WEEKEND RECAP

Posted by: Jake Fischer
04/08/13 1:52 pm EST

When we last left the 76ers, this hopeless professional basketball club had just suffered a humiliating loss to the Charlotte Bobcats that broke the team’s three game winning streak, but also helped improve their lottery odds. 

So with ping pong balls in the minds and hearts of Philadunkia nation — except Doug Collins, who persists on playing for pride and an improbable playoff berth — the Sixers headed off to Atlanta and then Miami.

Fortunately, for all parties involved, the 76ers were eliminated from the 2013 NBA playoffs this weekend and officially transitioned into offseason mode.  But, that’s not the only thing that happened during Final Four weekend.

After the Jump a Philadunkia Weekend Recap…

Friday Night Fallacy

Coming off a 5-point loss to the lowly Charlotte Bobcats just two days prior, in which they failed to score 85 points, the Sixers were able hang 101 on the Atlanta Hawks in Phillips Arena and beat Josh Smith and company by double-digits.  Huh? 

This 76ers victory was yet another late season head-scratcher that makes Sixers fans wonder what could have been this season if their end-of-season starting lineup played this entire year and produced at this level.  Against Atlanta, Thaddeus Young, Evan Turner and Spencer Hawes all poured in double-doubles while Damien Wilkins also scored 16 and four players scored off the bench.  Since Spencer Hawes’ first monster game of March, in a 106-97 victory over the Nets on March 11, the Sixers have gone 8-6.  Not exactly a team fighting for their best lottery chances, eh?

A Swaggy Return

Another subplot of the Sixers’ win down in the ATL was the return of Nick Young.  Young, the Sixers’ polarizing scorer returned to the court after missing seven-straight games and 16 of the team’s last 18 in total.  And, in typical Swaggy P fashion, despite playing just 15 minutes in all of March, Young poured in 8 points in 14 minutes off the bench for Collins down in the ATL.  Swaggy P won’t be returning to the starting lineup this season as a result of Damien Wilkins’ fantastic play of late, but he will be a fun supporting cast member over the 76ers’ last 6 games.

King’s Statement

After a three-game absence caused by a strained right hamstring, LeBron James returned for the Miami Heat on Saturday, just in time to thrash the Sixers in the second night of their back-to-back road games this weekend.  When the game got surprisingly close entering the fourth quarter, LeBron made sure his team would not squander an opportunity to get a game closer to home court advantage throughout the entire playoffs.  At some points in this game, when Lebron just had his way, it seemed as if James just played in this game to quiet all of the recent Carmelo talk and secure his bid for a 4th MVP trophy.

Holiday Struggles Continue

Outside of the 3rd Q against Miami where he scored 11 points, it was another weak showing for Holiday over the two-game road trip.  Jrue was 3-14 vs. an Atlanta team that was very suspect on defense Friday night.  He did hand out 8 assists and commit only 2 TOs, but his shooting woes have become ridiculous.  During that before mentioned 3rd Q against Miami, Jrue was awesome and kept the Sixers in the game, which led Malik Rose to scream “He’s back.  Jrue is back.”  Unfortunately it didn’t last against Miami and in the end Holiday finished with 18 points on 7-17 shooting.  Jrue delivered 6 dimes, but  also had 5 turnovers vs. the Heat. 

Elimination Station, Baby!

Finally!  With the Sixers’ loss to the Heat and the Bucks’ 17-point demolition of the Raptors at home on Saturday, the boys in red, white and blue were officially eliminated from the 2013 playoffs. Now, the team will engage in a battle with the Raptors for last place in the Atlantic Division and more ping pong balls in the May 21 NBA Draft Lottery.  The 76ers currently hold a 2.5 game lead over the Raptors in the standings with just 6 games to go (the Raptors have 5 contests remaining) and it’s not impossible for the Raptors to regain control of the 9th spot in the Eastern Conference standings if the Sixers can collapse.

