GM 34: RAPID REACTS

Posted by: C. Smith
01/05/13 9:44 am EST
Philadelphia 76ers 85 FinalRecap | Box Score 109 Oklahoma City Thunder
Lavoy Allen, PF 27 MIN | 4-10 FG | 0-0 FT | 6 REB | 1 AST | 8 PTS | -17

Lavoy started slow (2 TOs in 1st Q) but found his stride to have a decent game for the 7-6.  However the bunny he blew on a sweet dime from Holiday in the 3rd quarter had me throwing stuff.

Thaddeus Young, SF 30 MIN | 5-10 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 1 AST | 10 PTS | -13

It must be tough to play at a high level on offense when you are continually being taken to the weight room by opposing bigs at the other end.  Thad had moments (see next line) of his usual high energy, but he looked worn out to me. FYI…That block (goal-tending call) he had on Westbrook in the 4th Q was amazing.

Evan Turner, SF 30 MIN | 2-7 FG | 0-0 FT | 6 REB | 5 AST | 5 PTS | -14

It was hilarious watching him try to guard KD.

Jrue Holiday, PG 32 MIN | 7-13 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 9 AST | 15 PTS | -12

A solid performance by Jrue, but I thought he (and the rest of the Sixers) settled for too many jumpers in the 1st half.  He had 3 outstanding assists in the 3rd Q and two dribble-drive plays that showed me he is capable of getting to the hoop whenever he wants, so he needs to be more assertive in doing so.  There was on trip in the 2nd Q on which Perkins got switched onto Jrue and instead of going to the rim, Holiday settled for a three.

Jason Richardson, SG 29 MIN | 4-10 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 2 AST | 9 PTS | -10

It’s a tough assignment when you have to guard the nearly 7-foot KD and produce some points for this team.  Which may explain why he scored all of his points in one stretch during the 3rd Q.  FYI…I actually thought J-Rich did a respectable job on Durant.

Dorell Wright, SF 25 MIN | 4-8 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 2 AST | 11 PTS | -17

A couple of ill-advised FGAs, but other than that a good night from Wright.

Spencer Hawes, C 31 MIN | 3-11 FG | 0-0 FT | 13 REB | 0 AST | 6 PTS | -14

If his shot was falling, it could have been a big night for Spence.

Maalik Wayns, PG 4 MIN | 0-2 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 0 PTS | -5

Garbage time…

Damien Wilkins, SG 4 MIN | 0-1 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 0 PTS | -6Ditto
Nick Young, SG 28 MIN | 5-12 FG | 6-8 FT | 4 REB | 1 AST | 21 PTS | -12

In the 2nd Q, Swaggy was amazing — 11 points on 3-3 from deep.  He was also the ONLY 76er to get to the FT line last night.

Doug Collins

If the Sixers played any slower last night (by design) I would have fallen asleep on my couch. Wait…I did.  I’m sure he stresses this / works on this all the time, but DC has to figure out a way to get this team to the FT line more often, because it’s obvious this group won’t do it on their own.

After the Jump, Six Things We Saw…


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NOTES, LINKS & TWEETS

Posted by: C. Smith
01/04/13 1:18 pm EST

Corey Seidman at csnphilly.com has a preview of the Sixers at OKC tonight.  It ain’t going to be pretty. 

Ric Bucher talks about whether or not Jrue will be an All-Star.  He has an interesting take on a long running debate here at Philadunkia.com

Phil Shore at Yahoo! Sports, takes a look at something we have discussed in depth here at ‘Dunkia…starting tonight in OKC, the Sixers upcoming schedule is brutal.

Saturday is the 30th anniversary of Dr. J’s filthy rock-the-cradle dunk on the head of Lakers great Michael Cooper.  Mark Perner of the Daily News looks back at one of the most iconic plays in 76ers history.  

Former Sixer great Charles Barkley doesn’t think you’re smart enough to be voting for the NBA All-Star Game participants.

Speaking of voting…A look at the latest All-Star voting results shows that Jrue is still in the Top 10 among East guards.

Checking in on Arnett Moultrie, we find that he is playing decently (double-double on New Year’s Day) on 27 mpg. for Sioux Falls.


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THAD & THE 3-BALL

Posted by: Steve Toll
12/31/12 12:16 pm EST

Energy and Hustle. 

