RED FLAGS

Posted by: Tim Parker
05/17/12 1:35 pm EST

If only the Sixers could have summoned Andrew Toney from the 1982-83 season for help last night, then maybe Game 3 of the Eastern Conference finals would have been different.  Instead, they suffered a 107-91 home trouncing at the hands of the Boston Celtics.

Toney could shoot, and that’s an understatement.  On Wednesday night, the Sixers couldn’t; and that’s an understatement.

We know that the Sixers haven’t been a good shooting team all year long and that they’ve used their defense and their run and gun prowess to survive and win games.  But the Celtics were having none of that as last night, as they forced the Sixers to play in a half-court contest, where Philadunkia’s home team is uncomfortable.

True to the scouting report, the Sixers were miserable.  P erhaps, fools’ gold in the 1st quarter made the Sixers think that their offense was in rhythm and flowing.  After all, they had 33 points (on 12-20 shooting) and everything was clicking; including a buzzer beater heave from Lou Williams for a deep 3.

The problem was that the 76ers then went out and put up a COMBINED 33 POINTS in the 2nd and 3rd quarters.

 
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PLAYOFFS, GM 8: RAPID REACTS

Posted by: C. Smith
05/15/12 10:17 am EST
Philadelphia 76ers 82 FinalRecap | Box Score 81 Boston Celtics
Elton Brand, PF 18 MIN | 3-5 FG | 1-2 FT | 4 REB | 0 AST | 7 PTS | -7

For all but an 8 minute stretch of the 3rd Q, the “Ol’ Skool Chevy” was simply terrible.  EB was clearly scared to challenge KG on the offensive end and on defense, #42 had no answers either.  There is some talk of a shoulder injury and the C’s present some match-up issues for Brand, but we’re not sure those items can fully explain his disappearing act in Games 1 & 2.  Still, for one glorious stretch in the 3rd Q Brand simply carried this team when they needed someone to step up in th worst way.  EB led the way with 7 points in the Q, including scoring 4 straight points for the Sixers.

Andre Iguodala, SF 37 MIN | 5-11 FG | 2-7 FT | 6 REB | 7 AST | 13 PTS | +8

A solid all around night for Dre, including a reverse lay-in over KG for an And 1 that is all over SC’s Top 10 plays.  His defense on Pierce was absolutely suffocating (2-9 on FGAs).  However his FT shooting remains a major issue and his missess from the charity stripe last night almost cost us this game.

Spencer Hawes, C 27 MIN | 4-9 FG | 0-0 FT | 10 REB | 0 AST | 8 PTS | -12On the offensive end, I’ll take 8 & 10 out of Hawes every night, but his defense on KG is brutal.  He simply can not guard #5 on Boston, so why Collins keeps sending out there is beyond me.  Every time he comes out on KG, Boston quickly sets up a pick-n-pop for Garnett and it’s an automatic bucket as Hawes can not close out on the jump shot.  By my count the “Hawes Hand off” was only run twice last night which is good news for the Sixers.
Evan Turner, SG 28 MIN | 4-11 FG | 2-2 FT | 6 REB | 1 AST | 10 PTS | -15

I had a very tough time picking a grade for ET as he was a roller coaster in this one.  For most of the game I thought Turner was terrible on offense.  He took several ill-advised shots including a 3PA on which his feet were not set, had 5 TOs and in general seemed to be out of sync for three Q’s.  However he was simply huge in the 4th Q.  Obviously he scored two big baskets down the stretch, including a carzy lay-in with 40 ticks remaining, but I thought the key play from ET came with 5 mins. remaining and the score 65-63 Sixers.  On a defensive switch, ET got caught on Garnett, so of course KG tried to back him down.  Turner did a nice job of holding his ground and when KG spun for the fade-away jumper, ET striped the ball from him.  Well done kid!

Jrue Holiday, PG 41 MIN | 7-15 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 3 AST | 18 PTS | -7

Another hot start by Holiday as he hit two 3PAs and scored 8 points in the 1st Q.  He followed that up with four more points in the 2nd Q.  Then he disappeared for a time during that hard-to-watch 3rd Q.  But he came out like a man possessed in the 4th.  “The Jruth” had two dribble-drives (1 for a bucket; 1 that led to a follow tip by Hawes) to open the 4th that were simply beautiful.  Then his 3-ball with just under 2 mins. remaining brought us out of our seats.  His defense was solid through out Game 2.

Lou Williams, PG 39 MIN | 3-13 FG | 2-2 FT | 7 REB | 3 AST | 8 PTS | +17

LW’s struggles continue and last night it was enough to make you throw the remote.  He continues to force ill-advised long jumpers or fade-aways or off-balanced runners.  The shot he had blocked by Pierce in the 4th had me cursing up a storm.  When he was forced to guard Rondo in the 3rd Q, you could actually see Rondo smiling.  Louis — watch some game tape and get a clue.

