Fo’ with the Foes: San Antonio Spurs

Posted by: C. Smith
11/11/13 3:06 pm EST

spursgirlsThis 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, Brett Brown’s former team, the San Antonio Spurs.

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


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GM 82: (1 LAST FRICKIN’ W) RAPID REACTS

Posted by: C. Smith
04/18/13 10:47 am EST
Philadelphia 76ers 105 FinalRecap | Box Score 95 Indiana Pacers
Thaddeus Young, SF 21 MIN | 5-7 FG | 0-0 FT | 8 REB | 0 AST | 3 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 10 PTS | +14

For the most part it was an outstanding year for #21 and on the final game of the season he came up just 2 rebs short of a double-double on only 21 mins of run.  I would have loved if he connected on that left hand tomahawk dunk as the icing on his cake for this season.

Evan Turner, SF 40 MIN | 7-18 FG | 1-2 FT | 6 REB | 5 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 16 PTS | +11

In 40 minutes of burn against 2nd tier NBA players “The Enigma” scored 16 inefficient points 18 FGAs and 2 FTAs.  That about sums up Turner’s year. By my count Turner had 3 shots from inside 8 feet blocked last night.

Spencer Hawes, C 4 MIN | 1-2 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 0 TO | 3 PTS | +9

Spencer actually showed a hint of a nasty streak last night when he pushed Psycho-T to the floor.  His reward…DC benched him for the rest of the game

Jrue Holiday, PG 9 MIN | 2-2 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 5 PTS | +10

I was disappointed that DC chose to play Jrue so little, especially after he drained his first two shots. The turnover issues need to get fixed this off season, but kudos on a solid year overall.

Damien Wilkins, SG 36 MIN | 6-11 FG | 3-3 FT | 2 REB | 2 AST | 1 STL | 1 BLK | 4 TO | 15 PTS | +3

A nice way to end the season for “Employee #8″ who got off to a fast start when he scored 6 in the 1st Q.  Do you realize that Wilkins started 21 straight games for the Sixers this season?  His solid play means he’ll likely be back next year in a reserve role.

Arnett Moultrie, PF 29 MIN | 7-11 FG | 0-0 FT | 12 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 14 PTS | -1

A great 1st half — 8 points and 4 rebs — led to Arnett’s 1st career double-double.  In the 2nd Q he had a great follow tip and then a nice spin move and finish.  He also displayed a nice jumper in the 4th Q.  If #5 can raise his energy level a notch or two, he could be a solid big for the Sixers next year.  Did you know that #5 shot 62% from the field since the All-Star break?

Dorell Wright, SF 36 MIN | 8-15 FG | 3-3 FT | 2 REB | 5 AST | 1 STL | 2 BLK | 0 TO | 23 PTS | +7

I gave him the A, but it wasn’t easy for me.  Why??  Because he lit up a bunch of second tier NBA cats and got out scored by Gerald Green.  That sets off red flags for me.  Still, he showed enough flashes this season that I think I want him back next year.  Am I sick in the head?

Lavoy Allen, C 32 MIN | 4-9 FG | 3-4 FT | 11 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 11 PTS | +4

Of course Lavoy’s third double-double of the season comes when I am begging for the Sixers to lose a game.

Justin Holiday, SG 27 MIN | 3-8 FG | 1-2 FT | 0 REB | 3 AST | 2 STL | 2 BLK | 3 TO | 8 PTS | -1

It was nice knowing you.  Make sure that this summer Jrue works on his handles and decision making as we need to cut down on his turnovers.

Nick Young, SG 6 MIN | 0-2 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 0 PTS | -6

An O-for night.  That’s exactly how I want to remember the Swaggy P era in Philly.

Kwame Brown, C DNP COACH’S DECISION MIN | FG | FT | REB | AST | STL | BLK | TO | PTS |

The Kwame-palooza Tour has finally come to an end.  Thank you Indianapolis and good night!!! (For the record Kwame racked up 60 DNPs this season.)

