PLAYOFFS GM 3: RAPID REACTS

Posted by: Tom Sunnergren
05/05/12 12:12 am EST
Chicago Bulls 74 Final

Recap | Box Score

79 Philadelphia 76ers
Andre Iguodala, SF 40 MIN | 2-9 FG | 1-2 FT | 4 REB | 3 AST | 5 PTS | +7There was a lot not to like–the 3-pointer he missed from the top of the key with 2:51 left and the Sixers down 71-70 that felt absolutely crucial–but Iguodala kept Luol Deng, probably the Bulls last, best, offensive threat, from doing much of anything for a second straight game. In 37 minutes, LD scored five points on 2-of-7 shooting. I like points too guys, but that helps.
Elton Brand, PF 26 MIN | 0-5 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 1 AST | 0 PTS | +9Elton Brand was not very good tonight. At all. If we hadn’t won, he’d be in store for a good old fashioned Philadunkia haranguing right now. “If” being the operative word.
Spencer Hawes, C 32 MIN | 7-15 FG | 6-6 FT | 9 REB | 2 AST | 21 PTS | +11Spencer Hawes went from hero to goat to hero. He started with the redonk 3-pointer–off balance, shot clock expiring–and a deep two, proceed to miss eight straight shots–many from point blank–then closed like Mariano Rivera (RIP), fueling the Sixers’ nutty comeback with ten points in the games final 10:15. You sir, win MVP honors tonight.
Evan Turner, SG 41 MIN | 5-12 FG | 6-8 FT | 9 REB | 1 AST | 16 PTS | +5For the second straight game, Turner was outstanding. When the Sixers could get nothing else going offensively, in the dregs of the that third period, ET kept them afloat. He said he wanted the Bulls (sort of), and by god is he backing that up. The foul shooting was, in a word, humongous.
Jrue Holiday, PG 31 MIN | 5-10 FG | 7-9 FT | 6 REB | 6 AST | 17 PTS | +5Jrue, like everybody else on the team, was dreadful until he came on at the end. But boy did he come on. We touch on this in greater detail below, but, along with Turner, his foul shooting at the end was enormous. This was the kind of game the Sixers lost two months ago. Tonight they didn’t, as he’s as big a reason as any why.
Lou Williams, PG 28 MIN | 5-14 FG | 4-4 FT | 2 REB | 0 AST | 14 PTS | +3He missed a lot of shots, but that 15-footer he hit with 4:11 remaining–the one that cut the score to 71-68–was as big as they come. That was the moment the team seemed to look around at one another and ask “why not?”
Lavoy Allen, PF 16 MIN | 0-3 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 0 PTS | -6Not much to say here. Obviously.
Thaddeus Young, F 21 MIN | 2-8 FG | 2-4 FT | 11 REB | 0 AST | 6 PTS | -4Thad didn’t do much on the glamour end of the court, but his handiwork on the glass slammed the door shut on many (potential) second chance point opportunities for the (not so) incredi-Bulls
Jodie Meeks, G 5 MIN | 0-0 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 0 PTS | -5I’m told he’s a great locker room guy.

After the jump, six things we saw


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RIP: THE INTERNET EULOGIZES DERRICK ROSE’S ACL

Posted by: Tom Sunnergren
04/29/12 12:49 pm EST

As a basketball fan, and a human being who likes to see decent, hardworking, people succeed, I’m crestfallen by the Derrick Rose injury. The NBA Playoffs is, to a unique extent, a space where the very best in the world compete. And to see that competition reduced is a loss.

In the interest of honesty though, I should also acknowledge this: I’m a Sixers fan. And the fact that this injury significantly improves my team’s odds of continuing to play on in this tournament is a silver lining I can’t help but see and feel.

So, ambivalence deep set, I turned to the Internet to help clarify my feelings on the biggest playoff injury of my lifetime.


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GETTING THE G.O.A.T.

Posted by: C. Smith
09/11/09 9:24 am EST

michael-jordanbwThere is no doubt in our minds that Michael Jordan is the G.O.A.T. and we genuflect out of respect for his basketball skills and accomplishments at both the NCAA and NBA levels. Outside of former Philadelphia Warrior legend and City of Brotherly Love native Wilt Chamberlain and possibly Bill Russell, perhaps no individual is more deserving of induction into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame then Michael. Hoops web sites all over the world will be paying homage to #23 today and rightly so.

However, Philadunkia is a blog dedicated to the Philadelphia 76ers – the good and the bad; on and off the court. So even though we realize that MJ absolutely owned our home team during his playing days – from the 56 he dropped on Barkley back in 1987 to the “Stackhouse Game” to the 30 spot he hung on Iverson as a Wizard – we still felt that since this is a 76er loyal site, we should “flip the script” as they say and run down a list of the best moments in 76ers history that occurred at the expense of Air Jordan and his teammates.


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