Fo’ with the Foes: Charlotte Hornets

Posted by: C. Smith
12/19/14 2:06 pm EST

charlottegirlseditedThis 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 Charlotte Bobcats, who are unexpectedly awful this season (6-19) and feature Lance Stephenson who is currently the subject of numerous NBA trade rumors.

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

 


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Rondo to Dallas Is Great for 76ers

Posted by: C. Smith
12/18/14 3:00 pm EST

NBA Rookie Photo ShootUnless you have fallen “off the grid” in the last 48 hours, you are aware that Boston Celtics General Manager Danny Ainge listened to offers from a number of NBA teams for elite point guard Rajon Rondo.

It’s not official yet, but it is being reported that the front runner in these rumored talks, the Dallas Mavericks, have struck a deal for Rondo and willing send at least one future first-round pick; a 2nd round selection; Jameer Nelson and slowly developing power forward Brandan Wright to Beantown in exchange for #9.

Any way you slice it, Rondo leaving Boston is a good thing for the 76ers, and being traded out of the Atlantic Division and the Eastern Conference even, is a nice boost for the rebuilding process of the Sixers.

 


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GM24: Rapid (Toast) Reacts

Posted by: C. Smith
12/16/14 10:15 am EST
Boston Celtics 105 FinalRecap | Box Score 87 Philadelphia 76ers
Luc Richard Mbah a Moute, PF 26 MIN | 4-10 FG | 1-2 FT | 6 REB | 2 AST | 2 STL | 1 BLK | 4 TO | 9 PTS | -4Luc was Luc last night. Now go massage Joel’s foot.

Nerlens Noel, PF 29 MIN | 9-12 FG | 1-1 FT | 8 REB | 4 AST | 3 STL | 2 BLK | 3 TO | 19 PTS | -2Put asisde the near double-double that Noel posted on 75% shooting. What impressed me the most last night was that #4 was aggressive on offense and looked for his shot.  Too many times early on this year Noel has caught the ball in decent position and has not even looked at the basket before passing the ball.  Hopefully ast night is the start of a new trend on offense for Noel.

Robert Covington, SF 29 MIN | 4-15 FG | 3-3 FT | 6 REB | 2 AST | 2 STL | 1 BLK | 1 TO | 13 PTS | -3I thought covington missed on a lot of clean looks last night, but I did like that he kept firing away when the opportunity came to him.  Great shooters keep shooting even on bad nights

Michael Carter-Williams, PG 29 MIN | 5-12 FG | 2-4 FT | 5 REB | 6 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 5 TO | 13 PTS | -4Yes MCW shot nearly 50% from the field and handed out 6 dimes, but your starting PG can not own a 1:1 assist to TO ratio (5 turnovers last night) if you are going to win in this League.  He als0 needs to stop shooting threes — period.

Hollis Thompson, SG 21 MIN | 1-3 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 2 PTS | -6Can someone tell me how this clown continues to hold on to a spot in the first-five?

 


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GM21: Rapid (Kyle Korver) Reacts

Posted by: C. Smith
12/11/14 11:13 am EST
Philadelphia 76ers 79 FinalRecap | Box Score 95 Atlanta Hawks
Luc Richard Mbah a Moute, PF 29 MIN | 5-9 FG | 0-1 FT | 2 REB | 0 AST | 5 STL | 1 BLK | 1 TO | 12 PTS | -20Luc recovered from a 1-4 start to post a decent game. He scored 7 points in the 2nd Q and had a tremendous block on Al Horford during that quarter.  Still, I don’t understand how this guy is getting 30 mins. a night. He’s an average NBA player and is not part of the long range plan for this team.  I’d rather see his minutes go to one of the young cats.

Nerlens Noel, PF 34 MIN | 3-7 FG | 2-4 FT | 5 REB | 3 AST | 0 STL | 3 BLK | 2 TO | 8 PTS | -13I have only a couple notes for Noel last night. In the 2nd Q he rejected DeMarre Carroll ‘s 5-footer and he scored with a nice lefty lay-in during the early 3rd Q. What has become painfully obvious to me and was very apparent on several Hawks’ posessions last night, is that outside of blocking shots, #4 is struggling to adjust to the NBA game on the defensive end.

Henry Sims, C 13 MIN | 0-3 FG | 1-2 FT | 4 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 1 PTS | -9Ewwwwwwwwww…Henry’s season low tick produced this quote from Brown, “We just went small ball. There is nothing to read into there.”

Michael Carter-Williams, PG 38 MIN | 4-7 FG | 0-0 FT | 10 REB | 9 AST | 0 STL | 2 BLK | 9 TO | 8 PTS | -15Yes, MCW posted yet another near triple double, but he also turned teh ball over 9 times. NINE! This franchise will never succeed (at any level) when it is being run by a PG who is that careless with the rock.

Hollis Thompson, SG 36 MIN | 3-7 FG | 1-1 FT | 5 REB | 4 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 8 PTS | -13Not a bad night from my least favorite 76er.

 


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Fo’ with the Foes: Atlanta Hawks

Posted by: C. Smith
12/10/14 4:52 pm EST

hawks-a-town-dancer-opoc-45643This 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 Atlanta Hawks who are a riding a hot streak right now having won 7 straight games, and 9 of their last 10.  Still, I like the 76ers chances of stealing a win tonight for reasons that I will discuss after the jump.

(I can’t believe I just typed that line.)

After the jump, I’ll look a Fo’ key items for tonight’s game. Additionally, we’ll get a little more insight into this Atlanta team the Sixers face tonight from our colleague David Menze at Soaring Down South, as David will answer Fo’ questions on his Hawks squad from us here at Philadunkia.


