THE FINAL 16

Posted by: Philadunkia
03/19/13 2:38 pm EST

Outside of Evan “The Enigma” Turner, the 76ers clearly do not understand the fact that tanking for the remainder of this lost season is in the best interest of this franchise.

Instead of going down in flames and looking forward to the 2013 Draft and the upcoming off-season, the 7-6 have refused to give up on their season.  As a result, they have gone out and won 3 of their last 4 games down at the Wells Fargo Center.  Even in their one loss, the 7-6 gave the Miami Heat all the defending champs could handle.

However, we all know the Sixers are horrible on the road (6-23) and 12 of their final 16 contests are away from the WFC.  So there is no way these recent winning ways can continue, right?

That’s the question put to the scribes here at Philadunkia.  Given the Sixers stretch of solid play over the last week or so, “What do forecast will happen with this team over the final 16 games of the 2012-13 season?”  

 
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GM 60: (SPEECHLESS) REACTS

Posted by: Jeff McMenamin
03/07/13 5:55 am EST
Philadelphia 76ers 96 FinalRecap | Box Score 107 Atlanta Hawks
Thaddeus Young, SF 26 MIN | 8-11 FG | 0-1 FT | 6 REB | 0 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 16 PTS | -2

Thad had the tough task of guarding either Josh Smith or Al Horford all game and was still able to score an efficient 16 points on 8-of-11 from the field and pull down six rebounds.  I don’t understand why Collins decided to give him just 26 minutes.  Maybe he was noticeably tired or his hammy was bothering him.

Evan Turner, SF 23 MIN | 1-7 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 4 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 2 PTS | -13

This was one of Turner’s worst games of the year.  He hit a jumper to cap off a Sixers 8-0 run to start the game (I’ll get to that after the jump) and then went on to miss his next six FG’s and completely disappear.  What happened to this guy?  He’s clearly given up on the Sixers, coach Collins, the fans and maybe even himself.

Spencer Hawes, C 21 MIN | 3-7 FG | 2-2 FT | 11 REB | 3 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 8 PTS | -6

Hawes had a big third quarter which helped cut the Hawks’ lead to just three after they had led by as many as 19 before the end of the first half.  Hawes scored six points and pulled down six of his team-high 11 rebounds in the quarter as well.  Overall it was a decent effort from Hawes.  It could’ve been inspired by his uncle Steve Hawes, who played for the Hawks for seven seasons from 1976-1983.

Royal Ivey, PG 13 MIN | 0-3 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 0 PTS | -14

This was yet another “Poison Ivey” effort from Royal.  He nearly fouled out of the game in 13 minutes, committing five fouls in that span on the court.  He’s simply been awful the past two games and for tanking purposes, maybe that’s a good thing?

Jrue Holiday, PG 38 MIN | 3-12 FG | 4-5 FT | 4 REB | 12 AST | 1 STL | 1 BLK | 4 TO | 11 PTS | +7

The Jruth” had a rough night shooting the ball and apparently took a slight beating physically in the game as well.  Jrue was seen with his wrist wrapped with ice in the locker room postgame and he admittedly rolled his ankle pretty badly towards the end of the first half.  Shooting 3-of-12 from the field is unacceptable, but it did seem like something was off all night in Jrue’s game.  Defensively he was also unable to contain Jeff Teague who had a career night, scoring 27 while dishing 11 assists.  The A+ is for playing hurt and going hard all game — that’s called leadership.  Bynum could learn something from Holiday.  Holiday had these comments in the locker room post game.