Doug Collins

I hope your “retirement” is a train wreck just like the condition you are leaving the Sixers in.

After the Jump, Six Things We Saw Last Night…


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BENCH WOES

Posted by: Jake Fischer
02/13/13 10:16 am EST

On Monday night, the 76ers were beaten by the Los Angeles Clippers in nearly every statistical category recorded for the game of basketball.  Considering they lost to a team nicknamed, “Lob City”, you would think a defining storyline to discuss two days after a 107-90 dismantling would be points in the paint, rebounding and/or fast break buckets.

Even though the Sixers did lose all of those statistical battles vs. the LAC, to me what stuck out more in that contest was the polar opposite impacts each team’s bench had on the game.  At one point in the blowout affair, the Clippers bench combined for 19-straight points in the first half as they tallied 41 points overall in the game.  Meanwhile DC’s second unit contributed virtually nothing until the game was well out of reach.

On the season overall, the Clippers have utilized their talented and plentiful bench to secure numerous victories.  The depth and versatility of LAC’s reserves allows coach Vinny Del Negro to run five bench players on the court at several points in each game without much of a drop-off  – 40.4 ppg. (2nd in the NBA).

The Sixers, on the other hand, have been the recipients of close to zero production from their bench this entire season – 25th in the League with 27.6 ppg.  Prior to their garbage time induced 32 point outburst against the Clippers, the Sixers bench had been simply brutal in its last seven games.  Over that stretch, Collins had received the following point totals from his non-starters — 15, 33, 19, 7, 21, 11 and 8. 

If you’re keeping track at home those numbers produce an average of 16.2 ppg. over the seven game span.

That’s simply disturbing.   


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THE CASE FOR MAURICE HARKLESS

Posted by: Steve Toll
07/02/12 12:03 pm EST

Maurice Harkless has the look of an NBA player.  More importantly, he is an NBA Player.  Better yet, he should become an all star and multiple time member of the all defensive team.  He was great value with the 15th pick.  Harkless has the traits on a NBA player and history going for him.

Here are the positives.  Andre Iguodala and Doug Collins will be an immense help teaching the defensive aspects of basketball to Harkless, and he has all the tools to excel on that end on the floor.  Philadelphia is a very good passing team, which is a far cry from what Harkless experienced in his one year stint at St Johns.  Lastly, Philadelphia has good players. The better your 4 teammates on the court are, the better you will likely be.

That being said, he is coming into a situation that isn’t conducive to maximizing his talents.  It’s likely that Philadelphia is one of the 5 worst teams in the NBA for Maurice Harkless to be a rookie on.  Playing time, a lack of team 3pt shooting (attempts not %) and lack of inside scoring presence are issues for the Sixers that will hinder Maurice’s development in his rookie season.

However, the positives of drafting Harkless far outweigh the negatives as the negatives are short term issues and the positives will present long term returns. 

Now let’s look at history and the overwhelming evidence that Harkless was a great pick.
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SHOOTING GUARDS: NBA OPTIONS

Posted by: Jerry Scherwin
06/04/12 9:42 am EST

There are a couple of keys to making 2012-13 even better than the run our Philadelphia 76ers put on during this crazy, lockout shortened season. 

Adding a power forward who can rebound and shoot would be nice.  Signing or trading for a shot blocking center would also be great.  But right now Philadunkia is focused on one glaring need — signing a shooting guard that can accomplish a few things:

1.)    Start

2.)    Shoot the basketball

3.)    Make the shots

4.)    Play ADEQUATE defense (enough for Doug to have confidence playing him starters minutes)

5.)    BE A GAMER

Look, I understand finding a shooting guard in today’s NBA that can do all of those things is a difficult task, especially in the open market.  I understand that most guys that can do the above either get locked up before they can test the Free Agent waters or get overpaid when they do.  I know it may be difficult this off season as the Sixers are cap strapped, but the 7-6 have two options — either they can trade for one of these types of guys or they sign one this off season.  One of the two needs to happen this summer.  Today I will look at the players the Sixers can sign to fill this hole (We’ll address the PF and shot blocking center issues soon).

