GM 12: RAPID REACTS

Posted by: Philadunkia
01/15/12 10:32 am EST
Philadelphia 76ers 103 Final

Recap | Box Score

90 Washington Wizards
Elton Brand, PF 23 MIN | 5-10 FG | 2-2 FT | 2 REB | 1 AST | 12 PTS | -5

Five games in six days for the 32 year old Elton Brand has to be tough on his body. Brand looked slow, out of it and simply worn down. But what can you expect from a player his age in a condensed season? There’s going to be nights like the one against the Wizards, where Brand’s legs are going to be heavy and he’ll struggle to perform.

Andre Iguodala, SF 35 MIN | 9-16 FG | 4-6 FT | 7 REB | 5 AST | 23 PTS | -2

Iguodala was great. He was aggressive from the opening tip, looking to create shots for himself on the offensive end and setting up teammates in transition. AI9 was in a good rhythm against the Wizards and he continues to excel pushing the ball for fast-break opportunities. Collins also praised his defensive efforts following the game.

Spencer Hawes, C 19 MIN | 2-4 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 3 AST | 4 PTS | +1

Remember when Spencer Hawes came out really hot to start the season? Remember when he had four double-doubles in the first six games and was equally impressive in the other two contests? Yeah, I miss that Spencer Hawes. I guess we’ll just blame it on the nagging back injury.

Jodie Meeks, G 31 MIN | 1-5 FG | 2-2 FT | 1 REB | 3 AST | 5 PTS | +2

Meeks went from scoring a career-high 26 points against Washington on Friday, to hardly being relevant the next night. His five points all came in the first quarter of the ball game.

Jrue Holiday, PG 40 MIN | 5-17 FG | 3-3 FT | 3 REB | 2 AST | 13 PTS | +12

I still can’t tell if Holiday taking 17 shots is a good or bad thing. The positive: He’s being aggressive and attacked the lengthy JaVale McGee at the rim several times. The negative: The 7-6 have plenty of guys that can score, maybe 17 shots is too high. It’d be nice to see him create more as a passer (averaging 4.5 assists heading into Saturday’s game).

Tony Battie, C 12 MIN | 0-1 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 0 AST | 0 PTS | +6

In only his fifth game appearance of the young season, Battie showed why he rarely gets on the floor. Battie is simply a solid veteran guy who’ll warm the bench when Hawes and Vucevic are healthy. Tonight he received minutes once Collins felt uncomfortable putting Hawes in due to his back injury.

Lou Williams, PG 26 MIN | 7-12 FG | 6-6 FT | 5 REB | 2 AST | 24 PTS | +13

After a 19 point performance on Friday night, Lou-Will did not disappoint in DC. Williams was feeling it from downtown and connected on four long distance treys. He finished with a team-high 24 points and is the Sixers leading scorer on the season.

Thaddeus Young, F 31 MIN | 6-13 FG | 6-6 FT | 4 REB | 0 AST | 18 PTS | +11

In the post game media questioning, Doug Collins mentioned only running a single play for Thaddeus Young the entire ball game. And yet, Young was still able to deliver with 18 points off the bench. When asked how he was able to score 18 while only being called upon once, “Just from having a natural feel for the game and knowing where the ball is at all times,” he explained.

Evan Turner, SG 13 MIN | 1-4 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 3 AST | 2 PTS | +15

Turner never got in rhythm on the offensive end and although he made a few good passes, he rarely looked to create for himself. Turner’s thigh looked to be the reason for his lack of production. ET said he caught a bruise from JaVale McGee’s thigh during a moving pick. Turner said “I’ll ice it and rest it and be good to go.” So Philly fans should not be concerned.

Nikola Vucevic, C 10 MIN | 1-4 FG | 0-2 FT | 4 REB | 1 AST | 2 PTS | +12

Just like Battie and Hawes, the rookie struggled to keep up with JaVale in the paint. However, he did grab a pair of offensive boards over him during the 2nd quarter.

