GM 20: RAPID REACTS

Posted by: Tom Sunnergren
01/28/12 10:22 pm EST
Detroit Pistons 74 FinalRecap | Box Score 95 Philadelphia 76ers
Elton Brand, PF 28 MIN | 6-11 FG | 2-2 FT | 4 REB | 3 AST | 14 PTS | +15

The old man continued stroking it from mid-range and contributed defensively too, holding Greg Monroe to 6-19 shooting (16 pts.) and getting three blocks.  As a bonus, he only played 28 minutes tonight.  But the question remains…Can he have a big night (2010-11 big) when when we really need him to?

Andre Iguodala, SF 35 MIN | 4-7 FG | 1-2 FT | 10 REB | 10 AST | 10 PTS | +15

He’s not really taking charge offensively — given his limited shooting ability, maybe that’s okay — but Iguodala filled it up otherwise on Saturday, celebrating his 28th birthday with his eighth career triple double.  And the first period pass, off the glass and to himself, that he finished with two hands was a thing to see.  He now trails only Sir Charles on the Sixers career triple-double list (Chuck had 10).  To bad he can’t take over and dominate a game like Charles.  But we are trying to “embrace him” as coach Collins begged us to do in the post game presser.  Which is getting easier since he quoted Ice Cube on the triple-double in his post game Tweet.

Tony Battie, C 14 MIN | 0-1 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 0 AST | 0 PTS | +1

He played?

Jodie Meeks, G 28 MIN | 4-8 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 1 AST | 12 PTS | +14

Most in the Philadunkia offices were concerned about the two spot heading into the season.  We’re not so concerned anymore.  Meeks hit another four threes against Detroit, making him 27/55 from outside in his last ten nights.

Jrue Holiday, PG 36 MIN | 5-10 FG | 2-3 FT | 4 REB | 2 AST | 13 PTS | +21

Solid night, but everybody wants to see a little more out of Jrue.  Locally, the “rising star” talk has quieted, but the national “experts” stll love him — just saying.

Francisco Elson, C 4 MIN | 1-1 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 2 PTS | -7

See Battie, Tony

Andres Nocioni, F 3 MIN | 0-2 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 0 PTS | -6

Well, he’s had a nice career.  So he’s got that going for him.

Lou Williams, PG 25 MIN | 5-12 FG | 4-5 FT | 3 REB | 4 AST | 17 PTS | +14

All he does is score.  Lou, again, led the Sixers in the sexiest of all categories, and held his position as seventh in the NBA in points per 48 minutes.

Thaddeus Young, F 18 MIN | 4-11 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 2 AST | 8 PTS | +13

After a rough start, Thad hit one of his first six shots, the sixth (seventh? eighth?) man extraordinaire picked it up in the late going.

Lavoy Allen, PF 24 MIN | 3-6 FG | 1-1 FT | 4 REB | 2 AST | 7 PTS | +26

The Sixer with the highest per minute productivity (by measure of wins produced via The NBA Geek)? Lavoy Allen, who entered Saturday with a .314wp48, or three times the productivity of your average forward.  Probably won’t last, but it didn’t end against the Piston’s either.  Apparently he has located the “motor” that every NBA scout said he lacked at Temple.

Craig Brackins, SF 3 MIN | 0-1 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 0 PTS | -6

The Sixers have the makings of their own human victory cigar.

Evan Turner, SG 23 MIN | 6-8 FG | 0-2 FT | 6 REB | 3 AST | 12 PTS | +5

The Sixers swiss army knife, continues to take a page out of Andre Iguodala’s book by doing everything but put the ball in the bucket for the 7-6.  Down the stretch on Saturday, he even did a little of that — including a reverse dunk off a hesitation move to give the Sixers their 90th point.  Is it us or does ET get no respect from NBA refs?  The kidET has been mauled repeatedly on his way to the hoop in the last two games and gotten no calls.

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GM 18: RAPID REACTS

Posted by: Tom Sunnergren
01/26/12 7:31 am EST
New Jersey Nets 97 Final

Recap | Box Score

90 Philadelphia 76ers
Elton Brand, PF 28 MIN | 6-10 FG | 4-5 FT | 4 REB | 0 AST | 16 PTS | -6

Another day, another high efficiency, albeit losing, performance for EB. With the Sixers frontcourt thin and getting thinner by the day, here’s hoping he’s got a few more of these in the tank.

