GM38: Rapid (Shot Doc Needed) Reacts

Posted by: C. Smith
01/15/15 11:16 am EST
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Philadelphia 76ers 84 FinalRecap | Box Score 100 Toronto Raptors
Luc Richard Mbah a Moute, PF 30 MIN | 1-7 FG | 1-2 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 3 PTS | -16 +/-3 points and 1 board in 30 minutes of run. C’mon. His minutes should be flipped-flopped with Furkan’s so we can see what this kid is capable of doing with steady burn.

Henry Sims, C 24 MIN | 4-9 FG | 0-0 FT | 7 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 1 TO | 8 PTS | -6 +/-Sims was back in the 1st-five last night and got off to a slow start (0 pts. in 1st Q). He rallied from that thanks to 6 poinst in the 3rd Q, but we know he’s capable of more.

Nerlens Noel, C 39 MIN | 5-9 FG | 2-4 FT | 8 REB | 1 AST | 3 STL | 1 BLK | 0 TO | 12 PTS | -19 +/-I thought this was one of #4’s best all-around games of the season.  Noel played with a great deal of energy and was aggressive on offense.  Noel’s follow slam of a KJ miss in the 2nd Q ignited a Sixers push in that quarter.  His skills are just so raw on the offensive end of the court, it becomes frustrating to watch.

Michael Carter-Williams, PG 41 MIN | 12-25 FG | 4-8 FT | 7 REB | 4 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 4 TO | 29 PTS | -15 +/-MCW posted a season 29 points thanks to a blazing hot 1st half — 18 points (11 in 1st Q) on 8 of 14 shooting from the field.  Without Cov and TWroe in the lineup, #1 was extremely agressive in getting the ball to the cup all night.  In fact, he was a man on a mission.  The drive and flush in 2nd Q was simply beautiful.  If MCW doesn’t run into foul trouble during the 3rd Q there is no telling how many points he could have put up.

K.J. McDaniels, SG 32 MIN | 2-10 FG | 5-6 FT | 8 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 4 BLK | 1 TO | 10 PTS | -14 +/-Yes, he had another block that will make the SC highlight package and posted a near double-double, but his shooting was awful and he looked tentative when he got the rock.  On a positive note, KJ hasnow scored in double digits in five of his last six games.

 


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GM37: Rapid (Reality Check) Reacts

Posted by: C. Smith
01/14/15 9:56 am EST
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Atlanta Hawks 105 Final
Recap | Box Score
87 Philadelphia 76ers
Luc Richard Mbah a Moute, PF 20 MIN | 1-5 FG | 4-6 FT | 0 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 7 PTS | +1It’s time to start answering phone calls (if there are any) on Embiid’s babysitter.

Robert Covington, SF 32 MIN | 2-13 FG | 3-3 FT | 5 REB | 1 AST | 2 STL | 1 BLK | 3 TO | 7 PTS | -20For the 2nd time in his last 5 games Cov registered single digit points and shot less than 16% from the field.  In his last 4 games #33 has hit on 8 of 30 3PAs (26%).

Nerlens Noel, C 31 MIN | 1-4 FG | 0-2 FT | 6 REB | 1 AST | 2 STL | 1 BLK | 1 TO | 2 PTS | -19Do you know how painful it is to watch an athletic 7-footer grab only 6 boards and score just 2 points in 31 minutes of run against basically Atlanta’s second unit?  I can tell you it is VERY painful.

Michael Carter-Williams, PG 30 MIN | 8-13 FG | 3-3 FT | 9 REB | 4 AST | 1 STL | 1 BLK | 5 TO | 20 PTS | -16MCW did not score his first points until there was 4:30 remaining in the 1st Q, but he still posted a near double-double night by getting to the rim for easy buckets. Still, his 4 assits vs. 5 TOs is a stat I DO NOT enjoy reading from my starting PG.

K.J. McDaniels, SG 33 MIN | 5-9 FG | 2-2 FT | 3 REB | 4 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 14 PTS | -20After he drained a 3-ball and scored 5 points early in the 1st Q, and then put up another 5 points in the 2nd Q, I thought KJ was one his way to a huge night.  Unfortunately the jaw-dropping, baseline, two hand slam he executed in the 3rd Q was his only note worthy play in the 2nd half.

 


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Sam — Where Do We Go From Here?

