VIDEO: LAVOY ALLEN

Posted by: Philadunkia
04/10/12 10:40 am EST

This morning we’re going to take a short break from analyzing the 76ers horrible level of play over the last ten games and the results it has produced.  We’ll get back to that later this afternoon.

For now, please enjoy this video feature produced by Philadunkia’s Tim Parker on Sixers rookie Lavoy Allen.  At one point this season Allen was a valuable starter / contributor off the bench for the Sixers — see the 15 points he had vs. Chicago back on February 1st. 

However, over the last eight games Coach Collins has reduced Allen to a mere spectator — Allen is clocking only 5 mpg. over his last eight runs. 

“Why has Collins stapled Allen to the pine?” you ask. 

Good question.  We have no idea. 

So until we find an answer to that question, enjoy this feature and reminisce about when Lavoy was allowed to contribute to this team.

Video after the jump…


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SUPERBAD

Posted by: Tim Parker
04/08/12 9:43 am EST

“You ain’t a all star.”

That was one fan’s reaction when Andre Iguodala missed two free throws as the Sixers trailed by six in the final minute of an 88- 82 loss to the drama riddled Orlando Magic, who had lost five straight coming into Saturday night’s game in South Philadelphia.

The free throws capped off a night in which Iguodala was a disaster shooting from the field.  He had only six points on 2 of 9 shooting, yet was brilliant as a facilitator as he dished out 10 assists. 

Still, it’s nights like these (where the bad outweighs the good) that encapsulates the everlasting frustration that many in Philadunkia nation feel towards Iguodala.  Last night that eight years of frustration was further fueled by Dre’s criticism of those very same fans in Sports Illustrated this week. 

But, on Saturday night, Dre had plenty of help from his friends in the starting lineup in riling up the anger of the Philly faithful.

 
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VIDEO: SIXERS BEAT BOSTON…AGAIN

Posted by: Philadunkia
03/24/12 8:41 pm EST

Philadunkia’s Tim Parker filed this video report from last night’s 76ers win over Boston… 

 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X8719YFd_5c&feature=youtu.be

 

GM 45: RAPID REACTS

Posted by: C. Smith
03/20/12 9:54 am EST
Philadelphia 76ers 105 FinalRecap | Box Score 80 Charlotte Bobcats
Elton Brand, PF 31 MIN | 8-13 FG | 0-0 FT | 8 REB | 2 AST | 16 PTS | +21

A very solid game for EB who had to be embarrassed by his performance in Chicago on Saturday night.  Brand started strong and his 8 points in the 3rd Q was a big part of the Sixers simply putting away the cats in this one.  Just more evidence that Charlotte is the cure for whatever ails your NBA team.

Andre Iguodala, SF 31 MIN | 1-4 FG | 1-2 FT | 7 REB | 5 AST | 3 PTS | +12

Dre looked disinterested at best and we wonder if he is simply exhausted.  Dre had zero points in the 1st half.  He was especially dreadful in the 3rd Q when he missed a 3PA badly and then two trips later he drove to the cup and instead of taking it strong, he clearly avoided the oncoming contact and ended up hittting the underside of the basket with a finger roll.

Spencer Hawes, C 24 MIN | 6-11 FG | 1-1 FT | 11 REB | 3 AST | 13 PTS | +13

He recovered nicely from a horrid first half and given the injury Hawes is struggling with, that deserves an A in my book. Hawes seemed to be moving much better last night and as a result his production (His first double-double since Jan. 16) in limited minutes was a big plus for the Sixers last night.  Hawes had several loose ball / follow buckets which is an encouraging sign. If he can give us this type of effort every time he is in the lineup, a lot of the Sixers offensive woes could go away.

Evan Turner, SG 27 MIN | 3-11 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 0 AST | 6 PTS | +14

That’s back-to-back dreadful performances by ET.  Any did anyone else notice that he was not happy about being removed from the game 3 minutes into the 3rd quarter?

