out the win for the Sixers, Holiday struggled mightily against Tony Parker and the Spurs. He had two huge turnovers to add to his game total of six and seemed to not want the ball when the game was on the line. It could’ve been that Tony Parker had already ruined his confidence, who finished with 20 points and eight assists. Or, Doug Collins has some explaining to do.
Spencer Hawes, C 35 MIN | 7-12 FG | 1-2 FT | 6 REB | 4 AST | 1 STL | 3 BLK | 1 TO | 16 PTS | +14Spencer played huge in this game on the offensive end. It could’ve been the new blue arm sleeve that he was showing off, or it could’ve been that he was pissed off about Barack Obama’s Presidential Inauguration earlier but either way Spence had one of his best offensive performances of the season against the Spurs. Once again it was his defense which left a lot to be desired, although he did register three blocks.
Shelvin Mack, PG 3 MIN | 1-1 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 2 PTS | 0He got his first two points in a Sixers uni, then quickly made his return to the bench. Welcome to the team Mack daddy.
Royal Ivey, PG 16 MIN | 1-3 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 3 PTS | +5Why did Ivey play 16 minutes and why was he in the game in the 4th quarter with the game on the line? The sequence where he was stripped by Kawhi Leonard for a fast break dunk was a momentum changer. The Sixers were up 82-77 at the time, but that dunk combined with a Leonard three in the Spurs next possession tied the game at 82-82 and the Spurs finished their business down at the WFC.
Damien Wilkins, SG 4 MIN | 0-1 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 0 PTS | 0I would’ve liked to see some more Damien “Defense” Wilkins at certain points in this game and less Ivey and Lavoy.
Nick Young, SG 31 MIN | 4-10 FG | 3-3 FT | 3 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 12 PTS | +8Swaggy had it going on late in the 4th as the Sixers pushed their lead to seven. His new haircut, named the Sonic the Hedgehog by teammate Royal Ivey, was awesome. Overall a solid performance where I was not screaming for Swaggy to be sent down to the D-league.
Jason Richardson, SG DNP LEFT KNEE INJURY MIN | FG | FT | REB | AST | STL | BLK | TO | PTS | This was the worst game for Richardson to miss. He could’ve proved to be the difference maker in its outcome.
Doug CollinsI’ll give Doug credit for yet another second-half comeback. But what was going on with his rotations? Also, did he design plays in the 4th to keep the ball out of Jrue’s hands? Make no mistake, playing the Spurs as tough as the Sixers did for four quarters is commendable, but turning a win into a loss when the game was in the balance was infuriating to watch. The Sixers offensive game plan in the last seven minutes looked more like the And 1 Mixtape Tour then the 7-6.

Six Things We Saw…After the Jump…

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GM 40: (PUMPED UP) RAPID REACTS

Posted by: C. Smith
01/19/13 9:28 am EST
Toronto Raptors 101 FinalRecap | Box Score 108 Philadelphia 76ers
Lavoy Allen, PF 30 MIN | 6-9 FG | 0-0 FT | 6 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 3 BLK | 1 TO | 12 PTS | +7

One of Lavoy’s best games in a long, long time.  He was aggressive offensively — taking and hitting open shots that he had been passing up of late.  His 6 points in the early 3rd Q were huge.  Which is why I am a little curious about how little tick he got in the 4th Q and OT.

Thaddeus Young, SF 45 MIN | 13-19 FG | 1-2 FT | 14 REB | 2 AST | 3 STL | 1 BLK | 3 TO | 27 PTS | +8

A mammoth game form Thad.  On top of the usual energy and hustle he delivers, Thad also was a huge part of the Sixers 19-5 run in the 3rd Q and his 14 4th Q points were a big key to completing this amazing comeback.

Evan Turner, SF 39 MIN | 3-8 FG | 1-2 FT | 2 REB | 7 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 8 PTS | +11

He really struggled in the 1st half (1-4 for 3 pts.) and IMO Turner is still a little lost.  I am especially concerned with the way he continues to pound the rock into the ground and does not move the ball quickly in the face of a double team.  However his dime to Lavoy in the 3rd Q was a thing of beauty.

Jrue Holiday, PG 46 MIN | 13-23 FG | 6-8 FT | 5 REB | 14 AST | 3 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 33 PTS | +7

Simply put, Jrue was ridiculous last night and may have played his way into the ASG.  Two things really stick out for me.  First, on the final play of regulation Jrue took the ball to the tin and did not settle for a long J or off balance runner (I’m looking at you Dre and Louis).  That was refreshing to witness.  Second, he wanted to be “the man” last night and simply took over this game down the stretch.  He scored the Sixers final 14 point and all 12 of the team’s points in OT.

Jason Richardson, SG 28 MIN | 3-11 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 7 PTS | +13

Ugggghhhh…But we’ll give him a pass b/c of the knee problems he is apparently battling.