Andre Iguodala, SF 41 MIN | 4-12 FG | 4-4 FT | 6 REB | 4 AST | 12 PTS | -10

There was more bad than good tonight for Iguodala. Though he made a couple large-sized, quintessentially Iguodala plays—his tip-in off a Brand miss to bring the 7-6 to within 77-75 stands out—he was brutal from outside. In the final analysis, our best guy (him) wasn’t as good as their best guy (Deron Williams) and that made all the difference.

Tony Battie, C 13 MIN | 1-1 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 0 AST | 2 PTS | -6

With the frontcourt ravaged by injuries, and the team relying on him to contribute, Tony Battie came through with a classic Tony Battie performance.

Jodie Meeks, G 36 MIN | 2-4 FG | 0-0 FT | 8 REB | 1 AST | 6 PTS | -2

Meeks somehow ended up covering the aforementioned Williams on the two crucial possessions that came immediately after the Sixers took a 90-88 lead in the extra period. Deron promptly hit a two to tie the score, then drained a three to give the Nets a lead they wouldn’t relinquish. The Sixers worst defender on the Nets only scoring threat, while he was on fire?
“[It was] a switch on a pick and roll,” Meeks said after the game. “He’s an All-Star for a reason, and he made a good shot.”
My head hurts.

Jrue Holiday, PG 42 MIN | 5-13 FG | 2-2 FT | 2 REB | 7 AST | 14 PTS | -11

The good: he hit two fourth period threes—one that tied the game at 72, the other that gave the Sixers a 78-77 lead—scored 12 in the fourth period and overtime—including a dunk off an inbound steal at the other end that, temporally, put the home team in the driver seat with 1:18 left in OT—and his seven dimes were a welcome sign considering he entered the game 35th among point guards in assists per 48 minutes. The bad: he got torched by Deron Williams to the tune of 34 points and was invisible in the game’s first three periods. Dude’s got aways to go.

Lou Williams, PG 32 MIN | 7-15 FG | 2-4 FT | 1 REB | 6 AST | 17 PTS | +6

Lou Williams took a dumb 23-footer with the game tied at 80 and hit it to put the Sixers in the lead. Lou Williams took a dumb 23-footer with the Sixers down 93-90 and missed it to ensure a loss. There’s a moral here somewhere.

Thaddeus Young, F 27 MIN | 5-9 FG | 0-0 FT | 5 REB | 2 AST | 10 PTS | +7

Doubt his centrality to what the Sixers do? The matchup nightmare’s back injury was the anvil that broke their…well, back.

Lavoy Allen, PF 18 MIN | 2-5 FG | 2-2 FT | 2 REB | 0 AST | 6 PTS | -1

Lavoy Allen got abused by Kris Humphries tonight. When a man is capable of that kind of physical violence, it’s no surprise his marriage only lasted 72 days.

Evan Turner, SG 29 MIN | 3-10 FG | 1-2 FT | 7 REB | 1 AST | 7 PTS | -12

He was active, but tonight that wasn’t necessarily a good thing. His shot was off and he didn’t finish inside. He kept doing his thing on the boards though, and leads all SGs in rebounds per 48 by a wide margin. Silver linings.

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GOING AGAINST THE GRAIN

Posted by: Jerry Scherwin
01/20/12 9:48 am EST

As Ice-T famously coined in the late 80’s, “Pimpin’ ain’t easy”.  Well, neither is winning in the NBA.  As the 7-6 faithful know full well, the road out of the depths of David Stern’s armpit and personal torture chamber to an Eastern Conference sleeper is lengthy, rotten, disturbing, inauspicious, infuriating, and any other negative adjective you can think of.

Most times teams try to buy their way out; adding a big free agent here and a mid-level free agent there.  Sometimes it’s successful, and other times it burns and fades faster thanDallas’ chances at repeating as NBA Champions. 

Even before Shaq teamed up with Kobe, championship teams were built by “buying” superstars, only to then pair them with a home grown talent; the likes of which were more times than not, threatening to leave without proper additions that would shed the teams previous losing ways. 

Today, even your regular run of the mill and early exit playoff teams are built on this very philosophy.  All of them pray that a few All-Stars mixed with the Matt Barnes’ of the world equate to the raising of a banner.

So often though, these teams spend much of their vital salary cap on guys unworthy of the status quo of being a highly touted/highly paid free agent.

Simply put, they fall victims to a thin market and their individual basketball habitat.  