Looking To The Future

 

Unfortunately, guys like Adam Aron will be at the head of the Sixers’ franchise-altering decisions this summer.  When this dreadful 2012-2013 year concludes, the Sixers will have the contracts of Andrew Bynum, Damien Wilkins Nick Young, Dorell Wright, Royal Ivey, Charles Jenkins come off the books.  This will essentially cut the Sixers’ payroll in half — with Elton Brand’s contract also ending — and leave the front office with around $20 million in cap space.  How will they use it?  Will they bring back Bynum, and, if so, for how much?  Will they go in another direction?  Will the strategically hold their cash until the fabled 2014 free agency bonanza? We will to watch and wait… in horror.


 
 
 

23 Responses to “WEEKEND RECAP”

  1. Steve Toll
    8. April 2013 at 14:23

    It’s time to call Jrue what he is, a below average NBA player. He is an inefficient checker who turns the ball over a massive amount and isn’t good in defense.

    Thad>Hawes>Jrue

    Jake,

    Didn’t I tell you to look up the CBA and Salary cap stuff when you mentioned a possible Josh Smith+Bynum front court?

    When you factor in the 1st rd pick, the 76ers will have ~$13,000,000 in cap space.

  2. Aamir
    8. April 2013 at 16:35

    Steve,
    Just wondering, what has Jrue ever done to you? Did he turn you down for an autograph or something? Every and any player in the NBA can have a stretch of 3 or 4 games where they aren’t shooting well. The 2-24 game wouldn’t have happened if he had some help, i.e. someone else to take some shots. Royal Ivey and Nick Young? Um..no. Would you like the 8.5 APG back? Last year he barely turned it over, but didn’t even average 5 APG. Would you like the 35-5-6 on the Knicks, 33-13 vs PHX, and 33-14 and taking over the game vs the Raps, or how about the 27-12 vs. the best defense in the league vs. IND or 21-7-7 against LeBron and the Heat, or 29-9-9 and 27-8-6 in 2 games vs Portland or 26 and 10 in his hometown vs the Lakers? Also, Jrue is CERTAINLY not a chucker…, and calling him “not good in defense” is completely ridiculous. He is one of the few players in the league capable of locking up Kyrie Irving, which is no small feat, and Jrue’s defensive ability allows him to rack up steals and blocks. (5 steals @ MIN, @ SAC, 11 games of 4 steals or more). Just saying, we as Sixer fans should be happy to have an elite point guard on our team.

  3. Jay
    8. April 2013 at 16:38

    Steve,
    Do below average nba players become the second person to average 18 points and 8 assists in a season in their franchise’s 50 years and the only one to do so in the nba this season?

    Do below average nba players become the youngest all star in their franchise’s history?
    Do coaches really select below average nba players to play in the all-star game?
    Do below average players get 33 points and 13 assists in the same game multiple times?

    Do below average nba players lead their team in scoring and assists in the playoffs over someone who you say is a hall of famer (iguodala) vs two teams who had the best defenses (bulls and celtics)?
    Speaking of hof iggy, you say jrue is a chucker but iggy takes 11 shots to get 12 points. Hall of famer? 57% from free throw line? 30 percent from deep?
    Step away from your advanced statistics for a moment and realize that people are not machines. Jrue has had to play 40 minutes every game with no other true point to relieve him. You try doing that. Instead of bashing him you should be giving him props for handling “the man role” so nicely for the first time as a 22 year old kid. The man is physically and mentally drained. He also knew after the all star break this team wasn’t going to make it. We saw what a motivated, energized Jrue could do this year which was average 19 and 9 at one point when the pressure was actually on to make the playoffs. Hawes is playing good with the pressure off and nothing to lose and this is the same guy who is 7’1 and gets 1 board in 21 minutes of action vs the magic. You love advanced statistics so much but fail to realize that your hall of famer is more than 2 PER points behind the below average player. Let me remind you of things you have said, Hawes> Jrue, Thad> Jrue, Iggy hall of fame, Gasol> Kobe, Mutombo> Iverson. You swear you know so much about ball but there is a reason you waste your time trolling and there are actual basketball scouts who actually know a thing about talent which you don’t because you have no management/ front office job or anything.