Thaddeus Young, F 13 MIN | 0-3 FG | 4-4 FT | 4 REB | 2 AST | 4 PTS | +1

When he was inserted into the game in the 1st Q, Thad came out aggressive and went on the attack. Unfortunately his shot was not falling, but he did nail all of his FTA’s.  Collins limited his minutes because of “match-up” problems on the perimeter, but Collins must find a way to keep Thad in the game because the Sixers need to get this key member of the “Night Shift” going if they want to win this series.

Jodie Meeks, G 6 MIN | 1-2 FG | 2-2 FT | 0 REB | 1 AST | 4 PTS | -1

A not so bad effort from Capt. Streaky, but watching him chase (more like trail) Ray Allen all over the court was uncomfortable.

Lavoy Allen, PF 30 MIN | 4-7 FG | 2-2 FT | 8 REB | 0 AST | 10 PTS | +21

The rookie has been huge in games 1 & 2.  Last night, he held KG in check, rebounded the ball, blocked some shots, hit a few buckets and for good measure tossed in a miracle bank shot with 4 mins left in the 4th Q and the shot clock running out.

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SHOULD’A, COULD’A

Posted by: C. Smith
05/14/12 12:14 pm EST

After nearly two days of reading comments and emails from readers and listening to sports talk radio, it has become clear that the Philadunkia scribes are not the only 76ers supporters who feel the team let one slip away from them on Saturday night.

For those of you who doubt the validity of the above anlaysis, go back and look at the tape again.  We bet when you are done reviewing the evidence, you’ll ragree that the 7-6 lost a golden opportunity to draw first blood in this series when they pissed away Game 1.  But this post is not about dwelling on the negatives that came from the 92-91 Game 1 loss in Boston. 

Nope.

This post is about what we took from Game 1 that gives us hope for a Sixers victory tonight in Game 2…

 
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PLAYOFFS, GM 6: RAPID REACTS

Posted by: C. Smith
05/10/12 11:12 pm EST
Chicago Bulls 78 FinalRecap | Box Score 79 Philadelphia 76ers
Elton Brand, PF 35 MIN | 2-9 FG | 1-2 FT | 3 REB | 0 AST | 5 PTS | +4

A terrible shooting night for the “Ol Skool Chevy”, who looked tired and his jumper looked flat. We thought a quick start by the Sixers would ignite EB, but it didn’t.  He also was of no help keeping the Bulls off the glass. FYI…EB had 17 points in the last 4 games of this series.

Andre Iguodala, SF 43 MIN | 7-12 FG | 4-4 FT | 4 REB | 7 AST | 20 PTS | +1

A huge 3-pointer, 7 points in the 4th Q overall and of course the game winning FTs.  A nice moment for Dre who as we all know has taken a boat load of criticism on this site and in this City.  Was anyone else afraid of what would happen to the guy if he missed those freebies?  He would have needed a SWAT team escort out of town.  His defense on Deng was not up to par tonight.

Spencer Hawes, C 31 MIN | 4-10 FG | 0-0 FT | 10 REB | 2 AST | 8 PTS | -4

An okay night for Hawes, but he still got killed on the boards.  The “Hawes Hand Off” play needs to be thrown out.  In the 3rd Q the Sixers had 2 turnovers and a missed long jumper out of that set.

Evan Turner, SG 29 MIN | 4-11 FG | 2-2 FT | 5 REB | 0 AST | 10 PTS | -10

A weird game for Turner. He didn’t shoot the ball very well, but it always felt like he was on the verge putting up a big night.  Of course the long spell on the bench during the 3rd and into the 4th prevented that from happening.  His bank shot at the 7-0 mark of the 4th was huge and his defense (a lot of it on the Bulls point men) was stellar.

Jrue Holiday, PG 41 MIN | 4-11 FG | 4-5 FT | 3 REB | 4 AST | 14 PTS | +7

Jrue scored 8 of the Sixers first 10 points, so we thought he was simply going to carry the 7-6 on his back tonight.  However, he scored only 6 the rest of the way.  He can’t disappear like that in the next round if the Sixers have any desire to advance.

Lou Williams, PG 26 MIN | 4-12 FG | 4-7 FT | 2 REB | 3 AST | 14 PTS | +5

If LW could have gotten it going at all in the last two games, the Sixers would have dismantled this wounded Chicago team.  Hopefully his struggles will not continue vs. Boston.

Thaddeus Young, F 30 MIN | 4-8 FG | 0-0 FT | 6 REB | 3 AST | 8 PTS | +2

Still not up to his the regular season MVP’s standards, but a much better night from Thad then he put up in Games 4 & 5.  Thad made a concentrated effort to put the ball on the floor and go to the bucket which is exactly what Philadunkia ordered for this game.

