Monthly Archive  February 2013

 
 

HEY YOU…YOU’RE IN

Posted by: C. Smith
02/06/13 3:26 pm EST

83 minutes. 

The Sixers are 45 games in to the 2012-13 season and that’s how much tick rookie Arnett Moultrie has received this year.

And now with Sixers all-everything forward Thaddeus Young sidelined for the next three weeks (at least 8 games) because of a strained hamstring, the little used Moultrie (15 GP) will be expected to make a positive contribution to this team and help keep the 7-6 within arm’s reach of the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.  

If the 6-10 rebounding machine from Mississippi State seems rusty at first or heaven forbid fails overall to make a contribution to the Sixers efforts during this upcoming Thad-less stretch, Doug Collins has no one to blame but the man in the mirror.  We all know that DC has a stubborn attitude towards playing rookies and this maybe the year it finally come back to haunt him.

After the jump, I’ll show you some disturbing stats which indicate that with regards to Moultrie this year DC has taken his rookie issues to new heights and as a result DC has put the Sixers in a precarious situation while Thad is sidelined.

 
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INTERVIEW: TUCKER COLTON (a.k.a. TUCK MONEY)

Posted by: Jake Fischer
02/06/13 10:00 am EST

The 76ers are now amidst their first three-game winning streak since November 25-30, and outside of Andrew Bynum’s continued absence and Thad’s hamstring strain, which will put him out the lineup for three weeks, a number of things are going well for the NBA team that inhabits the Wells Fargo Center.

All-Star point guard, Jrue Holiday, continues to play well.  A rejuvenated Spencer Hawes is finely contributing on a nightly basis.  Nick Young continues to thrive as a starter.  Lavoy Allen has found a pulse and Sixers ball boy Tucker Colton (a.k.a. Tuck Money) is blowing up on the Internet. 

Wait, what?!?

That’s right, in the last week the Sixers have put together their first significant winning stretch in over two months and the most popular Sixers topic on the web is the team’s ball boy (@tuckcolt) and his crazy mic skills.  

Philadunkia scribe Jake Fischer recently caught up with Colton (pic at left with Swaggy) and learned about the ins and outs of being a NBA ball boy as well as Colton’s music career.

 
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GM 46: (BIG TROUBLE) RAPID REACTS

