GM 15: RAPID REACTS

Posted by: Tom Sunnergren
01/20/12 11:00 pm EST
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Elton Brand, PF 37 MIN | 5-11 FG | 0-0 FT | 16 REB | 2 AST | 10 PTS | +18

No Spencer Hawes? No problem. The veteran flung the team on his surgically repaired shoulders, posting a season high in rebounds and tying his season high in shots blocked. The minutes are a concern though, as the oft-injured 32-year-old played for 36 just two nights after going for 38 against Denver. This is a situation that bears monitoring.

Andre Iguodala, SF 40 MIN | 5-12 FG | 1-2 FT | 6 REB | 6 AST | 11 PTS | +14

Iguodala will dominate the highlight reel in this one—the alley-oop he took from Holiday in the third to push the Sixer lead to 58-51 stirred the crowd to near 2000-01 level bedlam—and with good reason. After his misadventures at the line on Wednesday, it was a nice bounce-back performance for Iggy, who also notched his 1,000th career steal in the second half.

Nikola Vucevic, C 29 MIN | 4-11 FG | 0-0 FT | 7 REB | 1 AST | 8 PTS | +11

We thought the soft-spoken Montenegrin looked a little out of his depth starting in Spence’s stead, but Doug Collins begged to differ, identifying his presence inside as a key to the Sixers strong second half.

Jodie Meeks, G 27 MIN | 4-8 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 0 AST | 12 PTS | +10

Meeks hit a quartet of timely threes, but didn’t do a whole lot else. He didn’t need to. On account of the big three pointers. You get three points for those things after all.

Jrue Holiday, PG 36 MIN | 6-16 FG | 4-4 FT | 6 REB | 11 AST | 16 PTS | +15

Holiday continues to be a little too trigger happy for our taste — he’s taken 80 shots in the last five games — but on Friday, it was a defect more than made up for with his playmaking. He intercepted an inbounds pass early in the fourth and, without even turning his head, unleashed a canny no-look pass to an open Andre Iguodala as he strode down the court. He also did a better job of getting his teammates involved during the huge 3rd quarter run.

Tony Battie, C 7 MIN | 0-1 FG | 2-2 FT | 2 REB | 1 AST | 2 PTS | -3

If Tony Battie were a horse, we’d have turned him into glue by now.

Lou Williams, PG 19 MIN | 1-9 FG | 4-5 FT | 3 REB | 1 AST | 6 PTS | +2

Williams delivered a game about as pretty as Madonna’s bicep vein and for the second time all season, he failed to hit double figures.
He failed to hit pretty much everything Friday. This didn’t stop him from trying.

Thaddeus Young, F 23 MIN | 8-11 FG | 4-4 FT | 3 REB | 0 AST | 20 PTS | +3

On an evening when the other “Night Shift”- ers struggled, Thad decidedly did not. Coming off a season high in scoring, Young netted two fewer points on Friday, but on 11 fewer shots and in 15 fewer minutes than the loss to the Nuggets. Gotta love the hook shot. He seems to.

Evan Turner, SG 23 MIN | 2-5 FG | 1-2 FT | 5 REB | 2 AST | 5 PTS | 0

Evan Turner has become a winning proposition. When he’s good he’s very, very good, and when he’s bad…well, he’s not really that bad. ET struggled Friday—looking out of sync with the offense and not standing out defensively—but he got his rebounds, didn’t turn the ball over, and only missed three shots. He doesn’t hurt you.

After the Jump, Six Things We Saw Tonight…


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GM 14 RECAP: THE CLOSER

Posted by: Jeff McMenamin
01/19/12 9:54 am EST

Sometimes there are games during the course of an NBA season that you have to sit back and enjoy.  This was the case for Wednesday night’s game against the Denver Nuggets in Philadelphia.  The Sixers were a team at 10-3 who were riding the momentum of a three game win streak, the Nuggets a team at 9-5 who had just dismantled Lebron James and the Heat just nights ago.  To add to the storyline of this game was the Sixers home record.  The Sixers entered the game with a perfect 6-0 record at home which was second in the NBA behind the Spurs who were 9-0.  Each team was also nearly identical when it comes to scoring as well, the Nuggets entered the game second in the NBA in scoring with  104.1 points per game, while the Sixers were third at 102.5 points per game.