Jodie Meeks, G 6 MIN | 0-0 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 0 PTS | 0

Capt. Streaky is now Mr. Irrelevant.

Lavoy Allen, PF DNP COACH’S DECISION MIN | FG | FT | REB | AST | PTS |

So your team gets slaughtered on the boards and your most athletic big stays anchored to the bench?  C’mon coach…

Nikola Vucevic, C DNP COACH’S DECISION MIN | FG | FT | REB | AST | PTS |

So your team gets slaughtered on the boards and a 7-footer stays anchored to the bench?  C’mon coach…

After the Jump, Six Things We Saw


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U-G-L-Y

Posted by: Tim Parker
05/09/12 1:30 pm EST

Let the ugliness continue.

The 76ers-Bulls first round playoff match-up has not only been a painful one physically for the Chicago Bulls, it has been a torturous one for any fan of offensive basketball.

When Derrick Rose went down in Game 1, it was not only a blow to the Bulls championship chances; it was a blow to any chance of witnessing true, legitimate scoring power.

Since Game 2, when the Sixers took advantage of a deflated Bulls team, the fireworks of this series have been completely extinguished.  No team has reached the 90 point mark, and quite frankly, both teams have given a dreadful exhibition of half-court offense.

Still, Game 5 reached a new dreadful low.  Simply put, it was brutality to the eyes.  The result was 77-69 victory for the Chicago Bulls, in the lowest scoring game of the series thus far.

 
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NO RESPECT FOR DRE

Posted by: Michael Kaskey-Blomain
05/07/12 12:01 pm EST

For a team that is one win away from upsetting the number one seed in the Eastern Conference in the 2012 NBA playoffs, our 76ers have flown very far under the radar for the bulk of the season.  Aside from a hot start and a stint at the top of ESPN’s power rankings, which had some people buzzing about the budding team, conversation about the Sixers on a national scale has been stifled to say the least. 

The lack of national attention surrounding the squad isn’t completely surprising as the team’s current lineup, void of any superstars, lacks the sexy story lines found with star-studded teams such as Miami, Dallas or Los Angeles.  The Sixers as a team however seem to be fine without having the spotlight shining squarely on the Wells Fargo Center, and as we all know, Philadelphia loves the underdog approach.

The lack of overall attention paid to the team throughout the year is one thing, but the lack of respect paid to Andre Iguodala in this year’s Defensive Player of the Year voting is almost tragic. 


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TURNER TIME

Posted by: Michael Kaskey-Blomain
05/03/12 9:29 am EST

Maybe Coach Collins finally gets it. 

A few days ago this site ran a piece urging coach to curtail Jodie Meeks’ minutes in favor of the more talented Evan Turner; a move that seemed mandatory if the team hoped to advance further into the month of May. 

Despite the wishes of this site’s writers, Jodie still started in Game 1 and saw double digit minutes — 11 to be exact.  Although that total was down substantially from his regular season average of 24.9 mpg. 

Not surprisingly, Chicago steamrolled the Sixers for a Game 1 win, and it became exceedingly clear to the Philly faithful that a shakeup was necessary.  So, our wish was granted, and in Game 2 on Tuesday night, Evan Turner started his first career playoff game, and what a start it was. 


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LESS MEEKS

Posted by: Michael Kaskey-Blomain
04/26/12 11:00 am EST

It has been quite the rollercoaster of a season for Philadelphia’s 76ers, one which included a stint at the top of ESPN’s power rankings, as well as a slump that had many speculating as to whether the team would even be able to push into the postseason.  Despite this inconsistency, the team was able to clinch their second consecutive playoff birth this week, and head into the NBA’s second season as assumed first round fodder for one of the East’s elite.

While any playoff appearance is an exciting accomplishment, seeing the Sixers have to struggle their way into a somewhat shallow East’s last seed is disappointing, especially after such a strong start to the season elevated expectations.  With the Sixers sitting on the East’s eighth seed and a match-up with the battle-tested Bulls looming, it leaves one to wonder whether the team might have been better off slipping into the lottery and allowing themselves at least an outside shot of acquiring franchise-changing center Anthony Davis. 

This team however was too talented for the NBA Lottery, as recent wins down the stretch may have worked to reignite some confidence in the young squad as they head into the always unpredictable postseason.  It is no secret that benches shrink once the playoffs come around and coaches become extremely picky as to who sees playing time.  Rotations often shrivel from 9 or 10 to 7 or 8 as players are expected to pick up their overall performance.  It will be interesting to see how Coach Collins handles this aspect with the Sixers as they have been an especially deep team all season, with eleven different players averaging at least ten minutes per game.  Minutes for backup bigs Lavoy Allen and Tony Battie will almost definitely dip, but outside from that it is difficult to determine how Coach Collins will readjust the rotation.

