Fo’ with the Foes: Atlanta Hawks

Posted by: C. Smith
03/31/14 5:20 pm EST

hawks-a-town-dancer-opoc-45643This 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 Atlanta Hawks, who have lost six in a row yet still cling to the 8th and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.

After the jump, I’ll look a Fo’ key items for tonight’s game.  Additionally, we’ll get a little more insight into the Atlanta team the Sixers face tonight from our colleague David Menze at Soaring Down South as David will answer Fo’ questions on the Hawks from us here at Philadunkia.


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GM73: Rapid (Freakin’ Winning) Reacts

Posted by: C. Smith
03/30/14 11:03 am EST
Detroit Pistons 98 FinalRecap | Box Score 123 Philadelphia 76ers
Thaddeus Young, PF 35 MIN | 9-17 FG | 1-1 FT | 6 REB | 3 AST | 1 STL | 1 BLK | 0 TO | 21 PTS | +19Thad came out and played with a high level of energy last night and basically set the tone for the 7-6.  His twelve 1st half points pushed the Sixers out to a big lead at the break.

Henry Sims, C 27 MIN | 8-14 FG | 0-0 FT | 7 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 16 PTS | +12I have written this before — it’s a pleasure to watch a Sixer big (outside of Thad) who works hard on D and understands the rotations.  Sims exploded for 8 points in the 2nd Q when the Sixers put this game away.

Michael Carter-Williams, PG 31 MIN | 6-14 FG | 8-10 FT | 7 REB | 4 AST | 4 STL | 1 BLK | 4 TO | 21 PTS | +20An 11 point 1st Q for MCW gave the Sixers an early spark and showed the Pistons that tonight was going to be the night the losing streak ended.

James Anderson, SG 22 MIN | 2-8 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 3 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 5 PTS | +8What did you expect?  The Sixers did not play the Rockets again last night.

Hollis Thompson, SG 22 MIN | 5-8 FG | 0-0 FT | 5 REB | 3 AST | 3 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 14 PTS | +13Yes, Thompson put some solid numbers up, but only 3 of his points came during the 1st half when this game was remotely competitive.  But when you hit 4 of 4 from deep, I have to tip my cap.


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Tonight: Remember the Plan

Posted by: Rich Iacuzio
03/27/14 10:40 am EST

bretbrowncarterwilliamsThe 2013-2014 76ers season has not been for the faint of heart, and tonight in Houston it will get a little more painful for us die-hard fans.  Tonight the Sixers will match the NBA record for most consecutive losses at 26 straight.  Two years ago when this franchise was one quarter of solid basketball away from the Eastern Conference Finals, a losing streak of this brutal nature seemed impossible.

What makes this season even harder to swallow is that according to Brett Brown, all this losing is just the beginning.  Brown’s vision requires this once proud franchise to plod through the rebuilding phase for the next “three to five years”.  Sure, that sounds like a very long process, but we all know it’s the right thing to do. 

But will the rebuild truly take three to five years as Brett Brown claims?

 


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Wiggins Watch: The One is Now Done

Posted by: Alex Gorge
03/26/14 12:18 pm EST

wigginsblackbckdropAfter two years of Lebron like hype building around potential lottery pick and college freshmen Andrew Wiggins, it’s time to prognosticate about what happens next.  My take: the net result from one year of solid college play is that in Wiggins, an NBA team will be drafting a solid prospect, but one that is a project.

Yes I said it, a project.

A lot of people had Kansas as a lock to at least reach the Elite Eight of this years tournament, nope, the Stanford Cardinal clearly didn’t care about anyone’s bracket.  After smooth sailing in the second round versus Eastern Kentucky, Kansas was surprisingly beaten by the Cardinal 60-57.  Against Stanford Andrew had just four points, four rebounds, one assist and four turnovers.  For many this leaves a lot of questions still to be answered about the NBA future of Wiggins.

 


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Is the 76ers Defense Improving?

Posted by: C. Smith
03/24/14 2:39 pm EST

Hollis-ThompsonondeeditedfWith March Madness in full effect this weekend and the 76ers underdogs in their match up with the Knicks on Friday and the Bulls on Saturday, we decided to give the usual Rapid Reacts post the weekend off.

Despite the most recent set backs — a 1-point loss at the Garden against the Knicks  and a 10-point defeat in Chicago — as well as a losing streak that has now stretched to a historic 24 games, we found something positive to discuss about the 76ers.

That one item of sunshine we have noticed happens to be the Sixers’ recent play at the defensive end of the court.  That’s right, after months of bashing this team for their inability to play defense at a respectable level, it appears we may have to back off a little because the 7-6 have improved in that area over their last five games.


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Fo’ with the Foes: New York Knicks

Posted by: C. Smith
03/21/14 12:32 pm EST

nyk_dance07_305x350_2This 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 York Knicks, who have won seven in a row and now feature Zen Master Phil Jackson as the savior of their franchise.

After the jump, I’ll look a Fo’ key items for tonight’s game.  Additionally, we’ll get a little more insight into the New York team the Sixers face tonight from our colleague Sam Spiegelman from theknicksblog.com which covers the Knickerbockers for SNY.tv, as Sam will answer Fo’ questions on the Knicks from us here at Philadunkia.


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Wiggins Watch: March Madness Edition

Posted by: Alex Gorge
03/19/14 11:03 am EST

wigginsblackbckdropThose who are predicting the early demise of the Kansas Jayhawks in the NCAA tournament because of center Joel Embiid’s injury may want to rethink their bracket selections.  As the saying goes, “Man down, next man up.”

