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GM 39: (PISSED OFF) RAPID REACTS

Posted by: C. Smith
01/15/13 10:30 pm EST
New Orleans Hornets 111 FinalRecap | Box Score 99 Philadelphia 76ers
Lavoy Allen, PF 15 MIN | 4-5 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 8 PTS | -9

A nice shooting night by Lavoy, but his defense was atrocious and he grabbed ZERO rebounds in 15 ticks.  Unreal.

Thaddeus Young, SF 39 MIN | 6-18 FG | 0-1 FT | 6 REB | 3 AST | 1 STL | 2 BLK | 1 TO | 12 PTS | -4

A terrible night shooting from Thad.  I’m not sure if the length of the Hornets bigs bothered him, but tonight he missed a lot of the mid-range shots he usually drills.  His energy and hustle were on par.

Evan Turner, SF 35 MIN | 5-12 FG | 3-4 FT | 7 REB | 3 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 14 PTS | -9

Offensively tonight was an improvement over the way Turner has been playing over the last ten games.  However, his defense has become suspect at best.

Jrue Holiday, PG 36 MIN | 10-17 FG | 5-5 FT | 5 REB | 11 AST | 4 STL | 0 BLK | 4 TO | 29 PTS | -22

Coming off a great outing vs. HOU, Jrue posts an outstanding double-double (10th of the year) while committing only 4 turnovers.  The haters out there will say that he got toasted by Vasquez (IMO one of the most underrated PGs in the League), but I would argue that he had absolutely no help on the defensive end stopping the pick-&-roll and dribble penetration and that contributed heavily to Vasquez’s stats.

Jason Richardson, SG 20 MIN | 2-5 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 5 PTS | -12

I guess J-Rich needs two nights in a row off to produce anything of value.

Spencer Hawes, C 21 MIN | 2-6 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 5 PTS | -9

21 minutes — 2 boards…That’s simply ridiculous to me.  When you’re 7-feet tall you should grab 10 every night by accident.

Kwame Brown, C 7 MIN | 0-0 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 0 PTS | +9

(Graded on the Kwame curve of course) I’m not sure if I should make fun of Hawes here for grabbing the same number of boards as this stiff in triple the minutes or make a Kwame has a pulse joke.  I’ll just move on.

Royal Ivey, PG 10 MIN | 1-1 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 3 PTS | -8

Mehhhh

Damien Wilkins, SG 19 MIN | 1-3 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 2 PTS | -7

I was expecting more, especially on the defensive end.

Nick Young, SG 12 MIN | 6-9 FG | 0-1 FT | 1 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 14 PTS | +6

All of you in the Swaggy fan club can puff your chest out for one night.  I will admit that he was fun to watch tonight, but let’s make a note that his scoring outburst came in the 4th Q with the game out of reach.  Even with Swaggy’s amazing display of scoring in the 4th, the Sixers were only able to get the Sixers within 9.

Doug Collins

I’m giving DC an “A” for simply putting up with this inconsistent group.  I would have lost my mind and quit by now.

After the Jump, Six Things We Saw…


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WHAT IS TURNER’S TRADE VALUE???

Posted by: C. Smith
01/15/13 10:12 am EST

Lost in all the hoopla surrounding Andrew Bynum shooting some free throws and actually breaking a sweat on the basketball court was an interesting article by philly.com’s John Mitchell in which he stated that the Sixers should “at least explore the possibility” of trading Evan Turner.  Trading Turner is a topic that has been written about and debated many times here at Philadunkia over the last year.

Of course Mitchell’s article indicated that Sacarmento’s problem child DeMarcus Cousins would be his top choice for the Sixers to receive in return for Turner.  Again, the Turner for Cousins trade is another topic that has been discussed at length here at Philadunkia.com.

Inspired by the “trade Turner” momentum that continues to build here in the comments section on Philadunkia and Mitchell’s article, I reached out to my colleagues and contacts in various NBA front offices to discover what exactly is Evan Turner’s worth on the NBA trade market.

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NOTES, LINKS & TWEETS

Posted by: C. Smith
01/14/13 11:11 am EST

Many of us have wondered, is there a long term backup plan for Andrew Bynum?  Some talking heads at csnphilly.com discuss that issue.