That might as well be Thaddeus’ name at this point in his career.  He is fighting the good fight every single night.  Not only is he undersized, but a vital weapon has been removed from his bag of tricks.  While my opinions are often met with incredulous opposition, these next two points are beyond refute.  A 3 point shot is more valuable than a 2 point shot and Thad was developing into a legit threat from downtown until the arrival of DC. 

For a team that has mentioned being like the Stan Van Gundy led Orlando Magic featuring Dwight Howard, you’d think that having a stretch 4 might be part of the equation.  Thad can be that guy, he just needs the chance.


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GM 28: RAPID REACTS

Posted by: Tom Sunnergren
12/23/12 6:10 pm EST
Philadelphia 76ers 92 FinalRecap | Box Score 95 Brooklyn Nets
Lavoy Allen, PF 30 MIN | 6-11 FG | 0-0 FT | 9 REB | 1 AST | 12 PTS | +6

LA got off to a great start and fell just shy of his second career double-double. He beat Brook Lopez to a handful of rebounds (okay, no great accomplishment there) and posted four points and five rebounds by the midway point of the first quarter. He also made a tremendous extra pass to Thad Young in the middle part of the third.

Thaddeus Young, SF 37 MIN | 8-14 FG | 2-2 FT | 10 REB | 1 AST | 18 PTS | -7

The third quarter belonged to Thad. He scored 12 points on 6-of-7 shooting and near single-handedly kept the Sixers within striking distance in a game that threatened to get away from them.

Evan Turner, SF 42 MIN | 7-16 FG | 0-0 FT | 7 REB | 2 AST | 15 PTS | 0

Though his midrange game was on point in the early going, ET missed all but two of his last eight shot attempts.

Jrue Holiday, PG 38 MIN | 9-16 FG | 3-4 FT | 6 REB | 9 AST | 24 PTS | 0

Though saying a guy outplayed Deron Williams doesn’t quite carry the same rhetorical heft it did in, say, 2009, Jrue Holiday got the better of his counterpart tonight. With nine fourth quarter points and three assists, he closed strong in the losing effort.

Jason Richardson, SG 29 MIN | 2-10 FG | 0-0 FT | 5 REB | 1 AST | 5 PTS | -14

After a promising performance against Atlanta, Richardson returned to form tonight; which is to say he played badly. He had the worst plus/minus of anyone in uniform on Sunday and struggled, again, to find his shot. JRich has been JPoor lately. * Ugh*

Dorell Wright, SF 29 MIN | 2-8 FG | 2-2 FT | 6 REB | 2 AST | 8 PTS | +16

Dorell Wright is not making his shot attempts this season, yes, but he’s also doing really, really helpful things in every other area of the game. Tonight was more of the same. DW used his length to grab three steals and pull down six rebounds.

Spencer Hawes, C 20 MIN | 2-9 FG | 1-2 FT | 4 REB | 3 AST | 5 PTS | -4

A vanilla performance. Sorry for the racial overtone.

Nick Young, SG 12 MIN | 2-4 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 0 AST | 5 PTS | -5

Swaggy hit a 3-pointer that ended the Nets 18-0 first quarter run, so…well, at least he did that.

Doug Collins

The good: More Dorell Wright. Clever zone defense sets. Keeping the team’s head together after the 18-0 BKN run. No fast food controversy. The bad: Calling a timeout nine points into an 18-0 run and making adjustments that allowed the Nets to immediately score nine more unanswered points.

After the Jump, (7)6 Things We Saw


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YOUNG INFLUENCE

Posted by: Jeff McMenamin
12/18/12 9:40 am EST

What’s the difference between professional athletes in the United States and United States citizens?  The reality is that they’re one in the same, but for young fans of the NBA often times that may be too hard of a concept to grasp or to understand.

As a young fan you see these towering figures who can soar through an arena sky like a model airplane, eventually landing gracefully to the hardwood until the next flight.  You see them on television, in movies, in video games, in commercials, on billboards and maybe even on your favorite cartoon.  It’s hard for a young fan to comprehend that these men were once just like them – a small child watching their heroes take the court in a game in which they love.  They once had posters which lined the walls, jerseys of their favorite players hanging in their closets and sporting cards in their drawers which they were hoping to one day have signed.


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IS HOLIDAY ELITE !?!