Posted by: C. Smith
01/12/15 1:56 pm EST
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samUnless you were completely absorbed by the aftermath of the Chip Kelly – Howie Roseman power struggle down at the NovaCare Complex, you probably are aware that the 76ers won two straight games over the weekend and have now won 3-of-their-last-4.  Hell, this team has actually looked halfway decent at times over this recent four game stretch

Meanwhile in Gotham, the Knicks have lost 15 straight, now own the NBA’s worst record at 5-35 and are in full blown tank mode.  As you know, last week the Knicks traded Iman Shumpert as well as JR Smith to Cleveland and waived former 76er Samuel Dalembert.  This morning, ESPN.com is reporting that the “Zen Master” is, “actively trying to trade veterans Jose Calderon and Andrea Bargnani”.

Additionally, over the weekend the Celtics (12-23; but 2-8 in their last 10 games) traded Jeff Green, their starting small forward and leading scorer (17.6 ppg.) to Memphis in a three team deal that netted Boston Austin Rivers (Who reportedly will be waived or traded.) and a future 1st round pick.

Throw in the lowly Minnesota Timberwolves (5-31 and losers of 15 straight) and the 2014-15 tank track is suddenly very crowded. The additional bad news is that the upward trending 76ers are currently sitting 3rd in the race for the most ping pong balls.

 


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Philadunkia 4on4

Posted by: Philadunkia
01/09/15 1:53 pm EST
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76erscrystalballIt’s time for another edition of Philadunkia’s 4on4…

As a reminder, this Philadunkia question and answer series is “loosely based” on ESPN.com’s highly successful, NBA related series of posts titled “5on5″.  Our version of this genre of posts will ask 4 Philadunkia scribes to answer 4 topical, hot button questions about our Philadelphia 76ers.

Now you’re probably asking, “Why not simply stick with the “5on5″ format that ESPN.com uses?” 

Well as any great hoops coach will tell you — playing 4on4 is the best way to truly learn the game of basketball.

After the jump, Philadunkia scribes Jeff McMenamin, Carey Smith, Michael Kaskey-Blomain and Tyler Cook will examine four hot topic questions surrounding our 76ers.



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GM34: Rapid (Arctic Blast) Reacts

Posted by: C. Smith
01/08/15 10:37 am EST
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Milwaukee Bucks 97 FinalRecap | Box Score 77 Philadelphia 76ers
Robert Covington, SF 33 MIN | 1-11 FG | 5-6 FT | 3 REB | 0 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 8 PTS | -17A 1- for 7 1st half did not get any better after the intermission. IMO #33 missed on a good deal of clean looks.

Henry Sims, C 18 MIN | 1-8 FG | 1-1 FT | 5 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 3 PTS | -11At least Sims had the good sense to basically stop shotting after he too went 1-7 in the 1st half.

Nerlens Noel, C 28 MIN | 6-10 FG | 1-2 FT | 5 REB | 1 AST | 2 STL | 2 BLK | 2 TO | 13 PTS | -17I actually thought Noel played a solid game last night and appeared to be more aggressive on offense. He was the only positive I could find during a dreadful 1st half for the Sixers.  Still there were three bunnies that he missed last night which had me throwing the remote.  Of special not was the follow slam he missed in the 2nd Q.

Michael Carter-Williams, PG 31 MIN | 1-13 FG | 3-4 FT | 5 REB | 5 AST | 1 STL | 1 BLK | 4 TO | 5 PTS | -18His first bucket did not come until the 6:20 mark of the 2nd Q and he probably should have just gone to the showers after that FGM. MCW has shooting nights like this too often and I am starting to question if he is a franchise level PG. My favorite shot of the night was the 3PA he air balled in the late 2nd Q.

K.J. McDaniels, SG 30 MIN | 5-8 FG | 4-4 FT | 6 REB | 0 AST | 3 STL | 1 BLK | 5 TO | 14 PTS | -14KJ was 1 of only 3 Sixers who could find the bottom of the net last night and he also did a nice job on the boards. However, he scored 4 points in the 1st Q and then did not post a FG again until the mid-3rd Q.  The game was out of reach by that point.  He also comitted 5 TOs.

 


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Fo’ with the Foes: Milwaukee Bucks

Posted by: C. Smith
01/07/15 2:12 pm EST
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bucksgirlsThis 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 after a loss to the Suns last night in Milwaukee are playing .500 ball for the season (18-18) and will be without Jabari Parker (ACL – done for the season); Ersan Ilyasova (concussion) and Larry Sanders (personal drama) 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 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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GM33: Rapid (Game Winner) Reacts

Posted by: C. Smith
01/06/15 11:11 am EST
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Cleveland Cavaliers 92 FinalRecap | Box Score 95 Philadelphia 76ers
Nerlens Noel, PF 26 MIN | 2-9 FG | 2-2 FT | 6 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 2 BLK | 2 TO | 6 PTS | -7At times last night Noel looked like a baby deer playing in traffic. That’s the best I can muster here.

