Fo’ with the Foes: OKC Thunder

Posted by: C. Smith
03/04/15 12:55 pm EST

thundergirlsThis ‘winter won’t go away’ edition of “Fo’ with the Foes” – Philadunkia’s advanced scouting series which with the help of an accomplished journalist from around the NBA beat or blog world, previews key upcoming 76ers games – features tonight’s opponent, the Oklahoma City Thunder who are 8-2 in their last 10 game and will have Russell Westbrook in the first-five tonight, but will be without Kevin Durant because of his recent foot procedure.

After the jump, I’ll look a Fo’ key items for tonight’s game.  Additionally, we’ll get a little more insight into the OKC team the Sixers face tonight from our colleague Joey Conger at welcometoloudcity.com as Joey will answer Fo’ questions on the Thunder from us here at Philadunkia.


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The Thomas Robinson Affair

Posted by: Michael Kaskey-Blomain
03/02/15 2:52 pm EST

trobsixerseditOn Tuesday, February 24th, the 76ers officially announced they had acquired forward Thomas Robinson through a claim in the NBA’s waiver wire and confirmed for all of us what the internet had been reporting for nearly 12-hours prior to their release.  Robinson appeared in 32 games for the Blazers this season averaging 12 minutes per game and posting stats of 3.6 ppg. and 4.2 rpg.  In 172 career games, Robinson owns a shine of 4.6 points and 4.4 rebounds per contest.  The Sixers will be Robinson’s fourth NBA stop (Kings, Rockets & Blazers).

Just two Thursdays ago, the Portland Trailblazers traded Robinson, the former 5th overall pick in the 2012 NBA Draft to Denver in a deal that fetched Arron Afflalo in return.  Numerous reports say that Robinson’s agent quickly negotiated a deal with the Nuggets to have Robinson waived because if TRob should clear waivers, a 10-day deal had already been worked out with the Brooklyn Nets.  Of course, that’s where Sam Hinkie entered the picture.

 


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GM58: Rapid (Everybody Beats the Wiz) Reacts

Posted by: C. Smith
02/28/15 12:27 pm EST
Washington Wizards 81 FinalRecap | Box Score 89 Philadelphia 76ers
Luc Richard Mbah a Moute, PF 29 MIN | 4-9 FG | 0-4 FT | 8 REB | 4 AST | 2 STL | 1 BLK | 2 TO | 10 PTS | +8 +/-A near double-double for Embiid’s babysitter, but he is still launching way to many threes for my tastes and I love the the three ball.

Robert Covington, SF 26 MIN | 3-9 FG | 5-5 FT | 6 REB | 0 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 13 PTS | +7 +/-After 4 points in the opening Q, I thought Cov was headed for a big night.  But his cold shooting prevented that from happening.

Nerlens Noel, C 34 MIN | 5-9 FG | 4-6 FT | 13 REB | 3 AST | 2 STL | 3 BLK | 2 TO | 14 PTS | +6 +/-In the wake of MCW’s departure, Noel has really stepped up to be a leader on this team.  Noel’s 9 points in the 4th quarter kept the Wizards at arm’s length and pushed the Sixers to this win.  His block on Gortat in the late 3rd Q was awesome.

Isaiah Canaan, PG 22 MIN | 3-11 FG | 1-1 FT | 3 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 8 PTS | -2 +/-The scouting report on Canaan is that he is a very good shooter.  I’m still waiting to see what all the scouts are talking about.

Jason Richardson, SG 26 MIN | 4-9 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 5 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 12 PTS | +14 +/-The fact that he is on the court and contributing to this squad is amazing to me.  His stroke was on last night and that opened up the floor for Noel.  JRich dropped a beautiful dime to Noel in the late 4th Q that led to a big flush.

 


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Fo’ with the Foes: Washington Wizards

Posted by: C. Smith
02/27/15 3:21 pm EST

wizardsamanadaeditThis ‘still trying to recover from the ass kicking the Bucks gave the 76ers’ edition of “Fo’ with the Foes” – Philadunkia’s advanced scouting series which with the help of an accomplished journalist from around the NBA beat or blog world, previews key upcoming 76ers games – features tonight’s opponent, the Washington Wizards who right now may be playing as poorly as the 76ers.  The Wizards have lost 5 straight and 10 of their last 12, but still boasts Sixer killers John Wall and Marcian Gortat.

