Showing Some Fight

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11/27/15 10:11 am EST
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TARRYTOWN, NY - AUGUST 8: Jahlil Okafor #8 of the Philadelphia 76ers poses for a portrait during the 2015 NBA rookie photo shoot on August 8, 2015 at the Madison Square Garden Training Facility in Tarrytown, New York.Despite not having won a game this season, the 76ers have displayed a great deal of heart and fight on the court every night.  Now it appears they can fight off-the-court as well.

Unless you fell into a post-Thanksgiving dinner coma, you aware that TMZ Sports has posted a grainy cell phone video showing 76ers’ rookie Jhalil Okafor punching out a heckler in the streets of Boston late on Wednesday night.

The “fight” (in the video it looks like only 2 punches were thrown) came after a very tough loss by the Sixers to the Celtics in which Jah and Co. blew a late fourth quarter lead and suffered their 16th straight loss of the season.  Okafor scored 19 points in the loss up in Boston and during a post game night on the town, he was apparently in no mood to be clowned on by a Boston faithful.

 


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Fo’ with the Foes: Minnesota TWolves

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11/23/15 4:07 pm EST
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Alisa-MinnesotaeditedThis 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 Minnesota Timberwolves, who have lost 6-of-their-last-7, but feature a rising star in their highly entertaining second year guard Andrew Wiggins.

After the jump, I’ll look at Fo’ key items for tonight’s game. Additionally, we’ll get a little more insight into this Minnesota team the Sixers face tonight from our colleague Jonah  Steinmeyer at howlintwolf.com, as Jonah will answer Fo’ questions on his T-Wolves squad from us here at Philadunkia.

Fo/ with the Foes: Charlotte Hornets

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11/20/15 12:26 pm EST
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honeybeeseditedThis 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 Charlotte Hornets (6-6), who have won 6-of-their-last-9 and feature a rejuvenated Nicholas Batum as well as our man Spencer Hawes.

After the jump, I’ll look at Fo’ key items for tonight’s game. Additionally, we’ll get a little more insight into this Charlotte team the Sixers face tonight from our colleague Spencer Percy at queencityhoops.com, as Spencer will answer Fo’ questions on his Hornets squad from us here at Philadunkia.

 


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Not That Big of A Surprise

Posted by: C. Smith
11/18/15 10:33 am EST
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Philadelphia 76ers vs Boston CelticsOn Monday night the 76ers put up a respectable fight against the Dallas Mavericks, but were eventually bested by Dirk and Company.  The loss dropped the Sixers record to 0-11 and with a brutal schedule the rest of the month, my prediction of a 2-16 start to this season now seems like a pipe dream.

Still, for the most part I have truly enjoyed watching this group of rookies and undiscovered “prospects” play basketball. Additionally, there have been a few positives revelations we can take from the first 11 games of the season.  It’s become very obvious that Jahlil Okafor is a low post beast on offense.  There’s little doubt that Nerlens Noel has improved his offensive game.  TJ McConnell can be a rock steady point guard at this League.  To most, the last positive item is the biggest revelation of all.

Nearly everyone in Philadunkia nation and around the Association in general has been shocked by McConnell’s ability to compete at the NBA level.  The undrafted rookie out of Arizona boasts stats line of 7.8 ppg. and 6.2 apg., while shooting 52% from the field and has held his own in difficult matchups with former NBA MVP Derrick Rose, 2015 All-Star Kyle Lowry and former All-Star Deron Williams.   However, if you look at McConnell’s basketball resume, talk to his dad and his former college coach, you’ll find that we should NOT be the least bit surprised at the success McConnell is achieving with the 76ers.

 


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Rapid Reacts: Turnovers & Dirk’s Dagger

Posted by: C. Smith
11/17/15 9:44 am EST
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Dallas Mavericks 92 FinalRecap | Box Score 86 Philadelphia 76ers
Nerlens Noel, PF 38 MIN | 5-12 FG | 0-0 3FG | 2-4 FT | 12 REB | 1 AST | 2 STL | 1 BLK | 5 TO | 12 PTS | -4 +/-A very nice double-double by #4 was tainted by the turnovers Noel was responsible for at the worst times. Additionally, he scored only 2 points in the back-and-forth 4th quarter when the Sixers needed him most. As the leader of this team he has to produce in the clutch.

