GM47: Rapid (Solid L) Reacts

Posted by: C. Smith
02/03/15 10:53 am EST
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Philadelphia 76ers 84 Final
Recap | Box Score
97 Cleveland Cavaliers
Luc Richard Mbah a Moute, PF 32 MIN | 6-14 FG | 0-0 FT | 5 REB | 3 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 2 TO | 13 PTS | -13 +/-Overall a decent night by Embiid’s babysitter.  I don’t like that he jacks up threes at the worst times, but that’s an issue for another post.  It’s no secret that I am not a big fan of the fact that Luc is receiving 30+ mins a game and stunting the development of the kids on this roster.

Robert Covington, SF 34 MIN | 6-13 FG | 2-3 FT | 3 REB | 4 AST | 7 STL | 1 BLK | 2 TO | 18 PTS | -16 +/-Welcome back…After some serious struggles with his jump shot of late, including 1-9 on threes vs. ATL, “The Cov” was on fire last night.  In fact in the 4th Q where Cov scored 8 points early (12 total) you could see that LeBron switched onto #33 defensively in hopes of slowing Cov’s roll.  The 7 steals is simply ridiculous as well.

Nerlens Noel, C 33 MIN | 2-5 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 2 AST | 2 STL | 3 BLK | 3 TO | 4 PTS | -9 +/-I can accept that Noel is raw offensively and has trouble defending the pick-n-roll, but it is ridiculous to me that an athletic 7-footer only grabs 4 boards in 33 mins of play.  Mozgov pushed him around all night.  Hit the weight room, please.

Michael Carter-Williams, PG 20 MIN | 1-9 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 5 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 2 PTS | -14 +/-Is it too much if we refer to this game a “Shin-gate”?

JaKarr Sampson, SG 18 MIN | 4-5 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 1 AST | 2 STL | 1 BLK | 3 TO | 10 PTS | +2 +/-JaKarr has found a nice role in teh starting lineup for this team and after slow start last night (2 pts. in 1st half) he found his stride in this one by draining two 3-balls in the 3rd Q.  It had to be weird for Sampson to be matched up against LeBron — his idol and a fellow Akron, OH native last night.

 


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Fo’ with the Foes: Cleveland Cavs

Posted by: C. Smith
02/02/15 2:18 pm EST
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cavsdancersThis edition of “Fo’ with the Foes” – Philadunkia’s advanced scouting series which with the help of an accomplished journalist from around the NBA beat or blog world, previews key upcoming 76ers games – features tonight’s opponent, the Cleveland Cavaliers who since the 76ers beat them last month, have added Iman Shumpert and JR Smith as well as Timofey Mozgov and currently own a 10-game winning streak.

After the jump, I’ll look a Fo’ key items for tonight’s game.  Additionally, we’ll get a little more insight into the Cavaliers team the Sixers face tonight from our colleague Scott Sargent at waitingfornextyear.com, as Scott will answer Fo’ questions on the Cavaliers from us here at Philadunkia.


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If MCW Gets Traded…

Posted by: Tyler Cook
01/30/15 11:55 am EST
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mcw76ers-media-dayeditedThe 2015 NBA Trade Deadline is now just twenty days away.  If between now and February 19th Sam Hinkie decided to pull the trigger on one of the numerous Michael Carter-Williams trade rumors circulating around the League, that would leave Nerlens Noel as the only 1st Round pick taken by the 76ers between 2007-2013 remaining on this roster.  The cold truth is in fact that every Sixers’ 1st Round pick since 2004 has either been traded or cut, but for purposes of this post I”ll only look at the years between 2007 and 2013.

The NBA draft is designed for franchises to improve their rosters with young talent and promising ball players.  A great deal of research, scouting, and film time are put in by team’s front offices and personnel departments to ensure that valuable 1st Round picks picks do not go to waste.   Unfortunately for the 76ers, several trades as well as poor decisions and bad luck in the Draft have left this roster devoid of any 1st Round selections with tenure.


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GM46: Rapid (Eat My Shorts Stan) Reacts

Posted by: C. Smith
01/29/15 9:25 am EST
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Detroit Pistons 69 FinalRecap | Box Score 89 Philadelphia 76ers
Luc Richard Mbah a Moute, PF 31 MIN | 6-14 FG | 0-0 FT | 6 REB | 4 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 12 PTS | +34 +/-

The 1st Q of last night’s game was the Luc show as he scored 8 points in the opening stanza to propel the Sixers fast start and huge early lead.  IMO 14 FGAs is too many for Luc, but we’ll over look that for now.  This guy has to be worth a 2nd round pick to a contender that needs a big who defends well and score some, right?

