Monthly Archive  February 2013



Posted by: Philadunkia
02/18/13 3:53 pm EST

On Wednesday night in Minnesota, the Sixers will start the final stretch of the 2012-13 season.  To say that this year has been a disappointment so far is an understatement.  During the Bynum-less first 51 games of this season, Collins & Co. have racked up only 22 wins and at times have been simply unwatchable. 

They currently sit in 9th place, four games back of the Milwaukee Bucks in the race for the 8th and final spot in the Eastern Conference Playoffs.  Not helping matters is the fact that the Bucks are 3-0 vs. the Sixers this season.  Simply put,  a push to the playoffs is going to take a monumental effort. 

But in the NBA nothing is impossible.  The Sixers have 31 games remaining, which if they can get everybody healthy should be plenty of time to right the ship and make the playoffs.

However, if everyone doesn’t get healthy these last 31 games could be difficult to witness.  

After the jump four Philadunkia scribes will give you their thoughts on what will happen with the Sixers over the final 31 games of the 2012-13 season.

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Posted by: C. Smith
02/15/13 11:08 am EST

Everyone saw the switch hand dunk that Blake Griffin threw down on Hawes this past week.  But did you notice Evan Turner’s reaction on the bench after the damage was done.  This clip from doesn’t give it full justice (but you get my drift).  After his initial chuckle, Turner went on to cover his mouth with a towel as he yucked it up. 

Brian at looks at the Sixers trade or not to trade options coming out of the ASB and he has some very interesting insight in this post.

Spike Eskin at cbsphilly wrote a great post on the fact that Sixers fans deserve to know the truth about what is going on with Bynum’s knees…”The fact is that if the organization was always aware that Bynum playing was an iffy proposition, it was irresponsible to start that hype machine. Irresponsible on the part of the team to paint the team as a contender. Irresponsible on the part of team CEO Adam Aron for fanning the flames of it all…”  AMEN brother…AMEN 

Former 76er Dikembe Mutombo belives he should be in the Hall of Fame and sort of compares himself to Hakeem Olajuwon.  Maybe that Geico commercial has gone to his head.

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Posted by: C. Smith
02/14/13 9:55 am EST
Philadelphia 76ers 92 FinalRecap | Box Score 94 Milwaukee Bucks
Lavoy Allen, PF 27 MIN | 3-7 FG | 1-2 FT | 7 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 0 TO | 7 PTS | -1

Lavoy just struggles so badly to guard / hedge on the pick-n-roll that I can’t comment on anything else he did last night.

Evan Turner, SF 41 MIN | 8-19 FG | 4-4 FT | 3 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 4 TO | 20 PTS | +1

Another roller coaster game for ET.  He came out of the gate and threw up an ill-advised shot and had a bad TO.  For that DC gave him the quick hook. When he was sent back in during the 1st Q he committed 2 more TOs and went 1-3 from the field.  ET did rally in the 2nd half and had some solid drives to the tin.  However when he was at the point in the 3rd Q he failed on several pick-n-roll ops to hit Moultrie as dove to the rim .  Of course his driving lay up to get the 7-6 within 1 point during the closing seconds was very nice.  Anyone else have motion sickness?

Spencer Hawes, C 41 MIN | 7-14 FG | 5-6 FT | 9 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 1 TO | 19 PTS | -4

If Spence could learn to provide any resistance at all on the defensive end, he could be a solid reserve in this League.  He simply carried the Sixers on offense during the 4th Q (10 pts.) and the Sixers needed that badly.  Still he doesn’t go to the bucket with authority and that soft finger roll he missed in the early 4th was just another example of that fact.

Jrue Holiday, PG 39 MIN | 6-17 FG | 3-4 FT | 5 REB | 12 AST | 2 STL | 1 BLK | 5 TO | 16 PTS | 0

Jrue recorded yet another double-double last night, but some questionable shot selection in the 4th Q and a costly TO caused me to hit him with the “B”.  He did a nice job of finding Moultrie on the pick-n-roll and also took the ball to the basket frequently.  Two other things I noticed…Jrue can not get a foul call from the refs & Jrue will always have trouble guarding smaller-quicker guards (CP3, Jennings, etc.).  He’s 6-4 and nearly 200 lbs., so we’re going to have to live with the fact that some of the slighter point men in the League will give him fits.  Lastly, the dribble-drive, ball fake, lay-in move he made in the 2nd Q was fantastic.

Nick Young, SG 33 MIN | 4-6 FG | 4-4 FT | 5 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 14 PTS | -2

Swaggy started out on fire as he was 4-4 on FGAs in the 1st Q and then thanks to fouls and DC’s quick hook, NY cooled off from there.  I really liked that he got to the FT line and made the freebies.