Robert Covington, SF 39 MIN | 4-9 FG | 4-5 FT | 6 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 16 PTS | +3“Cov” hit several key threes during the 76ers big push in the 3rd Q and was a steady influence on offense througout the 2nd half (11 points after halftime).  At $1million per year, this guy is an absolute steal by Hinkie.  Until of course he trades Covington for a future asset.

Henry Sims, C 24 MIN | 6-9 FG | 0-0 FT | 7 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 4 TO | 12 PTS | +4A slow start by Sims (2 pts in 1st half) had me worried, but he played steady ball after halftime and posted 6 pts in 4th Q. Included in that 4th Q stretch was a huge jumper that tied the game again at 90 and a big DReb on Matthew Dellavedova’s second missed FTA.

Michael Carter-Williams, PG 42 MIN | 8-19 FG | 1-1 FT | 6 REB | 13 AST | 2 STL | 1 BLK | 1 TO | 18 PTS | +1Carter-Williams scored 9 of his 18 points and recorded 5 of his 13 assists in the 4th Q.  Additionally, he only turned the ball over 1 time all night and had the same number of boards as Noel (6). This is the type of play we need from our starting PG.  But I hate that he deferred to Wroten on the final posession of the night (more on that later).

K.J. McDaniels, SG 32 MIN | 5-8 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 4 AST | 0 STL | 2 BLK | 3 TO | 12 PTS | +11According to my notes, KJ scored 2 points in the 1st Q and 8 in the 2nd Q (2 threes) and looked to be headed for a big night. However he then simply went MIA in the 2nd half.

 


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Fo’ with the Foes: Cleveland Cavaliers

Posted by: C. Smith
01/05/15 2:48 pm EST
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cavsdancerThis 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 are without LeBron as well as Kyrie tonight because of injuries and have lost 4 out of their last 5 games.  Included in this recent stretch of losses is last night’s 19-point loss to the Mavericks by the Cavs — in Cleveland.

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 Cavaliers from us here at Philadunkia.


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GM29: Rapid (Brick City) Reacts

Posted by: C. Smith
12/28/14 11:23 am EST
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Philadelphia 76ers 71 FinalRecap | Box Score 88 Utah Jazz
JaKarr Sampson, PF 21 MIN | 1-3 FG | 0-2 FT | 2 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 2 PTS | -17Two points on one thunderous dunk is not enough from your starting PF.

Nerlens Noel, PF 32 MIN | 2-5 FG | 1-1 FT | 10 REB | 2 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 5 PTS | -14A solid game overall, but I would like to see Noel be more aggressive on offense and start looking at the rim immediately after he catches it,  That may take some time.  He left the game in the third quarter with an ankle injury but returned and started the fourth.  According to multiple reports, Noel had X-rays taken after the game and appeared to be walking fine when he left.

Robert Covington, SF 36 MIN | 5-10 FG | 5-8 FT | 9 REB | 0 AST | 1 STL | 2 BLK | 1 TO | 17 PTS | -25It was an interesting night for Covington.  #33 was shut out in the 1st Q when the Sixers scored only 12 points.  He recovered to put up 5 points in the 2nd Q and then led the Sixers 3rd Q 15-2 push with 8 points. Still, Covington has to be the guy who steps up and gets buckets when the team is struggling on offense and he was MIA in the 1st Q.

Henry Sims, C 32 MIN | 4-9 FG | 2-2 FT | 8 REB | 0 AST | 1 STL | 2 BLK | 1 TO | 10 PTS | -8A near double-double for Sims was tainted by two ill-advised 3PAs and some sluggish defense. Sims also did not attempt a shot in the 1st Q.

Michael Carter-Williams, PG 37 MIN | 2-20 FG | 3-4 FT | 4 REB | 6 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 6 TO | 8 PTS | -14Night’s like this (2-20 on FGAs and 6 TOs) are the reason why his critics out there belive MCW is NOT the PG of the future for this franchise.

 


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Dario Saric Update

Posted by: Tyler Cook
12/23/14 9:36 am EST
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dario-saricWith the 12th pick in the 2014 NBA draft the Sixers picked Croatian native Dario Saric. With his current contract situation Saric will continue to play for Anadolu Efes of Istanbul, Turkey for possibly as long as two years while his NBA rights are assigned to the 76ers. As we all know, Saric has been making some big news over in the Euro League as Saric (20 yrs. Old) won the Euroleague’s MVP award for the month of November and became the youngest recipient of the that honor.

“It took a lot of practice and a lot of work to win such a special award as this,” Saric told Euroleague.net.  “It is very important to me, I am very happy to win it. It is amazing and a part of my dream has come true.”

 


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