Meanwhile, the Twitter-sphere is going crazy with news and photos of Bynum shooting FTs after prac today.

Great article via Grantland writer Jonathan Abrams on how former Sixer Jerry Stackhouse (BKN) and Philly native Rasheed Wallace (NYK) are both playing in New York 20 years after they left UNC.  Stack has some interesting comments on Allen Iverson and why he is no longer in the League.

Over at hornets247.com they’ve posted a podcast looking at the NOH recent success and previewing the game vs. our Sixers on Tuesday night.

John Mitchell of philly.com writes that the Sixers should trade Turner for a big man.  Preferably Demarcus Cousins.

A quick “76ers” search on craigslist.com brings up this must have for every Sixers fan this winter.  Reminds me of the Starter jackets that were so popular in the early ’90s.


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GM 38: (NOT SO) RAPID REACTS

Posted by: C. Smith
01/13/13 11:54 am EST
Houston Rockets 100 FinalRecap | Box Score 107 Philadelphia 76ers
Lavoy Allen, PF 21 MIN | 1-6 FG | 1-2 FT | 4 REB | 1 AST | 3 PTS | -3

3 points and 4 boards in 21 minutes is not encouraging for a guy who really has not found his groove this season.

Thaddeus Young, SF 36 MIN | 8-14 FG | 2-4 FT | 12 REB | 3 AST | 18 PTS | +9

Thad has been simply tremendous this year and last night was no different.  Energy, rebounding and defense, plus 18 points.  How is he not getting any All-Star talk??  IMO we need to get out a run more when he is on the floor as very few forwards can keep up with him.  I only hope that under these type of minutes and the nightly pounding that he holds up physically for the entire season.

Evan Turner, SF 34 MIN | 6-10 FG | 0-0 FT | 7 REB | 6 AST | 12 PTS | -8

I’m okay with this outing by ET last night as I thought he much more under control then in the previous 10 games.  Hopefully this will be a springboard to ending his recent struggles — over the last 12 games, Turner has averaged 10.6 points while playing almost 36 minutes per night.

Jrue Holiday, PG 39 MIN | 11-22 FG | 7-7 FT | 3 REB | 9 AST | 30 PTS | +5

A stellar night by “The Jurth”.  Jrue made 11 of 22 shots — some would say 30 points on 22 FGAs isn’t the most efficient night — but I liked what I saw.  He sank all seven attempts from the free-throw line and had nine assists.  The six turnovers were a little disturbing, but I’ll take it if the Sixers play at that pace every night.  I also thought Jrue did a solid job on a tired Lin last night.

Jason Richardson, SG 32 MIN | 7-15 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 1 AST | 16 PTS | +7

I know he missed a number of wide open looks in the 4th Q (and that has to change), but I really liked what I saw from J-Rich last night.  He grabbed a couple huge rebounds, he brought a lot of energy and he did make two key jumpers.

Dorell Wright, SF 26 MIN | 3-6 FG | 0-0 FT | 5 REB | 3 AST | 8 PTS | +13

He missed some wide open looks and that can’t happen for the Sixers to succeed.  But I was impressed again last night with his ability to defend and rebound.

Spencer Hawes, C 26 MIN | 5-9 FG | 0-0 FT | 8 REB | 3 AST | 10 PTS | +14

This is all I want from Spence — but we need it every night.  Any chance that happens???

Royal Ivey, PG 15 MIN | 1-2 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 3 PTS | 0Solid in limited minutes…That’s his role, so well done.
Damien Wilkins, SG 11 MIN | 1-3 FG | 5-6 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 7 PTS | -2I loved what Wilkins brought top the floor last night, especially his knack for getting to the line.  If he has to play 11 minutes a night for the Sixers to get an additional 6 FTAs per game, then I say play him.
Doug Collins

I thought he pushed all the right buttons last night.  Including pushing the pace of play (I believe that was done on purpose) and giving increased minutes to the physical (on both ends of the floor) and defensive minded Wilkins.  Plus after J-Rich’s effort last night, he looks like a genius for giving him off vs. Toronto.