Dorell Wright, SF 5 MIN | 0-1 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 0 PTS | -11

I guess it’s back to the Do(u)g-house.

Spencer Hawes, C 27 MIN | 5-8 FG | 2-2 FT | 5 REB | 3 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 2 TO | 12 PTS | +4

A solid night from Hawes, but the 3PAs he keeps launching are ripping up my insides.  The 3PA he launched in the 4th Q with Sixers down 1, was just brutal.

Royal Ivey, PG 5 MIN | 0-0 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 0 PTS | -11

Jrue needed a quick breather and Ivey did a nice job of getting him just that.

Damien Wilkins, SG 12 MIN | 0-1 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 0 TO | 0 PTS | -6

Wilkins did not stuff the stat sheet, but I thought his pressure defense was excellent last night.

Nick Young, SG 29 MIN | 4-11 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 9 PTS | +13

Aside from a few ill-advised shots, I thought Swaggy contributed nicely last night.  DC must have thought so as well because he left Young in the game for most of the 4th and the OT session.  However, I wouldn’t mind if had hit a few more 3PAs last night.

Kwame Brown, C DNP SINUS INFECTION MIN | FG | FT | REB | AST | STL | BLK | TO | PTS |

So J-Rich gets his knee drained and still takes the floor, but a sinus infection keeps Kwame sidelined?!? C’mon man…

Shelvin Mack, PG DNP COACH’S DECISION MIN | FG | FT | REB | AST | STL | BLK | TO | PTS |

Welcome aboard…enjoy your seat.

Doug Collins

I’m not sure what was said at half-time, but he should bottle it up and keep it in his pocket for future use.  Still DC has to be held responsible at some level for the terrible 1st half the Sixers played and I would like to have seen Lavoy in the game during the late 4th and OT.

After the Jump, Six Things We Saw


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INTERVIEW: XAVIER SILAS

Posted by: Philadunkia
01/18/13 1:43 pm EST

In the eyes of most basketball fans as well as NBA analysts and experts, the game has changed from a half-court, big man dominated game, to an up-tempo League focused on exemplary guard play.

While the Sixers have found their point guard of the future in Jrue Holiday, the question remains of who can fill the role as a serviceable backup to our borderline All-Star floor general.

There have been number of ideas suggested by the scribes here at Philadunkia as to what the Sixers should do to cure their problems at back-up point guard.  Of course all of them have fallen on deaf ears over at PCOM. 

The Sixers have also tried their own ideas.  Royal Ivey who was signed as a free agent this past summer was unable to grab the job during his brief audition.  Then there was a failed attempt to let the undrafted Maalik Wayns win the spot.  Of course “the Evan Turner as the back-up point guard experiment” continues nightly with lukewarm results. 

Yesterday, the Sixers cut Wayns and signed free agent Shelvin Mack to a 10-day contract.  As you probably know, Mack was just waived by the Washington Wizards after his disappointing rookie season.   It was a curious move to say the least.  Obviously the chances of Mack playing significant minutes for Collins, much less solving this nagging problem for the Sixers are nil.  To be honest we here at Philadunkia have become totally worn out trying to figure out why the Sixers have failed to address this issue.

So in order to hear a fresh take on the 7-6 and their back-up PG situation I decided to conduct an interview with a subject who has a unique view on the inner working of the Sixers back-court.  Earlier this week I sat down with former 76ers guard, Xavier Silas.  If you recall, Silas had a long cup of coffee with the 7-6 in 2012-13, but only appeared in two games.  Silas was also with Philadunkia’s home team for the Orlando Pro Summer League team and was in camp with Collins & Co. this past fall. 

Silas now plays for the Maine Red Claws, of the NBA’s D-League organization where he is averaging 10.8 points, 3 boards and 2.8 dimes per night.  He also was a teammates with Shelvin Mack for a stretch up in Maine.

Aftre the jump some Q&A withXavier Silas…


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TRADE BYNUM ?!?

Posted by: Steve Toll
01/17/13 12:22 pm EST

While many in Philadunkia nation were simply giddy over the fact that Andrew Bynum shot some free throws at the Sixers practice facility earlier this week, I would argue that now is the time to trade Bynum and improve the team’s future.

Through no fault of his own, Bynum isn’t the answer for the 7-6’s woes.  50+ losses is where this team is heading and not even Lebron makes this team a contender.  No cap space and a lack of cheap talent is a pretty bad place to be in the NBA, regardless of whether or not Bynum is healthy going forward.  As the halfway point of the season is nearing and the trade deadline is a month away, here is the first look at getting Bynum out of here.

This is not an indictment on Bynum.  Instead what I am Iooking out for is long term future of the 76ers.  I recognize more is needed to compete for an NBA title and I am taking a no lose risk in the long run. 

After the jump, my trade idea for moving Andrew Bynum


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