Each team has been so successful this season because of the play they have gotten out of their benches.  For the Sixers Lou Williams, Thaddeus Young, and Evan Turner have shown all season great production when their names have been called to help out the 7-6, for the Nuggets there is Al Harrington, Corey Brewer, Andre Miller, and Chris Anderson who have played their part in the Nuggets success.

On this night there was one bench player which out-shined them all, and one who is very familiar with the Sixers.  Andre Miller who served as a nightly stat-machine in his playing days with the Sixers, showed why at the age of 35 that he’s still got it.  The classy veteran had 28 points, 8 rebounds, 10 assists, and 2 steals in nearly 39 minutes of work to lead the Nuggets to a 108-104 overtime victory.


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ANALYZING ED

Posted by: Tom Sunnergren
08/20/10 9:08 am EST

On August 11th Philadunkia’s home team hired Rod Thorn as President of Basketball Operations, effectively demoting Ed Stefanski.

At the time many people, including all of us here at Philadunkia, were asking is this a good move?

In an attempt to answer this larger question we have broken it down into its component parts:

Did Stefanski deserve the demotion?

Was Thorn the right hire?

And if not Thorn, who?

After the jump we take a stab at the first question and examine the Stefanski era.


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THE TRUTH HURTS

Posted by: Philadunkia
08/05/10 11:54 am EST

Recently Chad Ford and John Hollinger, the “NBA Insiders” over at ESPN.com, posted their Future Power Rankings of NBA teams.  As a refresher, we remind you that the Future Power Rankings are ESPN Insider’s projection of the on-court success expected for each team during the 2011-12, 2012-13 and 2013-14 seasons.  Or in simpler terms “a convenient way to see the direction your favorite team is headed.”

As we read over the most recent rankings by Ford and Hollinger we were not surprised to see that these respected NBA scribes placed the Sixers at #25 in their Future Power Rankings.  That’s right about where we had the 76ers in our own NBA rankings.  What surprised us is the accuracy with which these “national” writers analyzed the issues that plague Philadunkia’s favorite franchise.  It was as if they follow the Sixers on a daily / nightly basis or had secretly hidden a microphone here in the Philadunkia offices and had been listening to our conversations on the state of the franchise.

After the jump are the words ESPN.com’s Ford and Hollinger wrote about the state of the Sixers.  The breakdown will sting a little, but sometimes we need to hear the truth from outsiders for it to really hit home…


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BACK HIM UP, BACK HIM UP

Posted by: Lance Epstein
07/20/10 10:18 am EST

While the 76ers finally struck gold with their talented and young (19 years old) starting point guard Jrue Holiday, the Sixers also currently have questions as to who will be backing up the club’s floor general and poster boy for a brighter future.  In my opinion, the Sixers still need to find someone that can give Holiday a breather once and awhile or (knock on wood here) fill in for Holiday should he miss a few games because of injury. 

The likely candidate for head coach Doug Collins is combo guard Louis Williams.  Williams is entering his fifth-season in the NBA (all with Philadunkia’s home team), but as we learned last year, his game is better suited to be a scorer than a facilitator of an entire offense.


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NOTES, LINKS & TWEETS

Posted by: Philadunkia
05/04/10 2:58 pm EST

Was there ever a doubt that Philadunkia nation will always love Allen Iverson?  Not according to Bob Cooney’s story in the Daily News.

As we all know, the 76ers interviewed Doug Collins over the weekend and met with Avery Johnson on Monday. YAWN! 

However Phil Jasner of the DN reported that Jeff Van Gundy is no longer a candidate and that Ed Stefanski has scheduled a meeting with ESPN analyst Mark Jackson.  Now you’ve got our attention.