With that being said, the ample amount of minutes given to streaky-shooting Jodie Meeks seems to be an area of great concern, and if the Sixers hope to have any chance to advance in this year’s playoffs it must be addressed. 


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GM 64: RAPID REACTS

Posted by: C. Smith
04/24/12 10:09 am EST
Philadelphia 76ers 105 FinalRecap | Box Score 87 New Jersey Nets
Elton Brand, PF 29 MIN | 7-13 FG | 1-1 FT | 6 REB | 1 AST | 15 PTS | +11

A very solid night for EB on the offensive end and he provided some significant resistance on the interior for the Sixers.  Still he had two plays where he should have flushed the ball through the hoop with authority, only he doesn’t have the ups to get the job done and instead he ended up with a missed reverse lay-in and a layup.

Andre Iguodala, SF 41 MIN | 5-12 FG | 2-2 FT | 7 REB | 9 AST | 14 PTS | +19

He was hot from the start — scored 7 points in 1st Q and that caused him to fall in love with his 3-point shot, but other then that a very good game out of Dre.  For the third straight game he was assertive offensively and took the ball to the cup.

Nikola Vucevic, C 2 MIN | 0-0 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 1 AST | 0 PTS | -3

Does anyone understand what Collins is doing with this kid?  Who handles a rookie like this???  Nobody except Doug (see Evan Turner last year and Lavoy Allen this).

Jodie Meeks, G 21 MIN | 1-3 FG | 2-2 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 5 PTS | +11

In the 1st Q, Meeks hit his first 3-pointer in his last 7 games.  It was his only FG of the night.  ‘Nuff said.

Jrue Holiday, PG 35 MIN | 5-13 FG | 5-6 FT | 4 REB | 4 AST | 15 PTS | +4

Yes his shooting touch was off tonight, but Jrue drove the ball to the hoop regularly and the result was 6 FTAs. Which is a recipe for success in the post season.  When the NJN had cut the lead to 9 with 3+ minutes remaining in the 4th, Jrue did a nice job of closing out this game with back-to-back buckets around the 2 minute mark and then a beauty of a dime to EB.  He also gets a tip of the cap for playing through a brutal shot to the honker which the trainer plugged with a bail of cotton.

Lou Williams, PG 29 MIN | 4-11 FG | 1-2 FT | 2 REB | 1 AST | 11 PTS | +14

When the Sixers desperately needed a hoop, Louis hit some big buckets during the 4th Q (8 pts. on two 3PM & a FG), but he was MIA for much of the game outside of the 4th.

Thaddeus Young, F 25 MIN | 7-8 FG | 1-1 FT | 4 REB | 1 AST | 15 PTS | +9

Just another night at the office for Thad.  He scored all his points in the 2nd half as he made his first seven shots after the half.  His And 1 in the 4th Q was the back breaker for the NJN.  Now get some rest @yungsmoove21, we’re going to need more of these nights from you if we plan to make any noise in the Playoffs.

Spencer Hawes, C 17 MIN | 4-7 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 3 AST | 8 PTS | +9

We know Kris Humphries is a beast on the boards, but 1 rebound.  ONE.  C’mon, you’re 7-feet tall.

Lavoy Allen, PF 20 MIN | 4-5 FG | 1-1 FT | 4 REB | 1 AST | 9 PTS | +5

Lavoy entered the game just 2 mins. into the contest and his impact was immediate as he scored a bucket and grabbed a couple boards.  The pick-n-roll he ran with Jrue in the 2nd Q was arguably the Sixers best attempt at that play this season.  Collins rewarded him with a start in the 3rd quarter and Lavoy promptly went out and knocked down a FG.

Evan Turner, SG 20 MIN | 6-8 FG | 1-2 FT | 5 REB | 4 AST | 13 PTS | +10

A nice night by ET.  He had a sweet assist on a Hawes bucket in the 1st Q and followed that up with a bucket on his next trip down the court. He used that momentum to start the game 3-3 on FGAs.  He also dropped another great dime to EB in the 2nd Q.  In the 4th, he was part of the lineup that seized control of this game for the 7-6 and built a double digit lead.

After the Jump, Six Things We Saw


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MATT GEIGER SIGHTING

Posted by: C. Smith
04/23/12 9:55 am EST

It’s been a while since we have heard anything out of former 76ers big man Matt Geiger.

As we all know, Geiger stole a ton of cash from the 76ers and built a 28,000 square foot pad down in Florida.  After his “retirement” from the NBA, he raised some buffalo and cattle on his propertry and dabbled in the real estate speculation.

We can only assume that things in the herding and real estate business did not go so well for Geiger because back in 2007, MattyG had to put his dream home up for sale.  The price — $20 million.  Four years later, the palace finally sold at the deeply discounted price of $8 million.  Then #52 kind of fell of the grid.

Well, last night Geiger surfaced at the Tampa Bay Rays game and as usual, he embarrassed himself.

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