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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GM 59: (BORED) RAPID REACTS

Posted by: C. Smith
03/06/13 9:26 am EST
Boston Celtics 109 FinalRecap | Box Score 101 Philadelphia 76ers
Thaddeus Young, SF 33 MIN | 9-20 FG | 1-3 FT | 10 REB | 0 AST | 2 STL | 1 BLK | 1 TO | 19 PTS | -11

IMO it was a quiet and interesting double-double for Thad. He played with his usual energy and intensity, but his scoring came in odd bursts. His 6 point run during the second half of the 3rd Q helped the Sixers claw back into this one, so that way key. However, if you look a the game closely you’ll see that another 6 of Thad’s point came after the 1:32 mark of the 4th Q when this game was already over.

Evan Turner, SF 44 MIN | 6-19 FG | 5-5 FT | 9 REB | 7 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 18 PTS | -7

Turner played a lot of PG last night and the result was…Too many 3PAs by ET…Too many FGAs by ET and not enough ball movement.  He did a nice job of getting into the lane for buckets or trips to the FT line.  Still, at the 4:50 mark of the 4th he threw up two wild shots and missed a lay-in and I chucked the remote across the room.

Spencer Hawes, C 28 MIN | 7-12 FG | 0-0 FT | 6 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 2 BLK | 2 TO | 14 PTS | +8

Let me say that Hawes played decently last night on the offensive end.  However KG simply owns this guy and it’s sad to watch.  In this game Spence caught and alley-oop and blocked one by BOS.  I have no stats to back this up, but a I believe that’s the first time Hawes has pulled off that combo.  My favorite play was when KG pinned (it was goal tending, but still) Spence’s shot from behind because Hawes decide to lay-in a bunny rather then slamming it home.

Royal Ivey, PG 37 MIN | 4-9 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 3 AST | 3 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 10 PTS | +8

A third straight start for Ivey (Sixers are now 1-2 in those games) and now that he has some confidence, Ivey is hurting this team.  I know he has been hot from behind the arc this year, but seven 3PAs is too many for this career journeyman.  He also was not much help slowing down Bradley.

Jrue Holiday, PG 42 MIN | 6-17 FG | 6-6 FT | 5 REB | 10 AST | 4 STL | 0 BLK | 5 TO | 18 PTS | +8

A wildly inconsistent night from Jrue.  He did a great job of getting to the rim, but didn’t score efficiently.  He handed out 10 dimes, but he turned the ball over too many times.  He has moments of great defense and lapses of simply awful defensive play.

Arnett Moultrie, PF 20 MIN | 5-5 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 0 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 10 PTS | -13

12-12 from the field in his last 4 games and as a bonus, Moultrie is exciting to watch.

Dorell Wright, SF 23 MIN | 3-13 FG | 2-2 FT | 7 REB | 2 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 10 PTS | -13

Wright has one job — hit open jumpers. Last night he did not do that for the Sixers

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

So Allen has had decent success guarding KG in the past, but he only gets 3 mins. of run vs. BOS.

Damien Wilkins, SG 11 MIN | 1-4 FG | 0-2 FT | 1 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 2 PTS | -16

Moving on…

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

Does anyone know what the Sixers record for DNP-CDs is in one season?

Doug Collins

I liked that DC played Jrue off the ball for most of the time that Avery Bradley was in the game.  It was a smart way to get Jrue some easier looks.  I liked that he played Moultrie early, but the red hot Moultrie should have played even more.  KG kills Hawes.  Allen gives KG problems.  Yet Hawes played 28 ticks and Allen only 3.  That’s a head scratcher.  I also don’t like that he has buried Pargo.  I would like to have seen Pargo at the point with Holiday at the SG for stretches of this game.  Also why was Holiday on the bench for a large stretch to open the 4th Q?  Finally, DC has to come up with a solution for the Sixers terrible 3rd Q starts.  A quick 6-2 run by the C’s out of the half killed the 7-6 in this one.

