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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Fo’ with the Foes: Memphis Grizzlies

Posted by: C. Smith
12/13/14 2:55 pm EST

grizz girlsThis Saturday 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 upcoming 76ers’ games – features tonight’s opponent, the Memphis Grizzlies, who defeated the Charlotte Hornets last night; have won 3 straight; 7 of their last 10 games and are currently in first place in the Western Conference.

After the jump, I’ll look a Fo’ key items for tonight’s game.  Additionally, we’ll get a little more insight into this Memphis team the Sixers face tonight from our colleague Chip Crain at 3 Shades of Blue.com, as Chip will answer Fo’ questions on his Grizzlies from us here at Philadunkia.

 

 


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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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GM18: Rapid (Winning. Yes, Winning.) Reacts

Posted by: C. Smith
12/04/14 11:26 am EST
Philadelphia 76ers 85 FinalRecap | Box Score 77 Minnesota Timberwolves
Luc Richard Mbah a Moute, PF 28 MIN | 4-9 FG | 4-5 FT | 9 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 12 PTS | +6Embiid’s mentor got another start tonight and 6 points in the 1st Q helped produce a near double-double. Still he missed a couple jumpers in the 4th that nearly cost the 76ers the game.

Nerlens Noel, PF 25 MIN | 4-8 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 0 AST | 2 STL | 1 BLK | 1 TO | 8 PTS | -2How does an athletic, 7-foot big man only grab 3 boards against one of the worst teams in the League? However, he did execute nicely on that pick-n-roll alley oop with MCW in final minute of the game.

Henry Sims, C 25 MIN | 4-8 FG | 2-3 FT | 6 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 10 PTS | +5Sims was solid last night, but when he scored a quick 5 points in the 1st Q I thought he was in for a big night. He hit a key bucket in the late 4th Q, but other then that it was quiet night for #35.

Michael Carter-Williams, PG 43 MIN | 9-20 FG | 2-7 FT | 9 REB | 9 AST | 3 STL | 0 BLK | 6 TO | 20 PTS | +14A near triple double for #1, who by the way is averaging a triple double over his last 3 games — 20; 10;10. Honestly it’s too bad his stroke is broken because last night he had some easy looks from three and just gave away points at the FT line.  If he owned even just a decent jump shot he would have put up 30 last night.

Hollis Thompson, SG 30 MIN | 1-6 FG | 1-2 FT | 3 REB | 1 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 3 PTS | -11Hey coach Brown…Are we done here yet?

 

 


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Sam Hinkie & Fitness Landscape Theory

Posted by: Alex Hootan
11/28/14 11:54 am EST

samIn business, there is a concept called Fitness Landscape.  The concept is derived from evolutionary theory and it is accepted and exercised widely in the business world.

Here how it goes:  Imagine a system that we want to improved performance from.  The system can be a biological species, a business system, or for the sake of our conversation an NBA team such as the 76ers.  This system is located on a plain or a landscape that measures its performance.  Any time the performance improves the system goes up to reach a peak.  Anytime the performance drops, the system will go down into a valley.


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Fo’ with the Foes: Brooklyn Nets

Posted by: C. Smith
11/26/14 11:38 am EST

bknetshottieThis 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 Brooklyn Nets who have lost 6 of their last 7 and are 2-5 on the road this season, but boast a roster filled with veteran NBA players (Garnett, Johnson, D-Will, Lopez) who have simply killed the Sixers over the years.

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


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GM14: Rapid (Another L) Reacts

Posted by: C. Smith
11/25/14 10:37 am EST
Portland Trail Blazers 114 FinalRecap | Box Score 104 Philadelphia 76ers
Luc Richard Mbah a Moute, PF 25 MIN | 2-3 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 4 AST | 1 STL | 1 BLK | 0 TO | 4 PTS | -9This is who Luc is and there is nothing wrong with that if your are a role player coming off the bench. But I need more from a starting PF and I probably won’t get that during Tank 2.0.

Brandon Davies, PF 14 MIN | 1-3 FG | 0-0 FT | 5 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 2 PTS | +11Ugghhh. All you Davies fans have suddenly gone stone quiet.

Henry Sims, C 34 MIN | 8-14 FG | 6-6 FT | 4 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 22 PTS | -1I believe last night was one of the best games I have seen from Sims.  #35 had a nice roll to the tin in the 2nd Q on which he scored the ball with a lefty lay-in.  The baseline J he knocked down in the 3rd Q was a thing of beauty.

Michael Carter-Williams, PG 33 MIN | 10-24 FG | 4-5 FT | 7 REB | 2 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 24 PTS | -11Despite his nice scroing line, I did not like the way MCW played last night. The offense was stagnant when he was in the game as there were too many trips where MCW was the only player to touch the ball or where he shot the ball early in the shot clock.  There were several points in the game where MCW seemed hell bent on doing it all himself ( I can’t blame him.), but this team needs to move the ball to stay competitive.

Tony Wroten, SG 38 MIN | 7-18 FG | 6-9 FT | 2 REB | 9 AST | 3 STL | 1 BLK | 3 TO | 20 PTS | -12I saw so many things I liked last night from TWroe and so many things that made me scream in anger. He displayed great court vision last night; a nice ability to finish at the rim and got to the FT line (two AND1s by my count).  He also continues to chuck up ill advised 3’s, can’t gaurd the perimeter and that over the head, blind pass he threw (TO and hoop at other end) was ridiculous.


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