AN EYE ON J-SMOOVE

Posted by: Jake Fischer
04/05/13 1:53 pm EST

When the 76ers and the Atlanta Hawks square off in Phillips Arena tonight, the Sixers organization and Philadunkia nation will have their second to last view of Hawks forward Josh Smith before he hits free agency.  Ironically enough, the skill set that Smith possess which makes him an attractive free agent prospect for the Sixers makes him a dangerous opponent this evening.

While Spencer Hawes has been very productive as of late for head coach Doug Collins, defensively, he will likely be taken out of the game by Atlanta center Al Horford’s size and skill.  With that in mind, Thad Young, Lavoy Allen and sometimes Arnett Moultrie will be left to cover the polarizing Smith. 

Unfortunately for Collins, Smith is a mismatch for all three of those bigs.


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WEEKEND WRAP UP

Posted by: Jake Fischer
04/01/13 8:58 pm EST

With multiple prime-time NBA match-ups, the Sweet 16 and Elite 8 rounds of the NCAA Tournament as well as the Easter Holiday (and family visiting) going on this past weekend our beloved 76ers were relegated to DVR status.

But now that we have had time to “watch the tape”, we have some thoughts on what went right for the 76ers this past weekend (winning back-to-back games) and what went wrong for Collins & Co. (winning back-to-back games).

So, on the opening night of the Phillies 2013 season, let’s recap all that went down with the 76ers who extended their win streak to three games this weekend.

 
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THE ANDREW BYNUM CONSPIRACY

Posted by: Jeff McMenamin
03/28/13 5:53 pm EST

Take a minute and think about these questions for a second:

Did the Philadelphia 76ers ownership just pull off the greatest tanking scheme in NBA history? Will their current horrible reputation be wiped away into them being regarded in the highest light for the Andrew Bynum blockbuster trade?

If I were to tell you that they’ve been pulling the media and fans’ legs all along for the good of the organization, would you believe me?

Putting your emotions aside (and believe me I’m right there with you) the answer to all three of these questions could conceivably be yes. The story of marketing ploys and genius cover ups begins after the jump…


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THE RESURGENCE of WILKINS

Posted by: Steve Toll
03/28/13 1:40 pm EST

The 76ers are 5-4 in their last 9 games and if they hadn’t simply given away a game in Denver last Thursday that record would be even more impressive.  Collins & Co. have won 6 games overall in March – their highest monthly win total since December.  There are a couple of reasons for the improved play of the Sixers over the past month, but none have been a big factor than Damien Wilkins.

The 33-year old Wilkins has had a resurgence that is reminiscent of the Jason Richardson we saw in the first month of the year.  Damien’s play of late is both unexpected and more so untimely.  Whether it is a case of veteran savvy coupled with intense mental fortitude or variance, DW has been managed to produce at a level far above even he likely thought possible — 18 points; 5 boards and 4 dimes last night.

 
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NOTES, LINKS & TWEETS

Posted by: C. Smith
03/20/13 10:43 am EST

We tried to make this a Bynum free post, but Rob Mahoney at The Point Forward looks at the long range predicament Bynum’s knees have put the Sixers in and it’s a solid piece.  So we had to pass it on to our readers.  As we all know, the Sixers have a tough, possibly franchise defining decision coming up.

Brian at depressedfan.com has an interesting preview of tonight’s game vs. LAC and wonders if the Sixers might actually beat the road weary Clips.

Spike Eskin at cbslocal.com has a story about a guy with a Wilt tattoo on his leg.

Over at Yahoo Sports the Sixers recent winning ways have pushed them up to #20 on the NBA Power rankings.

nbadraft.net’s 2013 mock draft board has the Sixers picking 11th and selecting a kid out of the Big10.  We can only hope!! 

A quick “76ers” search on craigslist.com produces this signed item from a former Sixer center and current insurance pitchman.


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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 66: (W – FRICK) RAPID REACTS

Posted by: C. Smith
03/18/13 10:51 pm EST
Portland Trail Blazers 100 FinalRecap | Box Score 101 Philadelphia 76ers
Thaddeus Young, SF 40 MIN | 9-15 FG | 1-3 FT | 3 REB | 5 AST | 4 STL | 2 BLK | 3 TO | 19 PTS | -7

I would like to have seen Thad grab more than 3 rebounds and have passed up that ill-advised 3PA he launched in the 1st Q, but outside of those two items it was a very good night for #21.  His coast-to-coast for an AND1 in the early third was awesome to watch.  He also scored 4 straight on two different stretches in the 2nd Q.  The steal Thad snatched in the 4th Q was ridiculous.

