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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GM 55: (PATHETIC) RAPID REACTS

Posted by: C. Smith
02/26/13 10:16 pm EST
Orlando Magic 98 FinalRecap | Box Score 84 Philadelphia 76ers
Thaddeus Young, SF 34 MIN | 4-11 FG | 0-0 FT | 10 REB | 0 AST | 3 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 8 PTS | -17

How does a guy who just missed 3 weeks of action and is still rounding into “game shape” turn out to be the second best player on the floor for the Sixers?  It’s Thad…that’s how.

Evan Turner, SF 28 MIN | 2-7 FG | 6-10 FT | 8 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 10 PTS | -27

After a six game stretch of decent play, the enigma that is ET took a nose dive tonight.  I did like that he got to the FT line 10 times, but Herb Magee should be embarrassed that Turner is one of his projects.

Spencer Hawes, C 21 MIN | 2-6 FG | 2-2 FT | 1 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 2 TO | 6 PTS | -17

Remind me why didn’t we trade this stiff at the deadline?  1 rebound…ONE

Jrue Holiday, PG 39 MIN | 4-11 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 10 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 9 PTS | -12

Jrue nearly posted a double-double tonight, but he did not seem like himself.  I didn’t see that ORL did anything special to take Holiday out of the game but Jrue didn’t score his 1st bucket until the 1st Q buzzer and he really never got going tonight.  Still, 10 dimes and only 1 turnover has a nice ring to it

Nick Young, SG 14 MIN | 1-6 FG | 1-1 FT | 1 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 3 PTS | -9

Swaggy P has left the building…

Lavoy Allen, PF 18 MIN | 2-5 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 0 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 4 PTS | +5

He scored 2 straight buckets for the Sixers to open the 3rd Q and that was his night.  On defense he provided nothing.

Arnett Moultrie, PF 6 MIN | 1-2 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 2 PTS | +3

In 6 mins he grabbed the same number of rebounds as Hawes.  So by Sixers standards, Moultrie should get an extension right now.

Dorell Wright, SF 16 MIN | 4-11 FG | 0-0 FT | 7 REB | 3 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 11 PTS | +3

I’m still waiting for this “sharpshooter” to get on track from deep.

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

Hello, nice to meet you

Jeremy Pargo, PG 21 MIN | 5-8 FG | 2-3 FT | 0 REB | 3 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 14 PTS | +2

His defense was suspect but outside of that I have no issues with the way Pargo played tonight.

Royal Ivey, PG 11 MIN | 1-2 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 3 PTS | -2

Okay…Ivey earned his paycheck tonight

Damien Wilkins, SG 29 MIN | 6-12 FG | 2-2 FT | 1 REB | 4 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 14 PTS | +1

Wilkins was one of the few Sixers who brought the energy and effort tonight.  DW looked like a true Wilkins family member with the FB dunk he threw down and then the alley-oop he caught in the 1st half.

Doug Collins

How about the mad dash DC made to the locker room before the final horn even sounded!?!  Way to stand by your guys coach.  In the post game presser he cited that he didn’t know there was going to be a shot clock violation called on ORL at the end of the game as the reason for his early exit.  BS. What the hell is he saying at half that the Sixers start the 3rd Qs so poorly.

After the Jump, Six Things We Saw Tonight…


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TRADES THAT WON’T HAPPEN

Posted by: Philadunkia
02/21/13 12:08 pm EST

After last night’s loss in Minnesota and DC’s post game comments, the 2012-2013 season is nearly a wrap for the 76ers.  To be honest, outside of Jrue Holiday’s All-Star campaign, this year has been a highly disappointing one for the 7-6. 

That disappointment will continue today as it’s very unlikely that the 76ers are major players at the trade deadline.  Toni Dileo squashed any sliver of hope we had left when he came out and said, “we don’t plan on making any moves”

Why any NBA front office person would make that statement and show his poker hand just before the trade deadline is a mystery to us here at Philadunkia, but that’s another post for another time.

