Fo’ with the Foes: Miami Heat

Posted by: C. Smith
02/23/15 3:03 pm EST

Miami-Heat-DancersThis Monday afternoon 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 Miami Heat who obviously will be without Chris Bosh tonight and have lost 5 of their last 7 games, yet still are still holding on to the 7th playoff spot in the East.

After the jump, I’ll look a Fo’ key items for tonight’s game. Additionally, we’ll get a little more insight into the Miami team the Sixers face tonight from our colleague Brandon Di Perno at hothothoops.com as Brandon will answer Fo’ questions on the Heat from us here at Philadunkia.


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Fo’ with the Foes: Indiana Pacers

Posted by: C. Smith
02/20/15 3:14 pm EST

pacersgirlThis first game back from All-Star Weekend 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 Indiana Pacers who won 4 of their last 5 games headed into the break and are two games back of the 8th playoff spot in the East.

After the jump, I’ll look a Fo’ key items for tonight’s game. Additionally, we’ll get a little more insight into the Pacers team the Sixers face tonight from our colleague Jared Wade at 8points9Seconds.com as Jared will answer Fo’ questions on the Pacers from us here at Philadunkia.


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Former 76er Check-In

Posted by: Michael Kaskey-Blomain
02/16/15 2:14 pm EST

76ersaltlogoWith NBA All-Star Weekend hangover in full effect today, we thought it would be a solid idea to kick back, relax and check in with several of our favorite former 76ers.  Whether it was via trade of free agency, these players all departed the City of Brotherly Love without a proper send off and have found varying degrees of success around the League.

After the jump, Philadunkia scribe Michael Kaskey-Blomain will give us with a brief analysis of how selected former 76ers are performing this season.  But we’re not stopping with just MKB’s words.  Ohhh no.

We texted and Tweeted our online colleagues around the Association who cover these former 76ers on a daily basis and we will provide you with those “insider” thoughts on each player’s performance so far in 2014-15.

 


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GM52: Rapid (Streaking) Reacts

Posted by: C. Smith
02/08/15 10:56 am EST
Charlotte Hornets 81 FinalRecap | Box Score 89 Philadelphia 76ers
Luc Richard Mbah a Moute, PF 34 MIN | 4-13 FG | 4-5 FT | 7 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 13 PTS | +12 +/-Once again, Embiid’s babysitter puts up a solid, but inefficient stat line.  Still, I have to admit his defense is one of the resons the Sixers got this game turned around last night.

Robert Covington, SF 33 MIN | 7-15 FG | 3-5 FT | 8 REB | 2 AST | 1 STL | 1 BLK | 2 TO | 22 PTS | +4 +/-After a slow start to this game, Cov poured in 11 of his 22 points in a pivotal 3rd Q and 19 overall in the 2nd half.  His ability to splash threes on the secondary fast break is amazing.

Nerlens Noel, C 34 MIN | 5-9 FG | 2-2 FT | 7 REB | 1 AST | 3 STL | 2 BLK | 1 TO | 12 PTS | +9 +/-A very solid night from #$ who scored several buckets with his left hand and put up 6 points during the Sixers run from the late 2nd Q into the mid 3rd Q.

Tim Frazier, PG 37 MIN | 0-7 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 8 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 4 TO | 0 PTS | +15 +/-Obviously Frazier needs some work on his shooting stroke, but I have to give the kid credit, with little to no practcie he has performed very well in his two games with the 76ers.  Last night his ability to push the ball up the floor, get into the defense and then kick the ball out to the 3-point line to an open shooter was a thing of beauty to watch.

JaKarr Sampson, SG 22 MIN | 1-5 FG | 2-4 FT | 3 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 4 PTS | +3 +/-I felt that thie biggest issue last night for Sampson was that he forced some ill-advised shots and that led to a poor shooting night.

 


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Fo’ with the Foes: Cleveland Cavs

Posted by: C. Smith
02/02/15 2:18 pm EST

cavsdancersThis 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 Cleveland Cavaliers who since the 76ers beat them last month, have added Iman Shumpert and JR Smith as well as Timofey Mozgov and currently own a 10-game winning streak.

After the jump, I’ll look a Fo’ key items for tonight’s game.  Additionally, we’ll get a little more insight into the Cavaliers team the Sixers face tonight from our colleague Scott Sargent at waitingfornextyear.com, as Scott will answer Fo’ questions on the Cavaliers from us here at Philadunkia.


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GM46: Rapid (Eat My Shorts Stan) Reacts

Posted by: C. Smith
01/29/15 9:25 am EST
Detroit Pistons 69 FinalRecap | Box Score 89 Philadelphia 76ers
Luc Richard Mbah a Moute, PF 31 MIN | 6-14 FG | 0-0 FT | 6 REB | 4 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 12 PTS | +34 +/-

The 1st Q of last night’s game was the Luc show as he scored 8 points in the opening stanza to propel the Sixers fast start and huge early lead.  IMO 14 FGAs is too many for Luc, but we’ll over look that for now.  This guy has to be worth a 2nd round pick to a contender that needs a big who defends well and score some, right?