Evan Turner, SF 25 MIN | 1-8 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 4 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 2 PTS | -4

“The Enigma” strikes again…

Spencer Hawes, C 40 MIN | 9-14 FG | 0-0 FT | 13 REB | 4 AST | 0 STL | 2 BLK | 4 TO | 18 PTS | +8

That’s 6 double-doubles in the last 11 games for Spencer.  I wasn’t crazy about his 3PA in the 1st Q and his defense on Aldridge for most of the night was not good.  Although it was rock solid on that last POR possession vs. Aldridge.  Overall Spence is playing out of his mind right now so I am not going to complain too much.  I just wish he could have done this all year.

Jrue Holiday, PG 41 MIN | 11-21 FG | 2-2 FT | 8 REB | 6 AST | 1 STL | 1 BLK | 1 TO | 27 PTS | -2

There was a stretch in the early to mid 4th Q where I thought Jrue lost his mind while launching ill-advised 3PAs early in the shot clock, but overall a great night for “The Jruth”.  He recovered to score 11 points in the 4th including a huge leaner in the closing minutes that put the Sixers up 5.

Damien Wilkins, SG 36 MIN | 6-8 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 6 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 4 TO | 12 PTS | 0

Did you ever think the Sixers would receive this much production from Damien Wilkins?

Arnett Moultrie, PF 9 MIN | 0-1 FG | 3-4 FT | 3 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 3 PTS | +8

What else do want a guy to do with 9 mins of burn?  Moultrie had a nice dive to the rim that he turned into 2 FTs, but unfortunately there’s not much else to write about.

Dorell Wright, SF 34 MIN | 5-14 FG | 4-4 FT | 8 REB | 4 AST | 0 STL | 3 BLK | 1 TO | 16 PTS | -1

Wright scored 12 points in 14 mins. during the first half and then lost his stroke.  He ended with 16 points on 14 FGAs which is not an efficient scoring night.  However, I’ll give Wright credit for grabbing some key boards as well as getting to the FT line and knocking ‘em down.

Lavoy Allen, C 5 MIN | 1-2 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 2 PTS | -4

2 points and 3 rips (1 big OReb) in 5 mins…well done Lavoy.

Charles Jenkins, PG 11 MIN | 1-3 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 2 PTS | +7

Anyways…

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

I wonder if the docs who are working on Bynum’s knees on Tuesday can put a heart in this stiff?

Doug Collins

I have to assume that DC has tweaked the offense to push the rock a little more often and work the ball from the inside on more half-court trips.  Unfortunately the changes have come too late and now the wins are killing us.  I also really liked that he did not double Aldridge on that last Blazers possession.

After the Jump, Six Things We Saw…


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GM 65: (W – AGAIN) RAPID REACTS

Posted by: Jake Fischer
03/17/13 12:12 am EST
Indiana Pacers 91 FinalRecap | Box Score 98 Philadelphia 76ers
Thaddeus Young, SF 37 MIN | 5-7 FG | 3-4 FT | 7 REB | 1 AST | 4 STL | 1 BLK | 1 TO | 13 PTS | +8

Thad always plays with incredible heart and hustle.  If he doesn’t receive at least an A- nightly, something went terribly wrong.  Tonight, the prototypical small-ball PF was extremely efficient from the field and played great D on David West.  But he shouldn’t play 37 minutes at this point in the year, Doug.  Give some of that burn to Moultrie!

Evan Turner, SF 34 MIN | 5-11 FG | 1-2 FT | 4 REB | 2 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 11 PTS | +7

Evan put together a decent night of his own against a team that should have provided a tough match-up for him: lengthy and athletic perimeter players.  It’s a positive sign that he only shot the ball 11 times, but he should have converted more of them.

Spencer Hawes, C 34 MIN | 7-14 FG | 3-4 FT | 16 REB | 8 AST | 0 STL | 7 BLK | 3 TO | 18 PTS | +12

Wow.  After blanking a crucial layup in his last time out against the Heat, the big ole’ stiff comes out and delivers a near quadruple-double!  He even made contact on a few screens and rolled to the basket!  And, he embarrassed Roy Hibbert!  Wow.  Just, wow.

