GM58: Rapid (Jameer-acle) Reacts

Posted by: C. Smith
02/27/14 10:10 am EST
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Orlando Magic 101 FinalRecap | Box Score 90 Philadelphia 76ers
Thaddeus Young, PF Shot Chart 35 MIN | 7-18 FG | 5-6 FT | 3 REB | 3 AST | 2 STL | 1 BLK | 1 TO | 19 PTS | -16Thad’s shot was a little off last night (0-fer on 3PAs), but his defense and ability to get to the rim were very impressive.  In the 2nd Q he had a nice play on the secondary break where he pinned his man under the rim, opened up for the ball and scored the bucket. His behind the back dribble that led to a floater in the 3rd Q was super smooth and his coast to coast drive for a finger roll in the 4th was nice as well.

Henry Sims, C Shot Chart 23 MIN | 4-9 FG | 2-2 FT | 6 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 1 TO | 10 PTS | +4I’m trying not to get too excited about what I have seen from Sims in the last two games because who knows if it will last.  His energy, hustle and defensive presence are a refreshing change.  He scored 8 points in the 1st half while displaying a variety of offensive skills including a pump fake and drive to the rack for a slam.  Yet Brown gave him limited minutes in the 4th Q.

Michael Carter-Williams, PG Shot Chart 32 MIN | 3-13 FG | 2-3 FT | 6 REB | 4 AST | 3 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 8 PTS | -15MCW’s inability to stay in front of his man is staggering and the Sixers defense will never improve until he learns to guard the ball.  His shooting woes continue.  The ROY award is slipping away.

James Anderson, SG Shot Chart 30 MIN | 3-11 FG | 0-0 FT | 5 REB | 3 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 8 PTS | -7Last night was a prime example of why JA has had trouble sticking with an NBA team.

Hollis Thompson, SG Shot Chart 25 MIN | 2-4 FG | 0-0 FT | 7 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 1 TO | 6 PTS | -6If Thompson put up this stat line coming off the bench, I would be very pleased.  Problem is I need more out of an NBA starting wing player.  But HT clearly is not a starter in this League.  See my dilemma here?  His block on Oladipo’s coast to coast drive as the 3rd Q expired was a fantastic play.


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Wiggins Watch — Episode VIII

Posted by: Alex Gorge
02/26/14 1:12 pm EST
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wigginsblackbckdropBetter get a fire extinguisher.

Four games and four wins for the Kansas Jayhawks in the last nine days and suddenly freshmen sensation Andrew Wiggins is on fire — 18 ppg. in his last 4 contests on 52% shooting from the field.

Monday night in Lawrence, Wiggins got off to his slowest start of the four game win streak but made up for it in the second half of the Jayhawks win over No. 25 Oklahoma.

After just five points at the half, Wiggins had ten in the second period and iced the game with a dagger three at the 2:40 mark.  Wiggins finished the game with fifteen points on 5-14 shooting coupled with five rebounds.


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Don’t Buy Out Danny Granger

Posted by: C. Smith
02/25/14 12:15 pm EST
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grangerThe moment rumors starting flying around the world wide web last week about a possible trade between the 76ers and Indiana Pacers that would send Evan Turner and Lavoy Allen to the Pacers in exchange for Danny Granger and a 2015 second-round pick, discussion about that trade from the 76ers end has centered on what the Sixers would do with Granger.

Even before the deal was official, many assumed that the Sixers would simply buy-out the former All-Star and lethal scorer who thanks to knee issues is now a shell of the 20 ppg. player he was 4 years ago.  Starting this past weekend and continuing through this morning, it has been reported that the Sixers are either “working” on a buy-out for Granger or that the Sixers “may” buy him out.  Allegedly an announcement could come as soon as today.

Well, I am here to tell you that buying Danny Granger out is a mistake for the 76ers and I’m not the only one who thinks that way.


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GM57: Rapid (SMH) Reacts

Posted by: C. Smith
02/25/14 9:42 am EST
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Milwaukee Bucks 130 FinalRecap | Box Score 110 Philadelphia 76ers
Thaddeus Young, PF 34 MIN | 11-19 FG | 3-4 FT | 5 REB | 7 AST | 6 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 28 PTS | -4Thad is trapped in NBA hell right now and he still gave an outstanding effort last night and put up big numbers.  He deserves a bonus check at the end of this season.  Or at least a hug.  That’s two games in a row with 6 or more steals.  The item that has stuck out tome in the last two games is Thad’s ability to handle the ball in transition — very impressive.

Arnett Moultrie, PF 28 MIN | 2-6 FG | 2-2 FT | 8 REB | 0 AST | 1 STL | 1 BLK | 0 TO | 6 PTS | -13I said in the Fo’ with Foes preview that I was looking for #5 to get on track and show proof of a pulse.  Well he showed a pulse, but not much else.

Michael Carter-Williams, PG 34 MIN | 7-11 FG | 6-9 FT | 2 REB | 3 AST | 2 STL | 1 BLK | 5 TO | 20 PTS | +6When MCW figures things out on the defensive end, he’ll be a very good point guard.  I like that he continued to drive the ball to the cup no matter how far behind the Sixers were last night.

