GM45: Rapid (Rock Bottom) Reacts

Posted by: C. Smith
01/28/14 11:32 am EST
Phoenix Suns 124 FinalRecap | Box Score 113 Philadelphia 76ers
Thaddeus Young, PF 37 MIN | 9-15 FG | 2-3 FT | 2 REB | 3 AST | 3 STL | 0 BLK | 4 TO | 21 PTS | -10A solid offensive night for Thad.  Thad’s steal and AND 1 in the 4th Q was smooth.  However the ill advised 3PA he missed with 3+ remaining in the game and the Sixers down 10, was a killer.  I also have to ask…How does a 6-foot-8 small forward who is athletic, fast and has a high basketball IQ, only grab 2 boards in 37 minutes of play?

Evan Turner, SF 34 MIN | 7-12 FG | 6-6 FT | 6 REB | 3 AST | 3 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 21 PTS | -7A nice scoring 1st half — 13 points on 4-8 shooting — helped Turner stuff the stat sheet.  Still, his defensive lapse on the Suns 1st possesion of the game set the stage for an epic collapse by the Sixers at that end of the floor.  Also when he got T’d up in the 3rd Q after MCW’s AND1 play had cut into the Suns lead, I threw my remote.

Spencer Hawes, C 34 MIN | 6-12 FG | 4-4 FT | 9 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 4 TO | 18 PTS | -9A near double-double on 50% shooting from the field and from three along with 100% shooting from the FT line out of your center should be enough to help you win a game.  It wasn’t…You know why?  Because Spence was MIA last night on the defensive end. How funny was it to watch #00 back pedal hard as he could as the Suns FB blew by him like an orange practice cone?

Michael Carter-Williams, PG 39 MIN | 7-19 FG | 7-7 FT | 2 REB | 11 AST | 1 STL | 1 BLK | 3 TO | 22 PTS | -11I’ll start with the positive…I liked that MCW made a concentrated effort to get to the rim last night.  He seemed determined to score by going past and over Dragic.  The result was 7 FTAs and he knocked them all home.  However his shot is still off and Dragic simply killed him at the other end of the floor.

James Anderson, SG 32 MIN | 3-9 FG | 2-2 FT | 8 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 9 PTS | -5JA played no defense last night and I still am wondering when he is going to start hitting some 3′s again.


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Fo’ with the Foes: Phoenix Suns

Posted by: C. Smith
01/27/14 2:17 pm EST

sunsggirlThis 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 Phoenix Suns who have cooled off a little since their ridiculous start to the 2013-14 season, but are coming off a tremendous comeback win in Cleveland on Sunday night.

After the jump, I’ll look a Fo’ key items for tonight’s game. Additionally, we’ll get a little more insight into this Phoenix team the Sixers face tonight from our colleague Kevin Zimmerman at valleyofthesuns.com, as Kevin will answer Fo’ questions on his Suns squad from us here at Philadunkia.


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GM41: Rapid (MLK Matinee) Reacts

Posted by: Philadunkia
01/20/14 6:10 pm EST
Philadelphia 76ers 99 FinalRecap | Box Score 107 Washington Wizards
Thaddeus Young, PF 30 MIN | 7-14 FG | 4-5 FT | 3 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 18 PTS | -14After averaging onlly 11 ppg. over his last 5 runs, I was glad to see Thad get his career season back on track.  A slow start (1 FGA in 1st Q & 4 first half points) prevented Thad from having a really big game.  His 10 points in the 3rd Q helped pull the Sixers back into this game.  Unfortunately, his 1-4 start to the 4th Q also helped the Wiz put this one away.

Evan Turner, SF 28 MIN | 3-10 FG | 5-6 FT | 2 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 11 PTS | -6Brett Brown said in his post game presser that Turner looked “tired”, but he’s looked the same to me for 3 games in a row now.  IMO during his recent slump, he simply has not been aggressive enough in the opening minutes of the game.  I did like that ET got to the FT line often today.  I also thought he should have gotten a couple more calls from the zebras.

Spencer Hawes, C 31 MIN | 5-15 FG | 0-0 FT | 16 REB | 2 AST | 2 STL | 1 BLK | 2 TO | 11 PTS | +2Obviously Spencer did not shoot the ball well today, but he tied a season high with 14 boards.  If could have played a lick of defense on Marcian Gortat, the Sixers may have accidentally won this game.

Michael Carter-Williams, PG 34 MIN | 13-22 FG | 4-8 FT | 6 REB | 5 AST | 3 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 31 PTS | -10I loved most of what I saw from MCW today — especially during hsi stellar 2nd Q play — 17 points.  However, if you look at this game closely, you’ll see that he was MIA in the 1st Q (2 pts. & 2 TOs); shot 50% from the FT line and couldn’t contain John Wall (MCW was a -10 on the day).  Still, I’d like to have seen Brown put him back in the game during the late 4th Q.