After the Jump Six Things We Saw Last Night…


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NOTES, LINKS & TWEETS

Posted by: C. Smith
02/28/13 12:07 pm EST

A great “open letter” style email piece to Sixers ownership from Jason Wolf at delawareonline.com.  A MUST READ.

John Finger at csnphilly.com thinks the Sixers organization need to “flip the script” and looks at the Sixers horrible tendency to shoot from “the yard”.  Something we have been complaining about all year. 

Video commentary by Stephen A. Smith  & Skip Bayless on DC’s meltdown.

From Yahoo Sports, a preview of tonight’s Sixers at Bulls game which is on national TV.  The Sixers could get really smoked tonight in Chicago and further continue their slide to the 2013 Lottery.  Although the Bulls are 4-8 in their last 12 games.  

A quick “76ers” search on craigslist.com finds a guy with 100 Mo Speights youth jerseys to sell.  NO LIE!

With the 2012-13 season firmly in the crapper, it’s time to look at he 2013 NBA Draft.  At nbadraft.net they are projecting that the 76ers will select 11th and take Willie Cauley-Stein from Kentucky.


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GM 53: (LOWLY) RAPID REACTS

Posted by: C. Smith
02/24/13 11:38 am EST
Miami Heat 114 FinalRecap | Box Score 90 Philadelphia 76ers
Lavoy Allen, PF 32 MIN | 2-7 FG | 2-2 FT | 6 REB | 3 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 0 TO | 6 PTS | -14

After a stellar 1st Q in which he scored, rebounded, dropped a dime or two and set some nice picks, Lavoy disappeared.  What remains most disturbing for me is that he defense has not gotten any better since he entered the NBA.

Evan Turner, SF 36 MIN | 8-19 FG | 0-0 FT | 7 REB | 5 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 5 TO | 16 PTS | -17

Another roller coaster night from the enigma that is Evan Turner.  He came out of the gates fast going by going to the rim and hitting 3-3 in the 1st Q. He then missed his next 4 FGAs in the 1st half.  ET was also part of curious “small lineup” in the 2nd Q that provided little resistance for the Heat.  In the 2nd half ET started 2-2 on FGAs and then proceeded to go 2-5.  FYI…ET is now 0-for-his-last-12 on 3PAs

Spencer Hawes, C 25 MIN | 1-5 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 3 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 2 TO | 2 PTS | -15

Moving on…

Jrue Holiday, PG 37 MIN | 8-11 FG | 3-4 FT | 6 REB | 6 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 21 PTS | -16

A very good night for Jrue that included only 2 TOs against one of the better defensive teams in the NBA.  It was odd to me that he did not attempt a FG until 1:47 remained in the 1st Q, but I especially liked the way he attacked the rim from that point on.  Holiday’s effort inspired this ohh so true quote from Lebron, “”Holiday is a great player, but he needs help.”

Nick Young, SG 33 MIN | 8-14 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 1 TO | 19 PTS | -17

Yes he scored 19 points, but 12 of those came in the 1st Q and he had 14 at halftime.  Like a lot of the Sixers, Swaggy didn’t have what it takes to hang with the Heat in the 2nd half.

Arnett Moultrie, PF 7 MIN | 0-1 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 0 PTS | -3

So in 2 games since the ASB, Doug has given Moultrie a total of 7 minutes.  That’s a joke.

Dorell Wright, SF 32 MIN | 6-13 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 17 PTS | -16

Dorell was determined to get his against the team that drafted him straight out of high school.  Some of the 3PAs he hoisted up last night were more then ill-advised, but he managed to shoot 50% so I guess we can’t be too critical.

Jeremy Pargo, PG 22 MIN | 2-4 FG | 2-2 FT | 2 REB | 5 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 7 PTS | -13

Why bother signing this guy for the remainder of the season if you are not going to use him properly?

Royal Ivey, PG 8 MIN | 0-4 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 0 PTS | -6

For me this was 8 minutes too many.  Give those ticks to the new guy Charles Jenkins or Pargo.

Damien Wilkins, SG 7 MIN | 0-0 FG | 2-2 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 2 PTS | -3

Garbage time…

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

Do you think Kwame works out or gets some shots up after each DNP-CD?  Me neither.