Jerami Grant, SF 29 MIN | 5-10 FG | 0-1 3FG | 3-5 FT | 3 REB | 0 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 13 PTS | -21 +/-I thought Grant had an very nice game last night. He was extremely aggressive on offense. His hustle and energy was at a high level. Grant also scored 4 big 4th Q points. His cold shooting in the early 3rd Q was a factor in this game and that’s the lone knock on his play lst night.

Jahlil Okafor, C 33 MIN | 8-15 FG | 0-0 3FG | 3-3 FT | 11 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 2 BLK | 4 TO | 19 PTS | -13 +/-I understand how inefficient the 7-6’s offense can be when Jah is in the game and I just don’t care. When the Sixers find a REAL perimeter knock down shooter to compliment his inside game, this offense will be difficult to defend.

T.J. McConnell, PG 34 MIN | 6-9 FG | 1-3 3FG | 0-0 FT | 7 REB | 6 AST | 2 STL | 1 BLK | 4 TO | 13 PTS | +5 +/-After two straight sub-par efforts (by his own high standards), TJ scored a career high 13 points and was a big help on the glass as well. I loved that he was jawing at Dirk for the acting job the Geramn legend did during a very questionable foul call in the late 4th Q.

Nik Stauskas, SG 16 MIN | 0-4 FG | 0-2 3FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 0 PTS | -14 +/-I have no words for how disappointed I am in Suace Castillo’s shooting so far this season. Hopefully last night is the rock bottom moment.

 


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Fo’ with the Foes: OKC Thunder

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11/13/15 11:17 am EST
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thundergirleditedThis 8-game losing streak 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 upcoming 76ers’ games – features tonight’s opponent, the Oklahoma City Thunder (5-3), who have won two straight games but will be without superstar Kevin Durant (out 7-14 days with hamstring injury) again tonight.  But have no fear Sixers fans, Russell Westbrook will play tonight.

After the jump, I’ll look a Fo’ key items for tonight’s game.  Additionally, we’ll get a little more insight into this OKC team the Sixers face tonight from our colleague David Ramil at thunderousintentions.com, as David will answer Fo’ questions on his Thunder squad from us here at Philadunkia.

 


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Fo’ with the Foes: Toronto Raptors

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11/11/15 12:48 pm EST
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dancepakeditedThis 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 upcoming 76ers’ games – features tonight’s opponent, the Toronto Raptors, who are currently on a three game losing streak, but remain in 1st place in the Atlantic Division.

After the jump, I’ll look a Fo’ key items for tonight’s game.  Additionally, we’ll get a little more insight into this Toronto team the Sixers face tonight from our colleague Sam Holako at raptorsrepublic.com, as Sam will answer Fo’ questions on his Raptors squad from us here at Philadunkia.

 


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Rapid Reacts: Injuries & Poor Shooting

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11/10/15 10:04 am EST
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Chicago Bulls 111 FinalRecap | Box Score 88 Philadelphia 76ers
Richaun Holmes, PF 28 MIN | 4-9 FG | 0-3 3FG | 3-5 FT | 3 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 2 BLK | 1 TO | 11 PTS | +5 +/-Another rookie enters the first-five for the 76ers and posts a respectable performance. With his hops and quick second jump, I’d like to have seen Holmes grab a few more boards, but his energy and hustle are amazing. He is falling in love with his jumper a little too much for my tastes.

Jerami Grant, SF 29 MIN | 4-12 FG | 0-2 3FG | 3-4 FT | 3 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 3 BLK | 1 TO | 11 PTS | -26 +/-Grant was very aggresssive going to the rack last night and I hope he continues to play that way this season. Grant scored 6 points in the 1st Q and I thought he was headed for a big night, but like a number of the Sixers, he went ice cold.

Jahlil Okafor, C 31 MIN | 9-25 FG | 0-0 3FG | 3-8 FT | 15 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 2 BLK | 1 TO | 21 PTS | -22 +/-

A 2-10 start to the game di not prevent Jah for putting up a monster night (7-14 in 2nd half). Honestly, Jah got some great looks at the hoop because of his low post moves, he just couldn’t get the ball to roll in. There was a stretch in the 1st Q were on 3 consecutive trips Jah could not get lay-ins to fall. His 8 defensive rebounds in Noel’s absence were huge.