Arnett Moultrie, PF 27 MIN | 4-8 FG | 0-0 FT | 7 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 8 PTS | -5

Yes!!! Maybe Doug Collins is starting to read this blog, rejoice!!  Other than sluggish defense on Anthony Tolliver all night, Moultrie continued to impress scoring eight points and more importantly grabbing seven rebounds in 27 minutes of tick.  He makes the Sixers exciting to watch when he’s on the court and he’s already dunked the ball with authority more times than Spencer Hawes, Lavoy Allen and Kwame Brown had all season.  Here’s some examples of Moultrie attacking the rim

Dorell Wright, SF 32 MIN | 6-16 FG | 5-6 FT | 9 REB | 1 AST | 3 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 20 PTS | -5

It wasn’t done efficiently, but 20 points and nine rebounds is a super performance from Wright. Wright hadn’t scored 20 in a game since the Sixers road win over the Memphis Grizzlies back on December 26th.  His nine rebounds also ties his season high.  Getting things done DWRIGHTWAY will hopefully get him further away from the Do(u)g house.

Charles Jenkins, PG 29 MIN | 3-7 FG | 1-2 FT | 2 REB | 5 AST | 2 STL | 1 BLK | 1 TO | 7 PTS | +2

Jenkins went from receiving a DNP against Boston, to playing an absurd 29 minutes the very next game. Jenkins had seven points, two rebounds and two assists in his first 13 minutes of action, but the next 16 minutes were unnecessary.  I don’t know what Jenkins did to get on Collins’ good side, but his minutes from one game to the next were an example of classic Doug.

Jeremy Pargo, PG 9 MIN | 1-4 FG | 1-1 FT | 0 REB | 3 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 3 PTS | -11

Really Doug? Why????  Ivey and Jenkins have no business receiving the minutes that should’ve been Pargo’s in the past two games.  Pargo is being underutilized and should start at the point guard spot for the Sixers while letting Jrue Holiday off-the-ball for open looks.  Pargo’s quick, he has size, he takes the ball strong to the tin and he has good passing instinct.

Damien Wilkins, SG 22 MIN | 8-11 FG | 3-4 FT | 6 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 21 PTS | -8

DAM-I-EN, DAM-I-EN, DAM-I-EN…The man was possessed against his Uncle Dominique’s former team. He hit for 21 points on 8-of-11 shooting and even grabbed six boards and got to the FT line a couple times. In the past seven games he’s scored double-digits in three of them.  The last time he scored twenty in a game goes all the way back to a game against the Hawks in Atlanta as well on November 16, 2007 where he scored 41.  To state just how long ago that was, Damien Wilkins was a member of the Seattle Supersonics at the time…Someone on Twitter even suggested he should’ve done the Michael Jordan shoulder shrug after hitting a deep three to give him his 21st point in the 4th.  I couldn’t agree more.

Lavoy Allen, C DNP COACH’S DECISION MIN | FG | FT | REB | AST | STL | BLK | TO | PTS |

It’s about time!!! Kick back and watch some Temple basketball in March Lavoy, because you have no reason to get any more playing time for the foreseeable future.  I’ve never seen a player as soft and mellow quite like yourself.  You broke the boring scale months ago.

Kwame Brown, C DNP COACH’S DECISION MIN | FG | FT | REB | AST | STL | BLK | TO | PTS |

In the last 28 Sixers games, Kwame Brown has played in just five.  Money well spent.

Doug Collins

Overall Doug has his team competing again which is something to be proud of.  He’s also given more playing time to Moultrie and less to the likes of Hawes and Lavoy.  All good things.  Next he has to start Pargo and Wright at the point guard and small forward positions.  It’s the only way to make Evan Turner wake up right now.

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GM 57: (WINNING) RAPID REACTS

Posted by: C. Smith
03/02/13 10:26 pm EST
Golden State Warriors 97 FinalRecap | Box Score 104 Philadelphia 76ers
Thaddeus Young, SF 40 MIN | 7-15 FG | 0-0 FT | 16 REB | 3 AST | 2 STL | 2 BLK | 3 TO | 14 PTS | -3

A career high 16 boards was the major highlight in a very good night for Thad (double-double).  His 4 straight points during the Sixers run in the 2nd Q were big and he had a huge garbage play – layin during the 4th Q.