After the jump, Philadunkia scribes Jake Fischer and Steve Toll each propose three deals that the Sixers should make today because the trades potentially make sense for the future of this franchise.  


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GM 51: (UNHAPPY) RAPID REACTS

Posted by: C. Smith
02/14/13 9:55 am EST
Philadelphia 76ers 92 FinalRecap | Box Score 94 Milwaukee Bucks
Lavoy Allen, PF 27 MIN | 3-7 FG | 1-2 FT | 7 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 0 TO | 7 PTS | -1

Lavoy just struggles so badly to guard / hedge on the pick-n-roll that I can’t comment on anything else he did last night.

Evan Turner, SF 41 MIN | 8-19 FG | 4-4 FT | 3 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 4 TO | 20 PTS | +1

Another roller coaster game for ET.  He came out of the gate and threw up an ill-advised shot and had a bad TO.  For that DC gave him the quick hook. When he was sent back in during the 1st Q he committed 2 more TOs and went 1-3 from the field.  ET did rally in the 2nd half and had some solid drives to the tin.  However when he was at the point in the 3rd Q he failed on several pick-n-roll ops to hit Moultrie as dove to the rim .  Of course his driving lay up to get the 7-6 within 1 point during the closing seconds was very nice.  Anyone else have motion sickness?

Spencer Hawes, C 41 MIN | 7-14 FG | 5-6 FT | 9 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 1 TO | 19 PTS | -4

If Spence could learn to provide any resistance at all on the defensive end, he could be a solid reserve in this League.  He simply carried the Sixers on offense during the 4th Q (10 pts.) and the Sixers needed that badly.  Still he doesn’t go to the bucket with authority and that soft finger roll he missed in the early 4th was just another example of that fact.

Jrue Holiday, PG 39 MIN | 6-17 FG | 3-4 FT | 5 REB | 12 AST | 2 STL | 1 BLK | 5 TO | 16 PTS | 0

Jrue recorded yet another double-double last night, but some questionable shot selection in the 4th Q and a costly TO caused me to hit him with the “B”.  He did a nice job of finding Moultrie on the pick-n-roll and also took the ball to the basket frequently.  Two other things I noticed…Jrue can not get a foul call from the refs & Jrue will always have trouble guarding smaller-quicker guards (CP3, Jennings, etc.).  He’s 6-4 and nearly 200 lbs., so we’re going to have to live with the fact that some of the slighter point men in the League will give him fits.  Lastly, the dribble-drive, ball fake, lay-in move he made in the 2nd Q was fantastic.

Nick Young, SG 33 MIN | 4-6 FG | 4-4 FT | 5 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 14 PTS | -2

Swaggy started out on fire as he was 4-4 on FGAs in the 1st Q and then thanks to fouls and DC’s quick hook, NY cooled off from there.  I really liked that he got to the FT line and made the freebies.

Arnett Moultrie, PF 19 MIN | 2-5 FG | 1-2 FT | 8 REB | 0 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 5 PTS | +1

He needs to work on his FTs and I’d like to see him make a few more of his FGAs, but another solid night from Arnett.  It blows me away that in the 1st Q after two FGM on the pick-n-roll and a couple of boards that DC yanks him and he just sits on the bench for what seemed like an eternity

Dorell Wright, SF 7 MIN | 1-2 FG | 2-2 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 4 PTS | +2

4 points in 7 ticks and 2-2 on FTs.  Not bad for a guy who is in the Do(u)g-house.

Jeremy Pargo, PG 18 MIN | 1-3 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 2 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 2 PTS | -2

Pargo seemed a little off last night, but I like when he is playing point with Jrue on the floor.  I think more of that last night would have been a good move by DC.

Royal Ivey, PG 11 MIN | 1-2 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 1 STL | 1 BLK | 0 TO | 3 PTS | 0

The 3PA he hit in the late 3rd Q was huge for the Sixers, but other then that it was a quiet night for Ivey.  Ohh yeah until the final ticks…he needed to call a TO after the jump ball in the final seconds fell into his hands.  Turning the ball over there with a bad pass is simply a ridiculous mistake for a veteran.

