Philadunkia 4on4

Posted by: Philadunkia
01/09/15 1:53 pm EST

76erscrystalballIt’s time for another edition of Philadunkia’s 4on4…

As a reminder, this Philadunkia question and answer series is “loosely based” on ESPN.com’s highly successful, NBA related series of posts titled “5on5″.  Our version of this genre of posts will ask 4 Philadunkia scribes to answer 4 topical, hot button questions about our Philadelphia 76ers.

Now you’re probably asking, “Why not simply stick with the “5on5″ format that ESPN.com uses?” 

Well as any great hoops coach will tell you — playing 4on4 is the best way to truly learn the game of basketball.

After the jump, Philadunkia scribes Jeff McMenamin, Carey Smith, Michael Kaskey-Blomain and Tyler Cook will examine four hot topic questions surrounding our 76ers.



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GM33: Rapid (Game Winner) Reacts

Posted by: C. Smith
01/06/15 11:11 am EST
Cleveland Cavaliers 92 FinalRecap | Box Score 95 Philadelphia 76ers
Nerlens Noel, PF 26 MIN | 2-9 FG | 2-2 FT | 6 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 2 BLK | 2 TO | 6 PTS | -7At times last night Noel looked like a baby deer playing in traffic. That’s the best I can muster here.

Robert Covington, SF 39 MIN | 4-9 FG | 4-5 FT | 6 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 16 PTS | +3“Cov” hit several key threes during the 76ers big push in the 3rd Q and was a steady influence on offense througout the 2nd half (11 points after halftime).  At $1million per year, this guy is an absolute steal by Hinkie.  Until of course he trades Covington for a future asset.

Henry Sims, C 24 MIN | 6-9 FG | 0-0 FT | 7 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 4 TO | 12 PTS | +4A slow start by Sims (2 pts in 1st half) had me worried, but he played steady ball after halftime and posted 6 pts in 4th Q. Included in that 4th Q stretch was a huge jumper that tied the game again at 90 and a big DReb on Matthew Dellavedova’s second missed FTA.

Michael Carter-Williams, PG 42 MIN | 8-19 FG | 1-1 FT | 6 REB | 13 AST | 2 STL | 1 BLK | 1 TO | 18 PTS | +1Carter-Williams scored 9 of his 18 points and recorded 5 of his 13 assists in the 4th Q.  Additionally, he only turned the ball over 1 time all night and had the same number of boards as Noel (6). This is the type of play we need from our starting PG.  But I hate that he deferred to Wroten on the final posession of the night (more on that later).

K.J. McDaniels, SG 32 MIN | 5-8 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 4 AST | 0 STL | 2 BLK | 3 TO | 12 PTS | +11According to my notes, KJ scored 2 points in the 1st Q and 8 in the 2nd Q (2 threes) and looked to be headed for a big night. However he then simply went MIA in the 2nd half.

 


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Fo’ with the Foes: Cleveland Cavaliers

Posted by: C. Smith
01/05/15 2:48 pm EST

cavsdancerThis 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 are without LeBron as well as Kyrie tonight because of injuries and have lost 4 out of their last 5 games.  Included in this recent stretch of losses is last night’s 19-point loss to the Mavericks by the Cavs — in Cleveland.

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 colleagues Scott Sargent at waitingfornextyear.com, as Scott will answer Fo’ questions on the Cavaliers from us here at Philadunkia.


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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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