Jrue Holiday, PG 43 MIN | 12-25 FG | 1-1 FT | 6 REB | 12 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 27 PTS | +7

Jrue played like an all-star this evening.  And, of his 3 turnovers tonight, two came when he was arguably fouled in the 4th Quarter.  He could have shot a much better percentage overall, but he straight carried this team to a triumphant victory.

Damien Wilkins, SG 33 MIN | 4-11 FG | 4-6 FT | 1 REB | 3 AST | 0 STL | 3 BLK | 1 TO | 12 PTS | +1

Damien Wilkins should not be playing 19 more minutes than Arnett Moultire and Charles Jenkins combined at this point in the season.  He shouldn’t.  ‘Nique’s nephew is shooting 43% from the field this year.  Why is he playing over two young guys who might actually be able to contribute to your rotation for the next five seasons?

Arnett Moultrie, PF 9 MIN | 0-0 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 2 BLK | 0 TO | 0 PTS | -4

You’re the man, Arnett! Keep fighting hard for rebounds!  Keep blocking shots!  Keep running the floor! Keep smiling on the bench like you’re not pissed about playing behind Damien Wilkins!  Maybe, just maybe, one day you’ll have a coach that recognizes your potential and how it would be very beneficial to give you some playing time.

Dorell Wright, SF 29 MIN | 4-6 FG | 2-2 FT | 2 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 13 PTS | +10

Dorell Wright took the form of a quality wing perimeter player that he can be with regular minutes this evening.  Over the team’s last five games, Wright is playing 23.0 minutes and scoring 14.2 points per contest. Why couldn’t he have gotten to this consistent run earlier in the season?

Lavoy Allen, C 16 MIN | 2-4 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 0 TO | 4 PTS | -4

Eh.  Lavoy is what he is.  16 minutes is a good number for him and 4 points and 3 rebounds is a solid contribution.  But he was just another face in the crowd, tonight.

Charles Jenkins, PG 5 MIN | 0-1 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 0 PTS | -2

Unfortunately for Charles, Collins refuses to acknowledge this guy is the second-leading scorer in Colonial Athletic Association history behind only David “The Admiral” Robinson.  Give this kid an opportunity to prove himself!

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

Again, only a few more games before Kwame Brown becomes, “Kwame Brown’s expiring contract” That’s worth some trade value, right?

Jeremy Pargo, PG DNP COACH’S DECISION MIN | FG | FT | REB | AST | STL | BLK | TO | PTS |

It’s not his fault he’s really irrelevant at this point in the season for this particular team, right?

Royal Ivey, PG DNP COACH’S DECISION MIN | FG | FT | REB | AST | STL | BLK | TO | PTS |

Who?

Nick Young, SG DNP COACH’S DECISION MIN | FG | FT | REB | AST | STL | BLK | TO | PTS |

At least Swaggy looks swaggy on the bench.

Doug Collins

DC did a good job of coaching tonight to win this game.  He played the hot hands, he left units in that went on big runs.  He even made key substitutions in a few situations.  However, he gave Moultrie and Jenkins 14 minutes, combined.  Their are 240 minutes to divide amongst a roster in an NBA game. They got 14. Come on, Doug!

After the Jump, Six Things We Saw…


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GM 61: (SOLID) RAPID REACTS

Posted by: C. Smith
03/09/13 10:47 am EST
Philadelphia 76ers 93 FinalRecap | Box Score 102 Miami Heat
Thaddeus Young, SF 33 MIN | 12-15 FG | 1-2 FT | 3 REB | 2 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 25 PTS | +1

Yes he could have grabbed a few more rebounds, but overall another tremendous performance for Thad.  His loose ball, dive on the floor steal in the late 2nd Q was just another example of how important his energy and hustle are to this team.

Evan Turner, SF 37 MIN | 4-13 FG | 0-0 FT | 5 REB | 3 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 10 PTS | -22

The slump continues for “The Enigma”…Turner is now 15-52 (28%) in his last 4 games.

Spencer Hawes, C 30 MIN | 4-10 FG | 5-5 FT | 10 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 2 BLK | 3 TO | 13 PTS | -10

A very respectable effort from Hawes and his new haircut last night. He got off to a quick start by scoring 8 in the 1st Q.  That led to 13 & 7 in the 1st half and a double-double on the night.  However, outside of an ill-advised 3PA in the 3rd Q Hawes was invisible in the 2nd half of this game. That can’t happen if you are going to win on the road, especially in Miami.