Lavoy Allen, PF DNP COACH’S DECISION MIN | FG | FT | REB | AST | PTS |

No, the rookie did not accumulate any floor time in the contest, but he did get an assist in the locker room after Lou Williams shouted “Hey Lavoy, this chicken ain’t going to cut itself.” Allen promptly found the veteran a knife to eat with.

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GM 10: RAPID REACTS

Posted by: C. Smith
01/12/12 12:28 am EST
Philadelphia 76ers 79 Final

Recap | Box Score

85 New York Knicks
Elton Brand, PF 38 MIN | 4-11 FG | 3-4 FT | 10 REB | 1 AST | 11 PTS | +10

Overall Brand had a solid night. The NYK bigs present some problems for Brand, but he did a decent job on the defensive end. He also had several very solid weak side help plays. He didn’t shoot the ball all that well, but he put in some big baskets when the 76ers needed them. Despite all the rest he got against the Pacers, EB still looked tired tonight.

Andre Iguodala, SF 38 MIN | 5-11 FG | 5-8 FT | 6 REB | 1 AST | 16 PTS | -1

To be honest we were disappointed in AI9′s game tonight. He wasn’t horrible, just disappointing. We know he’s not going to shut down Melo, but at times he got simply abused by Anthony. On the offensive end, he waited to long to get going. Everyone in Philadunkia nation saw this as a big game as did all in the Sixers locker room. Your “star” player can not wait until 5 minutes left in the 2nd Q to get on the scoreboard in a “big” game.

Tony Battie, C 13 MIN | 3-4 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 1 AST | 6 PTS | -1

A surprising start led to a decent effort by Battie. Who knew he could still dunk?

Jodie Meeks, G 16 MIN | 1-4 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 3 PTS | -14

Do we have enough evidence yet that Meeks is not the answer at the SG spot? You have one job — hit open jumpers! Meeks doesn’t do it enough.

Jrue Holiday, PG 40 MIN | 6-13 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 4 AST | 13 PTS | +9

Jrue Holiday, PG 32 MIN | 8-13 FG | 0-0 FT | 6 REB | 8 AST | 17 PTS | +22
A rocky night for Jrue as well. He had a few moments of brilliance, but also some very troubling plays. Jrue seemed to have trouble with the pressure applied by Shumpert and Douglas and he settled for too many jumpers in the game. Your starting PG has to get to the FT line, especially when you are trying to claw your way back from a 14 point deficit. To have zero FT attempts for an entire game is unacceptable.

Lou Williams, PG 19 MIN | 1-6 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 1 AST | 2 PTS | -16

See what had happened…

Thaddeus Young, F 30 MIN | 6-16 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 0 AST | 12 PTS | +3

A poor shooting night for Thad resulted from the fact that “yungsmoove” hoisted up too many 14-16 footers. However his energy and defense were great again tonight. His 10 fourth quarter points (including 8 straight) keyed the Sixers 12-2 run and made this game interesting for Philadunkia nation.

Evan Turner, SG 34 MIN | 6-12 FG | 4-4 FT | 10 REB | 8 AST | 16 PTS | +15

Another solid effort from Turner. We could have lived without one or two of his forced mid-range jumpers (especially the bad leaner in the late 3rd), but we’ll consider those as growing pains. We’re not in love with how much Collins is having ET handle the ball. There’s no doubt that Evan Turner can dribble for a player his size, but over the last two games we’ve noticed that he has significant trouble holding on to the rock when he encounters traffic on his way through the lane.

Nikola Vucevic, C 12 MIN | 0-2 FG | 0-0 FT | 5 REB | 0 AST | 0 PTS | -19

Decent effort by the rook. He was simply out classed down low tonight.

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GM 8: RAPID REACTS

Posted by: Tim Parker
01/09/12 11:57 pm EST
Indiana Pacers 86 FinalRecap | Box Score 96 Philadelphia 76ers
Elton Brand, PF 18 MIN | 3-6 FG | 0-0 FT | 5 REB | 1 AST | 6 PTS | -7

Brand is slowly becoming a non factor with each passing game.  He didn’t produce much offensively and wasn’t involved in the action at all.  His defense wasn’t applause worthy.  His 5 rebounds spared him from get a failing grade.  “Just a guy” would be the proper term based on his performance.  His five fouls didn’t help much either.