Posted by: Jeff McMenamin
02/05/13 8:00 am EST
Orlando Magic 61 FinalRecap | Box Score 78 Philadelphia 76ers
Thaddeus Young, SF 15 MIN | 3-5 FG | 0-0 FT | 5 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 6 PTS | +10The Sixers are in BIG, BIG trouble.  The score doesn’t explain the biggest storyline which happened in this game. Everything started off well last night.  Thad was off to a nice game with six points and five boards in just 15 minutes.  But, early in the 2nd quarter when diving for a loose ball, Thad seemed to have pulled his hamstring badly.  He was writhing in pain and had to be taken to the locker room by trainers and teammate Kwame Brown.  He didn’t return to the game and coach Doug Collins said postgame that, “[Thad] is going to be out a while.”  Just when it seemed like things were finally going well for this team, the Sixers just lost arguably their most valuable player for an unknown period of time. More on this after the jump.
Evan Turner, SF 32 MIN | 2-6 FG | 0-0 FT | 7 REB | 5 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 4 PTS | +16Didn’t see much of anything from Turner in this game. He’s been playing really quiet lately. He’s averaged just six points, six rebounds and five assists a game in the last three games. Since he was doing everything besides scoring well in this game, I won’t be too hard on him. However, it’s the typical Turner disappearing act. Who knows when he’ll suddenly have a 27 point, seven assist effort next like he did against the Memphis Grizzlies a little over a week ago.
Spencer Hawes, C 37 MIN | 9-17 FG | 2-3 FT | 14 REB | 3 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 2 TO | 21 PTS | +20Spencer was the man in this game.  He played inspired basketball after Thaddeus Young exited the game with his left hamstring injury.  21 points, 14 rebounds, a big-time throwdown and even a three. You can tell that Hawes is playing with confidence in the starting role.  It was just his 7th double-double of the season.
Jrue Holiday, PG 41 MIN | 6-15 FG | 1-2 FT | 4 REB | 14 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 13 PTS | +18Jrue didn’t shoot very well, but was his typical floor general self.  13 points and 14 assists is good enough for me.  The best stat was just one turnover!
Nick Young, SG 36 MIN | 7-15 FG | 0-0 FT | 6 REB | 2 AST | 4 STL | 2 BLK | 2 TO | 15 PTS | +19Swaggy had it going on in the first quarter.  He was 5-of-7 for 10 points with one of the top plays of the year, his “P60″ jam (video below).  He disappeared the rest of the game however, besides some surprising defense. Since Swaggy’s been inserted into the starting lineup, he’s averaged 17 points per game and the Sixers are 4-1.  Efficient or not, he seems to be the scoring punch the Sixers were missing all season.
Lavoy Allen, PF 30 MIN | 5-9 FG | 0-0 FT | 6 REB | 0 AST | 1 STL | 3 BLK | 0 TO | 10 PTS | -1Finally…Lavoy HAS COME BACK to Philadelphia.  Lavoy has put together a decent stretch in the Sixers’ past three home games and I was especially surprised by his 2nd quarter swat a little after Thad had left the game with his injury.  Maybe there’s hope left after all.
Arnett Moultrie, PF 12 MIN | 2-3 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 1 TO | 4 PTS | +3Arnett Moultrie played 12 minutes.  Rejoice! In his first real tick of the season (and most of his career) Arnett didn’t play too bad. He showed his range on a jumper and grabbed a couple boards.  With Thad out for what seems will be for close to a month, this man deserves the chance to prove himself with more minutes.
Dorell Wright, SF 6 MIN | 0-3 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 0 PTS | -3I was thinking to myself when Dorell entered the game in the 2nd, that it had looked as if he’d put on some weight since the start of the season.  He didn’t do anything in this game but brick city in just six minutes and quickly found his way back to the Do(u)g House.  Don’t expect him to return to form anytime soon, his confidence is shot big time.
Royal Ivey, PG 20 MIN | 2-4 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 5 PTS | -5He played 20 minutes?  Where was I?
Damien Wilkins, SG 9 MIN | 0-2 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 0 PTS | +7All I know is his fade-away shot at the FT line and bricked three on back-to-back possessions in the 3rd made me want to puke.  Damien, please don’t do that to me again.
Kwame Brown, C DNP COACH’S DECISION MIN | FG | FT | REB | AST | STL | BLK | TO | PTS | His best assist of the season was helping Thaddeus into the locker room after his injury.  Forreal.
Jason Richardson, SG DNP LEFT KNEE INJURY MIN | FG | FT | REB | AST | STL | BLK | TO | PTS | It looks like his knee could be a real issue.  He’s now out indefinitely.  Not good at all.
Doug CollinsNothing to say here.  It looked like a high school game not an NBA game.  The Sixers won by 17 but in an ugly fashion.  Doug didn’t really do much out of the ordinary except for giving Arnett Moultrie extended minutes.  I’ll tip my hat to that.  Another way to look at it, is as one big slap in the face to the Magic’s Nikola Vucevic who rode the pine last season on the Sixers about as much as Moultrie has this season. Vucevic led the Magic in rebounding for the game with 14…Sigh.

After the Jump, Six Things We Saw…


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NOTES, LINKS & TWEETS

Posted by: C. Smith
02/04/13 1:02 pm EST

At the Orlando Sentinel, John Robbins talks with Nik Vucevic about playing his former team tonight.

2012 Sixer draft pick Maurice Harkless had 19 points, 14 boards and 4 steals on Saturday night for the Magic.  It seems some advice from Arron Afflalo is the reason behind Mo’s recent success. 

John Finger at csnphilly.com looks at “Big Nik’s” surprising year  in ORL which he categorizes as the “biggest surprise in the NBA this season.”  FYI…Vucevic is averaging 15.8 points and 12.8 boards over the last six games.

NBA.com has a preview of tonight’s Magic at 76ers game.  FYI…The Magic have lost 9 in a row, but hold a 3-game winning streak vs. our 7-6.