Evan Turner, SF 43 MIN | 10-15 FG | 0-2 FT | 10 REB | 9 AST | 1 STL | 1 BLK | 2 TO | 22 PTS | +3

One of ET’s best games of the year — near triple-double.  I especially like that he did not pound the ball into the floor on any trips tonight. I wonder if saw the Kenny Smith piece on TNT the other night?  In the 3rd Q Turner had 10 pts. as well as a great pick-n-roll alley-oop to Moultrie.  He came up even bigger in the 4th — 6 pts; 2 fantastic assists and a big steal.  Still, his FT shooting is killing me.

Spencer Hawes, C 20 MIN | 0-9 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 3 TO | 0 PTS | -8

A 0-4 1st Q began a simply awful night for Hawes.

Royal Ivey, PG 25 MIN | 6-6 FG | 1-3 FT | 0 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 17 PTS | -7

Ivey got the start and he responded with 8 pts. in the 1st Q on his way to his best game this season.  Ivey’s shooting was on fire tonight.  I also thought he did a solid job on Curry in the 2nd half and slowed Steph down somewhat.  But those late missed FTs nearly killed me.

Jrue Holiday, PG 42 MIN | 11-20 FG | 2-2 FT | 5 REB | 7 AST | 4 STL | 0 BLK | 8 TO | 27 PTS | +9

Holiday had 11 points in the 1st half, but it was his play in the 4th Q and especially the closing minutes that will have everyone talking. He scored 12 points in the final Q including 5 straight to close out the game.  That’s how an all-star closes a game!  However, 8 turnovers is unacceptable from your all-star PG.  My only other knock was that Curry gave him fits at the other end, but Curry does that to most foes.

Lavoy Allen, PF 28 MIN | 2-7 FG | 0-0 FT | 5 REB | 4 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 4 PTS | +15

Lavoy drifts in and out of games so much it’s scary, but Fran Dunphy told us that for years.

Arnett Moultrie, PF 8 MIN | 2-2 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 4 PTS | +10

If all of the Sixers bigs could learn to cut / dive / run to the rim like the rookie, we’d score a lot more easy buckets.  He had a beautiful catch and slam on an alley-oop from Turner.

Dorell Wright, SF 27 MIN | 5-9 FG | 0-0 FT | 7 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 3 TO | 13 PTS | +19

Wirght played like a man with a chip on his shoulder against his former team.  His 11 points in the 1st half helped keep the Sixers in this one.  The hustle play he made to cover the length of the floor and block a Curry lay-up was simply incredible.

Jeremy Pargo, PG 8 MIN | 1-2 FG | 1-2 FT | 1 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 3 PTS | -3

Nothing wrong with his night, but I had bigger expectations when we signed this guy.  Of course it’s tough to do a lot in only 8 ticks.

Kwame Brown, C DNP COACH’S DECISION MIN | FG | FT | REB | AST | STL | BLK | TO | PTS |

I heard he grabbed like 3 boxes of Wilt bobble heads.

Doug Collins

DC pushed the right button in starting Ivey tonight.  I liked that he got Turner the ball closer to the hoop in the second half where he could score quickly (I assume that was by design).  I thought he stuck with Hawes too long and Moultrie did not get enough burn.

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ANALYZING THE SIXERS

Posted by: Jeff McMenamin
01/02/13 8:44 am EST

A relatively new and popular way of analyzing sports teams and players is through the use of advanced statistics.

Around the NBA, you’ve seen teams hiring their own stat guru’s to better evaluate talent based on their findings.  Early in December, the Memphis Grizzlies hired ESPN’s highly popular analyst, John Hollinger, as their Vice President of Basketball Operations.  At the beginning of the season, the Sixers hired Aaron Barzilai, creator of the website basketballvalue.com, as the team’s director of analytics.

The most famous stat-guy in the front offices of an NBA team is Daryl Morey, general manager of the Houston Rockets. He was the first NBA general manager to be hired through the Moneyball concept of thinking.  This past offseason, he famously signed Jeremy Lin and Omer Asik while also trading for James Harden.  The Rockets are now one of the most intriguing and exciting teams to watch in the League, currently holding the NBA’s second-best offense.