Robert Covington, SF 25 MIN | 7-11 FG | 1-1 FT | 5 REB | 3 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 19 PTS | +22 +/-

In his last 3 games leading up to last night, Covington was shooting 28% from the field (9-32), so it was nice to see him rediscover his shooting stroke vs. the Pistons and score 5 points in the 1st Q.  He also drained two three-balls in the 3rd Q.

Nerlens Noel, C 29 MIN | 2-5 FG | 1-2 FT | 4 REB | 5 AST | 4 STL | 2 BLK | 1 TO | 5 PTS | +34 +/-

After an pathetic effort against the NOP, I was looking for a motivated Noel to come out and play very well last night. He didn’t play badly, but Noel was not nearly as agessive as I expected and his stat line was nothing to write home about.  He took only 2 shots and scored only 2 points in the 1st half when the Sixers put this game away.

Michael Carter-Williams, PG 35 MIN | 5-10 FG | 3-5 FT | 9 REB | 10 AST | 0 STL | 2 BLK | 5 TO | 14 PTS | +34 +/-

I thought this was one of MCW’s best all-around games of the year (1 board shy of triple-double).  He was under controll all night and looked to set up teammates.  He did not force shots at any point in the game.  #1 got the Sixers out in the open court early on and that led to a good number of easy baskets for the 7-6.  The only blemish for MCW last night was the 5 TOs.

JaKarr Sampson, SG 24 MIN | 5-6 FG | 1-2 FT | 8 REB | 0 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 13 PTS | +26 +/-

JaKarr got the start last night (never thought I would type that line again) and took advantage of the opportunity.  He scored a career-high 13 points and grabbed a career high 8 boards.

 


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Fo’ with the Foes: Detroit Pistons

Posted by: C. Smith
01/28/15 2:22 pm EST
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pistonsdancersThis edition of “Fo’ with the Foes” – Philadunkia’s advanced scouting series which with the help of an accomplished journalist from around the NBA beat or blog world, previews key upcoming 76ers games – features tonight’s opponent, the Detroit Pistons who have lost three straight; 4 of their last 5 and are now searching for an identity after losing Brandon Jennings for the season.

After the jump, I’ll look a Fo’ key items for tonight’s game.  Additionally, we’ll get a little more insight into this New Orleans team the Sixers face tonight from our colleague Tim Thielke at pistonpowered.com, as Tim will answer Fo’ questions on his Pistons from us here at Philadunkia.

 


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GM45: Rapid (Learning Tree) Reacts

Posted by: C. Smith
01/27/15 9:03 am EST
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Philadelphia 76ers 74 FinalRecap | Box Score 99 New Orleans Pelicans
Luc Richard Mbah a Moute, PF 31 MIN | 6-13 FG | 2-3 FT | 3 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 14 PTS | -16 +/-Luc is a solid player, but I have come to realize that he is also a better than average defender.  He should be delay for an asset as soon as possible.  Maybe Embiid would go on a hunger strike after the trade and drop the 50+ lbs. he’s allegedly packed on.

Robert Covington, SF 30 MIN | 2-11 FG | 2-2 FT | 6 REB | 5 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 6 PTS | -1 +/-I realize that NOP’s entire defensive scheme was built around stopping Cov and that may have impacted his shooting last night. Still, I felt he got a number of decent looks last night and simply didn’t convert.  Nights like these happen too often for Cov and thus I’m not sold that he is a keeper yet.

Henry Sims, C 19 MIN | 4-9 FG | 6-8 FT | 3 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 14 PTS | -14 +/-Sims just punches the clock and most night delivers a more than respectable performance for Brown.  His 8 points in the 3rd Q is the only reason the Sixers weren’t trailing by 3o after that stanza. However, he too was helpless vs. Davis.

Nerlens Noel, C 31 MIN | 1-9 FG | 0-0 FT | 6 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 2 BLK | 1 TO | 2 PTS | -14 +/-See comments after the jump.

Larry Drew II, PG 32 MIN | 2-9 FG | 0-0 FT | 5 REB | 2 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 4 TO | 4 PTS | -17 +/-Obviously he can’t shoot 2-9 every night and stay in this League, but I thought Drew did some nice things last night.  I especialy like the way he pushes the pace and his crossover on Eric Gordon and lay-in was a thing of beauty to watch.

 


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Race to the Bottom

Posted by: C. Smith
01/23/15 9:40 am EST
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draft-lotteryWith 40 games remaining in Tank 2.0, it become obvious that the 76ers are not going to experience any Detroit Pistons-like push (9-3 in their last 12) for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.  A roster that was built to lose, and has done so nicely, is now missing its key 6th man (Tony Wroten) for an undetermined amount of time.  Additionally, the starting power forward (Luc) will allegedly miss his third straight game tonight with a bruised knee.  Finally, the Sixers starting center (Noel) suddenly contracted a respiratory illness, could not play against the lowly New York Knicks on Wednesday and is questionable for tonight.