Robert Covington, SF 25 MIN | 7-11 FG | 1-1 FT | 5 REB | 3 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 19 PTS | +22 +/-

In his last 3 games leading up to last night, Covington was shooting 28% from the field (9-32), so it was nice to see him rediscover his shooting stroke vs. the Pistons and score 5 points in the 1st Q.  He also drained two three-balls in the 3rd Q.

Nerlens Noel, C 29 MIN | 2-5 FG | 1-2 FT | 4 REB | 5 AST | 4 STL | 2 BLK | 1 TO | 5 PTS | +34 +/-

After an pathetic effort against the NOP, I was looking for a motivated Noel to come out and play very well last night. He didn’t play badly, but Noel was not nearly as agessive as I expected and his stat line was nothing to write home about.  He took only 2 shots and scored only 2 points in the 1st half when the Sixers put this game away.

Michael Carter-Williams, PG 35 MIN | 5-10 FG | 3-5 FT | 9 REB | 10 AST | 0 STL | 2 BLK | 5 TO | 14 PTS | +34 +/-

I thought this was one of MCW’s best all-around games of the year (1 board shy of triple-double).  He was under controll all night and looked to set up teammates.  He did not force shots at any point in the game.  #1 got the Sixers out in the open court early on and that led to a good number of easy baskets for the 7-6.  The only blemish for MCW last night was the 5 TOs.

JaKarr Sampson, SG 24 MIN | 5-6 FG | 1-2 FT | 8 REB | 0 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 13 PTS | +26 +/-

JaKarr got the start last night (never thought I would type that line again) and took advantage of the opportunity.  He scored a career-high 13 points and grabbed a career high 8 boards.

 


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Fo’ with the Foes: Detroit Pistons

Posted by: C. Smith
01/28/15 2:22 pm EST

pistonsdancersThis 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 Detroit Pistons who have lost three straight; 4 of their last 5 and are now searching for an identity after losing Brandon Jennings for the season.

After the jump, I’ll look a Fo’ key items for tonight’s game.  Additionally, we’ll get a little more insight into this New Orleans team the Sixers face tonight from our colleague Tim Thielke at pistonpowered.com, as Tim will answer Fo’ questions on his Pistons from us here at Philadunkia.

 


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Race to the Bottom

Posted by: C. Smith
01/23/15 9:40 am EST

draft-lotteryWith 40 games remaining in Tank 2.0, it become obvious that the 76ers are not going to experience any Detroit Pistons-like push (9-3 in their last 12) for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.  A roster that was built to lose, and has done so nicely, is now missing its key 6th man (Tony Wroten) for an undetermined amount of time.  Additionally, the starting power forward (Luc) will allegedly miss his third straight game tonight with a bruised knee.  Finally, the Sixers starting center (Noel) suddenly contracted a respiratory illness, could not play against the lowly New York Knicks on Wednesday and is questionable for tonight.

Still, the Sixers have collected 8 wins so far this season (4-6 in last 10 games) which is more victories than this scribe and most of the online “experts” dreamed Brett Brown’s team would haul in prior to the 2015 All-Star break.  However, with key players missing and a brutal upcoming schedule that features games — vs. TOR; @MEM; @ NOP; vs. DET; @ ATL; @ CLE and @ DEN — , it bears exploring just how bad the odds makers think this team might be.


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Mid-Season: More Questions Than Answers

Posted by: Philadunkia
01/20/15 1:19 pm EST

76ersaltlogoAfter an embarrassing 35 point blowout loss in their MLK Day matinee with the Wizards, the 76ers have now lost two straight games.  Still, they are 3-4 in their last seven contests, which given the current roster is a respectable stretch of play.  They are now halfway through (8-33) their 2nd season of…call it tanking or rebuilding, whichever you prefer…and trying to measure success or failure at this point has become a difficult task.

What we are watching both on and off-the-court is something, but what is it?  The reason it’s happening is understandable.  We can all agree that something drastic had to be done after the Bynum fiasco.  Honestly though, who could have predicted that Vucevic would be a better player than Bynum and that the entire 2012 off-season would set the team back at least 5 years?

With all the support and skepticism of Sam Hinkie as well as the 76ers organization, the important questions have not been asked or answered by anyone.  So at the halfway point of the second season under Hinkie’s master plan, Philadunkia scribes C. Smith and Steve Toll will look at six tough questions Sixers fans could be asking in the near future.


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Fo’ with the Foes: New Orleans Pelicans

Posted by: C. Smith
01/16/15 1:05 pm EST

Sacremento Kings v New Orleans PelicansThis 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 New Orleans 2-3 in their last five games and most likely will be without Jrue Holiday tonight, but still feature MVP candidate Anthony Davis.

After the jump, I’ll look a Fo’ key items for tonight’s game.  Additionally, we’ll get a little more insight into this New Orleans team the Sixers face tonight from our colleague Nick Lewellen at bourbonstreetshots.com, as Nick will answer Fo’ questions on his Pelicans from us here at Philadunkia.

 


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