After the jump, I’ll look a Fo’ key items for tonight’s game.  Additionally, we’ll get a little more insight into the Washington team the Sixers face tonight from our colleague Rashad Mobley at truthaboutit.net as Rashad will answer Fo’ questions on the Wizards from us here at Philadunkia.


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GM56: Rapid (The D Rests) Reacts

Posted by: C. Smith
02/24/15 10:35 am EST
Philadelphia 76ers 108 FinalRecap | Box Score 119 Miami Heat
Luc Richard Mbah a Moute, PF 30 MIN | 3-11 FG | 0-2 FT | 5 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 0 TO | 7 PTS | -4 +/-The fact that Hinkie couldn’t turn Luc in to a 2nd round pick at the trade deadline still bugs the crap out of me.

Robert Covington, SF 34 MIN | 6-15 FG | 1-3 FT | 4 REB | 2 AST | 5 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 16 PTS | -4 +/-Cov recovered from a putrid start to this game (1-7 in 1st Q) to post a solid statistical night. However he was also MIA when the Heat put up their huge run in the 3rd Q and locked this game up.

Henry Sims, C 18 MIN | 5-6 FG | 2-3 FT | 3 REB | 3 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 1 TO | 12 PTS | -7 +/-Sims started, but only played 18 minutes.  Maybe his lack of tick was becuase he was weak on the boards last night and that helped the Sixers get out rebounded 45-33 by the Heat.

Nerlens Noel, C 31 MIN | 5-10 FG | 8-10 FT | 7 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 4 BLK | 0 TO | 18 PTS | 0 +/-I thought this was one of Noel’s best games to date. The fact that it came against Miami’s inside trio of Hassan Whiteside; “Birdman” and Haslem is a bonus (IMO).  I will be interested to see what happens with Noel’s touches/numbers now that MCW is gone.

Isaiah Canaan, PG 30 MIN | 4-9 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 3 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 11 PTS | -8 +/-Canaan certainly has reaffirmed his reputation as a guard who likes to shoot first.  His 3 dimes vs. 3 TOs effort is nothing to write home about.  Lastly, his defense was terrible last night.

 


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Fo’ with the Foes: Miami Heat

Posted by: C. Smith
02/23/15 3:03 pm EST

Miami-Heat-DancersThis Monday afternoon edition of “Fo’ with the Foes” – Philadunkia’s advanced scouting series which with the help of an accomplished journalist from around the NBA beat or blog world, previews key upcoming 76ers games – features tonight’s opponent, the Miami Heat who obviously will be without Chris Bosh tonight and have lost 5 of their last 7 games, yet still are still holding on to the 7th playoff spot in the East.

After the jump, I’ll look a Fo’ key items for tonight’s game. Additionally, we’ll get a little more insight into the Miami team the Sixers face tonight from our colleague Brandon Di Perno at hothothoops.com as Brandon will answer Fo’ questions on the Heat from us here at Philadunkia.


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Fo’ with the Foes: Indiana Pacers

Posted by: C. Smith
02/20/15 3:14 pm EST

pacersgirlThis first game back from All-Star Weekend edition of “Fo’ with the Foes” – Philadunkia’s advanced scouting series which with the help of an accomplished journalist from around the NBA beat or blog world, previews key upcoming 76ers games – features tonight’s opponent, the Indiana Pacers who won 4 of their last 5 games headed into the break and are two games back of the 8th playoff spot in the East.

After the jump, I’ll look a Fo’ key items for tonight’s game. Additionally, we’ll get a little more insight into the Pacers team the Sixers face tonight from our colleague Jared Wade at 8points9Seconds.com as Jared will answer Fo’ questions on the Pacers from us here at Philadunkia.