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

Sorry kid…Welcome to DC’s bench

Doug Collins

I’m not sure there was anything Doug could have done to stop last night’s lopsided loss, so I can’t blame much of this one on him.  But I am having major issues with his management of minutes. Hawes was awful last night, but Moultrie doesn’t get in until garbage time?  Same with Lavoy.  He limited Pargo to 22 mins. as well.  I also did not like the Ivey/Turner/Pargo/Wright/Allen lineup that he trotted out there in the 2nd Q.  The results for that lineup weren’t pretty.  And whatever speech he gave in in the locker room at halftime needs to be thrown out and never used again.

After the Jump, Six Things We Saw Last Night…


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INTERVIEW: SWAGGY STAR(TER)

Posted by: Jeff McMenamin
02/11/13 8:00 am EST

Fashionable?  Check.

Exciting to watch?  Check.

Catchy nickname?  Check.

There’s a lot of reasons to like Nick “Swaggy P” Young.  After a miserable start to the season, Young found himself riding the almighty pine.  He registered five DNP’s from coach Doug Collins and fans became uneasy with the idea of giving any kind of minutes to Young for an already offensively challenged team.

Then January rolled around.  Young strung together a few solid performances off the bench, even though the Sixers still piled up losses, and coach Doug Collins felt like it was time to make a switch.

He inserted Young into the starting lineup and the Sixers have gone 5-2 ever since.  He’s had four games of over 15 points during that span, including 20 in a 97-80 domination of the Knicks.

Over the weekend, Philadunkia scribe Jeff McMenamin, got a chance to talk to Young about his recent success as well as his intricate personality that fans are getting to know and love.

 


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GM 49: RAPID REACTS

Posted by: C. Smith
02/10/13 9:49 am EST
Charlotte Bobcats 76 FinalRecap | Box Score 87 Philadelphia 76ers
Lavoy Allen, PF 41 MIN | 7-16 FG | 0-0 FT | 22 REB | 3 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 1 TO | 14 PTS | +18

Lavoy must have fallen into the fountain of hoops he recently discovered as he went out and had a career high 22 boards and put in 14 points as well. Lavoy  was incredible last night. In his last 3 games he is averaging 12 ppg. and 11 rpg. Any chance this run of stellar play continues?

Evan Turner, SF 40 MIN | 7-17 FG | 2-2 FT | 10 REB | 4 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 4 TO | 16 PTS | +22

A nice double-double for Turner that will hopefully get him back on track.  ET got going early as he hit two quick FGAs in the 1st Q and at half he had 8 points, 6 rebs., and 2 assists.  He was on his way to an A+ from me until the 4th Q.  After scoring 4 straight for the 7-6 in the final Q, Turner got a little out of control.  He continued to use his back down / post up move and missed his next attempt.  Then he jacked up an 18-footer and missed.  That was followed by a miss from 15 feet. He also had a iso-play FGA rejected by Mullens.  That’s when I threw the remote.

Spencer Hawes, C 40 MIN | 8-15 FG | 0-0 FT | 9 REB | 3 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 17 PTS | +5

I’m not a fan of the multiple 3PAs he continues to hoist every night, but Spence hauled 40 mins. last night and nearly registered a double-double, so we’ll cut him some slack.  He missed he 1st two FGAs of the night — both long range J’s, but then hit his next 3 straight — all from around 12 feet or closer.

Jrue Holiday, PG 39 MIN | 10-23 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 7 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 20 PTS | +11

Not the most efficient scoring night for Jrue, but a I really liked the way Jrue took the ball to the tin consistently last night.  His 8 4th Q points were big in sealing this one for the Sixers and the backdoor cut for a lay-in he executed with the help of Pargo was a beauty.

Nick Young, SG 19 MIN | 2-8 FG | 1-2 FT | 2 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 5 PTS | +14

Foul trouble led to an awful night for Swaggy.  I am bit concerned here because that’s two sub-par outing in a row for Nick. It didn;’t matter last night because of Pargo, but I’d like to see Nick get back on track.