Being relatively new to the subject of advanced statistics I couldn’t think of a better way to both enlighten myself about the topic and to give readers a better understanding as well then to interview one of the more popular number-crunchers out there today.

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YOUNG INFLUENCE

Posted by: Jeff McMenamin
12/18/12 9:40 am EST

What’s the difference between professional athletes in the United States and United States citizens?  The reality is that they’re one in the same, but for young fans of the NBA often times that may be too hard of a concept to grasp or to understand.

As a young fan you see these towering figures who can soar through an arena sky like a model airplane, eventually landing gracefully to the hardwood until the next flight.  You see them on television, in movies, in video games, in commercials, on billboards and maybe even on your favorite cartoon.  It’s hard for a young fan to comprehend that these men were once just like them – a small child watching their heroes take the court in a game in which they love.  They once had posters which lined the walls, jerseys of their favorite players hanging in their closets and sporting cards in their drawers which they were hoping to one day have signed.


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GM 18: RAPID REACTS

Posted by: C. Smith
12/05/12 10:04 am EST
Minnesota Timberwolves 105 FinalRecap | Box Score 88 Philadelphia 76ers
Lavoy Allen, PF 24 MIN | 3-6 FG | 0-0 FT | 5 REB | 1 AST | 6 PTS | 0

I actually thought Lavoy did a respectable job on both ends of the floor last night, but he was one of the few who came to play.

Thaddeus Young, SF 27 MIN | 6-10 FG | 1-1 FT | 2 REB | 0 AST | 13 PTS | -8

In the 3rd Q Thad made a valiant effort to pull this game out in the for the Sixers. He put up 7 straight and 9 overall in the Q, but even his high energy on defense and his scoring burst was not enough to get the Sixers over the hump.  I also thought he did a decent job of defending Love by fronting the big man.  Still, he has to grab more then 2 boards a game.

Evan Turner, SF 36 MIN | 8-20 FG | 1-3 FT | 5 REB | 2 AST | 19 PTS | -12

Don’t let the stats fool you, this was a very inefficient 19 points (on 20 FGAs) by ET.  Too many times he jacked up shots early in the clock without moving the ball via the pass even once.

Jrue Holiday, PG 31 MIN | 5-13 FG | 3-4 FT | 5 REB | 9 AST | 13 PTS | -13

Arguably the worst defensive game I have ever seen Jrue play.  He looked clueless at times vs. the Wolves guards.

Jason Richardson, SG 30 MIN | 6-10 FG | 2-4 FT | 7 REB | 4 AST | 14 PTS | -12

J-Rich came out early and established a nice rhythm for himself — 8 quick points.  He scored in a variety of ways — posting up Ridnour; grabbing an OREB as well as hitting a jumper.  Unfortunately none of the other Sixers cared to follow his lead.

Arnett Moultrie, PF 11 MIN | 1-3 FG | 2-5 FT | 4 REB | 1 AST | 4 PTS | +3

I know it was garbage time, but I like what I saw from this kid. He had 3 OREBs which is more than I can say for any other 76er.

Dorell Wright, SF 12 MIN | 2-6 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 1 AST | 6 PTS | -10

Eventually this guy is going to get his jumper popping, right?!?

Kwame Brown, C 12 MIN | 0-0 FG | 1-2 FT | 2 REB | 0 AST | 1 PTS | -13What would like me to say here? He takes up space and that’s really it.
Maalik Wayns, PG 14 MIN | 1-6 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 2 AST | 2 PTS | -1

If Wayns would just slow down a little on (or pass up entirely) the long jumpers, I think he would be much more effective for the Sixers. We have enough jump shooters on this team, his job is to push the ball up the floor on the break or take it to the rim in the half-court. Let’s stick to that, thanks.

Royal Ivey, PG 2 MIN | 0-0 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 0 PTS | 0

He was simply awesome in his 2 mins. of play (Sarcasm here).