After the Jump, Six Things We Saw Last Night


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INTERVIEW: TIM LEGLER

Posted by: Tim Parker
01/11/13 10:10 am EST

Here at Philadunkia we have chosen to completely ignore the debacle that happened up in Toronto on Wednesday night.  Many of us here viewed that contest as the worst performance of the year by the 7-6.  We can understand soiling the bed in San Antonio during the final game of a long and challenging 8-game road trip, but what exactly is the excuse for the Sixers uninspiring effort vs. the Raptors?  In our collective opinion there is none. 

Look, we realize that this roster is tragically flawed with Bynum out of the lineup.  And we understand that fact is a huge obstacle to ask a team and head coach to overcome for nearly 40 games.  We also acknowledge that the Sixers schedule has been brutal of late.  Still this team is better than what they have shown in the last two games.  The effort at the Wells Fargo Center on Tuesday night vs. Brooklyn was weak and what happened in Toronto was downright embarrassing.   To say we are frustrated with this team is an understatement.

So in order to avoid a very negative rant style post by one of our writers and in an effort to find some solutions to the Sixers problems, we are turning to ESPN analyst Tim Legler.  Why Legler?  Well, Legler is not just a former NBA player and a great NBA analyst; he’s also one of us (At least in our eyes).   

Legler scored over 1,500 points at LaSalle, is a member of the Big 5 Hall of Fame, earned a MBA from The Wharton School and is married to a former Eagles cheerleader.  So Legler is as Philadunkia as Dr. J, Allen Iverson and The Spectrum.  As a bonus, he still lives in the Philadelphia area, attends numerous Sixer games each year and is actually somewhat of a 76ers fan.  Basically, he knows the 7-6 inside and out. 

Yesterday Legler gave me some time to Philadunkia scribe Tim Parker to discuss numerous Sixers topics, including why the Sixers have struggled so badly this season. 


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GAME 36: RAPID REACTS

Posted by: Jeff McMenamin
01/09/13 1:39 am EST
Brooklyn Nets 109 FinalRecap | Box Score 89 Philadelphia 76ers
Lavoy Allen, PF 23 MIN | 3-6 FG | 0-0 FT | 6 REB | 0 AST | 6 PTS | -15

I said it before and I’ll say it again.  Lavoy Allen’s nickname should be “Mr. Softee” if you’re talking about his play so far this season.  He’s disappeared and been owned in the paint in nearly every game this year.  His best defensive effort came in the 18 minutes he played against Dwight Howard and the Lakers on New Years day…since then he’s gone back to being the player that we know and haven’t loved. I’m praying that there’s a spot open for him in the Do(u)g house.

Thaddeus Young, SF 30 MIN | 4-8 FG | 1-2 FT | 6 REB | 1 AST | 9 PTS | -23

This was easily Thad’s worst performance of the season and the Sixers suffered immensely because of it.  Reggie Evans and Andray Blatche (I’ll get to him later) just absolutely dominated Thad on the blocks, combining for 22 points and 30 rebounds.  Lately, Young has seemed to have lost a little bit of the wind in his sails. This is  a very bad sign for a team who desperately needs his intensity every night.

Evan Turner, SF 36 MIN | 4-11 FG | 0-0 FT | 7 REB | 5 AST | 8 PTS | -12

Not much to say here, just a very quiet game from Turner.  His two turnovers in this game were exactly the same and equally as maddening.  On both occasions, he tried to toss the ball from the half-court to an open Sixer near the basket.  Both passes were sniffed out by Nets defenders back in transition. Eight points, seven rebounds and five assists just doesn’t cut it in 36 minutes of playing time.  As pitiful of a stat as it is, his seven rebounds actually led the Sixers in this game.  Turner is another player who seems to be affected by the Sixers’ latest road trip.  He hasn’t been playing consistent basketball since the middle of December and his past four games have been consistently bad.

Jrue Holiday, PG 30 MIN | 7-11 FG | 2-2 FT | 3 REB | 8 AST | 19 PTS | -27

If anyone should be frustrated over this Sixers loss, it should be Jrue Holiday. His defense on Deron Williams left a lot to be desired (as he dropped 22 on Jrue), but offensively Jrue was the only reason the Sixers were able to keep the score close in the first half.  In the first quarter, Jrue was involved in all 24 of the Sixers’ points they were able to score in the quarter.  Jrue scored 12 while dishing out six assists for part of the other 12 points.  Jrue, however, came out flat in the 3rd committing three turnovers and only netting seven points the rest of the game.  He looked frustrated on the court and his play was evident of that.  He’s been saying the most prayers lately for Bynum to make a fast and healthy return.