Still, the Sixers have collected 8 wins so far this season (4-6 in last 10 games) which is more victories than this scribe and most of the online “experts” dreamed Brett Brown’s team would haul in prior to the 2015 All-Star break.  However, with key players missing and a brutal upcoming schedule that features games — vs. TOR; @MEM; @ NOP; vs. DET; @ ATL; @ CLE and @ DEN — , it bears exploring just how bad the odds makers think this team might be.


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GM42: Rapid (Happy & Sad) Reacts

Posted by: C. Smith
01/22/15 10:09 am EST
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New York Knicks 98 FinalRecap | Box Score 91 Philadelphia 76ers
Furkan Aldemir, PF 19 MIN | 0-1 FG | 0-0 FT | 5 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 3 BLK | 0 TO | 0 PTS | -8 +/-

Personally, I thought there were a number of opportunities to get Furkan the ball on the blocks that the Sixers did not take advantage of last night.

Robert Covington, SF 39 MIN | 5-11 FG | 4-4 FT | 3 REB | 4 AST | 1 STL | 2 BLK | 3 TO | 17 PTS | -5 +/-

Cov only scored 5 points in the 1st half, but looked much better after half-time and ended up producing a solid night. Still, I thought he would light up the NYK’s woeful defense, so I am a little disappointed in his production last night.

Henry Sims, C 32 MIN | 4-12 FG | 3-4 FT | 12 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 11 PTS | 0 +/-

Sims gets the start and despite a terrible shooting night produces a double-double.  Outside of MCW, Sims was one of the only Sixers who could score the ball in the 1st half (6 pts.)

Michael Carter-Williams, PG 38 MIN | 10-26 FG | 7-8 FT | 6 REB | 7 AST | 5 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 27 PTS | 0 +/-

Yes, MCW stuffed the stat sheet last night and only turned the ball over 3 times, but I thought he was really forcing it all night.  Don’t get me wrong, I realize he was missing a number of scoring options and that he is the only reason this game was competitive, but IMO he missed a number of open teammates because he had a one track mind last night.

K.J. McDaniels, SG 25 MIN | 4-13 FG | 2-2 FT | 5 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 12 PTS | -18 +/-

Last night was a better overall outing for KJ, who added another dunk to his highlight reel and splashed home a couple threes, but his shot is still off and it’s been an issue for some time now.  In his last 5 games he is shooting 24.5% from the field and 21% from three.

 


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Mid-Season: More Questions Than Answers

Posted by: Philadunkia
01/20/15 1:19 pm EST
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76ersaltlogoAfter an embarrassing 35 point blowout loss in their MLK Day matinee with the Wizards, the 76ers have now lost two straight games.  Still, they are 3-4 in their last seven contests, which given the current roster is a respectable stretch of play.  They are now halfway through (8-33) their 2nd season of…call it tanking or rebuilding, whichever you prefer…and trying to measure success or failure at this point has become a difficult task.

What we are watching both on and off-the-court is something, but what is it?  The reason it’s happening is understandable.  We can all agree that something drastic had to be done after the Bynum fiasco.  Honestly though, who could have predicted that Vucevic would be a better player than Bynum and that the entire 2012 off-season would set the team back at least 5 years?

With all the support and skepticism of Sam Hinkie as well as the 76ers organization, the important questions have not been asked or answered by anyone.  So at the halfway point of the second season under Hinkie’s master plan, Philadunkia scribes C. Smith and Steve Toll will look at six tough questions Sixers fans could be asking in the near future.


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Fo’ with the Foes: New Orleans Pelicans

Posted by: C. Smith
01/16/15 1:05 pm EST
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Sacremento Kings v New Orleans PelicansThis edition of “Fo’ with the Foes” – Philadunkia’s advanced scouting series which with the help of an accomplished journalist from around the NBA beat or blog world, previews key upcoming 76ers games – features tonight’s opponent, the New Orleans 2-3 in their last five games and most likely will be without Jrue Holiday tonight, but still feature MVP candidate Anthony Davis.

After the jump, I’ll look a Fo’ key items for tonight’s game.  Additionally, we’ll get a little more insight into this New Orleans team the Sixers face tonight from our colleague Nick Lewellen at bourbonstreetshots.com, as Nick will answer Fo’ questions on his Pelicans from us here at Philadunkia.

 


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