On Saturday TMZ.com had a great post on an Atlanta judge that called Allen Iverson, “the worst parent ever” during Iverson’s divorce proceedings. 

Iverson’s former 76er teammate Dikembe Mutombo had a better weekend.  Mutombo was featured in one of the few solid Super Bowl commercials last night


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GM 45: (B2B Ws) RAPID REACTS

Posted by: C. Smith
02/02/13 11:05 am EST
Sacramento Kings 80 FinalRecap | Box Score 89 Philadelphia 76ers
Thaddeus Young, SF 43 MIN | 11-17 FG | 1-2 FT | 15 REB | 2 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 23 PTS | +16

An outstanding night from Thad was capped with a huge 4th Q.  With the Sixers trailing by 1, Thad scored 6 straight to right the ship.  He also grabbed 6 boards in the Q which helped him tie a career high with 15.

Evan Turner, SF 31 MIN | 3-9 FG | 2-4 FT | 6 REB | 6 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 4 TO | 8 PTS | +12

ET is in a wicked funk right now and I am not sure what the answers are for Turner.  Watching him get abused by Tyreke Evans was awkward.

Spencer Hawes, C 26 MIN | 4-13 FG | 2-2 FT | 1 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 10 PTS | -10

I like that Spence came out with an aggressive midnset in the 3rd Q and took the ball to the tin for 4 straight points.  However, I didn’t like that my 7-foot tall starting center grabbed only 1 rebound in 26 mins. and continues to launch 3PAs.

Jrue Holiday, PG 44 MIN | 9-17 FG | 2-2 FT | 6 REB | 7 AST | 1 STL | 2 BLK | 8 TO | 21 PTS | +13

Obviously 8 TOs is not acceptable from you starting PG. So that needs to be corrected and it will be. But overall a solid game from “The Jruth”.  However, his overall night was solid.  Jrue’s spin move that led to a baseline jumper in the third was smooth.

Nick Young, SG 34 MIN | 6-12 FG | 7-7 FT | 4 REB | 0 AST | 1 STL | 1 BLK | 2 TO | 20 PTS | -7

All aboard the Swaggy P bandwagon.  I am more impressed with his ability to score off the bounce then anything else.  Still 1-5 from deep is not good for a starting NBA SG.  Nick is playing care free right now as with J-Rich out and Wright in the Do(u)g-house he knows DC has no other choice at SG.

Lavoy Allen, PF 27 MIN | 2-4 FG | 0-2 FT | 8 REB | 3 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 0 TO | 4 PTS | +15

The tongue lashing he received from Philadunkia earlier this week must have inspired Lavoy as he has played much better in the last two games.  Again all I am asking from Lavoy is 6-8 points and 10 rips a night.

Dorell Wright, SF 17 MIN | 1-3 FG | 0-0 FT | 5 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 3 PTS | -7

So our reserve SF grabs 5 boards in 17 mins, but our starting center…I’d like to see DC get this guy 20+ minutes per game.

Royal Ivey, PG 19 MIN | 0-1 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 0 PTS | +13

Mehhhh

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

At least Kwame will be well rested to battle Vucevic on Monday night.

Doug Collins

I’m not sure how much DC is at fault for the Sixers blowing a 19-point lead, but he has to share in the blame.  I would also like to have seen more pick-n-roll action for Jrue last night to help him shake off Tyreke Evans who gave Holiday some issues last night.

After the Jump, Six Things We Saw Last Night…


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JRUE vs. THAD: WHO YA GOT?

Posted by: Steve Toll
02/01/13 9:55 am EST

Jrue is an All-Star and Thad has been the best player on the team.  It’s clear as night and day, but that doesn’t make it right.  Fans of mine know that I don’t think very highly of the average NBA coach and GM.  For that reason, this post has nothing to do with Jrue being selected as an All-Star. 

Holiday seems like a hard working, nice kid with a good deal of talent, and if he was my best friend, I’d still say the same things to him about my thoughts on his place in the NBA pecking order. 

However, the post for that topic is not this one.  No, this one is about Jrue and Thad. 

Who has been the better player this year, and who is more important to the team’s success?

After the jump, I present the numbers for the entire season. 


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