James Anderson, SG 26 MIN | 5-11 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 5 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 13 PTS | 0After a quick start (4 pts. in early 1st Q) JA went a little MIA on us.

Tony Wroten, SG 30 MIN | 9-15 FG | 1-1 FT | 2 REB | 5 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 19 PTS | -10Despite a very solid offensive night I am giving Wroten a “B” for that missed dunk and the ole’ effort he gave at the defensive end last night.


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Fo’ with the Foes: Milwaukee Bucks

Posted by: C. Smith
02/24/14 4:40 pm EST
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bucksThis 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 lost 5 of 6 on their recent homestand and are the worst team in the NBA (technically speaking).

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 K L Chouinard at bucksketball.com, as KL will answer Fo’ questions on his Bucks from us here at Philadunkia.


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An Enigma Until the End

Posted by: C. Smith
02/21/14 11:07 am EST
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turnerblackbackdropeditedEvan Turner was perhaps the most frustrating and mystifying 76er I ever watched in my nearly 30 years of rooting for the franchise.

One night Turner would hang 34 points on the Knicks thanks to 59% shooting from the field and actually look like a player who should have been taken No. 2 overall in the 2010 NBA Draft.  The next night he would shoot 2-10 and total 6 points against the Hawks while acting like an overly dramatic teenager towards the officials all night and his head coach at times.

Turner’s roller coaster level of of play and his highly emotional mind set are the reasons I dubbed him  ”The Enigma”.  And that nickname served the combo-guard well right up to his final moments in a Sixers uniform as it appears executives around the Association found Turner just as difficult to figure out as we did.

 

 


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Hawes is a C-YA

Posted by: C. Smith
02/20/14 10:50 am EST
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hawesstpaddysdayIn case you have not been on Twittter in the last 20 minutes, the 76ers have traded center Spencer Hawes to the Cleveland Cavaliers , Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports is reporting.  League sources told Woj that the Sixers will receive two second-round draft picks in exchange for Spencer.

As we all know, Hawes is having a career year — 13 points and 8.5 rebounds — for the Sixers this season.  However, as we documented here at Philadunkia, Spence’s production dropped off in January, has hit rock bottom in February and he played simply awful vs. Cleveland the other night.

I guess Cleveland chose to ignore those facts.

I would love to see Dion Waiters reaction when he hears this news.


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Time for Sam’s Club Pricing?

Posted by: Jeff McMenamin
02/19/14 1:33 pm EST
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samhinkiepressereditedThe swirling trade rumors haven’t let up regarding the Sixers’ big three as we’re now just a little over 24 hours away from the February 20th, 3PM trade deadline.

Last night’s matchup against the Cavaliers could have been the last time we see the Sixers’ core veterans on the same court together.  Evan Turner, Spencer Hawes and Thaddeus Young, could have played their last game for an organization that they’ve given their blood, sweat and tears to for the past 4-7 years.

All eyes are on Sam Hinkie to try and make something happen, but it’s rumored that his asking price has been way too high for potential suitors, including the San Antonio Spurs.


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GM55: Rapid (Mailed It In) Reacts

Posted by: C. Smith
02/19/14 10:22 am EST
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Cleveland Cavaliers 114 FinalRecap | Box Score 85 Philadelphia 76ers
Thaddeus Young, PF 26 MIN | 6-16 FG | 2-3 FT | 9 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 15 PTS | -23Thad scored the first 5 points of the game and than went ice cold.  The off shooting night for Thad kept #21 from having a big game.  IMO he had a good number of clean looks and just couldn’t get his shot to fall.  I lost track of how many hustle plays he had last night.

Evan Turner, SF 33 MIN | 3-14 FG | 4-5 FT | 7 REB | 6 AST | 3 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 11 PTS | -16Now this is the way for “The Enigma’s” career as a Sixers to close out.  High usage; ill-advised shots; no defense; poor shooting percentage (21%) and still he nearly got a double-double.  I loved that the faithful at the WFC showered ET with boos.

Spencer Hawes, C 29 MIN | 1-6 FG | 0-0 FT | 6 REB | 3 AST | 0 STL | 2 BLK | 1 TO | 2 PTS | -25In typical Spence fashion, he showed little heart or intestinal fortitude last night.  How about the stretch where #00 got stuffed by Tyler Zeller and than at the other end got posterized by Dion Waiters?!?

Michael Carter-Williams, PG 31 MIN | 5-14 FG | 5-8 FT | 3 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 7 TO | 15 PTS | -1635% shooting as well s 1 assist to 7 turnovers is not a great way to come out of the All-Star break.  However he was one of the few Sixers that competed last night and when the rest of the first five shoots 14-43 (32%), it’s hard to rack up dimes.

James Anderson, SG 30 MIN | 4-7 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 2 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 10 PTS | -25Anderson played solid ball last night, but it should be noted that only 3 of his points came in the 1st half when this game was still competitive.


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Fo’ with the Foes: Cleveland Cavaliers

Posted by: C. Smith
02/18/14 3:07 pm EST
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ginny-cavsThis 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 won four straight games heading into All-Star weekend.

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 colleagues Scott Sargent at waitingfornextyear.com as Scott will answer Fo’ questions on the Cavs from us here at Philadunkia.


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