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Hinkiepalooza IV — Pros & Cons

Posted by: C. Smith
02/20/15 10:47 am EST

NBA: Philadelphia 76ers-Media DayA record 39 players were moved at yesterday as well as more than a dozen potential draft picks in what can only be labeled the most entertaining trade deadline day in history.  Personally, I have never had so much 76ers related fun on Twitter.

Of course 76ers General Manager Sam Hinkie was mixing it up something fierce yesterday as the Sixers were part of three significant trades.  As you know by now, starting point guard Michael Carter Williams and rookie sensation KJ McDaniels are departing, along with the draft rights to Cenk Akyol.  On the way to the Sixers are two protected 1st round draft picks and big man JaVale McGee. Depending on which online “expert” review you read, Hinkie is either a genius or has set the Sixers’ rebuild back another 3 years.

After the jump I’ll provide Pros & Cons analysis of each trade Hinkie pulled off yesterday.

 


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Stay or Trade?

Posted by: Philadunkia
02/11/15 11:05 am EST

sam76ers General manager Sam Hinkie has already stated for the record that the Sixers will be “very active” in the days leading up to the February 19th NBA trade deadline and the anticipation of another draft day-ish, Hinkie-palooza event is simply killing the the scribes here at Philadunkia.

The 76ers have a 12-41 record on the books heading in to All-Star Weekend and we all know that Hinkie’s focus is on the long range future of this franchise.  With those facts in mind, Jeff McMenamin and C. Smith will examine several 76er players caught up in the trade deadline rumor mill and offer an opinion as to whether that player will STAY with the Sixers for at least the remainder of this season or be involved in a TRADE prior to the 3pm deadline on February 19th.

 

 


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GM50: Rapid (Hollis Friendly) Reacts

Posted by: C. Smith
02/04/15 10:46 am EST
Denver Nuggets 98 FinalRecap | Box Score 105 Philadelphia 76ers
Luc Richard Mbah a Moute, PF 32 MIN | 2-5 FG | 0-2 FT | 10 REB | 0 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 4 PTS | -3 +/-Luc doesn’t usually allow himself to have a quiet game like he did last night, but I only have one note on him from the entire game and that was about a nice jumper he banged home in the 1st Q. Obvioulsy the stat sheet says he did a nice job on the boards

Robert Covington, SF 29 MIN | 4-12 FG | 7-8 FT | 8 REB | 2 AST | 2 STL | 1 BLK | 3 TO | 17 PTS | -2 +/-I think that stat line for Covington last night can be a little misleading.  Cov had a near double-double, but scored only 2 points in the 1st half as the Sixers built a 21 point lead and he was 1-for-his-first-4 on the game.  However, his 7 pts in the 4th Q helped keep the Nuggs at arm’s length in this one.  If you remove the Cavs game from the equation (6-13; 46%), Cov is shooting 28.3% in his last 3 contests.

Nerlens Noel, C 27 MIN | 3-6 FG | 4-5 FT | 8 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 2 BLK | 2 TO | 10 PTS | -8 +/-A near double-double was highlighted by Noel being more aggressive on offense last night, operating in traffic and getting to the FT line where he was nearly perfect.  His failed attempt at a follow slam that some how rolled in, was comical.

Michael Carter-Williams, PG 34 MIN | 4-12 FG | 6-10 FT | 8 REB | 12 AST | 2 STL | 1 BLK | 4 TO | 15 PTS | -1 +/-A near triple-double in what was an excellent performance for 3 quarters by #1.  The stat line indicates that MCW did not shoot the ball well from the field or from deep, but really he was having a great game until a stretch in the 4th Q where he forced a number of ill advised shots and drives to the basket.  During that run in the 4th Q, it was if MCW had lost his mind and reverted to his old way of playing.

JaKarr Sampson, SG 18 MIN | 3-4 FG | 3-4 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 3 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 11 PTS | -3 +/-I have to admit that I was not a big fan of Sampson’s move to the starting lineup, but I was wrong.  The kid played well again last night and a quick 5 point burst in the 1st Q by Sampson was a big boost for the Sixers.

 


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