Jrue Holiday, PG 31 MIN | 8-13 FG | 4-4 FT | 4 REB | 6 AST | 20 PTS | +20

Jrue is simply on fire right now having scored 50 points in his last two games.  Tonight he complimented the scoring with trips to the FT line, as well as 6 dimes and tremendous defense on DJ Augustin who has killed the Sixers in the past.

Lou Williams, PG 23 MIN | 8-12 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 5 AST | 19 PTS | +15

He recovered nicely from a terrible first couple of minutes during the second quarter and helped ice this game during the third. His 3-point shooting was a welcome sight for this team.  His dime to Thad that led to a 4th Q slam was so sweet.

Sam Young, SF 9 MIN | 0-1 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 1 AST | 0 PTS | -4

We’d like to see more minutes for Sam.  I am especially intrigued with the Dre – Louis – Sam – Nik – Thad lineup that Collins out out on teh floor at the end of the 1st Q.

Thaddeus Young, F 28 MIN | 10-12 FG | 0-0 FT | 6 REB | 2 AST | 20 PTS | +12

We can’t say enough about how good he has been on 99% of the nights this season.  Just another night at the office for Thad.  The throw down yungsmoove had in the 4th Q was filthy.

Jodie Meeks, G 24 MIN | 2-5 FG | 2-2 FT | 3 REB | 0 AST | 8 PTS | +20

Better, but still not good enough for a guy who simply has one job — make open jumpers.

Lavoy Allen, PF 2 MIN | 0-1 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 0 PTS | +1

Needs more minutes.

Nikola Vucevic, C 11 MIN | 0-3 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 2 AST | 0 PTS | +1

Absolutely needs more minutes.

After the Jump, Six Things We Saw Last Night…


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GM 43: RAPID REACTS

Posted by: Tom Sunnergren
03/14/12 10:22 pm EST
Philadelphia 76ers 94 FinalRecap | Box Score 111 Indiana Pacers
Elton Brand, PF 34 MIN | 8-13 FG | 0-0 FT | 5 REB | 2 AST | 16 PTS | -3

Like nearly everybody who wore a Sixers uniform tonight, Elton Brand shot the hell out of the basketball.  Like nearly everybody who wore a Sixers uniform tonight, Elton Brand didn’t do much while the other team shot the hell out of the basketball.

Andre Iguodala, SF 33 MIN | 3-8 FG | 2-2 FT | 3 REB | 9 AST | 10 PTS | -5

Though he fell just shy of a bare minimum double-double, Iguodala didn’t do much to stop George Hill and Danny Granger from going 15/23 for 37 points.

Spencer Hawes, C 20 MIN | 3-6 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 3 AST | 6 PTS | -5

It was, admittedly, just nice to see him back on the floor. He showed good touch around the basket, made a few nice passes–including a really pretty first quarter bouncer that led to a Holiday and-one–but didn’t do much inside.  So he basically picked up right where he left off.

Evan Turner, SG 38 MIN | 9-11 FG | 2-4 FT | 5 REB | 4 AST | 21 PTS | -11

The Kid rolls on. Turner was a bright spot in an otherwise disappointing night for the 7-6.  A prediction: he’s an All-Star next season.

Jrue Holiday, PG 35 MIN | 7-8 FG | 2-2 FT | 4 REB | 4 AST | 17 PTS | -8

In the face of questions about his place on the team in light of Turner’s rise, the developmentally stalled PG looked good. Is it just me, or does he look okay off the ball?

Lou Williams, PG 24 MIN | 3-11 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 1 AST | 7 PTS | -18

Lou Williams was, charitably, not good tonight. The leading bench scorer in the NBA took bad shots, missed good ones, and hurt the Sixers in almost every way a player can hurt his team.

Thaddeus Young, F 29 MIN | 5-13 FG | 2-2 FT | 3 REB | 2 AST | 12 PTS | -20

Along with fellow Night Shift-er Williams, Thad was off his game tonight. He didn’t look sluggish as much as unfocused.  A strange effort.

Jodie Meeks, G 14 MIN | 2-3 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 5 PTS | -9

Meeks is quickly sliding into Noicioni-level irrelevance.