When you take a look at the current NBA landscape, what do you see?

 
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ATLANTIC CHAMPS ???

Posted by: Tim Parker
01/17/12 10:51 am EST

Once upon a time; in a previous reality, the iPod was a revolutionary idea, Ja Rule was relevant, braids and cornrolls were in vogue, and gas cost just $1.46 per gallon. 

That reality was the year 2001.  Obviously 76ers’ fans will remember 2001 for the dramatic ride they took all the way to the NBA Finals.  Unfortunately, not only have we never take that ride again, we also have never seen our beloved Sixers be crowned division champions.

But, after a long and tumultuous 11 year wait, NOW could be the time that Atlantic Division crown could finally come back to Philadelphia.

Through the 2011-2012 infancy stage, the Sixers sit alone in first place at 10-3; and with the boost of a favorable January schedule, they have begun to distance themselves from the pack and could very well be on their way to sitting firmly at the top.

 
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GM 12: RAPID REACTS

Posted by: Philadunkia
01/15/12 10:32 am EST
Philadelphia 76ers 103 Final

Recap | Box Score

90 Washington Wizards
Elton Brand, PF 23 MIN | 5-10 FG | 2-2 FT | 2 REB | 1 AST | 12 PTS | -5

Five games in six days for the 32 year old Elton Brand has to be tough on his body. Brand looked slow, out of it and simply worn down. But what can you expect from a player his age in a condensed season? There’s going to be nights like the one against the Wizards, where Brand’s legs are going to be heavy and he’ll struggle to perform.

Andre Iguodala, SF 35 MIN | 9-16 FG | 4-6 FT | 7 REB | 5 AST | 23 PTS | -2

Iguodala was great. He was aggressive from the opening tip, looking to create shots for himself on the offensive end and setting up teammates in transition. AI9 was in a good rhythm against the Wizards and he continues to excel pushing the ball for fast-break opportunities. Collins also praised his defensive efforts following the game.

Spencer Hawes, C 19 MIN | 2-4 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 3 AST | 4 PTS | +1

Remember when Spencer Hawes came out really hot to start the season? Remember when he had four double-doubles in the first six games and was equally impressive in the other two contests? Yeah, I miss that Spencer Hawes. I guess we’ll just blame it on the nagging back injury.

Jodie Meeks, G 31 MIN | 1-5 FG | 2-2 FT | 1 REB | 3 AST | 5 PTS | +2

Meeks went from scoring a career-high 26 points against Washington on Friday, to hardly being relevant the next night. His five points all came in the first quarter of the ball game.

Jrue Holiday, PG 40 MIN | 5-17 FG | 3-3 FT | 3 REB | 2 AST | 13 PTS | +12

I still can’t tell if Holiday taking 17 shots is a good or bad thing. The positive: He’s being aggressive and attacked the lengthy JaVale McGee at the rim several times. The negative: The 7-6 have plenty of guys that can score, maybe 17 shots is too high. It’d be nice to see him create more as a passer (averaging 4.5 assists heading into Saturday’s game).

Tony Battie, C 12 MIN | 0-1 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 0 AST | 0 PTS | +6

In only his fifth game appearance of the young season, Battie showed why he rarely gets on the floor. Battie is simply a solid veteran guy who’ll warm the bench when Hawes and Vucevic are healthy. Tonight he received minutes once Collins felt uncomfortable putting Hawes in due to his back injury.

Lou Williams, PG 26 MIN | 7-12 FG | 6-6 FT | 5 REB | 2 AST | 24 PTS | +13

After a 19 point performance on Friday night, Lou-Will did not disappoint in DC. Williams was feeling it from downtown and connected on four long distance treys. He finished with a team-high 24 points and is the Sixers leading scorer on the season.

Thaddeus Young, F 31 MIN | 6-13 FG | 6-6 FT | 4 REB | 0 AST | 18 PTS | +11

In the post game media questioning, Doug Collins mentioned only running a single play for Thaddeus Young the entire ball game. And yet, Young was still able to deliver with 18 points off the bench. When asked how he was able to score 18 while only being called upon once, “Just from having a natural feel for the game and knowing where the ball is at all times,” he explained.

Evan Turner, SG 13 MIN | 1-4 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 3 AST | 2 PTS | +15

Turner never got in rhythm on the offensive end and although he made a few good passes, he rarely looked to create for himself. Turner’s thigh looked to be the reason for his lack of production. ET said he caught a bruise from JaVale McGee’s thigh during a moving pick. Turner said “I’ll ice it and rest it and be good to go.” So Philly fans should not be concerned.