Before we get to the available options, lets break down where the Sixers are right now at the position.

 
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PLAYOFFS, GM12: RAPID REACTS

Posted by: Tom Sunnergren
05/23/12 11:47 pm EST
Boston Celtics 75 FinalRecap | Box Score 82 Philadelphia 76ers
Elton Brand, PF 34 MIN | 5-9 FG | 3-4 FT | 10 REB | 0 AST | 13 PTS | +11

After struggling for much of the series–and the one that preceded it–Brand was large tonight for the Sixers. With 2:09 left, after KG cottoned a jumper to silence the “DEFENSE” chants echoing through the Wells Fargo Center and breath new life into beleaguered Boston, Brand buried a j to give the 7-6 a 78-69 lead and effectively ice Game 6.

Andre Iguodala, SF 38 MIN | 4-11 FG | 3-7 FT | 6 REB | 2 AST | 12 PTS | +2

Iguodala’s shot was absolutely brutal on Wednesday — he missed a few free throws in a way that would get a kid cut from most middle school basketball teams — but his defense was stout, he attacked the rim, and he came through when the leverage was highest.  Up six and on the line with under a minute left he drained a pair of FTs. Shades of the last series’ Game 6.

Spencer Hawes, C 21 MIN | 4-6 FG | 1-2 FT | 3 REB | 2 AST | 9 PTS | +8

The final numbers aren’t overwhelming, but Spencer turned it on in the back end.  As the Sixers took and protected the lead after the half, he scored seven points on four shots.

Evan Turner, SG 38 MIN | 5-11 FG | 2-5 FT | 9 REB | 4 AST | 12 PTS | +7

Entering the game shooting just 32 percent from the floor in the series, Turner had a (slightly) more efficient offensive night than we’ve come to expect and continued to do work on the glass.

Jrue Holiday, PG 39 MIN | 7-15 FG | 6-6 FT | 3 REB | 6 AST | 20 PTS | +5

Holiday was outstanding tonight.  He flummoxed the unflummoxable Rajon Rondo — who had absolutely owned the series first five games–and was perfect from the line on a night when the rest of the 76ers decidedly weren’t.

Lou Williams, PG 27 MIN | 5-13 FG | 1-2 FT | 0 REB | 6 AST | 11 PTS | +1

With Allen Iverson in the house, the hope was that his spiritual successor would recover from a sub-par Monday with a big performance.  Well, that didn’t quite happen, but ll the same, Lou, after a miserable first half, was 4-of-8 from the floor after the half.

Thaddeus Young, F 11 MIN | 1-3 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 1 AST | 2 PTS | -1

Thad struggled all game, and didn’t play a minute after the half.

Jodie Meeks, G 13 MIN | 0-1 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 0 PTS | -2

Jodie Meeks did about as much to help the team win as I did tonight.

Lavoy Allen, PF 19 MIN | 1-1 FG | 1-2 FT | 3 REB | 1 AST | 3 PTS | +4

The defense was there – the Sixers, via ESPN Stats and Information, held the Celtics to under 40 percent shooting from inside five feet — but he didn’t do much on the offensive end.  We’ll take it.

After the Jump, Six Things We Saw


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TIME TO MAN UP

Posted by: Michael Kaskey-Blomain
05/18/12 4:25 pm EST

For the Sixers the time to toughen up is now. 

It’s not just that they lost Game 3 that’s so disappointing, but it’s the way they lost it.  They didn’t just lose, Boston beat them down.  They were outplayed and out-hustled for the bulk of the game; somewhat surprising from a scrappy Sixer team that has maximized their talent all season.  No, the 7-6 aren’t the NBA’s toughest team, but they can’t allow themselves to be bullied, especially in front of the Philadelphia faithful.

