No Need To Panic on MCW

Posted by: Alex Gorge
02/14/14 9:42 am EST

carter-williams_chest_upHeaded into the All-Star break the 76ers have lost eight straight and if you were one of the few in denial all season, than the gig is up.  The Sixers are in full blown tank mode.  Inside of those eight losses a long list of things have gone wrong.  One of the issues has been the fact that Sixers 2014 first round pick Michael Carter-Williams has been playing some of the worst basketball of his rookie year.

So a good deal of Philadunkia nation is probably wondering, “Is it time to be concerned with MCW?”  

In my opinion the answer is very simple….

HELL NO.


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Hawes Deserves Some Blame As Well

Posted by: C. Smith
02/13/14 12:53 pm EST

hawesTo say the the 76ers have struggled mightily to remain competitive over the last two weeks is an understatement.  Over the last 10 games, the roster and head coach which Sam Hinkie assembled for this season have redefined the concept of tanking in professional sports.  This past week, the season of the tank hit rock bottom as the Sixers became the second team in NBA history to lose by 40-plus points in consecutive games and their losing streak reached a season worst 8 games.

In addition to horrific defense and MCW’s shooting slump, a great deal of the blame for the steep nose dive the Sixers have taken over the last two weeks has been placed in front of Evan Turner’s locker.  While there’s no doubt that Turner has played very poorly during the Sixers most recent stretch of pathetic basketball,  I am here to tell you that he’s not the only veteran on this roster who deserves blame.

(I’m looking at you Spencer Hawes.)

 


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A Trade for Dwight Howard

Posted by: C. Smith
02/09/14 12:48 pm EST

dwighthoward76ersmoonIt goes without saying that the scribes here at Philadunkia have grown weary of discussing the 76ers on the court ills during this season of the tank.  Long before this week’s depressing home losses to the also-tanking Celtics and the depleted Lakers our water cooler talk had turned to discussing what trades Sam Hinkie could possibly put together in an effort to rebuild this franchise.

The usual trade suspects on the 76ers’ roster — Thad, Turner and Hawes – are mentioned in these daily deadline discussions.  We’ve all read the rumors or reports from “sources” about possible trade destinations for the three veterans on this team.  To be honest, it seems like those stories have been circulating online since the Sixers broke camp.

However, with the NBA trade deadline just 11 days away, a fresh trade idea was proposed by one of the scribes here at Philadunkia that would put Dwight Howard in a 76ers uniform.  After the jump, that potential trade will be outlined and discussed.


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GM51: Rapid (Steve Nash) Reacts

Posted by: C. Smith
02/08/14 8:59 am EST
Los Angeles Lakers 112 FinalRecap | Box Score 98 Philadelphia 76ers
Thaddeus Young, PF 34 MIN | 2-9 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 3 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 5 PTS | -11 Thad scored 5 points in the 1st Q and that was it for him last night.  I don’t have a single note for him the rest of the game.

Evan Turner, SF 32 MIN | 6-14 FG | 0-0 FT | 7 REB | 3 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 4 TO | 15 PTS | -10 Turner buried a 3-ball in the 1st Q, scored 9 first half points and looked to be headed for a big night.  That never materialized.  He played decently on offense, but his defense was brutal. In the 3rd Q, ET had a stretch where he drained a 3PA; than air balled a 3PA and finally bricked a 3PA.

Spencer Hawes, C 34 MIN | 5-11 FG | 2-3 FT | 11 REB | 3 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 15 PTS | -3 Hawes had a great night shooting the rock — 45% from the field and 50% from three. However, like a lot of the Sixers Spence did most of his damage in the 1st half — 11 pts. & 6 rebs.  He was MIA in the 2nd half.

Michael Carter-Williams, PG 30 MIN | 4-12 FG | 1-4 FT | 6 REB | 7 AST | 1 STL | 1 BLK | 4 TO | 10 PTS | -11 MCW’s defense was terrible last night and his jump shot continues to misfire…That’s all I have to say here.

James Anderson, SG 27 MIN | 4-6 FG | 1-2 FT | 6 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 12 PTS | -5 A solid night for Anderson who scored 3 points in the 2nd, 3rd and 4th Q’s.  He broke the Sixers long 4th Q scoring drought by splashing home a 3PA, but it did not ignite a late push by the Sixers last night.