Arnett Moultrie, PF 19 MIN | 2-5 FG | 1-2 FT | 8 REB | 0 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 5 PTS | +1

He needs to work on his FTs and I’d like to see him make a few more of his FGAs, but another solid night from Arnett.  It blows me away that in the 1st Q after two FGM on the pick-n-roll and a couple of boards that DC yanks him and he just sits on the bench for what seemed like an eternity

Dorell Wright, SF 7 MIN | 1-2 FG | 2-2 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 4 PTS | +2

4 points in 7 ticks and 2-2 on FTs.  Not bad for a guy who is in the Do(u)g-house.

Jeremy Pargo, PG 18 MIN | 1-3 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 2 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 2 PTS | -2

Pargo seemed a little off last night, but I like when he is playing point with Jrue on the floor.  I think more of that last night would have been a good move by DC.

Royal Ivey, PG 11 MIN | 1-2 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 1 STL | 1 BLK | 0 TO | 3 PTS | 0

The 3PA he hit in the late 3rd Q was huge for the Sixers, but other then that it was a quiet night for Ivey.  Ohh yeah until the final ticks…he needed to call a TO after the jump ball in the final seconds fell into his hands.  Turning the ball over there with a bad pass is simply a ridiculous mistake for a veteran.

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

5 mins…1 bucket…well done


Hey, did you hear the one about the big guy who sat around doing nothing and got paid $2 million?

Doug Collins

I loved that he yanked ET early on, but I didn’t like that he pulled Swaggy in the 1st when he picked up his second foul.  Swaggy was on fire at that point and you have to let the guy play it out.  I continue to hate that he lets ET run the point for large stretches.  Moultrie deserved more minutes.  And I am starting to wonder why the Sixers can’t get a call — is it possibly a DC thing?

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Posted by: Jake Fischer
02/13/13 10:16 am EST

On Monday night, the 76ers were beaten by the Los Angeles Clippers in nearly every statistical category recorded for the game of basketball.  Considering they lost to a team nicknamed, “Lob City”, you would think a defining storyline to discuss two days after a 107-90 dismantling would be points in the paint, rebounding and/or fast break buckets.

Even though the Sixers did lose all of those statistical battles vs. the LAC, to me what stuck out more in that contest was the polar opposite impacts each team’s bench had on the game.  At one point in the blowout affair, the Clippers bench combined for 19-straight points in the first half as they tallied 41 points overall in the game.  Meanwhile DC’s second unit contributed virtually nothing until the game was well out of reach.

On the season overall, the Clippers have utilized their talented and plentiful bench to secure numerous victories.  The depth and versatility of LAC’s reserves allows coach Vinny Del Negro to run five bench players on the court at several points in each game without much of a drop-off  — 40.4 ppg. (2nd in the NBA).

The Sixers, on the other hand, have been the recipients of close to zero production from their bench this entire season – 25th in the League with 27.6 ppg.  Prior to their garbage time induced 32 point outburst against the Clippers, the Sixers bench had been simply brutal in its last seven games.  Over that stretch, Collins had received the following point totals from his non-starters — 15, 33, 19, 7, 21, 11 and 8. 

If you’re keeping track at home those numbers produce an average of 16.2 ppg. over the seven game span.

That’s simply disturbing.   