Larry Brown is still denying that he has any interest in working for the 76ers, “but there’s an opening at Episcopal High School in Philly,”  he said on Friday.  We wonder how much truth there is to Larry’s sly comments because as you may or may not know, legendary Episcopal boys basketball head coach Dan Dougherty recently retired after 30 years on the job.  We bet LB would love to coach his kid’s high school team.


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NOT THE RIGHT TIME FOR A RETURN

Posted by: Michael Kaskey-Blomain
05/03/10 10:51 am EST

As the 76ers ponder their weekend interview with head coaching candidate Doug Collins and Larry Brown ponders his potential future in Philadelphia, Sixers fans should take a moment to reflect as well. 

After another disappointing season, it seems only logical to scoop up the highly successful Brown and allow him to put us back onto the postseason path.  After all, Larry Brown has brought eight different teams into the NBA’s second season.  He is the only coach to boast both an NCAA and NBA title, and he led the Sixers to their most recent Finals appearance in 2001.  So considering the Sixers current standing, it would seem silly not to pursue a coach with such credentials. However, the decision is not as clear cut as it seems, and serious consideration is required by the Sixers brass and fans alike before bringing back the well-traveled teacher. 

Larry Brown is an excellent coach.  That is not up for debate.  He is even considered by some, such as franchise icon Allen Iverson, as “the best coach in the world;” a strong compliment coming from someone notorious for clashing with the coach in the past.  So, the questions surrounding the Sixers in this decision do not have to do with Larry’s credentials or coaching ability, but rather his commitment and whether he is the right fit for this young struggling squad.    


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WILL HE STAY OR WILL HE GO?

Posted by: Philadunkia
04/27/10 12:54 pm EST

Haven’t we been down this road before?  The answer is yes and it was not a pretty ending the last time. 

Seven years after Larry Brown last caused a whole bunch of drama on the Philadelphia hoops scene, LB is at it again.  Think back to May 26th of 2003 and you should recall that Larry Brown resigned as the 76ers head coach because of “personal” reasons, which many at the time said were health related.  Those health problems may or may not have been caused by Brown’s tumultuous relationship with then 76ers star Allen Iverson, but one thing seemed clear back in 2003, Brown was going to be out of coaching for a time.

Or so we all thought…


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NOTES, LINKS & TWEETS

Posted by: Philadunkia
04/16/10 1:02 pm EST

Obviously the firing of Eddie Jordan is the big news over the last two days and boy does it feel good to finally write that line.   There are just too many articles out there we could link to regarding Jordan’s dismissal and we didn’t want this post to be two pages long, so in the interest of time we’ll just hit you with two of our favorite links regarding Jordan finally getting canned.

The first Eddie Jordan got fired link comes from Comcast SporstNet via CSNPhilly.com.  Numerous Sixers players were interviewed about Jordan’s dismissal and everyone passed on throwing EJ under the bus except Elton Brand and Thaddeus Young.  Both Brand and Young took some shots at Jordan.  Young apparently was never “comfortable” this year and felt his role was not defined enough for him to succeed.  Brand of course had issues with Jordan regarding his own playing time, but also with the lack of minutes for Jason Kapono.


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GM 72 RECAP: WHO DAT?

Posted by: Philadunkia
03/25/10 1:04 pm EST

Who was that 76ers team last night that took the floor against the red-hot Milwaukee Bucks?  We vaguely remember a team wearing the Sixers uniforms that hustled, played with intensity and shared the ball winning some games earlier this year, but that was a long, long, long time ago.  We certainly haven’t seen those players in recent memory. 

Well whoever those guys were that put up a solid performance in Brewery-town last night, here’s hoping they don’t come back again until 2010-11.  Because if they keep playing like that, the Sixers (25-47) will blow any chance they have of climbing into the 4-spot in this year’s NBA Lottery.  Which here at Philadunkia is now the ultimate goal for the remainder of the 2009-10 season.

Take a quick look at the unusual elements that came together for the Sixers last night that produced a shocking W  over Milwaukee :


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