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GM49: Rapid (Entertaining) Reacts

Posted by: C. Smith
02/04/14 11:50 am EST
Philadelphia 76ers 102 FinalRecap | Box Score 108 Brooklyn Nets
Thaddeus Young, PF 38 MIN | 7-11 FG | 2-2 FT | 5 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 17 PTS | -3A 9-point first half (4-7 on FGAs) triggered a solid game from #21.  He rolled home a 3PA in the 2nd Q and also had a nice steal and lay-in during that Q.  Thad’s big slam in the 4th Q helped ignite the Sixers 4th Q push that made this game enjoyable to watch.

Evan Turner, SF 34 MIN | 3-8 FG | 3-3 FT | 5 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 4 TO | 9 PTS | -12“The Enigma” is back and that’s not going to help his trade value.  Turner did not hoist up his first FGA until there were 2 mins. remaining in the 1st Q and we all know he is at his best when he scores early in the game.  In the 3rd Q there was a Sixers possession during which Turner dribbled the shot clock out and than attempted a shot with 3 Nets on him.  KG blocked that weak s***.  On the next trip he had a TO that led to a Nets FB bucket.

Spencer Hawes, C 35 MIN | 3-7 FG | 0-0 FT | 8 REB | 6 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 6 TO | 8 PTS | -6Don’t let the stat line fool you.  If you watched this game closely, you know that Spencer was his usual ineffective self when KG is present. He hit a 3-ball in the 3rd Q and another in the 4th — that’s about all folks.  Unless you want to discuss his 6 turnovers.

Michael Carter-Williams, PG 36 MIN | 6-17 FG | 6-7 FT | 2 REB | 4 AST | 1 STL | 2 BLK | 6 TO | 21 PTS | -12MCW continues to struggle with his shooting stroke (2-8 in 1st half) and last night he was also a little careless with the ball — 6 turnovers.  However despite those woes, he kept the Sixers in this game all night with big plays.  11 points in the 2nd Q; a big 3PM to open the 3rd Q; a steal an lay-in in the 4th as well as a 3-ball in that Q. Without #1 last night, the Sixers would have gotten blown out.

James Anderson, SG 27 MIN | 5-8 FG | 1-2 FT | 5 REB | 3 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 12 PTS | -12A nice 7-point scoring burst in the 2nd Q included a fantastic lay-in.  His 3PM in the 4th Q made the score 104-102 and gave the Sixers one last shot of hope in this one.  However, JA couldn’t guard anyone last night and that’s not helping the Sixers’ defensive issues.


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GM46: Rapid (Beating Boston) Reacts

Posted by: C. Smith
01/30/14 10:15 am EST
Philadelphia 76ers 95 FinalRecap | Box Score 94 Boston Celtics
Thaddeus Young, PF 32 MIN | 7-14 FG | 0-4 FT | 4 REB | 5 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 16 PTS | -6I don’t understand how a player with such a smooth stroke shoots 0-4 from the FT line, but other than that it was another solid night for Thad.  He hit 2 clutch threes in the 3rd Q and had a nice dunk in the 4th Q.  Is anyone else worried about the physical pounding Thad has taken in the last couple of games?

Evan Turner, SF 38 MIN | 6-17 FG | 4-6 FT | 6 REB | 8 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 16 PTS | +21A less than spectacular shooting night filled with ill-advised jumpers (especially from three) was erased when Turner scored the winning bucket on a leaning floater as time expired.  I tought he also did a nice job of seeing the floor and finding open teammates.  Turner had zero turnovers, but missed or was late on a number of defensive rotations.

Spencer Hawes, C 35 MIN | 7-14 FG | 2-2 FT | 8 REB | 2 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 20 PTS | +13Spence tied his career high with four 3-pointers and had his offensive game working last night.  The illegal screen he set on JA’s 4th Q drive down the left side for a dunk was the key to that huge possession for the Sixers.  He’s just soooo bad on defense.