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Posted by: Jake Fischer
02/11/13 10:28 pm EST
Los Angeles Clippers 107 FinalRecap | Box Score 90 Philadelphia 76ers
Lavoy Allen, PF 29 MIN | 2-4 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 0 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 4 PTS | -30Lavoy played incredibly soft tonight. It was very evident from the get-go that the Temple product was a little intimidated inside by the Clippers’ athletic bigs. He didn’t do anything in the first 8 minutes of the game which forced Collins to pull him for Arnett Moultrie ASAP.
Evan Turner, SF 32 MIN | 4-14 FG | 2-2 FT | 5 REB | 3 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 10 PTS | -25You have to really to wonder if Evan is starting to hear the trade rumors that are beginning to involve his name.  He was clearly frustrated and pressing all night offensively and his shooting percentage shows that.  His body language was very poor as well.
Spencer Hawes, C 29 MIN | 2-7 FG | 1-2 FT | 10 REB | 3 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 4 TO | 5 PTS | -20Don’t take Hawes’ 10 rebounds too seriously.  The 76ers’ starting center was very soft inside as well tonight as he was often looking up at the bottom of Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan’s sneakers as they were dunking over him.
Jrue Holiday, PG 29 MIN | 4-14 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 9 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 10 PTS | -22Jrue played a relatively solid game tonight, but in a potential match-up of All-Star game starting point guards, Holiday was taken to school by CP3.  The ultra quick Paul, the Western Conference starter, put on a point guard clinic that Jrue can certainly learn from.
Nick Young, SG 34 MIN | 10-18 FG | 5-6 FT | 2 REB | 5 AST | 3 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 29 PTS | -12In somewhat of an “eff-you” game against his old team – remember the Clippers essentially let him walk for Jamaal Crawford – Young was very effective on the offensive end.  While a lot of his points did come in garbage time, he got to the line 6 times, too.
Arnett Moultrie, PF 26 MIN | 4-5 FG | 0-0 FT | 6 REB | 0 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 8 PTS | +4Arnett surprisingly entered the game at the 4:31 mark in the 1Q tonight after Lavoy Allen really struggled out of the gate.  He responded with 6 points, 2 ORebs and some nice interior defense on Griffin.  He also showed some nice, soft touch around the basket.  I couldn’t give him the A+ because of that nasty follow slam Jordan threw down on his head off of Griffin’s missed FT.  You have to box out in the Association rookie.
Dorell Wright, SF 15 MIN | 2-3 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 3 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 5 PTS | +1Dorell Wright apparently played 6 minutes in the 1Q, but I didn’t even remember he was in the game when I checked the box score during the commercial break before the 2Q.  But hey, he did contribute a little in garbage time.  He’s been horribly misused this season thanks to the Do(u)g-house.
Jeremy Pargo, PG 24 MIN | 4-12 FG | 1-4 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 10 PTS | -6Pargo entered the contest to replace a struggling Turner in the 1Q. While he didn’t do anything nearly as eye-popping as he did against the Bobcats, he still looks the part of a serviceable backup PG. Collins should use him like the Clippers use Eric Bledsoe.
Royal Ivey, PG 12 MIN | 3-5 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 7 PTS | +12Royal Ivey didn’t play a minute of this game until the Sixers were down nearly 30 points in the fourth quarter. But, when he did get into garbage time, he actually shot the ball pretty well.
Damien Wilkins, SG 10 MIN | 0-2 FG | 2-2 FT | 4 REB | 3 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 2 PTS | +13Wilkins continues his recent streak of looking clueless on the court offensively.  If you turned off the game before or during the 4Q, you probably missed his oh-so embarrassing fast break layup miss.
Kwame Brown, C DNP COACH’S DECISION MIN | FG | FT | REB | AST | STL | BLK | TO | PTS | In the preseason, Collins praised Kwame as a potential NBA starting center.  Now he’s racking up DNP’s like burned up trucks on MTV’s “Buckwild”.  How is this guy making multiple millions of dollars?
Doug CollinsIn fairness to Collins, his players were simply outplayed by a much talented team. However, the Sixers let the Clippers (a team playing their second game of a back-to-back set) jump out to a 10-1 lead to start the game.  That’s terrible preparation by the coaching staff.  I will give him credit for going to Moultrie and Pargo so early though.

After the Jump, Six Things We Saw…

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Posted by: Jeff McMenamin
02/11/13 8:00 am EST

Fashionable?  Check.

Exciting to watch?  Check.

Catchy nickname?  Check.

There’s a lot of reasons to like Nick “Swaggy P” Young.  After a miserable start to the season, Young found himself riding the almighty pine.  He registered five DNP’s from coach Doug Collins and fans became uneasy with the idea of giving any kind of minutes to Young for an already offensively challenged team.

Then January rolled around.  Young strung together a few solid performances off the bench, even though the Sixers still piled up losses, and coach Doug Collins felt like it was time to make a switch.

He inserted Young into the starting lineup and the Sixers have gone 5-2 ever since.  He’s had four games of over 15 points during that span, including 20 in a 97-80 domination of the Knicks.

Over the weekend, Philadunkia scribe Jeff McMenamin, got a chance to talk to Young about his recent success as well as his intricate personality that fans are getting to know and love.


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Posted by: C. Smith
02/10/13 9:49 am EST
Charlotte Bobcats 76 FinalRecap | Box Score 87 Philadelphia 76ers
Lavoy Allen, PF 41 MIN | 7-16 FG | 0-0 FT | 22 REB | 3 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 1 TO | 14 PTS | +18

Lavoy must have fallen into the fountain of hoops he recently discovered as he went out and had a career high 22 boards and put in 14 points as well. Lavoy  was incredible last night. In his last 3 games he is averaging 12 ppg. and 11 rpg. Any chance this run of stellar play continues?