The man who now has to shoulder an even heavier load for Bill Self’s team during March Madness is freshman sensation and scoring machine Andrew Wiggins, who as my colleague Michael Kaskey-Blomain explained yesterday (Via ESPN.com’s Chad Ford) is a propsect that the 76ers front office holds in high regard.

And for those of you have been living under the Ben Franklin Bride recently — Wiggins has been simply unstoppable in the month of March.


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GM64: Rapid (18 & Beautiful) Reacts

Posted by: C. Smith
03/13/14 9:43 am EST
Sacramento Kings 115 FinalRecap | Box Score 98 Philadelphia 76ers
Thaddeus Young, PF 39 MIN | 5-18 FG | 6-8 FT | 6 REB | 3 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 16 PTS | -16It was a roller coaster night for Thad who played with his usual high energy and thus scored some amazing buckets like his 1st Q tip-follow, but his shot was not falling and at times I thought he was forcing his jumper.  His 7 points in the 2nd Q kept this game interesting until the after half time.

Henry Sims, C 31 MIN | 5-12 FG | 10-11 FT | 10 REB | 3 AST | 3 STL | 2 BLK | 3 TO | 20 PTS | +2Sims posted career-highs of 20 points and 10 rebounds for his first double-double.  #35 was agressive on the boards all night and went right at the Kings defenders when he had the rock.  The great tip-in he had in the 4th Q was a result of hard work and tenacity, items this roster needs more of these days.

Michael Carter-Williams, PG 38 MIN | 5-14 FG | 2-3 FT | 7 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 7 TO | 13 PTS | -14One game after posting a triple-double, MCW’s shooting woes returned and it was not pretty.  Last night he missed a couple of bunnies and I felt that just drained the life out of the Sixers rookie.  MCW also turned it over 7 times.  However he did have a beautifeul dime to Thad for and AND1 in the 3rd Q and grabbed 7 or more rebs for the 3rd consecutive game.

James Anderson, SG 31 MIN | 6-12 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 3 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 17 PTS | -11I don’t know where JA’s shooting stroke has been all year, but if he shoots us to a win down the stretch, I’m going to be pissed.  In his last 4 runs, Anderson has been good for 18 ppg. on nearly 50% shooting from the field.

Hollis Thompson, SG 28 MIN | 2-5 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 5 PTS | -1Can a guy who scores 5 points in 28 ticks vs. the Kings really be a a “keeper”?


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A Method Behind Hinkie’s Roster Moves

Posted by: Alex Hootan
03/12/14 10:20 am EST

sam-hinkieThose of us who have followed the 76ers for a while as devoted fans or professional sport writers understand the facts of what Sam Hinkie is trying to accomplish in the 2013-14 season.

We appreciate the way he traded established players for a stock pile draft picks.  We are aware that under watchful eye of head coach Brett Brown, Hinkie is trying to develop young players. And perhaps most importantly, we recognize that Hinkie is losing a great deal of games this season for ping pong balls at the 2014 NBA Draft Lottery.

But one element of Hinkie’s rebuilding project that has been intriguing and at times mysterious, is the revolving door of reserve players he has signed only to get rid of them after a few weeks or months at most.

The  Sixers roster has changed so often this season it makes us wonder, “Is there a method behind Hinkie’s frequent roster moves?”

The evidence indicates that there is in fact a method to Hinkie’s ways and after the jump, I’ll explain that possible method in detail.


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GM63: Rapid (17 & Counting) Reacts

Posted by: Philadunkia
03/11/14 9:43 am EST
Philadelphia 76ers 110 FinalRecap | Box Score 123 New York Knicks
Thaddeus Young, PF 40 MIN | 8-22 FG | 1-2 FT | 9 REB | 5 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 18 PTS | -11Thad started the game by scoring 9 points in the 1st Q, but he ended the 1st half shooting 4-12 from the field.  He scored only 2 points in the 3rd Q.

Henry Sims, C 20 MIN | 4-4 FG | 2-2 FT | 3 REB | 3 AST | 1 STL | 1 BLK | 2 TO | 10 PTS | -1I thought Sims played outstanding during the 1st half which included him shooting 4-4 from the field and playing with high energy. Which is why his limited minutes in the 3rd Q are so frustrating to me. I know he quickly picked up two fouls to open the 2nd half, but who cares. Leave Sims in there and let him play. If he fouls out, big frickin’ deal you are trying to lose games anyhow.

Michael Carter-Williams, PG 37 MIN | 8-12 FG | 6-9 FT | 13 REB | 10 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 4 TO | 23 PTS | 0We could look back at this night as the game where MCW got his ROY campaign back on track with a stellar triple-double (His 2nd of year).  Thank you Raymond Felton.  MCW did a great job of driving to the tin and finishing last night.  It’s also the 2nd straight game he has led the team in rebounding.  That’s good and bad news.

James Anderson, SG 35 MIN | 7-12 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 3 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 17 PTS | -8A solid shooting night from Anderson included 10 points in the 1st Q.  But don’t get too excited, the NYK are simply horrible on defense. However we should not that in his last 3 games JA is averaging 18 points per on 48.7% shooting.

Hollis Thompson, SG 23 MIN | 2-6 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 5 PTS | +3A return to the starting lineup by “The Keeper” has not helped his shooting stroke.  The two early in the shot clock, 3PAs he bricked on back-to-back offensive trips during the 3rd Q were simply laughable.


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