Andre Iguodala, SF 39 MIN | 7-16 FG | 5-7 FT | 9 REB | 5 AST | 20 PTS | +10

Iguodala carried the Sixers on a night where he needed to.  He didn’t shoot the ball well, despite his improved jump shot, but provided almost everything else.  His game is built on penetration, and that was a big lift for his teammates who were set up with scoring opportunities because of it.

Spencer Hawes, C 29 MIN | 5-10 FG | 2-2 FT | 8 REB | 1 AST | 12 PTS | -6

Hawes has had a sparkling start to this season but on Monday night, he was outclassed by Roy Hibbert.  Hibbert abused him inside and Hawes was not as efficient on the boards and in field goal production.  Like Brand, he also ended up with 5 fouls.  Getting rejected by Dahntay Jones on a bunny was embarassing as hell.

Jodie Meeks, G 20 MIN | 2-3 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 0 AST | 5 PTS | +9Jodie

Meeks didn’t hurt the Sixers but also didn’t give them anything that lifted them in the victory.  At some point, Coach Collins should consider giving Evan Turner a shot at the starting lineup.

Jrue Holiday, PG 38 MIN | 4-12 FG | 3-3 FT | 2 REB | 2 AST | 12 PTS | +5

Holiday had a rough start (again).  But, he ended up with a decent game, knocking down some big shots in the 2nd half.  It’s obvious Jrue has become comfortable closing out games for the Sixers.  Although, so far this season he has not been the floor general that many thought he could be.  2 assists and 7 turnovers is a complete disaster for a starting point guard.

Lou Williams, PG 28 MIN | 4-11 FG | 3-4 FT | 0 REB | 6 AST | 13 PTS | +13

Lou couldn’t guard Darren Collison at all and his nonstop shooting was not so effective on Monday night.  But he is always a spark plug and provided tons of energy off the bench.  He also came up with some key loose balls and got to the FT line at some important moments in the game.

Thaddeus Young, F 31 MIN | 6-7 FG | 0-0 FT | 8 REB | 2 AST | 12 PTS | +16

Young showcased his new found mid-range jumper and continued his solid start to the season.  His defense has simply gone to another level — that rejection from behind he had in the 4th was a Lebron-like thing of beauty.  Collins had nothing but praise for Thad in the post game presser.  He didn’t light the world on fire on offense tonight, but he didn’t make mistakes on a night where his teammates made plenty of them.

Evan Turner, SG 19 MIN | 2-3 FG | 1-3 FT | 5 REB | 1 AST | 5 PTS | -5

Turner didn’t get much playing time and that was probably because he didn’t deserve it.  He made some bad decisions with the basketball and that earned him a spot on on the bench for the majority of the game.  But man can he rebound.

Nikola Vucevic, C 17 MIN | 5-8 FG | 0-0 FT | 8 REB | 1 AST | 11 PTS | +15

The Box Score tells the Story.  In only 17 minutes Vucevic looked good in the paint, knocked down mid-range jumpers, and even drained a shot from downtown.  On defense he looked no worse then Spencer Hawes.  The kid is a lot more NBA-ready then many people believed.

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3-2 & READY TO GO

Posted by: Jerry Scherwin
01/06/12 10:47 am EST

With all of the Disney Princesses admirably rescued from the dangerous ice of the Wells Fargo Center, the Sixers find their way back home to the P-H-I after a long trip out West.  With the lowly Pistons on the docket for tonight, the Sixers are sitting in an unfamiliar spot from a year ago; they are 3-2 in their first five games, all of which were played in the Wild Wild West. 

After starting last year’s season off 1-9 in their first ten road games (the only win coming in Madison Square Garden where five Sixers players had to score in double-figures to get the win) and finishing 15-26 away from the WFC, there were a lot of skeptics around the Greater Philadelphia Area that said the Sixers seemed doomed to repeat another lousy start in 2011-12. 