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76ers Playing .500 Ball (In Dec.)

Posted by: C. Smith
12/08/14 1:56 pm EST

76ersaltlogoIn case you stepped away from the season of the “double tank” for the weekend, you should know that the 76ers have won 2 out of their last 3 games and now stand at .500 in the month of December.  We realize that both victories came against fellow NBA bottom dwellers Minnesota and Detroit and with a simply brutal schedule ahead of Brett Brown’s team this month, we don’t see these good times lasting past this week.

Still, today we’re going to look at three positive items we have seen over this recent four game stretch in which the Sixers picked up two wins; got beat by the defending champs in respectable fashion and suffered a highly competitive loss to the vastly superior OKC Thunder.

Believe or not we had a hard time limiting this post to just three items.

 


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Fo’ with the Foes: Phoenix Suns

Posted by: C. Smith
11/21/14 12:31 pm EST

sunsdancersThis 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 Phoenix Suns who stand at 7-5; have won two straight and feature Eric Bledsoe who recently made some interesting comments on a potential 76ers vs. Kentucky Wildcats match-up.

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


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GM11: Rapid (Frickin’) Reacts

Posted by: C. Smith
11/20/14 10:43 am EST
Boston Celtics 101 FinalRecap | Box Score 90 Philadelphia 76ers
Luc Richard Mbah a Moute, PF 34 MIN | 5-11 FG | 0-2 FT | 6 REB | 1 AST | 3 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 11 PTS | -3I don’t care that Luc shot nearly 50% from the field and did shoot 50% from three last night. There were numerous moments in the game that he caused me to slam the remote and declare “What the hell is that guy doing!?!?” My favorite one came with 2 mins. remaining in the game when he took teh ball to the hole during a 1-on-4 FB and got swatted by Brandon Bass.

Nerlens Noel, PF 34 MIN | 5-10 FG | 0-0 FT | 8 REB | 3 AST | 2 STL | 1 BLK | 0 TO | 10 PTS | -15Nerlens is obviously very raw on offense, but he did make a couple of nice dives to the hoop for buckets last night. He displayed a half-decent cross-over move last night as well. What was alarming to me last night was how bad his on-ball defense was throughout. It didn’t matter who he was guarding (Olynk; Sullinger; Bass) that Celtic simply got buckets whenever they wanted.

Henry Sims, C 32 MIN | 6-12 FG | 2-2 FT | 7 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 14 PTS | -3That’s three straight solid nights from Sims who appears to have found his jumper again and threw a beauty of a dime to Nerlens in a high to low post half court set.

Michael Carter-Williams, PG 32 MIN | 4-13 FG | 2-2 FT | 6 REB | 5 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 4 TO | 11 PTS | -6MCW simply shoots too many jumpers for a guy with a broken stroke and what makes it even more frustrating is that he gets to the time whenever he wants.

Hollis Thompson, SG 27 MIN | 1-6 FG | 2-2 FT | 4 REB | 3 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 5 PTS | -9Hollis plays solid on-ball defense for like 5 seconds each time his man has the ball. That’s the only thing positive I can say about #31 these days.

 


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GM10: Rapid (Texas Sized L) Reacts

Posted by: Philadunkia
11/18/14 10:56 am EST
Philadelphia 76ers 75 FinalRecap | Box Score 100 San Antonio Spurs
Brandon Davies, PF 18 MIN | 0-4 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 4 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 0 PTS | -19BD threw up consecutive bricks in the 1st Q and his night did not get any better from there. Over his last 3 games, Davies is averaging 4 points and 4 rebounds per night.  I think it’s safe to say the BD lovefest is now over.

Luc Richard Mbah a Moute, PF 25 MIN | 4-10 FG | 3-4 FT | 4 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 2 BLK | 2 TO | 13 PTS | -4A decent night for Joel Embiid’s babysitter began in the 1st Q with 4 quick points and a nice drive to the tin for a bucket.  But he didn’t score another FG untill the 11:37 mark of the 3rd Q and the inbound pass/TO he threw under the Sixers’ offensive hoop in the 2nd Q was horrific.

Henry Sims, C 28 MIN | 3-6 FG | 3-4 FT | 8 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 9 PTS | -15A near double-double for Sims who IMO has played much better in his last two games and seems to have found his storke again — 9-14 in his last 2 games.

Tony Wroten, SG 30 MIN | 4-14 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 3 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 4 TO | 8 PTS | -27The immature TWroe showed up last night as he launched one ill-advised shot after another and he posted 4 TOs against 3 dimes.

Hollis Thompson, SG 26 MIN | 1-8 FG | 1-2 FT | 3 REB | 0 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 4 PTS | -33First something positive on #31 — there were moments last night where I saw decent defensive fundamentals from him. However his shooting and especially the corner 3PA he put up in the 4th Q that hit the top of the backboard was disturbing. Again I say — enough of this experiment, it’s time for KJ to start.

 


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Fo’ with the Foes: San Antonio Spurs

Posted by: C. Smith
11/17/14 1:57 pm EST

san-antonio-spurs-cheerleadersThis 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 San Antonio Spurs who stand at 5-3 and lost to the Sacramento Kings on Saturday night despite a season high 21 points from Manu Ginobili.

After the jump, I’ll look a Fo’ key items for tonight’s game. Additionally, we’ll get a little more insight into the Spurs team the Sixers face tonight from our colleague Matt Tynan at 48minutesofhell.com will answer Fo’ questions on his Spurs from us here at Philadunkia.


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