Damien Wilkins, SG 5 MIN | 1-1 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 2 PTS | -5

5 mins…1 bucket…well done

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

Hey, did you hear the one about the big guy who sat around doing nothing and got paid $2 million?

Doug Collins

I loved that he yanked ET early on, but I didn’t like that he pulled Swaggy in the 1st when he picked up his second foul.  Swaggy was on fire at that point and you have to let the guy play it out.  I continue to hate that he lets ET run the point for large stretches.  Moultrie deserved more minutes.  And I am starting to wonder why the Sixers can’t get a call — is it possibly a DC thing?

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BENCH WOES

Posted by: Jake Fischer
02/13/13 10:16 am EST

On Monday night, the 76ers were beaten by the Los Angeles Clippers in nearly every statistical category recorded for the game of basketball.  Considering they lost to a team nicknamed, “Lob City”, you would think a defining storyline to discuss two days after a 107-90 dismantling would be points in the paint, rebounding and/or fast break buckets.

Even though the Sixers did lose all of those statistical battles vs. the LAC, to me what stuck out more in that contest was the polar opposite impacts each team’s bench had on the game.  At one point in the blowout affair, the Clippers bench combined for 19-straight points in the first half as they tallied 41 points overall in the game.  Meanwhile DC’s second unit contributed virtually nothing until the game was well out of reach.

On the season overall, the Clippers have utilized their talented and plentiful bench to secure numerous victories.  The depth and versatility of LAC’s reserves allows coach Vinny Del Negro to run five bench players on the court at several points in each game without much of a drop-off  – 40.4 ppg. (2nd in the NBA).

The Sixers, on the other hand, have been the recipients of close to zero production from their bench this entire season – 25th in the League with 27.6 ppg.  Prior to their garbage time induced 32 point outburst against the Clippers, the Sixers bench had been simply brutal in its last seven games.  Over that stretch, Collins had received the following point totals from his non-starters — 15, 33, 19, 7, 21, 11 and 8. 

If you’re keeping track at home those numbers produce an average of 16.2 ppg. over the seven game span.

That’s simply disturbing.   


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GM 48: (PUKE) RAPID REACTS

Posted by: C. Smith
02/07/13 10:52 am EST
Indiana Pacers 88 FinalRecap | Box Score 69 Philadelphia 76ers
Evan Turner, SF 28 MIN | 1-10 FG | 0-0 FT | 9 REB | 4 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 4 TO | 2 PTS | -22

I know the Pacers lineup presents a number of match-up issues for Turner, but to be honest, I’m done here. Two words for you — trade him…

Kwame Brown, C 6 MIN | 0-1 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 0 PTS | -6

So he starts and plays respectable ball in the 1st Q against the very physical Pacers front line and then we don’t see him for the rest of the night.  What gives?

Spencer Hawes, C 34 MIN | 3-13 FG | 0-0 FT | 10 REB | 3 AST | 0 STL | 3 BLK | 0 TO | 6 PTS | -11

I like the 10 boards, but Spence’s flailing and whining last night drove me crazy.  It was obvious from the start that the refs were going to let them play last night. Instead of manning up and getting physical, Spence chose to continue playing soft and cry all night to the officiating crew.  My favorite Spence moment was when a bounce pass for Turner went through his hands, then through his legs and OB. His buzzer beater FGA at the end of the 3rd wasn’t pretty either.

Jrue Holiday, PG 40 MIN | 7-22 FG | 4-5 FT | 6 REB | 4 AST | 3 STL | 1 BLK | 5 TO | 19 PTS | -12

Man was Jrue’s shot off in the 1st half last night.  He found his stroke in the 2nd half, but it was not enough to keep the Sixers in this game.  He did an solid job of driving th ball to the tin, but the 5 TO’s didn’t help much last night.