Evan Turner, SF 40 MIN | 7-17 FG | 2-2 FT | 10 REB | 4 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 4 TO | 16 PTS | +22

A nice double-double for Turner that will hopefully get him back on track.  ET got going early as he hit two quick FGAs in the 1st Q and at half he had 8 points, 6 rebs., and 2 assists.  He was on his way to an A+ from me until the 4th Q.  After scoring 4 straight for the 7-6 in the final Q, Turner got a little out of control.  He continued to use his back down / post up move and missed his next attempt.  Then he jacked up an 18-footer and missed.  That was followed by a miss from 15 feet. He also had a iso-play FGA rejected by Mullens.  That’s when I threw the remote.

Spencer Hawes, C 40 MIN | 8-15 FG | 0-0 FT | 9 REB | 3 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 17 PTS | +5

I’m not a fan of the multiple 3PAs he continues to hoist every night, but Spence hauled 40 mins. last night and nearly registered a double-double, so we’ll cut him some slack.  He missed he 1st two FGAs of the night — both long range J’s, but then hit his next 3 straight — all from around 12 feet or closer.

Jrue Holiday, PG 39 MIN | 10-23 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 7 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 20 PTS | +11

Not the most efficient scoring night for Jrue, but a I really liked the way Jrue took the ball to the tin consistently last night.  His 8 4th Q points were big in sealing this one for the Sixers and the backdoor cut for a lay-in he executed with the help of Pargo was a beauty.

Nick Young, SG 19 MIN | 2-8 FG | 1-2 FT | 2 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 5 PTS | +14

Foul trouble led to an awful night for Swaggy.  I am bit concerned here because that’s two sub-par outing in a row for Nick. It didn;’t matter last night because of Pargo, but I’d like to see Nick get back on track.

Arnett Moultrie, PF 14 MIN | 1-3 FG | 1-3 FT | 7 REB | 0 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 3 PTS | -1

I know Lavoy was on fire last night and Spence was solid, but Arnett has shown he deserves more minutes, so let’s give them to him DC.  The pick-n-roll he had for an AND 1 in the 3rd Q was a great basketball play. However he’ll need to work on those FTs.

Dorell Wright, SF 18 MIN | 0-2 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 0 TO | 0 PTS | -11

Wright is paid to make jumpers and last night he did not do that at all.

Jeremy Pargo, PG 29 MIN | 4-9 FG | 3-3 FT | 4 REB | 6 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 12 PTS | -3

Pargo had one practice with the Sixers before last night’s game.  Apparently that’s all he needed. Pargo delivered in a big way for the Sixers with his dribble drives and passing ability.  DC liked what he saw so much that Pargo played almost the entire 4th Q.  This is what a real back-up PG looks like…


The problem here is that he’ll have to play some minutes if we have any hope of moving Kwame at the deadline.

Doug Collins

I like that he rode the hot hands last night — Lavoy, Spence and Pargo — to victory.  I also thought it was a smart move to just let Pargo play this game out.  A lot of coaches would not have had the guts to keep him in the game after only 1 practice.  I didn’t like that he allowed Turner to take over the offense on the early 4th Q.

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Posted by: Jake Fischer
02/09/13 11:53 am EST

Now that multiple 76ers players have joined Andrew Bynum on the team’s injured list, head coach Doug Collins has started to suggest his depleted roster is the reason this team is struggling through a down season.

Well coach, injuries are part of the game and until this past week, you only had one key player from your lineup miss significant time.  Thus it’s hard to justify the injury excuse as the reason behind the Sixers disappointing season. 

So let’s stop making excuses and find a way to win because you’re being paid millions of dollars to lead this NBA team to victories not to whine about the suddenly injury plagued roster that you helped build.

If you look at the Sixers’ Atlantic Division rival, the Boston Celtics, one would find evidence that clearly teams in the NBA can win a few games here and there even without their star player.  In fact, the Celtics are now 6-0 in their games since  Rajon Rondo tore his ACL against the Atlanta Hawks on January 25.  The reason for their recent success?  Boston has incredible depth at the guard spot ever since they brought in Courtney Lee, Jason Terry and Leandro Barbosa this offseason.

The Sixers on the other hand have very limited depth on their roster and now that injuries have become a factor, this glaring fact is killing the team.

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Posted by: C. Smith
02/08/13 12:21 pm EST

Collins tells John Mitchell of, It’s been the toughest year I’ve ever had as a coach, and the reason is that there are great expectations.” has a host of notes and quotes from after practice on Thursday.

Ian Thomsen on does not believe Allen Iverson will ver play again in the NBA.