Posted by: C. Smith
12/07/12 7:59 am EST

That’s a question that has been hotly debated here at Philadunkia during the early part of this 2012-13 NBA season.  Many of the scribes and readers here on this site believe “The Jruth” is well on his way to becoming a very good player and is quickly closing in on that “elite” level.

A few others, including my talented colleague Steve Toll, beg to differ.

Late yesterday Sunny Saini of the ESPN Stats & Information department wrote a post that outlined some interesting data which indicates that Jrue is in fact absolutely headed in the direction of becoming an “elite” point guard in this League.

After the jump we have some excerpts from that post which should promote a spirited debate in the comments section today.


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MITCH THE MAGNIFICENT

Posted by: Tim Parker
11/29/12 10:34 am EST

There aren’t too many things that Philadelphia and Memphis share in common.

One city is best known for its historical grandeur, fine restaurants and rabid sports fans, while the other can only boast Elvis and BBQ.  But, Philly and Memphis do share one very unique thing in common.  The City of Brotherly Love and the Barbecue Pork Capital of the World have both had its professional basketball teams’ bamboozled by Lakers’ general manager Mitch Kupchak in deals that allowed the Lakers to acquire two of the most dominant big men in the NBA – Pau Gasol and Dwight Howard.

Yes, long before Kupchak alienated not one, but two coaches in Lakerland (including arguably the best coach in professional basketball history), he suckered our beloved Sixers franchise which was starved to leave the world of the irrelevant (that was nestled in a direction of going nowhere fast) to take on Andrew Bynum and his bum knee, scratch that,  two bum knees.

The 76ers were supposed to receive a Bynum with plenty of superstar potential whose knee simply needed some rest.  Once the knee was stable and now that he was out from under the Kobe dominated Lakers; he would ultimately come into his own as a perennial all-star.

At least, that’s what Bynum was supposed to be.


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GAME 11: RAPID REACTS

Posted by: Jeff McMenamin
11/21/12 8:21 am EST
Toronto Raptors 98 FinalRecap | Box Score 106 Philadelphia 76ers
Thaddeus Young, SF 39 MIN | 8-13 FG | 2-4 FT | 7 REB | 2 AST | 18 PTS | +10While another “Young” may have grabbed the most attention in this game, once again Thad played tremendous down the stretch in this one.  Thad’s strip of Andrea Bargnani late in the 4th (who had gotten the better of him for most of the game) was a huge moment in the game.  Thad scored 10 of his 18 points in the 4th, including a steal and dunk sequence to seal the game.  His energy late in games has been crucial to the team’s 7-4 start.
Evan Turner, SG 33 MIN | 5-14 FG | 2-2 FT | 5 REB | 4 AST | 12 PTS | -5Turner put on a solid effort, but disappeared for large stretches of the game.  He also looked slow at times guarding Raptors leading scorer DeMar DeRozan.  It definitely wasn’t his best game and after shutting out DeRozan when the teams met a little over a week ago I had expected more from him on the defensive end.  Had Turner not been replaced by Jason Richardson with 9:30 left in the 4th, this post could’ve been a reaction about a Sixers loss.
Kwame Brown, C 6 MIN | 0-0 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 0 AST | 0 PTS | -10He got to start.  That counts for something right?
Jrue Holiday, PG 40 MIN | 9-21 FG | 0-0 FT | 8 REB | 12 AST | 19 PTS | +1After an ugly start to the night shooting the ball and the combo of Jose Calderon/Kyle Lowry getting the better of Jrue for most of the game, Holiday did everything right down the stretch for the Sixers and nearly posted a triple-double. His drive to the hole and kick to a wide open Jason Richardson to give the Sixers are 6-point cushion late was a thing of beauty and the type of play which should make every Sixers fan happy with his recent contract extension.  Jrue was simply clutch and he’ll need to be exactly that for the Sixers to succeed this season without Bynum.
Jason Richardson, SG 32 MIN | 7-14 FG | 3-3 FT | 3 REB | 0 AST | 21 PTS | +17The oldest player on the team showed that he’s got more than enough left in the tank.  Subbing in for Evan Turner in the 4th, he was the spark the Sixers desperately needed as he hit 6-straight points to turn a tie ballgame into a crucial 6-point lead with just 1:20 left in the game.  His four three’s are exactly what the team expects from him on a game-by-game basis and especially three’s in the clutch. After all, he’s one of the few leaders on this young Sixers team.
Lavoy Allen, PF 25 MIN | 1-4 FG | 2-2 FT | 6 REB | 1 AST | 4 PTS | +6Not a pretty stat-line, but one of the better defensive performances out of Allen this season.  Still waiting for him to make headlines for a breakout game rather than over tweeting to “Clueless” movie stars.
Dorell Wright, SF 14 MIN | 1-2 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 0 AST | 3 PTS | +19D.Wright is officially in Doug Collins’ dog house.  Good luck getting out of it, it’s a tough thing to do. Although Wright did make one of the funniest quotes of the season so far before the game. When asked on what he’s contributing to this years Thanksgiving dinner, Wright responded by saying, “I put rolls in the oven.”  If only he had a few more opportunities to roll a couple shots in the net. I’d be lying if I said that quote didn’t bring his grade up higher for this game.
Spencer Hawes, C 16 MIN | 2-4 FG | 2-2 FT | 3 REB | 2 AST | 6 PTS | -3Spencer, can you please just put the headband back on?  Spencer Hawes can’t seem to find consistency this season for the Sixers.  Hawes has just two games where he’s registered 10 rebounds or more in 11 contests.  Through 11 games last season he had six.  Without Bynum, it’s unacceptable for a seven footer like Hawes to come up small on the boards.  The Sixers are going to have a rough season if they keep getting out-rebounded like they did against the Raptors, 48-41.
Royal Ivey, PG 6 MIN | 0-0 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 0 PTS | 0It seems like Royal Ivey has finally come back down to earth and is back where he belongs, warming a seat on the Sixers bench.
Nick Young, SG 29 MIN | 7-13 FG | 6-6 FT | 3 REB | 4 AST | 23 PTS | +5“Swaggy P came and delivered,” said Nick Young after by far his best performance of the season.  He even had his off-balance fade-away going in this one as Swaggy did everything he wanted against the Raptors defense.  What impressed me more than his scoring was his defense against DeMar DeRozan to close out the game and his ability to get to the line.  If he can add these aspects to his game this season, then the Sixers front office will look like genius’ for letting Lou Williams walk in the offseason.
Arnett Moultrie, PF DNP COACH’S DECISION MIN | FG | FT | REB | AST | PTS | Really?
Maalik Wayns, PG DNP COACH’S DECISION MIN | FG | FT | REB | AST | PTS | Really?

