Posted by: Jerry Scherwin
02/10/12 1:18 pm EST


With last night’s announcement of Andre Iguodala’s selection as an NBA Eastern Conference All-Star Reserve, it seems that the 76ers organization is finally getting recognized publicly.  But not in the way you would think. 

The media and public…still are not sold on the Sixers being mainstays of the East’s upper echelon.  ESPN-ers still aren’t ready to pronounce them worthy.  The Power Rankings on different websites all come with same warning of tough times ahead.  And it seems that Chuck, Kenny, C-Webb, and any other ex-NBA players roaming different sports talk studios aren’t going out on a limb quite yet to make a bold statement about them either. 

Instead, the Sixers are being recognized by those that view them the closest; their peers.

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Posted by: C. Smith
02/01/12 10:35 pm EST
Chicago Bulls 82 FinalRecap | Box Score 98 Philadelphia 76ers
Elton Brand, PF 28 MIN | 3-9 FG | 1-1 FT | 8 REB | 2 AST | 7 PTS | +12

Brand did not have a strong shooting night.  The disturbing part is that he is missing his bread and butter 12-15 footers. For example, the baseline miss at the 2nd Q horn was simply brutal.  However he did a nice job on the boards and on the defensive end. Most importantly he only played 28 minutes.  We still wonder if EB will ever find his 2010-11 form.

Andre Iguodala, SF 40 MIN | 8-13 FG | 1-2 FT | 9 REB | 4 AST | 19 PTS | +13

AI9 got a quick start hitting 4 of his first 5, but it was his blazing hot 3rd Q that everyone will be talking about.  That stop and go fast break for a thunderous dunk was amazing.  Then he topped it by posterizing the vertically challenged Korver. On the next trip he hit a 3ball.  He followed that with a steal, around the back dribble and dropped a dime to Jrue.  It may be as coach Collins said, time to ”embrace him” Philadelphia.  If he could give us one quarter like that a night this town would roll out the red carpet for ‘Dre.

Tony Battie, C 14 MIN | 1-3 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 2 PTS | +3

Can we just start “Big Nik” and then go to Lavoy Allen?

Jodie Meeks, G 14 MIN | 1-5 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 1 AST | 3 PTS | +3

The hot and cold Meeks showed us again tonight why he has been labeled “streaky”.

Jrue Holiday, PG 35 MIN | 8-15 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 5 AST | 17 PTS | +7

Holiday struggled again out of the gates — 2-7 in the 1st half (4 points) and 3 dimes.  However he came out in the 2nd half and played stellar basketball.  It all began on the defensive end where his intense lockdown sucked every last bit of life out of D-Rose.  That fed his offensive game as he heated up in 2nd half and scored 13 points.  For us the most important thing was that Jrue played under control in a match-up with one of the NBA’s elite PGs.  Something that he has NOT always done.

Lou Williams, PG 29 MIN | 4-12 FG | 6-8 FT | 1 REB | 6 AST | 14 PTS | +11

Louis took some questionable shots again tonight.  But he scored and got to the FT line which is what this team needs him to do on a nightly basis. He also managed to hand out 6 dimes and we believe he actually played some D during that big 3rd quarter run.

Thaddeus Young, F 27 MIN | 7-12 FG | 5-6 FT | 8 REB | 1 AST | 19 PTS | +1

Thad had another great night, but for us it was his 1st half play that really impressed.  Thad had a stellar first half (11 & 4) and his reb-put back of an AI9 air ball in the late 2nd Q was a huge Bulls momentum stopper for the Sixers.  He presents a significant match up problem for opponents, hits open J’s, rebounds at both ends and gets to the FT line.  What else can you ask for from the 6th man?

Lavoy Allen, PF 26 MIN | 7-10 FG | 1-2 FT | 6 REB | 3 AST | 15 PTS | +16

Allen had a large 1st half – 8 points, 4 rebs and a steal.  And along with Turner was the key to the Sixers big push to grab the lead in the 2nd Q.  We actually wanted Collins to leave him the game in the late 2nd Q instead of bringing EB back in the game.  He continued his stellar play in the second half and had a nice part in the huge 3rd Q.  Think Fran Dunphy is pissed that this Lavoy Allen was nowhere to be found last year at TU?

Evan Turner, SG 27 MIN | 1-5 FG | 0-0 FT | 6 REB | 4 AST | 2 PTS | +14

His rebounding and defense were a huge part of the Sixers run in the first half that gave them the lead at the halftime. More of the same from ET helped the Sixers put this one away in the huge 3rd Q.

After the Jump, Six Things We Saw Tonight

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Posted by: Tom Sunnergren
09/29/10 9:45 am EST

Ok, so there are some rumor winds swirling  from Philly.com that the Sixers have made an offer for malcontent Nuggets forward Carmelo Anthony, and that the Nuggets kinda, sorta, maybe like the deal.  The question of the hour is, do they like it, or do they like it, like it.

Let’s say they like it, like it.  I’m going to peer into my crystal ball and tell you how this one plays out (BTW, my crystal ball is a replica of Ed Stefanski’s head).  The trade would be incredibly popular initially with both fans and the less-savvy members of the media (but I repeat myself, zing!), and everybody would sing the praises of Rod Thorn and draw parallels between his acquisition of Jason Kidd ten years ago and the Nets consequent rise to the top of the East and his now acquisition of a twenty-six year old Olympian, near scoring champion and, in the circumspect and well-considered words of Chauncy Billups, “one of the top two or three players in the world.”  Hot damn, this Thorn is a wheelin’, dealin’, riverboat gambler!  He turned Igoudala into Carmelo.  How’s that for alchemy? — the columns would read. 

Expectations would be high.  Through the roof.  They would literally explode through the roof.  After enough roofs were destroyed, people would learn not to keep these expectations indoors.  They’d be left outside to soar, to be free.  And why not?  Carmelo Anthony is the single best player in basketball not named Kobe, Lebron or Durant!  We know that because he scores the most. You can’t win without scoring points, anybody knows that.  And the guy he’s replacing?  Iguodala?  More like “ugly(jumper)odala!”  That guy sucks.  Look at his scoring for crying out loud.  Carmelo scores waaaaaaay more than him.  Carmelo, points, Carmelo, twenty-eight a game, Carmelo, scorer, Carmellllllllloooooo!  That’s how the conventional wisdom would go.   And who could argue with it.  Carmelo does score a lot of points.   And everybody knows the best player is the guy who scores the most.  Period.

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Posted by: Philadunkia
12/15/09 12:56 pm EST

gsw2If the 76ers pound on the lifeless Golden State Warriors and no one is down at the Wachovia Center to witness the game, does the outcome still count as a victory for Philadunkia’s home team?  The answer of course is…ABSO-FREAKIN’-LUTELY.  That’s right people, right now we’ll take ‘em anyway we can get ‘em.  The 12-game loosing streak was snapped last night as the Sixers jumped all over the GSW, led by 32 for a minute or so and then cruised to a 117-101 victory.

Now we know the Sixers beat the GSW last night who are not exactly Kobe and the LA Lakers from a competition standpoint, so we’ll refrain from going over the top in our praise of the Sixers efforts.  In fact GS is arguably the worst team in the League and they were in the fifth game of a 9 day road trip.  However, all of that being said, there were a lot of positives we pulled from the W last night, especially considering the Sixers got no help offensively from Andre Iguodala for three-plus quarters.

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