Nikola Vucevic, C 10 MIN | 1-4 FG | 0-2 FT | 4 REB | 1 AST | 2 PTS | +12

Just like Battie and Hawes, the rookie struggled to keep up with JaVale in the paint. However, he did grab a pair of offensive boards over him during the 2nd quarter.

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

No, the rookie did not accumulate any floor time in the contest, but he did get an assist in the locker room after Lou Williams shouted “Hey Lavoy, this chicken ain’t going to cut itself.” Allen promptly found the veteran a knife to eat with.

After the Jump…Six Things We Saw Last Night


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Posted by: Philadunkia
01/10/12 4:44 pm EST

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GM 7 RECAP: WHAT DID HE SAY?

Posted by: Tom Sunnergren
01/08/12 10:39 am EST

Something pretty obvious occurred to me last night as I watched the Sixers lay their second absolute smackdown in as many nights: Doug Collins can coach.

As in, as of this moment, with Phil Jackson at least temporarily retired, better than anyone in the NBA.  After Saturday’s 97-62 thumping, Collins has, in a season and change at the Sixers helm, compiled a 46-43 record — 43-30 in the last 73 games.  With all due respect to Greg Popovich, is there anyone in the Association who has done more with less over the last 14 months?

Collins has: (1) Developed Jrue Holiday into a budding All-Star; (2) Rejuvenated Elton Brand; (3) Turned Spencer Hawes into a viable NBA center; (4) Unleashed Thaddeus Young on the world; (5) Helped turn Andre Iguodala from a guy who can’t hit jumpers but takes too many of them into a guy who still can’t hit them but shoots them less.

More importantly, he’s turned the Sixers into the rarest of units in the modern NBA: a team.


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TRADE FOR COUSINS ?!?

Posted by: Jerry Scherwin
01/04/12 10:56 am EST

DeMarcus Cousins is a child.  He is a child as much as he is a knucklehead.  He is a knucklehead as much as he is a pain in the ass.  He is a pain in the ass as much as he is a legit NBA talent.  He is a legit NBA talent as much as he is a giant head case.  He is a giant head case as much as he is still a child.  Thus, we have the complex inner workings of DeMarcus Cousins. 

We know this after one full season in the NBA.  We knew this while he was at Kentucky.  We knew this when he was in high school.  And it seems to be a safe bet that people knew this during his AAU and grade school days. 

Someone with a temper, oft never loses such aggression and anger.  Someone with a “what about me” attitude, oft never loses such self-destroying thoughts.  That is, until they meet their match.  The one person that challenges them all the while getting the most from them

 Nothing has changed in Sacramento for Cousins, and it will more than likely never change in Sacramento for Cousins.

But that’s not to say it won’t change elsewhere.  That’s not to say it can’t change in Philly.  That’s not to say Doug Collins can’t be the man that gets through to Cousins (as uneasy as that may be).

 
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MORE DRAMA FOR IVERSON

Posted by: C. Smith
12/10/11 2:52 pm EST

Diamonds are a girl’s best friend — unless you are Tawanna Iverson.

According to TMZ Sports, former 76ers legend and future Hall of Famer Allen Iverson went on a significant spending spree after she filed for divorce, leaving her completely penniless.  Allegedly among the purchases “The Answer” made was $20,000 worth of diamond jewelry.  Court documents that Tawanna filed indicated that Allen’s spending habits put their account in the “red” and left her unable to provide for their children.

Also According to TMZ Sports, Allen denies Tawanna’s allegations in the docs (of course) — and they will now head to court to settle the dispute.

One other interesting fact from this story after the jump.


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THE LAST SHOT?

Posted by: Tim Parker
11/07/11 1:46 pm EST

Considering that last Wednesday night’s lead story on SportsCenter was the Temple – Ohio football game, it’s become more than obvious that the NBA lockout has left a void for not only players, owners, and the game’s legion of fans, but that it has also drastically altered the plans of the sports media world including the “World Wide Leader In Sports.”

While NBA enthusiasts are twiddling their thumbs, and star players are living out their football fantasies due to pure unadulterated boredom, there is one man who stands to benefit from the lockout.

“Who is this man?”, you ask.   The answer is quite simply…

“The Answer.”


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