T.J. McConnell, PG 29 MIN | 3-8 FG | 0-2 3FG | 0-0 FT | 5 REB | 8 AST | 0 STL | 2 BLK | 2 TO | 6 PTS | -18 +/-

I know that TJ’s job in this lineup is to find open shooters and not turn the ball over, but with the Noel and Cov out last night, I’d like to have seen TJ look to score a bit more in the 1st half. Still an 8/2 assist to turnover ration is amazing and if Stauskas could shoot at all last night, TJ has double digit assists.  I thought he battled former MVP Derrick Rose to a draw last night.

Nik Stauskas, SG 33 MIN | 2-13 FG | 1-7 3FG | 0-0 FT | 5 REB | 2 AST | 3 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 5 PTS | -23 +/-Stauskas was 1-7 from deep last night and miss fired on a host of wide open looks. He is now hit 9 for 37 on 3-balls acorss his last 4 games. “Jesus,” Stauskas commeneted post game when informed of his recent shooting stats. My thoughts on his struggles during the game last night were significantly more volatile.

 


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Rapid Reacts: Sooo Close, But No

Posted by: C. Smith
11/05/15 9:46 am EST
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Philadelphia 76ers 87 FinalRecap | Box Score 91 Milwaukee Bucks
Nerlens Noel, PF 33 MIN | 8-16 FG | 0-0 3FG | 1-2 FT | 12 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 1 BLK | 3 TO | 17 PTS | +9 +/-A double-double and 50% shooting from the field is a nice start to this two game road trip. Noel came out with an aggressive mind set again last night and scored 7 points in the 1st Q. The leap forward his game has taken is amazing.

Jerami Grant, SF 23 MIN | 3-9 FG | 0-3 3FG | 2-2 FT | 7 REB | 3 AST | 0 STL | 4 BLK | 0 TO | 8 PTS | +22 +/-I know his shooting stroke has been off (34% from the field; 14% from deep thru 4 games) but I really enjoyed watching Grant play last night. His ability to cut to the rim is a great compliment to McConnell’s passing skills. When his J returns he will be a great scoring threat off the bench.

Jahlil Okafor, C 35 MIN | 9-13 FG | 0-0 3FG | 3-3 FT | 6 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 2 BLK | 2 TO | 21 PTS | -4 +/-Forget about the points and 69% shooting from the field. What really impressed me last night was Jah’s ability to pass the ball.  The rookie made several great passes out of double teams last night.

T.J. McConnell, PG 35 MIN | 3-4 FG | 1-1 3FG | 0-0 FT | 9 REB | 12 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 7 PTS | +4 +/-In his 1st NBA start, TJ posted a near triple-double and really had the Sixers half-court offense clicking. I also noticed that the Sixers played with a much faster pace (but under control) last night than I had seen in previous games. Last night TJ made that extra pass that teammates and coaches love so much. He has now posted 24 dimes and 1 TO in his last 2 games.

Nik Stauskas, SG 35 MIN | 5-19 FG | 3-14 3FG | 1-1 FT | 7 REB | 4 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 4 TO | 14 PTS | +17 +/-The Bucks are one of the worst defensive teams in the League and are awful at guarding the three point line, so I really thought this would be the game that “Sauce Castillo” broke out. He got a slew of good looks last night, but his jumper was off and that kept Nik from a big night. 1 or 2 more made buckets from Nik and the Sixers win this game. Last night he again showed the ability to attack the rim.

 


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Fo’ with the Foes: Milwaukee Bucks

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11/04/15 1:01 pm EST
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bucksgirleditThis Wednesday 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 Milwaukee Bucks who tonight will celebrate the return of Jabari Parker (ACL injury) and of course feature the latest most loved/hated former 76er, Michael Carter-Williams .

After the jump, I’ll look a Fo’ key items for tonight’s game. Additionally, we’ll get a little more insight into this Milwaukee team the Sixers face tonight from our colleague Frank Madden at brewhoop.com, as Frank will answer Fo’ questions on his Bucks squad from us here at Philadunkia.


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