Arnett Moultrie, PF 14 MIN | 1-3 FG | 1-3 FT | 7 REB | 0 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 3 PTS | -1

I know Lavoy was on fire last night and Spence was solid, but Arnett has shown he deserves more minutes, so let’s give them to him DC.  The pick-n-roll he had for an AND 1 in the 3rd Q was a great basketball play. However he’ll need to work on those FTs.

Dorell Wright, SF 18 MIN | 0-2 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 0 TO | 0 PTS | -11

Wright is paid to make jumpers and last night he did not do that at all.

Jeremy Pargo, PG 29 MIN | 4-9 FG | 3-3 FT | 4 REB | 6 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 12 PTS | -3

Pargo had one practice with the Sixers before last night’s game.  Apparently that’s all he needed. Pargo delivered in a big way for the Sixers with his dribble drives and passing ability.  DC liked what he saw so much that Pargo played almost the entire 4th Q.  This is what a real back-up PG looks like…

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

The problem here is that he’ll have to play some minutes if we have any hope of moving Kwame at the deadline.

Doug Collins

I like that he rode the hot hands last night — Lavoy, Spence and Pargo — to victory.  I also thought it was a smart move to just let Pargo play this game out.  A lot of coaches would not have had the guts to keep him in the game after only 1 practice.  I didn’t like that he allowed Turner to take over the offense on the early 4th Q.

After the Jump, Six Things We Saw…


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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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INTERVIEW: TUCKER COLTON (a.k.a. TUCK MONEY)

Posted by: Jake Fischer
02/06/13 10:00 am EST

The 76ers are now amidst their first three-game winning streak since November 25-30, and outside of Andrew Bynum’s continued absence and Thad’s hamstring strain, which will put him out the lineup for three weeks, a number of things are going well for the NBA team that inhabits the Wells Fargo Center.

All-Star point guard, Jrue Holiday, continues to play well.  A rejuvenated Spencer Hawes is finely contributing on a nightly basis.  Nick Young continues to thrive as a starter.  Lavoy Allen has found a pulse and Sixers ball boy Tucker Colton (a.k.a. Tuck Money) is blowing up on the Internet. 

Wait, what?!?

That’s right, in the last week the Sixers have put together their first significant winning stretch in over two months and the most popular Sixers topic on the web is the team’s ball boy (@tuckcolt) and his crazy mic skills.  

Philadunkia scribe Jake Fischer recently caught up with Colton (pic at left with Swaggy) and learned about the ins and outs of being a NBA ball boy as well as Colton’s music career.

 
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JRUE vs. THAD: WHO YA GOT?

Posted by: Steve Toll
02/01/13 9:55 am EST

Jrue is an All-Star and Thad has been the best player on the team.  It’s clear as night and day, but that doesn’t make it right.  Fans of mine know that I don’t think very highly of the average NBA coach and GM.  For that reason, this post has nothing to do with Jrue being selected as an All-Star. 

Holiday seems like a hard working, nice kid with a good deal of talent, and if he was my best friend, I’d still say the same things to him about my thoughts on his place in the NBA pecking order. 

However, the post for that topic is not this one.  No, this one is about Jrue and Thad. 

Who has been the better player this year, and who is more important to the team’s success?

After the jump, I present the numbers for the entire season. 


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PHILADUNKIA 4on4

Posted by: Philadunkia
01/08/13 9:40 am EST

It’s time for another edition of Philadunkia 4on4…

As a reminder, this Philadunkia question and answer series is “loosely based” on ESPN.com’s highly successful, NBA related series of posts titled “5on5″. 

Our version of this genre of posts will ask 4 Philadunkia scribes to answer 4 topical, hot button questions about our Philadelphia 76ers.

Now you’re probably asking, “Why not simply stick with the “5on5″ format that ESPN.com uses?” 

Well as any great hoops coach will tell you — playing 4on4 is the best way to truly learn the game of basketball.

After the jump four key questions that are currently facing our 76ers and some answers from four Philadunkia scribes.  Included in this week’s edition are some opinions on yesterday’s Bynum “update”.


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