Nick Young, SG 40 MIN | 4-13 FG | 1-1 FT | 6 REB | 3 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 9 PTS | -20

Last night was Swaggy’s first poor game since joining the starting line-up, so I’ll take it easy on him. Still, I would like to have seen him drive the ball to the cup a little more.

Lavoy Allen, PF 35 MIN | 6-13 FG | 0-1 FT | 6 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 1 BLK | 3 TO | 12 PTS | -15

Lavoy has found the fountain of hoops and I hope he keeps drinking from it.  It also seems he has finally learned to cut / roll / dive to the basket for easy baskets.  However, I’m not sure I want him firing up 13 FGAs in every game.

Arnett Moultrie, PF 21 MIN | 6-9 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 0 AST | 2 STL | 1 BLK | 0 TO | 12 PTS | -6

Hey Doug…What’s My Name?!?…Say my name b*#@*…

In his first significant tick of the year, Moultrie did well for himself.  I was especially pleased with the way he cut / dove into the lane on offense and made himself available for easy hoops.  By my count he had 3 bunny slams in this game.

Dorell Wright, SF 30 MIN | 4-8 FG | 0-0 FT | 8 REB | 3 AST | 1 STL | 2 BLK | 2 TO | 9 PTS | +2

After a slow start (1-3 on 3PAs) this turned into a very solid all-around night for Wright who should start seeing a lot more burn with J-Rich done for the season.  Wright made the play of the night in the 2nd Q…after blocking Hansbrough’s shot at the defensive end, he went down the floor and threw a no-look alley-oop pass to Moultrie for a slam.

Royal Ivey, PG 6 MIN | 0-1 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 0 PTS | -5

Just more evidence that the Sixers still need a viable back-up PG

Jason Richardson, SG DNP LEFT KNEE INJURY MIN | FG | FT | REB | AST | STL | BLK | TO | PTS |

According to Yahoo Sports, stick a fork in him…J-Rich is done for the year.

Doug Collins

This team was not ready to go last night at all. He has to be held partially responsible for that item.  I also didn’t like that Wilkins saw no action last night vs. the very physical Pacers.  Finally, he gave 28 mins to Turner who was simply lost last night and that was obvious from the very start.

After the Jump, Six Things we Saw Last Night…


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GM 45: (B2B Ws) RAPID REACTS

Posted by: C. Smith
02/02/13 11:05 am EST
Sacramento Kings 80 FinalRecap | Box Score 89 Philadelphia 76ers
Thaddeus Young, SF 43 MIN | 11-17 FG | 1-2 FT | 15 REB | 2 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 23 PTS | +16

An outstanding night from Thad was capped with a huge 4th Q.  With the Sixers trailing by 1, Thad scored 6 straight to right the ship.  He also grabbed 6 boards in the Q which helped him tie a career high with 15.

Evan Turner, SF 31 MIN | 3-9 FG | 2-4 FT | 6 REB | 6 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 4 TO | 8 PTS | +12

ET is in a wicked funk right now and I am not sure what the answers are for Turner.  Watching him get abused by Tyreke Evans was awkward.

Spencer Hawes, C 26 MIN | 4-13 FG | 2-2 FT | 1 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 10 PTS | -10

I like that Spence came out with an aggressive midnset in the 3rd Q and took the ball to the tin for 4 straight points.  However, I didn’t like that my 7-foot tall starting center grabbed only 1 rebound in 26 mins. and continues to launch 3PAs.

Jrue Holiday, PG 44 MIN | 9-17 FG | 2-2 FT | 6 REB | 7 AST | 1 STL | 2 BLK | 8 TO | 21 PTS | +13

Obviously 8 TOs is not acceptable from you starting PG. So that needs to be corrected and it will be. But overall a solid game from “The Jruth”.  However, his overall night was solid.  Jrue’s spin move that led to a baseline jumper in the third was smooth.