Well that has not been the case this year boys and girls.  It’s actually quite the contrary.

 
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GM 5: RAPID REACTS

Posted by: C. Smith
01/05/12 12:28 am EST
Philadelphia 76ers 101 FinalRecap | Box Score 93 New Orleans Hornets
Elton Brand, PF 5-9 FG | 2-2 FT | 12 REB | 1 AST | 12 PTS | +12

Is this game that gets Brand’s season on track? We hope so, because if EB can give us a double-double every night or get back to his 2010-11 form this could be a great season for the 7-6. Brand did have trouble on defense — especially defending the NOH pick-n-roll and for that we dropped him a grade. But overall a very solid effort.

Andre Iguodala, SF 2-10 FG | 2-4 FT | 3 REB | 2 AST | 6 PTS | +2

Hopefully this outing ends AI9′s love affair with his 3-point shot as he was simply awful from behind the arc tonight. He wasn’t much better from inside the 3-point line either. Overall it was one of the biggest train wreck games we have seen out of Dre in a long time. His follow slam in the 4th saved him from getting a D.

Spencer Hawes, C 8-12 FG | 1-2 FT | 7 REB | 2 AST | 17 PTS | -2

What is left to say about Spence’s play so far in 2011-12? He was simply great again tonight and was one of the bright spots in an otherwise brutal first half for the 76ers. If Hawes can keep this up and Brand finds his 2010-11 game, the Sixers frontline could be a force on offense. Spence also had some issues on defense and that’s why gets the A and not the A+.

Jodie Meeks, G 1-5 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 0 AST | 2 PTS | -4

Tonight was just further proof that Meeks is not a starting SG in the NBA. He doesn’t just miss shots, he misses WIDE OPEN shots. His defense leaves a lot to be desired as well. We’re not sure he would start at Kentucky this year. How this glaring need for the Sixers was not addressed in the off-season is still a mystery to us.

Jrue Holiday, PG 8-15 FG | 3-3 FT | 2 REB | 8 AST | 23 PTS | +12

Jrue struggled to find his game in the first 4 contests, but tonight he located it and then some. When he got off to a slow start in the 1st Q, we feared the worst. But he recovered nicely and Jrue went on to be simply filthy tonight, especially in the 4th. He played all 12 mins. of the final stanza and was good for 14 points on 3-4 shooting from deep.

Lou Williams, PG 4-10 FG | 2-2 FT | 1 REB | 2 AST | 10 PTS | -1

Louis cooled off some tonight, but along with Spence and Turner, he kept this team in the game during the 1st half when the starters struggled out of the gate. He was also a key part of the Sixers “small” lineup that got this game turned around in the 4th Q. It was actually a relief to see that the Sixers could win a game without LW shooting the lights out. His defense (along with the rest of the Sixers wing players) left much to be desired for most of the game.

Thaddeus Young, F 5-12 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 3 AST | 10 PTS | +8

Not an eye popping game from Thad, but he too was instrumental during the run in the 4th Q by the “small” lineup that got the Sixers back in this game and allowed them to take the lead. Early on he (along with every other Sixer) Thad settled for too many J’s, but he git that corrected after the half. The spinning, put back, lay-in he had in the 4th was huge.

Evan Turner, SG 8-12 FG | 5-5 FT | 6 REB | 4 AST | 21 PTS | +13

Arguably his best overall game as a 76er. He exploited the mismatch with Belinelli and exploded for 11 points in the 2nd Q (and 4 rips). To be honest Turner was the only reason the Sixers were in this game at the half. ET’s amazing night continued in the 2nd half with some fantastic slices to the tin for buckets. He was also money for the charity stripe — 5 for 5. The was the type of performance you expect from the 2nd overall pick in the NBA Draft. Please let this be the start of a trend for ET.

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GM 1 RECAP: WHAT CONTINUITY?