Damien Wilkins, SG 19 MIN | 1-3 FG | 2-2 FT | 2 REB | 2 AST | 4 PTS | -3

I liked his physical defensive effort in this game (as I always do) and I’m not sure why DC didn’t throw him into the game a little earlier in an attempt to slow down the Wolves.  Why not try it???

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IVERSON UPDATE

Posted by: Jeff McMenamin
12/02/12 8:29 pm EST

Allen Iverson’s Answer VI’s were re-released on Friday.

Undoubtedly the most polarizing figure to the Sixers organization over the past 25 years was guard Allen Iverson. It’s hard to believe that the organization is now three seasons removed from Iverson’s last game with the team back on February 20th, 2010 in a loss to the Chicago Bulls.

Just because the Answer is now years and miles away from his playing days with the Sixers, doesn’t mean he can’t still make headlines in the city where he used to do it on a daily basis. As always with Iverson, there’s some good news and bad news to report to you on the sports icon as he’s miles away in China still trying to fight his way back onto an NBA roster.


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TRIPLE THREAT

Posted by: Jeff McMenamin
11/30/12 3:00 pm EST

Jrue Holiday (left) and Evan Turner have been crucial to the Sixers success this season.

As everybody already knows, the NBA is a star-centered league. It was never more evident then when one of the NBA’s most respected coaches, Gregg Popovich, was chastised for deciding to sit four of his star players in a game last night against arguably the NBA’s best team in the Miami Heat.

For the 2012-13 Sixers, it’s been more of the same. From the start of the campaign up until now, there’s been one man drawing the attention of the national media, while next to nothing has been said of the “team” that stands at 9-6, good enough for the fifth best record in the Eastern Conference. The focus has been on Andrew Bynum, the All-Star center who hasn’t been able to play a minute this season for the Sixers as he recovers from offseason knee procedures.

Before the Sixers’ first nationally televised game this season against the New Orleans Hornets, the Sixers were on ESPN.com’s front page. Instead of a story focusing on the promising youth and acquisitions the Sixers were able to make in the offseason, it was a story focused on questioning the Sixers ownership, calling the moves they made this season a “risk”. All of the negativity was built around the status of Bynum, the Sixers’ most talked-about offseason acquisition since Elton Brand.

Just 10 days later, as the Sixers stood at 5-4, another article came out about Bynum damaging cartilage in his knees while going bowling. Most recently, as the Sixers sat at 7-5, out came yet another article on Bynum only this time about him being out indefinitely for the 2012-13 season.

As the national media now steers its way away from Philadelphia (due to Bynum’s playing status being much clearer), maybe the NBA’s fans will be able to focus on the Sixers in a positive light and see who they really are this season as a team rather than who they’re not.