Nick Young, SG 34 MIN | 6-12 FG | 7-7 FT | 4 REB | 0 AST | 1 STL | 1 BLK | 2 TO | 20 PTS | -7

All aboard the Swaggy P bandwagon.  I am more impressed with his ability to score off the bounce then anything else.  Still 1-5 from deep is not good for a starting NBA SG.  Nick is playing care free right now as with J-Rich out and Wright in the Do(u)g-house he knows DC has no other choice at SG.

Lavoy Allen, PF 27 MIN | 2-4 FG | 0-2 FT | 8 REB | 3 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 0 TO | 4 PTS | +15

The tongue lashing he received from Philadunkia earlier this week must have inspired Lavoy as he has played much better in the last two games.  Again all I am asking from Lavoy is 6-8 points and 10 rips a night.

Dorell Wright, SF 17 MIN | 1-3 FG | 0-0 FT | 5 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 3 PTS | -7

So our reserve SF grabs 5 boards in 17 mins, but our starting center…I’d like to see DC get this guy 20+ minutes per game.

Royal Ivey, PG 19 MIN | 0-1 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 0 PTS | +13

Mehhhh

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

At least Kwame will be well rested to battle Vucevic on Monday night.

Doug Collins

I’m not sure how much DC is at fault for the Sixers blowing a 19-point lead, but he has to share in the blame.  I would also like to have seen more pick-n-roll action for Jrue last night to help him shake off Tyreke Evans who gave Holiday some issues last night.

After the Jump, Six Things We Saw Last Night…


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GAME 41: (FRUSTRATED) REACTS

Posted by: Jeff McMenamin
01/22/13 2:06 pm EST
San Antonio Spurs 90 FinalRecap | Box Score 85 Philadelphia 76ers
Lavoy Allen, PF 17 MIN | 1-3 FG | 0-0 FT | 8 REB | 0 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 2 PTS | -3Lavoy was taken to school by Tim Duncan in this game, as Duncan finished with 24 points, 17 rebounds, five assists and two steals. On most nights I’d be happy with Lavoy pulling down eight rebounds, on this night not so much.
Dorell Wright, SF 16 MIN | 1-5 FG | 1-2 FT | 4 REB | 3 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 3 PTS | -6Last year Jodie Meeks was given the name Captain Streaky for the random production he would give you on any given night. This season Dorell Wright seems to be that guy for the Sixers. Being in the Do(u)g House for the majority of the season is probably a major factor in this as well.
Thaddeus Young, SF 39 MIN | 7-14 FG | 0-2 FT | 6 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 3 BLK | 3 TO | 14 PTS | -17Thad was a key player in the Sixers’ second-half surge to get back into the game. He scored 10 of his 14 points in the second-half. He also had a couple big misses down the stretch, however, which had me spiking my remote against the floor. Tiago Splitter’s 12 boards were equally as depressing.
Evan Turner, SF 42 MIN | 8-15 FG | 1-1 FT | 12 REB | 7 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 18 PTS | -10Turner had one of his best games of the season against the Spurs. He came up just three assists shy of a strong triple-double with 18 points, 12 rebounds and seven assists. He looked confident with the ball in his hands (for most of the game) and was drilling the mid-range shot which critics have been hammering him for all season. Yet, two huge turnovers down the stretch, missing a wide open three to regain the lead with just a minute left and leaving Kawhi Leonard open on the perimeter for a couple huge treys in this game will have critics rightfully hammering him again.
Jrue Holiday, PG 37 MIN | 7-20 FG | 1-1 FT | 2 REB | 8 AST | 4 STL | 0 BLK | 6 TO | 15 PTS | -16Jrue Holiday was relegated to the bench by Doug Collins for close to five minutes of the 4th quarter. He entered the game when the Sixers held a four point lead over the Spurs with just seven minutes to go. Where in the previous game against the Raptors Jrue thrived to close out the win for the Sixers, Holiday struggled mightily against Tony Parker and the Spurs. He had two huge turnovers to add to his game total of six and seemed to not want the ball when the game was on the line. It could’ve been that Tony Parker had already ruined his confidence, who finished with 20 points and eight assists. Or, Doug Collins has some explaining to do.
Spencer Hawes, C 35 MIN | 7-12 FG | 1-2 FT | 6 REB | 4 AST | 1 STL | 3 BLK | 1 TO | 16 PTS | +14Spencer played huge in this game on the offensive end. It could’ve been the new blue arm sleeve that he was showing off, or it could’ve been that he was pissed off about Barack Obama’s Presidential Inauguration earlier but either way Spence had one of his best offensive performances of the season against the Spurs. Once again it was his defense which left a lot to be desired, although he did register three blocks.
Shelvin Mack, PG 3 MIN | 1-1 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 2 PTS | 0He got his first two points in a Sixers uni, then quickly made his return to the bench. Welcome to the team Mack daddy.
Royal Ivey, PG 16 MIN | 1-3 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 3 PTS | +5Why did Ivey play 16 minutes and why was he in the game in the 4th quarter with the game on the line? The sequence where he was stripped by Kawhi Leonard for a fast break dunk was a momentum changer. The Sixers were up 82-77 at the time, but that dunk combined with a Leonard three in the Spurs next possession tied the game at 82-82 and the Spurs finished their business down at the WFC.
Damien Wilkins, SG 4 MIN | 0-1 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 0 PTS | 0I would’ve liked to see some more Damien “Defense” Wilkins at certain points in this game and less Ivey and Lavoy.
Nick Young, SG 31 MIN | 4-10 FG | 3-3 FT | 3 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 12 PTS | +8Swaggy had it going on late in the 4th as the Sixers pushed their lead to seven. His new haircut, named the Sonic the Hedgehog by teammate Royal Ivey, was awesome. Overall a solid performance where I was not screaming for Swaggy to be sent down to the D-league.
Jason Richardson, SG DNP LEFT KNEE INJURY MIN | FG | FT | REB | AST | STL | BLK | TO | PTS | This was the worst game for Richardson to miss. He could’ve proved to be the difference maker in its outcome.
Doug CollinsI’ll give Doug credit for yet another second-half comeback. But what was going on with his rotations? Also, did he design plays in the 4th to keep the ball out of Jrue’s hands? Make no mistake, playing the Spurs as tough as the Sixers did for four quarters is commendable, but turning a win into a loss when the game was in the balance was infuriating to watch. The Sixers offensive game plan in the last seven minutes looked more like the And 1 Mixtape Tour then the 7-6.