Jason Richardson, SG 19 MIN | 3-9 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 6 PTS | -12

His six points in the second quarter and solid defense on Joe Johnson made me think that JRich would end the game with a nice stat-line.  Unfortunately, that was the only notable quarter for Richardson as he spent the majority of the rest of the game on the bench.

Arnett Moultrie, PF 6 MIN | 0-0 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 1 AST | 0 PTS | +1

Well…On the bright side, Moultrie got a few minutes right?

Dorell Wright, SF 20 MIN | 2-5 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 3 AST | 5 PTS | -6

DWRIGHTWAY played DNOTWRIGHTWAY in 20 wasted minutes.  Back to the Do(u)g house.

Spencer Hawes, C 24 MIN | 6-9 FG | 0-2 FT | 1 REB | 4 AST | 14 PTS | -7

If the offensive end of the court was the only side of the court you needed to play on in a basketball game, then I was highly impressed by Spencer Hawes.  He was hitting open shots, he drilled a couple three’s, he had a nice spin move in the post for a dunk and he was crisp on his passes.  On the defensive end of the court however, he was absolutely manhandled on the boards, he picked up four fouls and he couldn’t play a lick of defense all game.  That was not Hawesome.

Maalik Wayns, PG 9 MIN | 2-5 FG | 1-1 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 5 PTS | +1

From being cut, to being re-signed to a 10-day contract, to getting the most minutes he’s seen in nearly a month all in just two days.  Talk about a whirlwind start to the week.

Damien Wilkins, SG 21 MIN | 3-6 FG | 0-1 FT | 4 REB | 1 AST | 6 PTS | -3

I was actually slightly impressed by Wilkins’ play in this game and his up and under in the second quarter was a top-play nominee in this game for me.  He was the top rebounder coming off the Sixers bench with four, which goes to show you just how dire the Sixers’ need is for a rebounding big.

Nick Young, SG 22 MIN | 4-9 FG | 2-2 FT | 1 REB | 1 AST | 11 PTS | +3

Hopefully the haircut Swaggy is promising to his fans in the near-future will change his atrocious play he’s displayed this season.  He is all sorts of negative on the court and his shot-jacking style is raising my blood pressure levels everyday.

Doug Collins

All I have to say is…An 18-2 run by the Nets to start the 3rd quarter.  The Sixers were outscored 35-14 overall in the quarter.  A 48-47 halftime deficit was suddenly an insurmountable 83-61 drubbing by the end of the 3rd.  The Sixers have been outscored by a total of 67 points in their last three games. You can talk about rebounding and size in the paint all you want, but it’s obvious that one coach made his halftime adjustments Tuesday night and the other coach did not.  What got me the most was when Doug was shown laughing on the sideline during what should have been a highly infuriating 4th quarter to the coach.  Unless you were listening to Ed Helms’ pipes on your ipod, then you better have some good reasoning behind it.  It’s time to get back to the good ol’ drawing board Dougie.

After the Jump, Six Things We Saw…

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PHILADUNKIA 4on4

Posted by: Philadunkia
01/08/13 9:40 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 yesterday’s Bynum “update”.


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ROAD AHEAD: 13 HOME & 3 AWAY

Posted by: Steve Toll
01/07/13 3:47 pm EST

As the title suggests, the 76ers should have a favorable next 16 games.  Home court is a valuable commodity.  In the playoffs, it’s worth a shade over 5 points.  In the regular season, it is worth about half.  Attacking the rim is the biggest way to increase home court advantage or negate it.  For all intensive purposes, few teams have a smaller home court advantage than the 76ers.

The previous road trip was as successful as possible for a team that went 2-6.  All the games except for the San Antonio Spurs game, and half of the OKC game were competitive.  4 of the losses were against (projected) playoff teams out West and the team got a win against Memphis, which was the best, win of the year.  The Lakers win was expected to be swapped with the Phoenix loss but a good win-loss is better than a mediocre win-loss.

Unless Bynum returns, these next 16 games will feel like this past road trip.  Only 2 of the next 16 games would have Philly as the favorite on a neutral court.  If John Wall returns and is playing well by January 30th, that game is a pick em’ on a neutral court.