Boston is going to talk, and Boston is going to bang.  That is what they do.  It is no secret that they are an emotional team, spearheaded by superstar hotheads Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett, who yap almost as much as they produce on court, and this attitude sets the tone for the rest of the squad.  The Sixers have to not only accept this, but to overcome it. 

 
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PLAYOFFS, GAME 9: RAPID REACTS

Posted by: Tom Sunnergren
05/16/12 10:19 pm EST
Boston Celtics 107 FinalRecap | Box Score 91 Philadelphia 76ers
Elton Brand, PF 15 MIN | 1-6 FG | 1-1 FT | 4 REB | 1 AST | 3 PTS | -23

As he has been too often this postseason, Brand was a non-factor.  Well, maybe non-factor is too charitable: he had an impact on the game, but it was one that favored Boston.

Andre Iguodala, SF 32 MIN | 3-6 FG | 2-3 FT | 4 REB | 2 AST | 10 PTS | -16

Iguodala, after starting the game promisingly with a dunk in transition, was similarly impotent in the face of the Celtics attack.  If I were a guy who was facing an aging player with an MCL that was string cheese, I would probably challenge him defensively so I could 1.) get easy points and 2.) tire him our so he was less of a threat on the other end. Iguodala looked at this situation and decided, “I think I’ll take just six shots.”  The wounded Pierce outscored him 24-10.

Spencer Hawes, C 25 MIN | 2-8 FG | 0-1 FT | 4 REB | 1 AST | 4 PTS | -13

Entering Game 3, the word on Spencer Hawes was that he had returned to his early season form.  Entering Game 4, the word on Spencer Hawes will be, can he recover from his lousy Game 3?

Evan Turner, SG 35 MIN | 1-10 FG | 2-4 FT | 8 REB | 3 AST | 4 PTS | -6

When the team you’re playing shoots 52 percent, and you take ten shots and hit just one of them, you’re not helping.

Jrue Holiday, PG 36 MIN | 5-10 FG | 2-2 FT | 6 REB | 9 AST | 15 PTS | -15

Jrue’s pretty final numbers mask the (frustrating, unfortunate) fact that he didn’t do much down the stretch.  In the final three quarters, he managed just five points on 2-of-9 shooting.

Lou Williams, PG 28 MIN | 4-10 FG | 3-3 FT | 0 REB | 4 AST | 13 PTS | -12

Lou, when things were getting out of hand – -which is to say, the second and third quarters — tried valiantly to breath some life into the Sixers.  He hit Thad Young with a well placed lob to, temporarily, shift the momentum, and did it on his own on a later possession when he took a bump and hit a leaner, then the subsequent foul shot.  Not that this made any difference.

Sam Young, SF 3 MIN | 0-0 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 0 PTS | +3

*crickets*

Thaddeus Young, F 26 MIN | 10-16 FG | 2-2 FT | 5 REB | 1 AST | 22 PTS | -1

After averaging only 6.5 ppg in the postseason entering tonight, Thad had his first breakout.  This is the one real silver lining from a cloudy game: if that can continue to exploit favorable matchups against the Cs, the Sixers still might have a chance here.

Xavier Silas, G 2 MIN | 1-1 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 2 PTS | +3

Xavier Silas (not pictured here), evidently, was on the floor at one point.  Good for him.

Jodie Meeks, G 17 MIN | 4-9 FG | 4-4 FT | 2 REB | 1 AST | 13 PTS | -1

Meeks managed to do some damage in garbage time, turning what was a blowout into what will look, to the casual box score peruser, like just your run-of-the-mill loss,

Lavoy Allen, PF 20 MIN | 2-4 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 0 AST | 4 PTS | -2

After a very sound start against KG and Co, both in the game and the series, Lavoy came back down to earth a bit in the stretch run.  That’s okay.  He still looks like he belongs.