Posted by: Jeff McMenamin
12/27/11 1:25 pm EST

As I watched the final shot hoisted by Andre Iguodala clank off the iron (like I’ve seen too many times), I felt almost satisfied by the result of the Sixers season opener against the Portland Trailblazers on Monday.

The Sixers didn’t deserve to win this game from the start of the game, they didn’t deserve to win this game by halftime, and they definitely had no reason to win it by the end.

I am all for stealing wins during the course of a season, but this game in it’s entirety felt like complete dominance by the Portland Trailblazers as the Sixers looked like a team in complete disarray.


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NOTES, LINKS & TWEETS

Posted by: C. Smith
12/08/11 11:43 am EST

Jason Kapono will be a Laker.  Riding the bench in LA is probably better then picking splinters in Philly.  To say his time here in Philadunkia nation was disappointing is an understatement.  However, certified WAG Mrs. Kapono will be missed. 

Jrue Holiday arrived at PCOM yesterday and Bob Cooney of philly.com got a few minutes with Jrue.  Sixers.com has a video interview with Jrue.

Don’t forget to vote in the new 76ers mascot election process.

Louis Williams agrees with our analysis of the Sixers schedule yesterday.  “We have a chance to clean up early,” Louis tells csnphilly.com.

At foxsports.com Billy Witz writes that the “older” teams will have trouble with the brutal 66-game schedule and thus, “In the Eastern Conference, the 76ers might be ready to take a leap into the top tier…”


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NOTES, LINKS & TWEETS

Posted by: C. Smith
11/30/11 11:27 am EST

Now that the lockout is unofficially over, Chris Mannix lists the Top 20 available free agents — Thad Young (Who Philadunkia recently interviewed.) comes in at #5.

ESPN.com’s Chad Ford has @yungsmoove21 ranked at #9.

All signs point to the idea that the 7-6 will have training camp on Hawk Hill.

Dei Lynam at csnphilly.com reviews the many questions that face the Sixers and their roster.

A quick “76ers” search on craigslist.com brings up this little piece of memorabilia from the ’82-83 season

Sources tell ESPN.com’s Insiders that the Nets are “prepping” a trade for Dwight Howard.  If the deal goes through, it sure would put a dent in my long range plans for the Sixers.

From Ian Levy at Hickory-High.com, here’s an interesting look — by the numbers — at just how good of a job Doug Collins did last year.
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THE LAST SHOT?

Posted by: Tim Parker
11/07/11 1:46 pm EST

Considering that last Wednesday night’s lead story on SportsCenter was the Temple – Ohio football game, it’s become more than obvious that the NBA lockout has left a void for not only players, owners, and the game’s legion of fans, but that it has also drastically altered the plans of the sports media world including the “World Wide Leader In Sports.”

While NBA enthusiasts are twiddling their thumbs, and star players are living out their football fantasies due to pure unadulterated boredom, there is one man who stands to benefit from the lockout.

“Who is this man?”, you ask.   The answer is quite simply…

“The Answer.”


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INTERVIEW: NIKOLA VUCEVIC

Posted by: Kevin Jones
09/12/11 9:06 am EST

Nikola Vucevic already has one distinct advantage over nearly every member of the NBA’s 2011 rookie class.  The native of Montenegro has a leg up on his draft class peers because Nikola has already played professional basketball this summer.

Vucevic represented his home country in the 2011 European Championships (Eurobasket 2011) and in a time where the NBA is full of uncertainty – especially regarding which rookies might have any impact with this much time away from their NBA teams – Vucevic’s Euro-action late this summer could make him a pleasant surprise for the Sixers if and when the 2011-12 season tips off.  A strong rookie campaign from ‘Big Nik’ would be the answer to the team’s Achilles’ heel at center and potentially could propel the 7-6 to the next level.

Recently Nikola took some time to answer a few questions from us here at Philadunkia via email.  Among the things we discussed with the former USC big man were: his last meeting with Doug Collins, what elements of his game he worked on this summer, why he signed on to play in Montenegro and his thoughts on adjusting to the NBA style of play.

Interview after the jump…


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