TIME TO PANIC??

Posted by: C. Smith
03/30/12 10:29 am EST

For those of you have been living under the Ben Franklin Bridge for some time, we’re here to let you know that the 76ers have not been playing all that well of late.  And by “of late”, we mean pretty much since Valentine’s Day. 

But for this post we’re going to stay focused on the most recent stretch of unacceptable basketball from the 7-6.  Collins & Co. are 3-5 in their last 8 games and looked simply awful in Ls in San Antonio and down at the Wells Fargo Center to the New York Knickerbockers.  The current rough patch has been enough for many to loose faith in this squad. 

But is it time for the true hoop heads in this town to worry about this team?

If you read this site, you know the “on the court” issues — inept half court sets, less then average 3-point shooting, an inability to get to the rim and a record setting lack of free throw attempts. 

But for this post, we wanted to dive a little deeper and get past the X&Os.  So after the jump is our list of issues the Sixers are facing right now or will  face coming up.  We ask you to read them and decide for yourself whether or not it is time for Philadunkia nation to panic.

 

Dre’s knee tendinitis is a concern and hopefully it’s the explanantion for his poor play of late — 9.2 ppg. over his last five contests.  But what if it is not???

Evan Turner has absolutely lost his mojo.

Capt. Streaky’s (a.k.a. Meeks) 31 point out burst the other night means he won’t hit for more then 10 in a game for the rest of the season.

What if Doug Collins style of coaching has burned this group out?  It eventually happens everywhere Collins has been.

The Sixers have 11 road games remaining, including a 5 game road trip to end the year.  They are 10-12 away from the WFC on the season.  The Sixers have only 5 home games remaining.  FYI…they are 5-5 in their last 10 games at the Well Fargo Center. 

The Sixers have tough games coming up vs. ATL; @ MIA; vs. ORL; @ BOS; @ ORL; vs. IND and @ IND.  However, the Sixers have only those 7 games remaining vs. opponents with a .500 or better record.  So we have that going for us which is nice.

Thad Young who has carried this team all year looks exhausted and it has showed in his last two games — 6 points & 4.5 rebounds per.

Doug Collins has lost all confidence is his rookies (Lavoy & Big Nik) who did a very respectable job while Spencer Hawes was sidelined.

The Sixers rooks have no confidence in their game (see above).

Sam Young, a decent role player, is now being looked at as the answer for the “physical presence” the Sixers have lacked for the last two years. 

While the Sixers are struggling — 5-5 in their last 10, 7-13 since starting 20-9, the competition is hot…

The Celtics are rounding into form —  winners of 3 straight and 7-of-their-last-10.  Yeah, the Sixers own them, but we only have one game remaining vs. Boston and it’s in Beantown.  The silver lining is that Rondo & Co’s improved play will be tested heavily over the next two weeks thanks to a brutal schedule for the C’s — vs. MIA; vs. SAS; @ CHI; @ IND; vs. PHI; @ MIA; and vs. ATL

Also, the Knicks have found their groove (again) — Ws in 3 straight and 8-2 in their last 10.  The slighlty good news here is that the NYK’s schedule is brutal down the stretch as well.  @ ATL; @ IND; @ ORL; vs. CHI; @ CHI; @ MIL; vs. MIA and vs. BOS. 

 Again, we’re not going to tell you the sky is falling on the Sixers 2011-12 season, we just wanted you to get a look at some underlying facts and let you make your own decision.


 
 
 

4 Responses to “TIME TO PANIC??”

  1. JT's Hoops Blog
    30. March 2012 at 11:50

    Time to panic? I don’t think so. The Sixers are over .500 and they are almost assured a playoff spot. They lost the Atlantic division crown moving them away from the fourth seed; however, it is doubtful that they will even be able to go past the first round whether or not they did have the fourth seed.

    It was bound to happen. Philly does not have the firepower to maintain that hot and fast start at the end of January. They went 6-9 in February and are just about .500 by the end of March. It was a matter of time when either Boston or New York would catch up. They were fortunate to hold on to first place for such a long time.

  2. Philadunkia
    30. March 2012 at 12:26

    JT,

    What a shock that you have an anti-Sixers / the Sixers are lucky / the Sixers aren’t as good as you guys think point.

    Thanks for reading and commenting.

    C. Smith

  3. Philly fan
    30. March 2012 at 13:08

    In a way, this downfall could be good looking into the future. This draft is reportedly one of the deepest drafts in recent history, and it wouldn’t hurt for Sixers to get a better pick. Right now, I don’t see the Sixers winning the championship, which of course is the ultimate goal; therefore, I wouldn’t mind if the Sixers completely bombed and missed the playoffs. I rather have a chance winning in the future, then barely making playoffs right now.

  4. Gary
    30. March 2012 at 15:25

    Time to Panic?
    Nah not panic. But its time to start playing better. For the last 2 months the Sixers have fallen from 2 games out from the lead in the Eastern Conference, to very well falling out of the playoffs (New York in 8th spot, 2 1/2 games out from Atlantic lead. And Bucks are I think 1 game out from 8th spot). Very possible to fall out of the playoffs.

    I’m not going to push the panic button until we fall out of the lead for the Atlantic. The minute that happens is when I will panic. But I will always have faith even if we go up against the Bulls and the Heat.

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