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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PLAYOFFS, GM 4: RAPID REACTS

Posted by: Tom Sunnergren
05/06/12 9:39 pm EST
Chicago Bulls 82 FinalRecap | Box Score 89 Philadelphia 76ers
Elton Brand, PF 37 MIN | 3-7 FG | 1-4 FT | 9 REB | 2 AST | 7 PTS | -2

The veteran tore down five offensive rebounds, and though he might not have been able to swing that with Noah on the floor rather than on the bench in a boot, damn near every one of them was enormous.  I love this guy. I really do.

Andre Iguodala, SF 43 MIN | 5-11 FG | 3-4 FT | 12 REB | 2 AST | 14 PTS | +11

Iguodala was smack dab in the middle of everything good that happened to the Sixers on Sunday.  Yeah, the double-double was nice–or, I don’t know, awesome–but so was this: the way Iguodala jump started fast-break after fast-break.  He didn’t look for his own shot, but he dictated the pace. We’ll take it.

Spencer Hawes, C 36 MIN | 9-11 FG | 3-4 FT | 8 REB | 1 AST | 22 PTS | +9

Spence was just brilliant in the first half.  The corner 3 he buried as time expired gave him 17 points at the break, which — for those of you kids scoring at home — matches his regular season high.  SH has now scored 20+ in two straight games, after scoring 20+ exactly zero times in the last two regular seasons.  That, ladies and germs, is called stepping up.

Evan Turner, SG 28 MIN | 3-12 FG | 3-6 FT | 6 REB | 3 AST | 9 PTS | +4

His shot wasn’t falling early and, unlike the gentlemen below, it wasn’t falling late either.

Jrue Holiday, PG 41 MIN | 7-23 FG | 4-4 FT | 8 REB | 6 AST | 20 PTS | +10

It was a tale of two halves for Jrue.  After shooting a brutal 1-for-13 in the first half, then missing his first shot of the third period, Holiday cam alive: hitting six of his final nine, including two dagger-style 3-pointers back to back in the fourth.  He, via Elias, is the first 76er since Sir Charles to score 20 points with 8 rebounds and 6 assists and 3 or fewer turnovers in a playoff game.  Good company.

Lou Williams, PG 25 MIN | 2-10 FG | 2-3 FT | 0 REB | 1 AST | 7 PTS | +1

Not his strongest effort.

Thaddeus Young, F 18 MIN | 2-4 FG | 4-4 FT | 2 REB | 0 AST | 8 PTS | +4

Offensively, Thad has been strangely passive in this series.  Granted, the only position where the Bulls haven’t been dope-slapped by the injuries is the 4, but still.  We’d like to see more.

Jodie Meeks, G 8 MIN | 0-1 FG | 2-2 FT | 0 REB | 1 AST | 2 PTS | +1

Meh.

Lavoy Allen, PF 4 MIN | 0-0 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 0 PTS | -3

*Crickets*

After the Jump, Six Things We Saw


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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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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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TOM BRADY THEORY OF EVOLUTION & THE 76ers

Posted by: Tom Sunnergren
04/20/12 9:44 am EST

My brother and I, both not Patriots fans, were and are fascinated by the rise of Tom Brady.  A little known fact about the Michigan alum is this: he didn’t become great until well after he was publicly recognized as being so.  An even lesser known (though speculative) fact about Tom Brady is this: the fact of everyone thinking he was great didn’t just anticipate, but maybe precipitated, his actual greatness.

To wit: Tom Brady was a league average quarterback on a pretty good, but very well coached, Patriots team in 2001 that got inordinately lucky down the stretch and parlayed the luck into a Super Bowl win.  The quarterback, due to his looks and new jewelry, became not just ungodly famous — magazine covers and the whole shebang—but was suddenly credited with being one of the top quarterbacks, no players, in all of football.

And so he started working like one.

And so he became one.

We coined the phenomena, which crops up not infrequently in sports, the “Tom Brady Theory of Evolution.”  (If it sounds like we were reading too much Bill Simmons then, it’s because we were.)

(Very) long story (very) short, the TBTOE operated like this: confidence begat raised expectations which begat hard work which begat better performance which begat more confidence which begat higher expectations and harder work, and this vicious—for non-New England fans—cycle continued until Tom Brady, game manager, became Tom Brady, remorseless face eater.

The theory gives us a framework for understanding, among other things, Eli Manning, Jud Apatow, the 2008 New York Giants, Rick Santorum, and Rulon Gardner.

It also explains, through some admittedly Rube Goldberg logic, the 2012 Sixers.