Six Things We Saw…After the Jump…

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INTERVIEW: TIM LEGLER

Posted by: Tim Parker
01/11/13 10:10 am EST

Here at Philadunkia we have chosen to completely ignore the debacle that happened up in Toronto on Wednesday night.  Many of us here viewed that contest as the worst performance of the year by the 7-6.  We can understand soiling the bed in San Antonio during the final game of a long and challenging 8-game road trip, but what exactly is the excuse for the Sixers uninspiring effort vs. the Raptors?  In our collective opinion there is none. 

Look, we realize that this roster is tragically flawed with Bynum out of the lineup.  And we understand that fact is a huge obstacle to ask a team and head coach to overcome for nearly 40 games.  We also acknowledge that the Sixers schedule has been brutal of late.  Still this team is better than what they have shown in the last two games.  The effort at the Wells Fargo Center on Tuesday night vs. Brooklyn was weak and what happened in Toronto was downright embarrassing.   To say we are frustrated with this team is an understatement.

So in order to avoid a very negative rant style post by one of our writers and in an effort to find some solutions to the Sixers problems, we are turning to ESPN analyst Tim Legler.  Why Legler?  Well, Legler is not just a former NBA player and a great NBA analyst; he’s also one of us (At least in our eyes).   

Legler scored over 1,500 points at LaSalle, is a member of the Big 5 Hall of Fame, earned a MBA from The Wharton School and is married to a former Eagles cheerleader.  So Legler is as Philadunkia as Dr. J, Allen Iverson and The Spectrum.  As a bonus, he still lives in the Philadelphia area, attends numerous Sixer games each year and is actually somewhat of a 76ers fan.  Basically, he knows the 7-6 inside and out. 

