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.

After the Jump…Five Things We Saw Last Night


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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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VEGAS VACATION

Posted by: Philadunkia
09/06/11 10:48 am EST

As you probably know by now, starting next Monday there will be an “organized” two-week, basketball league out in Vegas that will feature only NBA players.  According to reports, more than 50 players will be crash Sin City to take part in a league at Abunassar Impact Academy, starting on Sept. 12

Games will be played in the afternoons and evenings, Monday through Friday for two weeks with the potential for a playoffs style tournament to follow.  Whether or not the public will be able to watch the games held at Abunassar Impact Academy’s facility is still up in the air. 

The two stretch of games has been given the title “Impact Basketball Competitive Training Series” and allegedly players such as Blake Griffin, Rudy Gay, John Wall, Jared Dudley, Chauncey Billups, Kyle Lowry and Zach Randolph have already committed to playing in the league. 

With all of these details in mind, the scribes here at Philadunkia.com where charged with  submitting a list of three Sixers players and/or draft picks they would like to see participate in the Vegas action.  AKA…These guys need to be there so they can get better. 

Our writers were also asked to provide a list of three 76ers players they believe are most likely to participate.  

Lists after the jump. 


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NOTES, LINKS & TWEETS

Posted by: C. Smith
08/30/11 7:51 am EST

As you probably know, Elton Brand organized some workouts for the 76ers in Los Angeles.  csnphilly.com’s Dei Lynam dropped in on those workouts and talked to various Sixers about the possibility of playing overseas.

A look at Evan Turner’s Li-Ning kicks for the 2011-12 season (if it ever happens).

Sixers.com has an interview with Nationals / 76ers legend Dolph Schayes.

A quick “76ers” Craigslist search brought up this great piece of memorabilia.

Only two 76ers will be representing their countries during international qualifying play for the 2012 Olympics.  Can you name them?


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THE TWO SPOT

Posted by: Philadunkia
08/12/11 1:17 pm EST

As they stand right now, the 2011-12 76ers — if they ever take the court next season — have some very obvious issues.  Finding a big man in the middle who can contribute nightly and doing a much, much better job on the defensive boards would be two items at the top of that list.   

Still despite the above ills, in our collective opinions it is NOT unreasonable to think that in this upcoming season the Sixers could win 48-50 games and a playoff series.

Some of us here at Philadunkia would be be as bold as to say that anything less from the 2011-2 season is unacceptable.  

However, there is one issue on the Sixers roster that is being overshadowed by the more pressing problems mentioned above.  It is possible this one underlying issue could derail a 50-win season for the Sixers next year.  The problem we are talking about is, ‘What do the Sixers do at the two-guard spot in 2011-12?’ 

So the question put to the scribes here at Philadunkia was, ‘Can last year’s starter Jodie Meeks supply enough game from the 2-guard spot to help the Sixers reach the above goals in 2011-12?’

If your answer was “No”, then our writers were asked to explain their ideas for what should the Sixers do to solve their 2-guard issue so that they can achieve the goals mentioned above for next year.


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