Jrue Holiday, PG 41 MIN | 3-11 FG | 2-2 FT | 4 REB | 13 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 4 TO | 9 PTS | +4

Jrue’s shooting woes continue, but I have to say that he did a nice job of not forcing things last night.  A lot of primary options would have hoisted up 20 FGAs trying to shoot their way out of the slump. Instead he got others involved and picked his spots to get shots.  His 5 points were key to the run the 7-6 made in the early 3rd.  Still he’s got to get his stroke going again.

Charles Jenkins, PG 16 MIN | 1-3 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 2 PTS | -1

Outside of one filthy crossover and hoop in the 3rd Q he did not capitalize on his first start.

Arnett Moultrie, PF 15 MIN | 1-2 FG | 0-0 FT | 6 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 0 TO | 2 PTS | +4

Moultrie did a nice job of keeping the ball alive on the O-glass on several trips.  He also may be the only Sixer who actually boxes his guy out when the ball goes up.  However, he is still struggling on the defensive end and the play where lost “Birdman” on pick-and-roll that turned into a reverse alley-oop was embarrassing.

Dorell Wright, SF 26 MIN | 5-10 FG | 1-2 FT | 3 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 14 PTS | -18

Wright’s offense was a key part of the Sixers ability to stay in this game, but it came in one quick flurry.  He had a tip-in and two 3PM (9 straight points overall) at the end of the 3rd Q which was exciting to watch, but where was he the rest of the game?

Royal Ivey, PG 16 MIN | 2-2 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 6 PTS | -6

Offensively, Ivey did all I can ask of him.  However, it was mentioned in the TV broadcast that the reason he didn’t start was because Collins wanted Ivey to guard Ray Allen.  That didn’t work out so well…Allen scored 5 straight at the end of the 1st Q and 12 overall on 5-8 shooting.

Damien Wilkins, SG 26 MIN | 5-11 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 1 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 12 PTS | +3

Wilkins stretch of solid play continues.  Although I would like to have seen him challenge Ray Allen a little better on that FB dunk Allen threw down.  So the question for me is at what point does Collins start this guy?

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

It’s official, Lavoy has entered the Do(u)ghouse.

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

At least he got to work on his tan down in South Beach.

Jeremy Pargo, PG DNP COACH’S DECISION MIN | FG | FT | REB | AST | STL | BLK | TO | PTS |

What has Pargo done wrong that Charles Jenkins is getting the start over him?

Doug Collins

I liked that the Sixers got off to a fast start in this one.  I also liked the effort and tenacity the team showed all night.  Collins deserves some credit for those items.  I did not like that he started Jenkins over Pargo.  I also didn’t like that Moultrie saw only 15 mins. of burn.  And having Holiday on the bench during the start of the 4th Q in this game was simply stupid (IMO).

After the Jump, Six Things We Saw Last Night…


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CHANGES NEEDED NOW

Posted by: Jake Fischer
02/27/13 1:21 pm EST

Tuesday night, the 76ers sank to a new low in the mess that is the 2012-2013 season. Following a 14-point loss to the now 16-41 Orlando Magic, a team they had previously demolished by 17 points, the Sixers are now 22-33 overall.

What’s worst of all, is that because of tiebreakers, Doug Collins and company are now in last place in the Atlantic Division.  Through this six-game losing streak it has become crytsal clear that this team needs a change in order to inject some energy into this squad and revitalize what has spiraled into a simply lifeless team.

Following the gruesome loss down at the Wells Fargo Center, Collins made headlines with his blatantly critical comments about the lack of effort and energy from his players.

“We made a huge deal and we have nobody playing a part of that deal.  How many teams can give up Andre Iguodala, Moe Harkless and Nikola Vucevic and have nothing in return playing?  That’s tough to overcome,” Collins told reporters after the game.  “That’s just the facts.  I’m not looking for any outs.  That’s a fact. Nik Vucevic had 19 rebounds tonight. Spencer had one, I think Lavoy had two… I did not think our guys prepared themselves during the break to come back to play.”

The problem with Collins’ comments is that he was largely responsible, along with the front office, for making the off-season moves that gave him his current roster.


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