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GM 62: RAPID REACTS

Posted by: Tom Sunnergren
04/19/12 10:14 am EST
Philadelphia 76ers 103 FinalRecap | Box Score 87 Cleveland Cavaliers
Elton Brand, PF 21 MIN | 6-10 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 1 AST | 12 PTS | +12

Sir Elton did most of his damage early — scoring 8 points on 4-of-5 shooting in the first quarter — but slowed down after that.  In the 1st Q the Sixers ran numerous iso plays for Elton in the post and he still settled for jumpers (but made them) every time.

Andre Iguodala, SF 34 MIN | 8-15 FG | 0-1 FT | 13 REB | 7 AST | 19 PTS | +25

Iguodala was great tonight.  He was aggressive offensively for the second straight game (he’s one of the only black guys old white people criticize for not being aggressive enough), and nabbed a season high in rebounds.

Nikola Vucevic, C 8 MIN | 0-0 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 0 AST | 0 PTS | -11

After a mini-resurgence, Big Nic’s now been a negligible contributor for four games running. Something tells me his wildly fluctuating minutes/responsibilities are playing a role in this.  Whaddya think, Doug?

Jodie Meeks, G 25 MIN | 1-3 FG | 3-3 FT | 2 REB | 1 AST | 5 PTS | -6

If you don’t have anything nice to say, you really shouldn’t say anything at all…

Jrue Holiday, PG 29 MIN | 9-14 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 5 AST | 24 PTS | +14

Sweet sassy molassy did he have a third quarter.  He scored 19 points (NINETEEN!), went 5-of-5 from beyond the arc (FIVE-OF-FIVE!), and still found time in his busy schedule to dish out four dimes.  Did I mention he did all this in the third?  Like, in 12 minutes?

Lou Williams, PG 26 MIN | 3-7 FG | 2-2 FT | 4 REB | 5 AST | 8 PTS | +29

The Cavs were keyed in on Lou defensively, and to his credit, he recognized this and didn’t force anything.  See: his assists.

Sam Young, SF 5 MIN | 0-2 FG | 1-2 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 1 PTS | -10

I didn’t realize he played, but I’m happy for him.

Thaddeus Young, F 22 MIN | 6-10 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 3 AST | 12 PTS | +14

Thad had that hook shot going tonight.  When he does, I don’t envy the guys defending him.

Spencer Hawes, C 16 MIN | 4-5 FG | 0-0 FT | 7 REB | 1 AST | 8 PTS | +14

Spence was economical tonight.  He turned five shots into eight points, and just turned the basketball over once.  That stuff helps.

Lavoy Allen, PF 29 MIN | 2-5 FG | 0-0 FT | 5 REB | 5 AST | 4 PTS | +3

The Temple Owl and fan favorite tied his season high in minutes tonight, and did a few things that made me smile.  One sequence in particular — a first period run when he got a bucket, then blocked a shot into the stands back-to-back — is what I’ll choose to remember from this one.  Like I said, he’s a fan favorite and I’m a fan.

Evan Turner, SG 25 MIN | 4-11 FG | 2-2 FT | 4 REB | 4 AST | 10 PTS | -4

ET was solid if unspectacular and…you know, I just typed that because I had nothing else to say.  He didn’t really do anything that caught my attention, though he didn’t make me seethe with anger tonight either.  So…good game?

After the Jump, Six  Things We Saw


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GM 60: RAPID REACTS

Posted by: Tom Sunnergren
04/17/12 9:36 am EST
Philadelphia 76ers 100 FinalRecap | Box Score 113 Orlando Magic
Andre Iguodala, SF 37 MIN | 6-12 FG | 0-1 FT | 8 REB | 4 AST | 15 PTS | -10

He was active, but where was he while Quentin and Jason Richardson combined for 30 points on 11-of-19 shooting?  Or, I don’t know, while the entire Orlando team shot 53.3 percent from the floor and 63.1 percent from 3?

Thaddeus Young, F 29 MIN | 7-11 FG | 1-2 FT | 2 REB | 0 AST | 15 PTS | -5

In his first start of the season, Thad was efficient and productive on the offensive end.  Defensively, where his charge was Ryan Anderson, Young fell flat on his face.  The NBA’s top three point shooter put up 26 points and grabbed eight offensive rebounds.

Elton Brand, PF 23 MIN | 4-8 FG | 1-2 FT | 3 REB | 1 AST | 9 PTS | +2

Doug Collins went small tonight, starting Brand at center, and presumably expecting substantial production on the glass from the veteran.  He didn’t get it.  Though EB wasn’t otherwise awful, he did get turnstiled pretty badly by Earl Clark.