  4. Jay
    8. April 2013 at 17:00

    And one more thing, your own hall of famer said Jrue was the best on ball defender in the league and i think he would know based on the fact that he was being covered by him in practice and playing with him for 3 years. You can’t reaaly trust advance defensive statistics because our big men suck on rotating and we have know shot blockers and they are horrible help defenders so jrue’s numbers will be skewed. also jrue is great at not fouling while playing d because he’s 81st in fouls per game even though he plays the 5th most minutes per game

  5. chung
    8. April 2013 at 17:35

    “Unfortunately, guys like Adam Aron will be at the head of the Sixers’ franchise-altering decisions this summer.”

    These owners have done an awesome job in their short tenure, drastically improving the Sixer’s profitability which will result directly in further investment in the franchise. Blame them for Bynum’s knees all you want. Calculated risks are part of the business (and sports) world. Bottom line, Aron and Co. are engaged, unlike previous ownership, and are moving this team in the right direction. You don’t end up in a position to buy a professional sports franchise by thinking short-term. We have money to spend, but if the right free agent or trade doesn’t come along, there’s no reason to go after a “Josh Smith” because he’s a borderline all-star that happens to be available. It’s chess, not checkers.

  6. Brennan
    8. April 2013 at 17:59

    A player that I really like is marshon brooks. A pure scorer and a pretty good one when given the chance. In Brooklyn he is not getting enough minutes with joe johnson in tow. We would have to wait another year but it seems like a good fit.
    Also something that tickled my fancy, having darren collison on the same team as jrue. At UCLA, those two were a very fast scoring backcourt. Darren can alternate with jrue with point guard duty.
    O.J mayo is also another option. A scoring guard with good size at around 6’4 with good range on his shot. This offseason will really tell us alot about the vision that they have in mind. What do you guys think I am curious to see what you guys have in mind.

  7. CG
    8. April 2013 at 22:49

    Steve Toll,

    I’ll take a player whom performs well while we’re in playoff contention to a player whom is a liability most of the season and then turns it on in the throwaway months…

  8. Steve Toll
    9. April 2013 at 09:54

    Aamir and Jay,

    Please click in these links in order:

    http://bkref.com/tiny/JuDeo
    This shows that Jrue uses up a lot of offensive possessions

    http://bkref.com/tiny/gkuYl
    This shows that Jrue has a very low TS%

    http://bkref.com/tiny/itmlO
    This shows that when Jrue isn’t scoring inefficiently, he is turning it over

    http://bkref.com/tiny/Tt2WQ
    This shows that in lieu of turning it over or scoring inefficiently, Jrue manages 8.5 assists per game. More research will show that Jrue is 25th in Pure Point Rating and 39th in Assist:Turnover Ratio. Not so hot…

    http://bkref.com/tiny/MSEYu
    This shows that there are 79 guys who have a higher PER and WS48 than Jrue AND 23 of those guys are on teams with worse records than the 76ers

    Chung,
    Are you seriously astroturfing for the 76ers right now?

    Please cite how the 76ers are now more profitable.

    Please cite how that will correlate to re-investing those profits back into the team

    Please cite the new CBA and explain how the Bynum trade was a calculated risk

    Adam Aron was CEO of a cruise line(that I’ve been on and enjoyed) and as of this summer, Joshua Harris didn’t know how old Jrue Holiday was. Nobody involved with the ownership of the team has any basketball related history.

    What makes you think they have the ability to put the proper people in place to make basketball decisions?

    Define “moving this team in the right direction”

    You then suggest there is no reason to go after a “Josh Smith” when it is known that the 76ers can’t even afford a “Josh Smith” with the teams salary cap situation.

    Brennan,

    Marshon Brooks is a worse SwaggyP, I like Colliso, Mayo is vastly overrated and isn’t worth much more (if at all) than his current $4,000,000 salary

  9. Brennan
    9. April 2013 at 11:37

    Chung,
    Couldn’t have said it better myself life itself is filled with situations. One thing is for sure, nothing is a given. The owners knew that bynum being healthy was 50 50 they wanted to show the fans that they are not backing off being aggressive. I love it it is about time.

