Fo’ with the Foes: Detroit Pistons

Posted by: C. Smith
03/18/15 4:55 pm EST

pistonsredheadThis 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 Detroit Pistons who defeated the Memphis Grizzlies last night, but have lost 10 of their last 11 and will be without Greg Monroe tonight.

After the jump, I’ll look a Fo’ key items for tonight’s game.  Additionally, we’ll get a little more insight into this Detroit team the Sixers face tonight from our colleague Dan Feldman at pistonpowered.com, as Dan will answer Fo’ questions on his Pistons squad from us here at Philadunkia.

 


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GM67: Rapid (Simply Sorry) Reacts

Posted by: C. Smith
03/17/15 10:01 am EST
Philadelphia 76ers 89 FinalRecap | Box Score 108 Boston Celtics
Luc Richard Mbah a Moute, PF 23 MIN | 4-8 FG | 1-4 FT | 1 REB | 3 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 10 PTS | -18 +/-Luc led the Sixers with a -18 +/- rating last night.

Nerlens Noel, C 34 MIN | 7-15 FG | 4-6 FT | 7 REB | 1 AST | 2 STL | 1 BLK | 1 TO | 18 PTS | -15 +/-A much better effort this time from Noel in hometown of Boston. I like that he was extremely aggressive last night and took the ball to the tin, but his left hand finish still needs some work.  His 6 points in the 1st Q was one of the few highlights for the Sixers.  However he did NOT score another point in the 1st half.

Isaiah Canaan, PG 28 MIN | 4-11 FG | 1-2 FT | 6 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 3 TO | 11 PTS | -8 +/-This PG experiment should officially come to a close when this season is over. While his stat line was respectable last night, Canaan owns a shoot first mentality, does not see the floor well and plays ole’ defense.

Jason Richardson, SG 20 MIN | 1-7 FG | 0-0 FT | 5 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 2 PTS | -15 +/-As Charles Barkley once said, “Father time is undefeated.”  J-Rich is now 6-27 (22%) from the field and 0-12 from deep in his last 3 games.

Hollis Thompson, SG 31 MIN | 5-9 FG | 1-2 FT | 2 REB | 2 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 13 PTS | -7 +/-Thompson took advantage of his first start since December and posted a solid overall stat line.  Along with Noel, HT was one of the few Sixers who could find the basket in the 1st Q (4 points).

 


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GM65: Rapid (Reserves Rock!) Reacts

Posted by: C. Smith
03/14/15 11:28 am EST
Sacramento Kings 107 FinalRecap | Box Score 114 Philadelphia 76ers
Luc Richard Mbah a Moute, PF 30 MIN | 5-11 FG | 0-0 FT | 5 REB | 4 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 10 PTS | +8 +/-Luc recovered from a slow start (2 points in 1st Q) to post a solid game. His 6 points during the 3rd Q surge assisted the Sixer reserves in bringing home this W.

Robert Covington, SF 29 MIN | 8-17 FG | 2-3 FT | 2 REB | 2 AST | 3 STL | 1 BLK | 1 TO | 24 PTS | +3 +/-Welcome back Cov!!  His hot shooting and 11 points in the 1st Q kept the Sixers from falling out of this game very early on.  Then Cov posted another 9 points in the 2nd Q (3-3 from deep). Still, it seems Cov was one of the few players who did not benefit from Brown’s halftime speech as he went 1-5 from the field in the 2nd half.

Nerlens Noel, C 28 MIN | 7-13 FG | 2-2 FT | 12 REB | 4 AST | 1 STL | 1 BLK | 1 TO | 16 PTS | +5 +/-Just another double-double and 50%+ shooting from the field from Noel who’s play since the trade deadline continues to amaze.  Is anyone else disappointed that he had only had 1 steal?

Isaiah Canaan, PG 23 MIN | 3-9 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 5 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 7 PTS | -4 +/-Priority #1 for Sam Hinkie is to find a PG and a backup PG for 2015-16 because the undersized Canaan who has totaled 5 dimes and 4 TOs in the last 2 games while shooting 32% from the field is not the answer.  Still, his 5 points in the 3rd Q were huge last night, so he gets the C+ from me.

JaKarr Sampson, SG 17 MIN | 4-6 FG | 2-3 FT | 2 REB | 3 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 10 PTS | -7 +/-Sampson was very active early on in this game and thrilled the crowd with a drive to the rim that ended with a thunderous flush.  After 6 points in the 1st half, I thought he had finally found his stride again, but he went MIA in the 2nd half and I don’t have a single note on him from the 3rd/4th Qs.

 


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Fo’ with the Foes: Chicago Bulls

Posted by: C. Smith
03/11/15 2:32 pm EST

bullschicThis ‘Eagles news dominates this city’ 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 Chicago Bulls who have lost 3 straight games; are 5-5 in their last 10; and will be without Taj Gibson, Jimmy Butler and of course Derrick Rose tonight.