Michael Carter-Williams, PG 35 MIN | 4-14 FG | 2-5 FT | 5 REB | 7 AST | 1 STL | 2 BLK | 3 TO | 10 PTS | +10MCW continues to struggle with his shooting stroke.  I was looking forward to seeing him face Rondo especially after the Boston PG’s pregame comments on the Sixers’ ROY candidate.  I can’t wait until the day MCW dunks on Rondo and asks, “What’s my name?!?”  The rookie only had 3 turnovers.  It had to be disappointing that MCW shot so poorly in front of his family and friends in Boston.

James Anderson, SG 29 MIN | 6-8 FG | 0-0 FT | 6 REB | 4 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 13 PTS | +7Four points in the early 1st Q and a dunk by Anderson in 4th Q was that key to the Sixers comeback produced a very solid night for the Sixers shooting guard.


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Fo’ with the Foes: Phoenix Suns

Posted by: C. Smith
01/27/14 2:17 pm EST

sunsggirlThis 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 have cooled off a little since their ridiculous start to the 2013-14 season, but are coming off a tremendous comeback win in Cleveland on Sunday night.

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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GM44: Rapid (KD’d) Reacts

Posted by: C. Smith
01/26/14 11:16 am EST
Oklahoma City Thunder 103 FinalRecap | Box Score 91 Philadelphia 76ers
Thaddeus Young, PF 36 MIN | 5-17 FG | 2-3 FT | 10 REB | 3 AST | 8 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 13 PTS | -16Thad’s energy and hustle last night were amaizng and the physical beating he took reminded of watching Iverson play. He posted a double-double and just missed a triple double (8 steals).  Howver #21 had a terrible night shooting the ball.  Is it me or is Thad suddenly fading away on almost every 3PA he takes?  FYI…Thad is 3 for his last 26 from deep.

Evan Turner, SF 34 MIN | 4-11 FG | 7-8 FT | 5 REB | 6 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 15 PTS | -3Since Turner’s career high 34points against the NYK, “The Enigma” has returned to action vs. Toronto on Friday and last night against OKC. Turner has his best games when he scores early in the 1st Q and gets into the flow.  Last night he only attempted (and missed) 2 shots in the first 10 minutes of the game.

Spencer Hawes, C 32 MIN | 6-15 FG | 0-0 FT | 6 REB | 3 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 3 TO | 14 PTS | -8Except for his one scoring bonanza in the 3rd Q, Hawes looked intimidated and hesitant most of the night.

Michael Carter-Williams, PG 33 MIN | 4-13 FG | 0-1 FT | 3 REB | 4 AST | 2 STL | 2 BLK | 2 TO | 8 PTS | -11MCW has collided head first with the rookie wall.  Of course it would be stupid not to acknowledge that OKC’s smothering defense had something to do with his poor performance Saturday night.

James Anderson, SG 33 MIN | 7-16 FG | 4-5 FT | 5 REB | 1 AST | 3 STL | 1 BLK | 1 TO | 19 PTS | -7Last night JA shot 43% from the field and 14% from three.  I thought he was brought here to be a big 3-point threat?!?  But he has stepped up his scoring since being put back into teh starting lineup — 15 ppg. in his last 3 runs.


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Fo’ with the Foes: Toronto Raptors

Posted by: C. Smith
01/24/14 2:59 pm EST

nina-marie_toronto-raptors-dance-pakThis 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 Toronto Raptors who are currently holding down the 4th spot in the East despite posting a 2-3 record in their last 5 games.

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


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Could Lance Stephenson Be A Future Sixer?

Posted by: Alex Gorge
01/24/14 11:39 am EST

lanceRecently there has been a great deal of discussion about where rising Pacers guard Lance Stephenson will play next year after his current contract expires.  Normally I get irritated about this type of speculation surrounding a young player who is the middle of a very good season, but really hasn’t totally proven himself yet.  However, in this case, the speculation is warranted.

The Brooklyn product has had an absolute breakout year when he was expected to become just a good role player on a Pacers team with Eastern Conference title aspirations.  When I say breakout year I mean a borderline All-Star who has cemented himself as a possible triple-double threat.  More impressive than that is the fact that Stephenson has done this on a title contender rather than taking volume shots on a bottom feeding team.

So could this talented shooting guard be a missing piece to Sam Hinkie’s 76ers puzzle?

I will explore this scenario and what it could mean for the 76ers after the jump.


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