Yesterday Legler gave me some time to Philadunkia scribe Tim Parker to discuss numerous Sixers topics, including why the Sixers have struggled so badly this season. 


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GM 33: RAPID REACTS

Posted by: C. Smith
01/03/13 10:42 am EST
Philadelphia 76ers 89 FinalRecap | Box Score 95 Phoenix Suns
Lavoy Allen, PF 35 MIN | 5-11 FG | 0-0 FT | 9 REB | 2 AST | 10 PTS | +4

That’s three near double-doubles in the last week, but Allen (like the rest of the Sixers bigs) doesn’t play physical enough and he got eaten alive by Scola and Gortat.  When he cut the PHX lead to 60-59 on a 19-footer with 6:34 left in 3rd Q, I thought Sixers would pull this one out, but they simply could not get that next basket.

Thaddeus Young, SF 36 MIN | 6-10 FG | 2-2 FT | 10 REB | 2 AST | 14 PTS | -10I’ve said it many times, Thad just punches the clock each and every night and along with Holiday has become part of the Sixers own “dynamic duo”.
Evan Turner, SF 34 MIN | 6-16 FG | 1-2 FT | 2 REB | 1 AST | 13 PTS | -4

Last night I couldn’t decide overall whether or not Turner was forcing things too much or was simply unlucky.  He got a lot of clean/close/good looks and just could not get the ball to drop.  That’s unlucky in my opinion.  However I could be convinced that he was dropping his head too frequently last night and did a mediocre job of finding teammates.

Jrue Holiday, PG 39 MIN | 6-16 FG | 3-4 FT | 10 REB | 10 AST | 16 PTS | -3

A triple-double is amazing, but take a closer look at the stats and you’ll see why Holiday did not get an “A”.  He scored 16 points on an inefficient 16 FGAs (6-16 = 37.5%) and turned the ball over 6 times. And while his late 4th Q defense was outstanding, during most of the game, the tenacious Dragic made Jrue look slow and uninterested.

Jason Richardson, SG 19 MIN | 2-4 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 0 AST | 4 PTS | -2

Uggghhh…He’s only a starter because of DC’s respect for his veteran leadership.

Dorell Wright, SF 30 MIN | 6-9 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 2 AST | 14 PTS | -2

A solid outing from Wright who seems to have rediscovered his scoring touch after taking the night off vs. GSW a couple games ago.  The alley-oop he caught from Jrue that cut the lead to 87-85 with 2 mins. remaining was a thing of beauty.  He also hit a huge 3-pointer in the late 3rd Q.

Spencer Hawes, C 24 MIN | 3-11 FG | 0-0 FT | 7 REB | 3 AST | 6 PTS | -8

Just a terrible shooting night by Spence.  When you’re a big that doesn’t rebound well or play solid defense, you have to provide some scoring punch and Spence failed to do that last night.

Royal Ivey, PG 4 MIN | 0-0 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 0 PTS | -7

Irrelevant.

Nick Young, SG 20 MIN | 3-7 FG | 4-4 FT | 0 REB | 1 AST | 12 PTS | +2

This is exactly the role I want to see NY cast in by DC.  One or two less running leaners and he would have gotten an A+ from me.

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

Did anyone else catch Kwame dancing to Gangnam Style??  That about sums up his time here in Philly.

Doug Collins

DC should not have waited until the 4 min mark of the 3rd to get Wright back into the game.  Also why the hell is Holiday on the bench for so long in the 4th.  I can’t believe I am saying this, why did Kwame get no burn last night?  DC claims he is the Sixers “physical” big man yet did not see fit to put him in the game as the PHX bangers were knocking our guys all over the place.  Finally, playing a short bench vs. LAL came back to haunt us last night in the 2nd game of the notorious road B2B.

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