After the jump, I’ll look a Fo’ key items for tonight’s game.  Additionally, we’ll get a little more insight into the Chicago team the Sixers face tonight from our colleague Chris Terzic at blogabull.com as Chris will answer Fo’ questions on ‘da Bulls from us here at Philadunkia.


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Noel and the Numbers

Posted by: C. Smith
03/09/15 12:31 pm EST

noelpoppingjerseyLost in the wake of all the Eagles free agency news this weekend was the fact that the 76ers went produced a 1-1 record in their last two games (Win over the depleted Atlanta Hawks) and rookie Nerlens Noel who has played extremely well since the All-Star break, simply took his game to another level this past weekend.

Since the All-Star break, Noel has played his best basketball of the season.  Since the festivities in New York City wrapped up, #4 is averaging 11.8 points, 10.0 rebounds, 1.7 assists, 2.9 blocks, and 2.7 steals per game.

Over the weekend, Noel averaged 10.5 ppg., 14 rpg. and 5.5 spg.  As a result of his two impressive outings, a host of “historical” references were applied to the stats Noel has been posting during this recent stretch of play and posted online.  After the jump, we’ll present a several of those references and let you decide what, if anything, these numbers exactly mean for Noel and the 76ers.

 


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GM62: Rapid (Brick City) Reacts

Posted by: C. Smith
03/07/15 9:38 am EST
Utah Jazz 89 FinalRecap | Box Score 83 Philadelphia 76ers
Luc Richard Mbah a Moute, PF 29 MIN | 5-10 FG | 1-2 FT | 2 REB | 3 AST | 4 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 14 PTS | -2 +/-After he posted 7 points in the opening minutes of the 1st Q I thought Luc was headed for a career night. Unfortunately he did not score another point before the half and was 1-4 shooting when the Sixers went ice cold in the 3rd Q.

Nerlens Noel, C 37 MIN | 5-12 FG | 0-0 FT | 11 REB | 1 AST | 6 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 10 PTS | -9 +/-Noel is playing out of his mind right now and it is a joy to watch (more on this after the jump). When his footwork improves, he could be a very effective offensive weapon for this team.

Isaiah Canaan, PG 28 MIN | 6-15 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 4 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 16 PTS | -3 +/-Canaan’s shooting stats were fine, but I need more than 4 dimes out of my starting point guard.  He also has a significant amount of work to put in on his defensive fundamentals.

Jason Richardson, SG 27 MIN | 0-10 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 0 PTS | -19 +/-Has father time finally won his battle with JRich or was this a one night thing?

JaKarr Sampson, SG 22 MIN | 1-5 FG | 0-2 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 1 TO | 3 PTS | -10 +/-Another poor outing from Sampson. There was a stretch where I thought this kid was going to breakout and make a name for himself (in Philadunkia nation) and that momentum is now gone. Over his last 5 games Sampson is averaging 4.8 ppg. on 35% shooting and a 28% clip from three.

 


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GM61: Rapid (Amazing Loss) Reacts

Posted by: C. Smith
03/05/15 10:55 am EST
Philadelphia 76ers 118 FinalRecap | Box Score 123 Oklahoma City Thunder
Luc Richard Mbah a Moute, PF 40 MIN | 6-21 FG | 6-9 FT | 14 REB | 5 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 18 PTS | +4 +/-

A double-double for Embiid’s sitter was blemished by 28% shooting from the field and 0-3 from deep.  If Luc would pump the brakes on his shot selection, he would be much more effective offensive player for this team.

Nerlens Noel, C 40 MIN | 3-10 FG | 2-4 FT | 13 REB | 1 AST | 4 STL | 5 BLK | 5 TO | 8 PTS | +12 +/-

A solid night for #4, but after his 7-7 outing vs. Toronto I expected a little more on the offensive end.  5 blocks and 4 steals (strip of Westbrook at end of regulation was huge) were great, but he also posted 5 TOs last night.

Isaiah Canaan, PG 42 MIN | 10-16 FG | 3-3 FT | 7 REB | 6 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 31 PTS | +5 +/-

We finally got to see the “bullseye shooter” version of Canaan that all the scouts have been talking about. He opened the game Canaan 5-of-5 on 3-pointers and drained 8 total on the day which produced a career high 31 points. Additionally Canaan had only 3 TOs.

Jason Richardson, SG 36 MIN | 8-19 FG | 9-9 FT | 6 REB | 3 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 29 PTS | +17 +/-

Back in October if you had told me that JRich would play 36 minutes in a games this season for the Sixers, I would have bet any amount of money against that idea in a minute and laughed. If you next told me he would score 29 points in a game for the Sixers this season I would have checked you into a mental health facility.

JaKarr Sampson, SG 15 MIN | 2-3 FG | 3-3 FT | 2 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 7 PTS | -4 +/-

There is nothing wrong with the way Sampson played last night.  I just figured in an up and down, high scoring game that an athlete like Sampson would produce a better stat line.  Of course that can be difficult when you only get 15 minutes of burn.

 


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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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