Jodie Meeks, G 31 MIN | 2-5 FG | 1-1 FT | 2 REB | 0 AST | 5 PTS | -12

There is no reason, none, that Jodie Meeks should start and play 31 minutes in a professional basketball game.  In a recession economy, fans shouldn’t have to pay to see that.

Jrue Holiday, PG 34 MIN | 7-15 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 8 AST | 18 PTS | -9

Jrue’s finals numbers look nice, but here’s what they miss: he started out like gangbusters–he had something like 12 points, three assists, a pair of steals and a block in the first quarter — but disappeared for the most part after that.  He has a disconcerting habit of doing that.

Lou Williams, PG 31 MIN | 5-11 FG | 3-4 FT | 3 REB | 3 AST | 15 PTS | -12

Lou did his damnedest to shoot the Sixers back into this one down the stretch — even answering a Jameer Nelson 3 with one of his own to get the 7-6 to within 104-97 with just under three minutes left– but it was too much, too little, too late.

Spencer Hawes, C 32 MIN | 3-10 FG | 4-4 FT | 6 REB | 9 AST | 10 PTS | -10

I liked what Spence did as a distributor tonight — his nine assists set a new career high — but was concerned by his lack of aggression around the basket and his inability to stop Earl Clark and Co. from steamrolling the Sixers on the glass.  You’re seven-feet-plus man, do something with it.

Evan Turner, SG 23 MIN | 6-8 FG | 1-1 FT | 5 REB | 2 AST | 13 PTS | -9

The final numbers look decent, but you can’t shake the sense that Turner is shrinking as this long, strange season winds down.

After the Jump, Six Things We Saw


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MISSION IMPOSSIBLE ???

Posted by: C. Smith
04/16/12 12:47 pm EST

We skipped the “Rapid Reacts” post for the 76ers awful loss to the New Jersey Nets on Friday because we simply could not stomach typing up another recap that ripped the Sixers.  We’re all aware that Collins & Co. are in a deep funk.  To be honest, except for a few glimpses of excellence, the Sixers have been in a funk since the All-Star break.  There’s no way to sugar coat and there’s no need to analyze it further.  It’s a simple fact that this team has not been very good in the last two months.

So this post is not about how bad the Sixers have been of late. 

Instead, the purpose of this post is to issue a challenge to all the ballers in the 76ers locker room as well as the coaches. 

It’s time to wake up, band together, play some good basketball and finish this season strong.  Sneaking into the playoffs as the 8th seed is unacceptable as it does this current team and the future of the franchise no good.  Playing solid ball and catching either the Celtics (currently 4 games ahead in the division race) or Orlando or Atlanta (both currently 4 games ahead in the East standing) is a must.  When you analyze the mission in front of this Sixers team, you find that it’s a difficult one to complete, but not necessarily impossible.

But it’s now or never for this group of Sixers and should they fail to accomplish the task ahead of them, this roster will be blown up in 3, 2, 1…


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GM 58: RAPID REACTS

Posted by: C. Smith
04/12/12 2:25 pm EST
Philadelphia 76ers 93 FinalRecap | Box Score 75 Toronto Raptors
Elton Brand, PF 28 MIN | 4-9 FG | 3-4 FT | 8 REB | 1 AST | 11 PTS | +20

Another very solid night for the Ol’ Chevy who has displayed more energy of late.

Andre Iguodala, SF 31 MIN | 4-7 FG | 1-2 FT | 2 REB | 4 AST | 10 PTS | +10

Started the game 0-3…Hey at least he put up a shot in the 1st quarter vs. TOR.  That’s not something you can say happens every night. 

Nikola Vucevic, C 20 MIN | 5-9 FG | 2-2 FT | 5 REB | 3 AST | 12 PTS | -4

A fast start — six 1st Q points led to a very nice game from “Big Nik”.  The kid keeps starting for the rest of the season in my opinion.  We may also be looking at the 7-6 starting center for 2012-13.

Jodie Meeks, G 26 MIN | 3-7 FG | 1-1 FT | 3 REB | 0 AST | 7 PTS | -2

Enough already.  I’d rather see Sam Young get these minutes.  How on earth did this clown get two rotations into the game during the 3rd Q?  Meeks must have some serious blackmail dirt on Collins that coach keeps trotting him out there.

Jrue Holiday, PG 38 MIN | 4-9 FG | 0-2 FT | 7 REB | 7 AST | 8 PTS | +22

He had 4 points in the 1st Q, so we though we would see bigger scoring numbers out of Jrue last night.  We didn’t, so that was disappointing. However, the rest of his game and his defense were right on point.

Lou Williams, PG 23 MIN | 4-8 FG | 2-2 FT | 0 REB | 3 AST | 10 PTS | +14

LW still looks tired to me, but a decent night anyhow.  The dime he had to Hawes in the post during the late 3rd was simply a great pass and one he would not have made two years ago.