After the Jump, Six Things We Saw


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HAIR WE GO…

Posted by: Philadunkia
11/15/12 3:15 pm EST

Businessinsider.com has a quick but funny post and pictures on the progression of Andrew Bynum’s hair which apparently is having an impact on the style trends of NBA players…

“…one of the most talked about players in the NBA this season because of his hair…The NBA world only has so much room for fashion and style…Last year, it was dominated by outrageous shirts, pants, and glasses at post-game press conference.  This year, it’s all Bynum. “

We were hoping this year woyld be “all Bynum” as well — only on the court for the 76ers, not in the online fashion world. 

To bad that bumb knee won’t progress as nicely as his hair.

After the jump, read the rest of the businessinsider.com story and a look at some of the best hair-dos in 76ers history…


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GM 7: RAPID REACTS

Posted by: C. Smith
11/13/12 10:45 am EST
Milwaukee Bucks 105 FinalRecap | Box Score 96 Philadelphia 76ers
Lavoy Allen, PF 13 MIN | 0-2 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 1 AST | 0 PTS | -4

Lavoy is caught in a vicious circle right now.  He’s in a slump, no doubt.  That slump has put him in DC’s doghouse (13 mins last night) which of course makes it hard to shake out of said slump.

Thaddeus Young, SF 35 MIN | 4-6 FG | 3-4 FT | 7 REB | 2 AST | 11 PTS | -5

I would like to have seen Thad’s number called more often last night.  But with how quickly the Sixers were hoisting up jumpers, calling sets was a tough task vs. MIL.  Thad’s hustle-dive-on-the-floor rebound in the 2nd Q was simply awesome.  I feel like he is on the verge of really breaking out if he can just get some more looks.

Evan Turner, SG 25 MIN | 3-8 FG | 2-4 FT | 4 REB | 5 AST | 8 PTS | -16

Two steps forward one step back, but not an awful night for The Kid.  The most disturbing part of last night’s game was that ET was on the bench for almost all of the 4th Q.  Why must DC toy with this guy’s head?  However his lob to Thad for a dunk in the 1st Q showed great court vision.