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GAME 11: RAPID REACTS

Posted by: Jeff McMenamin
11/21/12 8:21 am EST
Toronto Raptors 98 FinalRecap | Box Score 106 Philadelphia 76ers
Thaddeus Young, SF 39 MIN | 8-13 FG | 2-4 FT | 7 REB | 2 AST | 18 PTS | +10While another “Young” may have grabbed the most attention in this game, once again Thad played tremendous down the stretch in this one.  Thad’s strip of Andrea Bargnani late in the 4th (who had gotten the better of him for most of the game) was a huge moment in the game.  Thad scored 10 of his 18 points in the 4th, including a steal and dunk sequence to seal the game.  His energy late in games has been crucial to the team’s 7-4 start.
Evan Turner, SG 33 MIN | 5-14 FG | 2-2 FT | 5 REB | 4 AST | 12 PTS | -5Turner put on a solid effort, but disappeared for large stretches of the game.  He also looked slow at times guarding Raptors leading scorer DeMar DeRozan.  It definitely wasn’t his best game and after shutting out DeRozan when the teams met a little over a week ago I had expected more from him on the defensive end.  Had Turner not been replaced by Jason Richardson with 9:30 left in the 4th, this post could’ve been a reaction about a Sixers loss.
Kwame Brown, C 6 MIN | 0-0 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 0 AST | 0 PTS | -10He got to start.  That counts for something right?
Jrue Holiday, PG 40 MIN | 9-21 FG | 0-0 FT | 8 REB | 12 AST | 19 PTS | +1After an ugly start to the night shooting the ball and the combo of Jose Calderon/Kyle Lowry getting the better of Jrue for most of the game, Holiday did everything right down the stretch for the Sixers and nearly posted a triple-double. His drive to the hole and kick to a wide open Jason Richardson to give the Sixers are 6-point cushion late was a thing of beauty and the type of play which should make every Sixers fan happy with his recent contract extension.  Jrue was simply clutch and he’ll need to be exactly that for the Sixers to succeed this season without Bynum.
Jason Richardson, SG 32 MIN | 7-14 FG | 3-3 FT | 3 REB | 0 AST | 21 PTS | +17The oldest player on the team showed that he’s got more than enough left in the tank.  Subbing in for Evan Turner in the 4th, he was the spark the Sixers desperately needed as he hit 6-straight points to turn a tie ballgame into a crucial 6-point lead with just 1:20 left in the game.  His four three’s are exactly what the team expects from him on a game-by-game basis and especially three’s in the clutch. After all, he’s one of the few leaders on this young Sixers team.
Lavoy Allen, PF 25 MIN | 1-4 FG | 2-2 FT | 6 REB | 1 AST | 4 PTS | +6Not a pretty stat-line, but one of the better defensive performances out of Allen this season.  Still waiting for him to make headlines for a breakout game rather than over tweeting to “Clueless” movie stars.
Dorell Wright, SF 14 MIN | 1-2 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 0 AST | 3 PTS | +19D.Wright is officially in Doug Collins’ dog house.  Good luck getting out of it, it’s a tough thing to do. Although Wright did make one of the funniest quotes of the season so far before the game. When asked on what he’s contributing to this years Thanksgiving dinner, Wright responded by saying, “I put rolls in the oven.”  If only he had a few more opportunities to roll a couple shots in the net. I’d be lying if I said that quote didn’t bring his grade up higher for this game.
Spencer Hawes, C 16 MIN | 2-4 FG | 2-2 FT | 3 REB | 2 AST | 6 PTS | -3Spencer, can you please just put the headband back on?  Spencer Hawes can’t seem to find consistency this season for the Sixers.  Hawes has just two games where he’s registered 10 rebounds or more in 11 contests.  Through 11 games last season he had six.  Without Bynum, it’s unacceptable for a seven footer like Hawes to come up small on the boards.  The Sixers are going to have a rough season if they keep getting out-rebounded like they did against the Raptors, 48-41.
Royal Ivey, PG 6 MIN | 0-0 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 0 PTS | 0It seems like Royal Ivey has finally come back down to earth and is back where he belongs, warming a seat on the Sixers bench.
Nick Young, SG 29 MIN | 7-13 FG | 6-6 FT | 3 REB | 4 AST | 23 PTS | +5“Swaggy P came and delivered,” said Nick Young after by far his best performance of the season.  He even had his off-balance fade-away going in this one as Swaggy did everything he wanted against the Raptors defense.  What impressed me more than his scoring was his defense against DeMar DeRozan to close out the game and his ability to get to the line.  If he can add these aspects to his game this season, then the Sixers front office will look like genius’ for letting Lou Williams walk in the offseason.
Arnett Moultrie, PF DNP COACH’S DECISION MIN | FG | FT | REB | AST | PTS | Really?
Maalik Wayns, PG DNP COACH’S DECISION MIN | FG | FT | REB | AST | PTS | Really?