Lavoy Allen, PF 3 MIN | 0-0 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 0 PTS | -2

Not much to say here. Obviously.

Nikola Vucevic, C 10 MIN | 0-3 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 0 AST | 0 PTS | -4

Vucevic has an almost Tony Battie-caliber ability to disappear.

After the Jump, Six Things We Saw


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CONGRATS TO @theKIDET

Posted by: C. Smith
03/13/12 12:30 pm EST

Obviously inserting Evan Turner in to the 76ers starting lineup has had a tremendous impact on the team.  To say the change has revitalized this franchise after a terrible (but short) slump that caused a lot of folks to leap off the bandwagon is an understatement.

During ET’s recent three-game stretch (BOS; UTA; NYK), the #2 overall pick in the 2010 Draft is averaging 22 points, 11.3 rebounds and 3.3 dimes per night while shooting 60% from the field.  The 7-6 have won all three of those games (3-1 overall) and during Turner’s recent hot streak they have now scored 100 or more points in three straight games for the first time since March 2011. 

Whether you are on the street or listening to the radio in you car, Turner is the talk of Philadunkia nation.  But, hoop heads in Philadelphia are not alone in their admiration of Turner’s recent play.  It seems Twitter-land has taken notice of ET’s skill and all sorts of people are showing ET the love via the social media network.

After the jump we present some of the best ET related Tweets we could find.

 
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4th QUARTER WOES

Posted by: Philadunkia
03/07/12 9:57 am EST

What do Kobe, Durant, D-Rose, Dirk, D-Wade and Chris Paul all have in common?  They’re all NBA ‘closers’ — players who make big plays towards the end of the game.  These guys have the ability to put a team on their shoulders and carry that squad to victory through sheer will and killer instinct.  Or, at least that’s how the narrative goes.  Not every player in the League owns the skills and killer instinct to be a ‘closer’ — LeBron James apparently can not fill this role.  But, most concerning for us is that despite Louis Williams’ best efforts, it seems the current Sixers roster lacks anyone with enough talent and killer instinct to ‘close’ a game. 

It has become evident that the 76ers have some major issues in the fourth quarter, which are indicative in their poor record in close games — 28 in games decided by 5 points or less & 2-12 in games decided by 7 points or less.  These issues bring some questions about the team’s future.


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GM 37: RAPID REACTS

Posted by: Jeff McMenamin
03/03/12 3:11 pm EST
Golden State Warriors 83 FinalRecap | Box Score 105 Philadelphia 76ers
Elton Brand, PF 33 MIN | 5-12 FG | 4-6 FT | 14 REB | 2 AST | 14 PTS | +13

This is the Elton Brand we’ve been waiting to see all year.  Brand had a strong double-double(14 points, 14 rebounds) as well as played with high intensity on the defensive end (two steals, two blocks).  He had the team fired up all game and the team responded.  It’s a good thing to see and hopefully he can keep it up.

Andre Iguodala, SF 39 MIN | 5-12 FG | 1-2 FT | 11 REB | 6 AST | 12 PTS | +14

Andre has been playing some of his best basketball of the season after the All-Star break.  Maybe he finally wants to play the leadership role for this team.  Andre had a double-double scoring 12 points and grabbing 11 rebounds while also dishing a team-high six assists.  His improved play this season is a great thing to see.  You can tell he wants to win more than ever and will do anything he can for that to happen.  He also hit a three to give fans free Big Macs and put the Sixers over the century mark late in the game (For the 1st time in 19 runs).  That’s a clutch shot in my book.

Lavoy Allen, PF 20 MIN | 5-7 FG | 0-0 FT | 7 REB | 1 AST | 10 PTS | +6

Lavoy had himself a solid game.  10 points and seven boards in 20 minutes is all the team’s asking for.  They’re the type of numbers he’d put up nightly for the Temple Owls.  Maybe he’s got March Madness on his mind?