Jrue Holiday, PG 37 MIN | 10-18 FG | 4-4 FT | 1 REB | 6 AST | 25 PTS | -4

If it wasn’t for the 8 turnovers Holiday would have gotten and A+ and continued his push for elite guard status in this League.  However 8 TO’s from your starting PG is simply unacceptable.  Holiday has to know that and needs to improve in this area.  I was particularly disturbed at the trouble he had with MIL’s trap action.  Even my 9-year old knows you pass out of a trap, you don’t attempt to use the bounce to split it.  It was his fourth straight game of at least seven turnovers.  Still I was very pleased with the way he took the ball to the tin in the 2nd Q and wish more of the Sixers would follow his lead.

Jason Richardson, SG 36 MIN | 8-16 FG | 1-2 FT | 4 REB | 2 AST | 20 PTS | +12

Jason’s 10 points in the 1st Q was the only thing that kept the 7-6 from getting blown out of this one early.  He also flashed some classic J-Rich hops with his 360 dunk in the same Q that made me leap off the couch.  But he only scored 10 the rest of the way and had zero in the 4th Q when the Sixers offense went MIA.

Dorell Wright, SF 25 MIN | 5-12 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 0 AST | 14 PTS | -17

After every game I become more pleased with his signing.  When Wright caught fire in the late 1st / 2nd Q and helped the Sixers claw back into a game they had no right being in, I thought they might actually pull out a W.  But like all of the Sixers, Wright disappeared in the 4th (zero pts.) and this one got away from the team.  His defense continues to be better then expected and his block on the Sanders lay-in attempt in the 4th was huge.

Spencer Hawes, C 26 MIN | 3-11 FG | 0-0 FT | 5 REB | 1 AST | 6 PTS | +1

I know, his game is in the 12-17 foot range, but right now he’s our only legit big and he needs to give us some sort of an interior presence.  With all the shooters we have on this team, the last thing we need is Hawes jacking up 3PAs.  Spence (along with his mullet and patriotic headband) need to stay closer to the paint, which would help our post scoring and rebounding as well.  FYI…there was a 3 minute stretch last night where Hawes shot an air ball; got called for 3 seconds and then bricked a “hook” shot.  That series reminded me of why Hawes drives me crazy.

Royal Ivey, PG 18 MIN | 2-6 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 1 AST | 5 PTS | -14

Ivey just brings the lunch pail and goes to work very night.  That’s his role, he knows it and fills it nicely.  But that’s it!  And my back-up PG has to bring more to the table then that if he’s going to see 18 mins a night.  Not signing a more productive back-up for Jrue will haunt this team all year.

Nick Young, SG 24 MIN | 2-6 FG | 2-2 FT | 1 REB | 4 AST | 7 PTS | +2

I’m done on this front.  I knew he was a high volume shooter that took a lot of bad shots, but his low basketball IQ astounds me.  In the 2nd Q, he led a 4-on-1 fast break and took the ball to the rim for a tough finger roll instead finding one of the 3 other open guys for an easy lay-in.  His defense is simply brutal, especially his rotations.  FYI…Swaggy was 0-4 in the 4th Q when the Sixers offense went MIA.  And they were key misses — all 4 of his missed FGAs came with the score tied or the Sixers trailing by 3 or less.

Arnett Moultrie, PF DNP COACH’S DECISION MIN | FG | FT | REB | AST | PTS |

He did a great job cheering on the team last night.  Unfortunately that’s all he got to do.  Even though the Sixers were getting murdered on the boards, DC chose not to play this rebounding machine.

Kwame Brown, C DNP LEFT CALF STRAIN MIN | FG | FT | REB | AST | PTS |

How long can a calf strain possibly take to recover from?!?

Maalik Wayns, PG DNP COACH’S DECISION MIN | FG | FT | REB | AST | PTS |

I know that DC doesn’t love rookies, but with Jennings simply killing Holiday and Ivey, how could it have possibly hurt to have given Wayns, the quickest guard on the Sixers roster (bar none) a chance to slow down #3 on MIL?  What’s the worst thing that could have happened?  Jennings scores 35 instead of 33.

After the Jump, Six Things We Saw Last Night


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