Speaking of Iverson, has photos of his mansion that was foreclosed on earlier this week.  It seems Iverson doesn’t have much luck with houses.  If you recall, Iverson took a huge loss a couple years back when he sold his 14,ooo sq. footer out in Villanova.

A quick “76ers” craigslist search turns up this awesome piece of Sixers art.   

John Finger of looks at Turner’s latest slump.  FYI…As we have documented, it ain’t pretty.

Andre Miller is unhappy with his limited minutes in Denver and thinks he’ll be traded.  Anyone think he would be a  nice back-up PG here in Philly?  It’s tough to make a trade for Miller (3 yrs @ $5mil per) work, but I am open to ideas. 

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Posted by: C. Smith
02/07/13 10:52 am EST
Indiana Pacers 88 FinalRecap | Box Score 69 Philadelphia 76ers
Evan Turner, SF 28 MIN | 1-10 FG | 0-0 FT | 9 REB | 4 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 4 TO | 2 PTS | -22

I know the Pacers lineup presents a number of match-up issues for Turner, but to be honest, I’m done here. Two words for you — trade him…

Kwame Brown, C 6 MIN | 0-1 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 0 PTS | -6

So he starts and plays respectable ball in the 1st Q against the very physical Pacers front line and then we don’t see him for the rest of the night.  What gives?

Spencer Hawes, C 34 MIN | 3-13 FG | 0-0 FT | 10 REB | 3 AST | 0 STL | 3 BLK | 0 TO | 6 PTS | -11

I like the 10 boards, but Spence’s flailing and whining last night drove me crazy.  It was obvious from the start that the refs were going to let them play last night. Instead of manning up and getting physical, Spence chose to continue playing soft and cry all night to the officiating crew.  My favorite Spence moment was when a bounce pass for Turner went through his hands, then through his legs and OB. His buzzer beater FGA at the end of the 3rd wasn’t pretty either.

Jrue Holiday, PG 40 MIN | 7-22 FG | 4-5 FT | 6 REB | 4 AST | 3 STL | 1 BLK | 5 TO | 19 PTS | -12

Man was Jrue’s shot off in the 1st half last night.  He found his stroke in the 2nd half, but it was not enough to keep the Sixers in this game.  He did an solid job of driving th ball to the tin, but the 5 TO’s didn’t help much last night.

Nick Young, SG 40 MIN | 4-13 FG | 1-1 FT | 6 REB | 3 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 9 PTS | -20

Last night was Swaggy’s first poor game since joining the starting line-up, so I’ll take it easy on him. Still, I would like to have seen him drive the ball to the cup a little more.

Lavoy Allen, PF 35 MIN | 6-13 FG | 0-1 FT | 6 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 1 BLK | 3 TO | 12 PTS | -15

Lavoy has found the fountain of hoops and I hope he keeps drinking from it.  It also seems he has finally learned to cut / roll / dive to the basket for easy baskets.  However, I’m not sure I want him firing up 13 FGAs in every game.

Arnett Moultrie, PF 21 MIN | 6-9 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 0 AST | 2 STL | 1 BLK | 0 TO | 12 PTS | -6

Hey Doug…What’s My Name?!?…Say my name b*#@*…

In his first significant tick of the year, Moultrie did well for himself.  I was especially pleased with the way he cut / dove into the lane on offense and made himself available for easy hoops.  By my count he had 3 bunny slams in this game.

Dorell Wright, SF 30 MIN | 4-8 FG | 0-0 FT | 8 REB | 3 AST | 1 STL | 2 BLK | 2 TO | 9 PTS | +2

After a slow start (1-3 on 3PAs) this turned into a very solid all-around night for Wright who should start seeing a lot more burn with J-Rich done for the season.  Wright made the play of the night in the 2nd Q…after blocking Hansbrough’s shot at the defensive end, he went down the floor and threw a no-look alley-oop pass to Moultrie for a slam.

Royal Ivey, PG 6 MIN | 0-1 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 0 PTS | -5

Just more evidence that the Sixers still need a viable back-up PG

Jason Richardson, SG DNP LEFT KNEE INJURY MIN | FG | FT | REB | AST | STL | BLK | TO | PTS |

According to Yahoo Sports, stick a fork in him…J-Rich is done for the year.

Doug Collins

This team was not ready to go last night at all. He has to be held partially responsible for that item.  I also didn’t like that Wilkins saw no action last night vs. the very physical Pacers.  Finally, he gave 28 mins to Turner who was simply lost last night and that was obvious from the very start.

After the Jump, Six Things we Saw Last Night…

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