Jodie Meeks, G 21 MIN | 3-8 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 7 PTS | +5

Jodie was…well Jodie.  He played little minutes as Doug Collins found other options to take his spot on the floor.  Is there a worse starter in the NBA right now?

Jrue Holiday, PG 41 MIN | 5-9 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 4 AST | 13 PTS | +24

Jrue played some pretty good D on shot machine Monta Ellis, holding him to 10-22 from the floor.  He also added 13 points while dishing four.  Once again this wasn’t a great performance by Holiday, but enough to get the W.  We’re all waiting for him to step up.

Lou Williams, PG 27 MIN | 9-15 FG | 4-4 FT | 2 REB | 3 AST | 25 PTS | +13

This game was Lou’s apology for not showing up in the 4th in the teams loss to the Thunder.  Lou hit for 25 on 9-15 shooting.  He also dished three assists, which seems to be a skill he’s been using more often.  His 25 points was a game-high, well…he was a fourth of the way to Wilt’s 100.  We’ll get to that after the jump.

Thaddeus Young, F 28 MIN | 6-13 FG | 4-4 FT | 7 REB | 2 AST | 16 PTS | +14

Thaddeus has been playing some inspired basketball lately.  Young had 16 points and seven rebounds, however he did have a tough time guarding a bigger David Lee who hit for 24 and pulled down 15 rebounds.  Since the ASB Young is averaging 17 points and eight rebounds for the now famous “Night Shift” (Although it was hilarious that ESPN announcer mark Jones did not know the Sixers bench had that nickname).  It could be time for Collins to plug him into a starting role.

Evan Turner, SG 17 MIN | 2-6 FG | 0-0 FT | 5 REB | 2 AST | 4 PTS | +12

When is Evan Turner going to get more PT?  In seven of the teams last 12 games, Turner has seen the court for less than 20 minutes.  During that same time-span the Sixers are 4-8.  When Turner has played 25 or more minutes this season the Sixers are 9-7.  The Sixers aren’t dramatically better with Turner on the court (Except for at rebounding.), but better nonetheless.  He would definitely put up better numbers than four points and five rebounds.

Nikola Vucevic, C 15 MIN | 2-7 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 1 AST | 4 PTS | +9

Nik wasn’t used much in this game.  Thaddeus Young and Lavoy Allen did enough to stay in the game.  Still love whenever Malik Rose does this call, unfortunately it didn’t happen in this game:

After the Jump, Six Things We Saw Last Night


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THAD’S TIME HAS COME

Posted by: Matt Swiman
03/02/12 2:30 pm EST

The 76ers suffered another disappointing loss Wednesday night in which their inability to score the ball (Highlighted by a nearly 6 minute dry spell in the final minutes of the 4th quarter and a 19th straight game under 100 points.) and their lack of a “closer” were brought to everyone’s attention once again.  After the very frustrating game vs. OKC, I would now argue that it’s time for a change.

Some may think that a big time trade is called for to fix the above Sixers woes.  I would respectfully disagree and suggest that the answer is sitting right on the 7-6’s bench.

His name is Thaddeus Young at it’s time the six foot eight 220 pounder with a ridiculous offensive arsenal and a $8 million a year contract was inserted into the 76ers starting lineup and saw increased minutes in Doug’s rotation.


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NOTES, LINKS & TWEETS

Posted by: C. Smith
03/02/12 10:48 am EST

Unless you live in a cave, you are aware that the 76ers are celebrating the 50th anniversary of Wilt’s 100-point game tonight.  Just a little FYI…The current Sixers have not scored 100 points in a game since January 23rd.  That’s 19 straight games without reaching triple digits.

Tom Moore of phillyburbs.com looks at Evan Turner’s decreased role.

Extensive story from the Atlantic about Dikembe Mutombo’s recent business troubles.  Wouldn’t you be just a little suspicious if someone offered you the chance to buy “tons” of gold in a third world country and then remove it from said country?  I would have been.

How bad have the Sixers 4th quarter struggles gotten?  Well, the respected national hoops blog The Point Forward is even concerned for the 7-6


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