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GM 6: (NOT SO) RAPID REACTS

Posted by: Jeff McMenamin
11/12/12 2:41 pm EST
Philadelphia 76ers 93 Final
Recap | Box Score
83 Toronto Raptors
Lavoy Allen, PF 21 MIN | 0-5 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 2 AST | 0 PTS | +7I hate to rip on a guy from my Alma Mater, but Lavoy is by far the biggest disappointment on the Sixers team this season.
Dorell Wright, SF 27 MIN | 5-12 FG | 1-1 FT | 6 REB | 0 AST | 15 PTS | -16@DWRIGHTWAY1 continues to impress both offensively and defensively. When the Raptors climbed back into the game to just a 69-62 Sixers lead at the end of the 3rd, Wright displayed his shooting stroke in the 4th with back to back treys to put the Sixers up 75-63 which set the tone for the rest of the game. Has he proved enough yet to be a full-time starter? It may still be too difficult to tell at this point.
Thaddeus Young, SF 34 MIN | 5-11 FG | 6-6 FT | 8 REB | 2 AST | 16 PTS | +4Thad put on another Thad effort. Efficient from the field, solid on the boards and high energy all game. But…Andrea Bargnani had 23 points for the Raptors. I know you’re trying your hardest on defense Thad, but try harder.
Evan Turner, SF 37 MIN | 2-7 FG | 4-5 FT | 12 REB | 4 AST | 8 PTS | -3There was a play early in the 3rd quarter where Turner drove into the lane, stopped and found a cutting Thad Young for an easy dunk on the baseline. These are the types of plays which makes my Turn-o-meter go towards the green. After easily his best game of the season against the Celtics, Turner played well against the Raptors and nearly got a double-double with 8 points and 12 rebounds. He had the tough assignment of guarding the Raptors best player in Damar DeRozen and was able to keep him to just 6-of-17 shooting from the field. It’s a phrase that’s been used before, but it looks as if Turner is Turn(ing) the corner.
Jrue Holiday, PG 35 MIN | 6-11 FG | 3-5 FT | 3 REB | 5 AST | 16 PTS | -12Holiday should consider himself extremely lucky. Point guard Kyle Lowry who has been playing the best basketball of his career for the Raptors wasn’t able to suit up due to a sprained ankle, and Holiday found himself against a much easier assignment of Jose Calderon. Yet Calderon nearly single-handily brought the Raptors right back into the game with four second-half three’s, finishing with 14 points while dishing out 11 assists. Holiday finished with 16 points but with just five assists while yet again notching seven turnovers! Yup, Jrue Holiday was outplayed by Jose Calderon and he has to use that as fuel for a stellar performance tonight against Brandon Jennings and the Bucks.
Spencer Hawes, C 23 MIN | 5-10 FG | 2-4 FT | 11 REB | 3 AST | 12 PTS | +14No star-spangled headband? Let me show you how America does things Toronto.’ Spencer Hawes is becoming a legend in Philadelphia because of his personality both on and off the court. He had himself a nice game against the Raptors, notching a double-double in just 23 minutes. I’ve jumped on the Spencer bandwagon and agree that his salary might be a huge steal for the Sixers down the road. As long as Bynum is out, he’s going to have to rebound like this for the Sixers to stay competitive.
Royal Ivey, PG 19 MIN | 3-3 FG | 2-2 FT | 3 REB | 5 AST | 8 PTS | +22I may have to retract my last comments pertaining to Royal Ivey. Ivey played mistake-free basketball against the Raptors where his counter-part Jrue Holiday nearly cost his team the game. He may not be the flashiest of guards, but as long as he can play efficient basketball while on the court I’m a fan.
Damien Wilkins, SG 11 MIN | 1-2 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 2 PTS | +911 wasted minutes.
Nick Young, SG 32 MIN | 7-12 FG | 1-2 FT | 2 REB | 0 AST | 16 PTS | +25Swaggy was the man in the second quarter and now has back to back games of efficient scoring on the offensive end. He shot 7-of-12 for 16 points, including an impressive And-1 in the third to put the Sixers up 67-55. He played a season-high 32 minutes and did his best Lou Williams imitation for the first time this season.

After the jump, Six Things We Saw…

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