Sam Young, SF 3 MIN | 1-1 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 2 PTS | -3

Needs more minutes down the stretch so that the other wings are not exhausted come playoff time.

Thaddeus Young, F 26 MIN | 8-12 FG | 1-3 FT | 5 REB | 1 AST | 17 PTS | +16

What is left to say about Thad’s stellar play in 90% of the Sixers games this season?  Not much, but we’ll give it a try.  The Toronto shot attempt he pinned on the glass @ the 7:45 mark of the 4th was a ridiculous play.

Spencer Hawes, C 22 MIN | 5-9 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 2 AST | 10 PTS | +4

When combined with Vuc’s numbers (12 & 5) you get one very solid center.  Hawes did a great job of taking the ball to the bucket last night and not settling for long J’s.

Evan Turner, SG 24 MIN | 3-6 FG | 0-0 FT | 8 REB | 6 AST | 6 PTS | +13

Better, but still lacking something.  Of course more minutes and a vote of confidence from Coach would solve a lot of his issues.  The drive and dish he dropped to Thad in the 4th for an AND 1 was encouraging

After the Jump, Six Things We Saw


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GM 57: RAPID REACTS

Posted by: Tom Sunnergren
04/11/12 9:56 am EST
Philadelphia 76ers 107 FinalRecap | Box Score 88 New Jersey Nets
Elton Brand, PF 27 MIN | 3-8 FG | 3-3 FT | 7 REB | 0 AST | 9 PTS | +3

The Old Chevy didn’t look so old on his second half drive to slam on the former Mr. Kim Kardashian. Age is just a number and athleticism is just a …well, it would be nice if he still had some athleticism.

Andre Iguodala, SF 35 MIN | 4-11 FG | 4-4 FT | 4 REB | 7 AST | 13 PTS | +16

The number are unspectacular, but he had a pair of dunks that were.  Iguodala threw down one rafter-rattler off a second period alley-oop from Thad Young and the other, an even more impressive solo job off a strong drive to the basket, a few minutes later.  They galvanized a team in desperate need of a swift kick to the rear end.  Still, we’d like to see him be more aggressive in the early going — Dre had zero FGAs in the 1st Q.

 
Nikola Vucevic, C 16 MIN | 2-5 FG | 0-0 FT | 8 REB | 0 AST | 4 PTS | -7

Vucevic got the start and was, in limited minutes, outstanding on the glass.  Couple his numbers with Spencer Hawes’ (23 points, 16 rebounds, and four blocks) and you get one fine center.

Jodie Meeks, G 26 MIN | 2-8 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 2 AST | 5 PTS | +3

Jodie Meeks translated his starting opportunity into…well, not a whole lot.  He came out of the gate 0-3 on 3PAs and missed an easy layin during the 3rd Q.  Capt. Streaky rides again.

Jrue Holiday, PG 31 MIN | 6-12 FG | 1-1 FT | 4 REB | 3 AST | 14 PTS | +12

Jrue started hot, again — scoring 7 of the Sixers first 9 points — and fizzled late. He was sound all night on Deron Williams though, who scored only 14 on 12 FGAs after scorching the 7-6 for 34 on Jan. 25th.

Lou Williams, PG 30 MIN | 5-8 FG | 8-8 FT | 8 REB | 5 AST | 20 PTS | +24

With seconds left in the first half, Sweet Lou took an inbound pass, weaved his way down the court, and banged a three that beat the buzzer by a whisker to give the Sixers a 52-43 halftime lead.  He was like that pretty much all night.

Thaddeus Young, F 29 MIN | 8-15 FG | 3-4 FT | 8 REB | 1 AST | 19 PTS | +22

Thad was a bad, bad man tonight.  The Nets just don’t have anyone on payroll who can do a thing to even slow him down.

Spencer Hawes, C 23 MIN | 7-11 FG | 4-6 FT | 8 REB | 2 AST | 19 PTS | +22

Where the f**k did this come from?  Coming off the bench for the first time this deeply weird season, Spence scored a season high 19 points, and did a little bit of everything.  You like three pointers?  He hit one.  You like two-handed slams?  He’s got you covered. You like interior presence?  He had three blocks.  You like wispy goatees?  Me neither.

Evan Turner, SG 19 MIN | 1-4 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 2 AST | 2 PTS | +4

Evan Turner just looks like he has no idea what he’s doing out there.  It’s like watching a kid play soccer who would rather be doing anything but playing soccer.  However his thread-the-needle pass to Hawes at the end of the 1st Q was simply ridiculous.

After the Jump, Six Things We Saw


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