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GM 34: RAPID REACTS

Posted by: C. Smith
01/05/13 9:44 am EST
Philadelphia 76ers 85 FinalRecap | Box Score 109 Oklahoma City Thunder
Lavoy Allen, PF 27 MIN | 4-10 FG | 0-0 FT | 6 REB | 1 AST | 8 PTS | -17

Lavoy started slow (2 TOs in 1st Q) but found his stride to have a decent game for the 7-6.  However the bunny he blew on a sweet dime from Holiday in the 3rd quarter had me throwing stuff.

Thaddeus Young, SF 30 MIN | 5-10 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 1 AST | 10 PTS | -13

It must be tough to play at a high level on offense when you are continually being taken to the weight room by opposing bigs at the other end.  Thad had moments (see next line) of his usual high energy, but he looked worn out to me. FYI…That block (goal-tending call) he had on Westbrook in the 4th Q was amazing.

Evan Turner, SF 30 MIN | 2-7 FG | 0-0 FT | 6 REB | 5 AST | 5 PTS | -14

It was hilarious watching him try to guard KD.

Jrue Holiday, PG 32 MIN | 7-13 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 9 AST | 15 PTS | -12

A solid performance by Jrue, but I thought he (and the rest of the Sixers) settled for too many jumpers in the 1st half.  He had 3 outstanding assists in the 3rd Q and two dribble-drive plays that showed me he is capable of getting to the hoop whenever he wants, so he needs to be more assertive in doing so.  There was on trip in the 2nd Q on which Perkins got switched onto Jrue and instead of going to the rim, Holiday settled for a three.

Jason Richardson, SG 29 MIN | 4-10 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 2 AST | 9 PTS | -10

It’s a tough assignment when you have to guard the nearly 7-foot KD and produce some points for this team.  Which may explain why he scored all of his points in one stretch during the 3rd Q.  FYI…I actually thought J-Rich did a respectable job on Durant.

Dorell Wright, SF 25 MIN | 4-8 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 2 AST | 11 PTS | -17

A couple of ill-advised FGAs, but other than that a good night from Wright.

Spencer Hawes, C 31 MIN | 3-11 FG | 0-0 FT | 13 REB | 0 AST | 6 PTS | -14

If his shot was falling, it could have been a big night for Spence.

Maalik Wayns, PG 4 MIN | 0-2 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 0 PTS | -5

Garbage time…

Damien Wilkins, SG 4 MIN | 0-1 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 0 PTS | -6Ditto
Nick Young, SG 28 MIN | 5-12 FG | 6-8 FT | 4 REB | 1 AST | 21 PTS | -12

In the 2nd Q, Swaggy was amazing — 11 points on 3-3 from deep.  He was also the ONLY 76er to get to the FT line last night.

Doug Collins

If the Sixers played any slower last night (by design) I would have fallen asleep on my couch. Wait…I did.  I’m sure he stresses this / works on this all the time, but DC has to figure out a way to get this team to the FT line more often, because it’s obvious this group won’t do it on their own.

After the Jump, Six Things We Saw…


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NOTES, LINKS & TWEETS

Posted by: C. Smith
01/04/13 1:18 pm EST

Corey Seidman at csnphilly.com has a preview of the Sixers at OKC tonight.  It ain’t going to be pretty. 

Ric Bucher talks about whether or not Jrue will be an All-Star.  He has an interesting take on a long running debate here at Philadunkia.com

Phil Shore at Yahoo! Sports, takes a look at something we have discussed in depth here at ‘Dunkia…starting tonight in OKC, the Sixers upcoming schedule is brutal.

Saturday is the 30th anniversary of Dr. J’s filthy rock-the-cradle dunk on the head of Lakers great Michael Cooper.  Mark Perner of the Daily News looks back at one of the most iconic plays in 76ers history.  

Former Sixer great Charles Barkley doesn’t think you’re smart enough to be voting for the NBA All-Star Game participants.

Speaking of voting…A look at the latest All-Star voting results shows that Jrue is still in the Top 10 among East guards.

Checking in on Arnett Moultrie, we find that he is playing decently (double-double on New Year’s Day) on 27 mpg. for Sioux Falls.


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