Nikola Vucevic, C 3 MIN | 0-1 FG | 1-2 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 1 PTS | +3

Good to see you out there Nic.  It had been a while.

After the Jump, Six Things We Saw


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GROWING UP

Posted by: Tim Parker
05/16/12 10:02 am EST

Lesson learned!

Once again on Monday night, the Sixers held a 10 point lead in the 2nd half.  Once again, they saw it slip away in the middle of the fourth quarter.  This time though, they showed resolve, poise, and more importantly they made the right decisions when they had to.  Still, there were times where it looked like Game 2 was nothing more than a Game 1 replay.

Yet, in the end the Sixers were in the win column as they  earned a gigantic 82-81 victory to even the Eastern Conference Semifinals at one game a piece with the Boston Celtics.

The defining play of the game was a tough drive and lay in by Evan Turner with 40 seconds left in the 4th quarter that gave the Sixers a 76-75 lead.

Sure, it was a basket that took the lead, but what was more impressive was that it wasn’t 16 foot contested jump shot.  It wasn’t a rushed attempt in transition.  It was a concise and intelligent basketball play that showed maturity.


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PLAYOFFS, GM 4: RAPID REACTS

Posted by: Tom Sunnergren
05/06/12 9:39 pm EST
Chicago Bulls 82 FinalRecap | Box Score 89 Philadelphia 76ers
Elton Brand, PF 37 MIN | 3-7 FG | 1-4 FT | 9 REB | 2 AST | 7 PTS | -2

The veteran tore down five offensive rebounds, and though he might not have been able to swing that with Noah on the floor rather than on the bench in a boot, damn near every one of them was enormous.  I love this guy. I really do.

Andre Iguodala, SF 43 MIN | 5-11 FG | 3-4 FT | 12 REB | 2 AST | 14 PTS | +11

Iguodala was smack dab in the middle of everything good that happened to the Sixers on Sunday.  Yeah, the double-double was nice–or, I don’t know, awesome–but so was this: the way Iguodala jump started fast-break after fast-break.  He didn’t look for his own shot, but he dictated the pace. We’ll take it.

Spencer Hawes, C 36 MIN | 9-11 FG | 3-4 FT | 8 REB | 1 AST | 22 PTS | +9

Spence was just brilliant in the first half.  The corner 3 he buried as time expired gave him 17 points at the break, which — for those of you kids scoring at home — matches his regular season high.  SH has now scored 20+ in two straight games, after scoring 20+ exactly zero times in the last two regular seasons.  That, ladies and germs, is called stepping up.

Evan Turner, SG 28 MIN | 3-12 FG | 3-6 FT | 6 REB | 3 AST | 9 PTS | +4

His shot wasn’t falling early and, unlike the gentlemen below, it wasn’t falling late either.

Jrue Holiday, PG 41 MIN | 7-23 FG | 4-4 FT | 8 REB | 6 AST | 20 PTS | +10

It was a tale of two halves for Jrue.  After shooting a brutal 1-for-13 in the first half, then missing his first shot of the third period, Holiday cam alive: hitting six of his final nine, including two dagger-style 3-pointers back to back in the fourth.  He, via Elias, is the first 76er since Sir Charles to score 20 points with 8 rebounds and 6 assists and 3 or fewer turnovers in a playoff game.  Good company.

Lou Williams, PG 25 MIN | 2-10 FG | 2-3 FT | 0 REB | 1 AST | 7 PTS | +1

Not his strongest effort.

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

Offensively, Thad has been strangely passive in this series.  Granted, the only position where the Bulls haven’t been dope-slapped by the injuries is the 4, but still.  We’d like to see more.

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

Meh.

Lavoy Allen, PF 4 MIN | 0-0 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 0 PTS | -3

*Crickets*

After the Jump, Six Things We Saw


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