  10. Steve Toll
    9. April 2013 at 12:38

    CG,

    Have you considered that Hawes had issues with “positional security”?

    In all seriousness, that point is weak sauce.

    If LAL or Utah was in the East, they’d be hosting a home playoff series.

    Currently, they are fighting for the 8th seed in the west.

    Making the playoffs and being a below average team can happen.

    Stopped being fixated on the playoffs

  11. CG
    9. April 2013 at 14:44

    I’m not being fixated on the playoffs, however I prefer players to play well when they have a legitimate reasons to as opposed to playing well in meaningless exhibition games which the past few weeks have been.

    If a player is insecure about his positional security perhaps that player should play well… That doesn’t make me trust that player any more, in this case Hawes, in fact that’s just supporting my belief that he buckles under circumstances in which we need him to and he needs to play well.

  12. Jay
    9. April 2013 at 15:30

    Steve,
    Advanced stats don’t mean everything when judging how good players are. You have to take into consideration fatigue, players around someone, minutes, coaches play style, injury etc.

  13. Steve Toll
    9. April 2013 at 15:31

    CG,

    Did you read anything that I wrote? Your talking in circles. The 76ers were no more a playoff team on opening night then they are now. This isn’t about Hawes, its about Jrue being grossly overrated by 76er fans even more when presented with overwhelming evidence to the contrary

  14. Joe
    9. April 2013 at 15:45

    Steve Toll,

    Why do you continue to use WS48 to support your arguments when the worth of DRtg is, in your opinion, “miniscule”?

    Joe.

  15. Brennan
    9. April 2013 at 21:11

    Steve,

    Numbers never tell you how a player will turn out. Look at Isiah Thomas from Washington. Noboy and their mama saw that this kid would amount to anything in the NBA. Now he is a key player in the kings future. Going in stats us hiw mistakes are made in the draft. Basketball will always be about the intangibles and the effort, not numbers and stats.

  16. CG
    9. April 2013 at 21:31

    Steve,

    The point wasn’t about making the playoffs it was about whom performed well with the expectations of making the playoffs.

  17. Steve Toll
    9. April 2013 at 21:58

    Jay,

    TS%, Usage and Turnovers don’t lie

    Joe,

    Ok, let’s look at offensive win shares: http://bkref.com/tiny/hllTp

  18. Steve Toll
    10. April 2013 at 02:09

    CG,

    What expectations of making the playoffs?

  19. Joe
    10. April 2013 at 09:02

    Steve Toll,

    Okay, if we’re only looking at OWS, how about this:

    http://www.basketball-reference.com/teams/PHI/2001.html

    Iverson OWS48 = 0.118
    Mutombo OWS48 = 0.104

    And this:

    http://bkref.com/tiny/CP6eA

    Playoffs Mutombo slightly ahead by 0.028 OWS48 but not much in it across a relatively small sample size.

    Regular season Iverson ahead by 0.055 OWS48 on a far larger sample size.

    So there’s more evidence to suggest that in 00-01, AI>Mutombo.

    I would be fascinated to hear how this correlates with the following statement that you made:

    “People seem to forget that Iverson in his 00-01 MVP season was immediately the 2nd best play on the team once Dikembe Mutombo was acquired.”

    COME AT THE KING, YOU BEST NOT MISS.

  20. Steve Toll
    10. April 2013 at 09:59

    Joe,

    Explain the difference in offense:defense rating for AI and Dikembe that postseason

  21. Joe
    11. April 2013 at 11:34

    Steve Toll,

    What’s the point when this is your opinion of defensive rating?

    “In what world is defensive rating a competent stat that anyone can refer to when attempting to quantify aa players defensive capabilities? You are implying that it is one of note. Fact, it is extremely minisclue.”

    COME AT THE KING, YOU BEST NOT MISS.

  22. Steve Toll
    11. April 2013 at 21:33

    Joe,

    This is that world. Not gonna give up too much free info

  23. Joe
    13. April 2013 at 03:05

    Steve Toll,

    That was the most pathetic argument I’ve ever seen from you; you make me cringe.

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