James Anderson, SG 18 MIN | 3-6 FG | 2-2 FT | 5 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 8 PTS | +6An okay game by JA who scored 4 points in the 1st Q and another 4 during the Sixers to little, too late push in teh late 4th Q.  But IMO our second best 3-point shooter has to squeeze off 1 or 2 3PAs per game.


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Now That’s Tanking

Posted by: C. Smith
01/19/14 3:34 pm EST

2getherwebuildmantracopyAfter dropping both ends of a back-to-back set this weekend, the Sixers have now lost six of their last seven games.  The last two defeats  – Friday’s loss to a motivated Heat squad and last night’s ass whopping by the Bulls — were simply too embarrassing to warrant a Rapid Reacts post.

At the end of the 2013-14 season, we may look back at this lost weekend in mid-January and recognize it as the moment when the season of the tank became unwatchable.

After the jump, a look at some of the disturbing trends and numbers from Friday and Saturday night.


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Fo’ with the Foes: Miami Heat

Posted by: C. Smith
01/17/14 3:16 pm EST

miami-heat-dancers-8This 2013-14 opening day 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 Miami Heat who are not playing like two time defending NBA Champions right now and thus are experiencing a 3-game losing skid right.

After the jump, I’ll look a Fo’ key items for tonight’s game.  Additionally, we’ll get a little more insight into the Heat team the Sixers face tonight from our man Wes Goldberg at AllUCanHeat.com as Wes will answer Fo’ questions on the Heat from us here at Philadunkia.


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Interview: Thaddeus Young

Posted by: Jeff McMenamin
01/16/14 2:26 pm EST

thad3ballDraining the game winning 3-pointer last night for the 76ers (pic at left) was just the latest jaw dropping feat in what has been a stellar year for veteran forward Thaddeus Young.  

In addition to averaging career highs of 17.6 ppg. (19.8 in his last 10) and 6.6 rpg., Thad has become the leader of this Sixers’ roster and a Philadunkia nation favorite during one of the toughest seasons in the history of this franchise.  

The bonus to his heightened play this year is that Thad remains one of the classiest guys in the League.

As he pushes for a spot on the 2014 East All-Star squad, Thad took some time to jump on the phone with Philadunkia’s Jeff McMenamin and answer questions on the standout season he is having; his alleged trade request and the advice he is giving to his young teammates. 

Q&A after the J…


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GM 38: Rapid (Lucky 13) Reacts

Posted by: Philadunkia
01/16/14 10:27 am EST
Charlotte Bobcats 92 FinalRecap | Box Score 95 Philadelphia 76ers
Thaddeus Young, PF 33 MIN | 4-11 FG | 2-4 FT | 5 REB | 1 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 11 PTS | +3As I mentioned in my preview post for this game, I was looking for a fast start and a big night for Thad.  That didn’t happen as #21 only got one look at the hoop in the 1st Q and had 3 TOs in that portion of the game.  He played decently the rest of the night, but was headed for a disappointing run until he drilled the GWing 3-ball.  It was his only made FG of the 4th Q (1-4). FYI…Previous to that 3PM, Thad was 2-for-his-last-11 from deep….Lastly, Thad is averaging only 11.6 ppg. in his last 4 runs.  Hopefully hitting that big shot pulls Thad out of his mini-slump.

Evan Turner, SF 36 MIN | 10-19 FG | 2-2 FT | 7 REB | 4 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 4 TO | 23 PTS | +17A stellar 4th Q (11 points on 5-6 from the field) turned an okay night by Turner into a real crowd pleaser.  50% shooting from the field and 100% from the FT line last night.  Holy sh**!

Spencer Hawes, C 38 MIN | 7-12 FG | 0-0 FT | 14 REB | 7 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 5 TO | 17 PTS | +8A very solid double-double by Hawes was tainted by 5 turnovers and an inability to provide any resistance on Al Jefferson.  However the 3-ball hawes splashed home in the late 4th Q was huge and he handed out 7 dimes.

Michael Carter-Williams, PG 32 MIN | 8-15 FG | 3-6 FT | 8 REB | 7 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 20 PTS | +9A near triple-double for MCW was highlighted by 12 points in the 1st half and a beautiful assist on Thad’s GW’er.  However, his missed FT with the Sixers up 92-90 nearly killed me and he (as well as others) got lit up by Kemba Walker.

James Anderson, SG 30 MIN | 3-4 FG | 0-1 FT | 2 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 6 PTS | +1I still would prefer if JA was coming of the bench and providing a scoring spark, but last night he played fine (as long as we don’t talk about defense). When he scored 4 points early, I actually thought he was headed for a big night.  I was mistaken, but there’s nothing wrong with the way he played.


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Fo’ with the Foes: Charlotte Bobcats

Posted by: C. Smith
01/15/14 2:43 pm EST

charlotte-bobcats-lady-cats-cheerleader-kristiThis 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 Charlotte Bobcats, who have lost eight of their last ten, but got a solid win against New York last night and currently sit inthe 8th and final playoff spot in the East.

After the jump, I’ll look at Fo’ key items for tonight’s game.  Additionally, we’ll get a little more insight into this Charlotte team the Sixers face tonight from our colleague Spencer Percy at queencityhoops.com, as Spencer will answer Fo’ questions on his Bobcats squad from us here at Philadunkia.


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GM20: (Now That’s Tanking) Rapid Reacts

Posted by: C. Smith
12/07/13 12:03 pm EST
Philadelphia 76ers 88 Final

Recap | Box Score

105 Charlotte Bobcats
Thaddeus Young, PF 30 MIN | 3-9 FG | 3-4 FT | 1 REB | 2 AST | 1 STL | 1 BLK | 2 TO | 9 PTS | -18Thad scored the Sixers first 6 points and than was limited by injury the rest of the way.  After a great steal off of Zeller, Thad looked like he tweaked something in his back as he went in for an awkward layin.
Evan Turner, SF 40 MIN | 7-18 FG | 0-1 FT | 6 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 16 PTS | -516 points on 18 FGAs is not the type of efficiency Bret Brown is looking for out of Turner.  1 FTA is not a great stat either.  He also got clowned in the 3rd Q by a Kemba Walker around the back dribble.  So not a great night for Turner.
Hollis Thompson, SF 32 MIN | 5-7 FG | 0-0 FT | 6 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 12 PTS | 0HT got off to a quick start last night by drilling 4 out of his first 4 shots.  He was also 2-2 from deep in the 1st half.  But he, like most of the Sixers disappeared in the 2nd half.
Spencer Hawes, C 29 MIN | 3-9 FG | 2-2 FT | 13 REB | 5 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 5 TO | 10 PTS | -10Obviously last night was not Spence’s best shooting performance and IMO he’s now hoisting up too many 3′s.  I know he was 2-2 in the 1st Q, but still…I don’t have any other notes on him from last night and he racked up a double-double.  Which means it couldn’t have been that impressive.

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GM16: Rapid (Big Nik) Reacts

Posted by: C. Smith
11/28/13 10:14 am EST
Philadelphia 76ers 94 FinalRecap | Box Score 105 Orlando Magic
Lavoy Allen, PF 31 MIN | 3-8 FG | 0-0 FT | 7 REB | 2 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 6 PTS | -3Overall not a bad game by Lavoy.  Allen grabbed a couple boards in the 1st half and he scored 4 points in that critical stretch of the 3rd Q.  However, last night he also fumbled away two great dimes that should have been convereted into dunks and at 5:33 of the 4th Q Glen Davis blocked a Lavoy jumper.  That play was simply embarrassing.
Evan Turner, SF 42 MIN | 7-14 FG | 2-2 FT | 11 REB | 8 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 17 PTS | -6After an 0-3 start, ET recovered to have a nice, but relatively quiet game.  I know the Sixers staff is working on his 3-point jump shot form and footwork, but 4 3PAs from #12 is too many for my tastes. FYI…Turner is now 4-for-his-last-26 from deep.
Daniel Orton, C 19 MIN | 4-6 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 2 TO | 8 PTS | -13If you think about how little NBA basketball this kid has played in the last two years (19 games total) than you would realize how thankful we should be that he can contribute at all.
Michael Carter-Williams, PG 40 MIN | 9-21 FG | 2-2 FT | 4 REB | 3 AST | 4 STL | 1 BLK | 2 TO | 23 PTS | -11Overall I thought MCW had a solid game.  I especially liked his defense on Oladipo for most of the 2nd half.  However, 23 points on 21 shots is not the most efficient scoring night; he threw up a complete brick on a key possession in the 4th Q and I’d like to see more than 3 dimes out of my starting PG.
James Anderson, SG 34 MIN | 2-9 FG | 0-0 FT | 5 REB | 6 AST | 1 STL | 1 BLK | 3 TO | 4 PTS | -12Anyone else had enough of this experiment?  In the 7 games since his 36 point outburts, JA has scored a total of 69 points — or 9.8 ppg.

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