GM 36: RAPID REACTS

Posted by: C. Smith
03/01/12 10:45 am EST
Oklahoma City Thunder 92 FinalRecap | Box Score 88 Philadelphia 76ers
Elton Brand, PF 33 MIN | 5-14 FG | 0-0 FT | 10 REB | 1 AST | 10 PTS | +6

Forget the double-double and the solid defense for a second. The old war horse, is…well, old. He started out the game 1-5 and finished 5-14. He showed signs of life in the 3rd Q when he scored 4 straight (6 overall) during the Sixers 15-2 run and grabbed 7 boards. But he was a no show in the 4th (2 pts.) and his horrific off balance shot at 2:23 of the 4th made me throw the remote. What happened to the 2010-11 version of EB?

Andre Iguodala, SF 39 MIN | 7-14 FG | 2-4 FT | 5 REB | 6 AST | 18 PTS | -8

Another stat sheet stuffing night for Dre and as a bonus he threw in some sick dunks that had the WFC crowd on their feet. Additionally, his defense on KD for most of the night was outstanding. Here’s my two big issues with his game last night: (1) Until the final five seconds of the game, AI9 had only one bucket (a lay-up) and did not attempt a FG in that quarter. The team’s leader can not disappear in the 4th Q of a tight game and Dre did it again last night. (2) Dre should have gone to Collins in the 4th and demanded to be locked down on Durant.  The Sixers got killed several times in the 4th by their usual “switch everything” policy as Holiday ended up guarding the much taller Durant.  It’s what team leaders like Kobe or Lebron would have done.

Lavoy Allen, PF 19 MIN | 0-3 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 1 AST | 0 PTS | -1

Lavoy is having a nice rookie year, but last night was a disaster for him.  He had a couple TOs and fumbled away a sure fire dunk in the 1st Q. Additionally he provided no presence on the glass for the Sixers.

Jodie Meeks, G 30 MIN | 5-12 FG | 1-1 FT | 5 REB | 2 AST | 13 PTS | +13

Capt. Streaky showed both sides of his game last night.  He hit some shots that he’s supposed to hit, but when the Sixers really needed a bucket in the 4th, he went 0-4 and missed some absolutely critical shots.  But a tip of the hat to Meeks on the defensive end as he really has improved that facet of his game.

Jrue Holiday, PG 33 MIN | 8-15 FG | 2-2 FT | 2 REB | 2 AST | 18 PTS | -8

How hard can it be to figure out which way to guard your old college teammate?  Apparently it’s so difficult that you can’t make the adjustment until hafltime. (But Jrue did have some simply filthy offensive moves in this game.)

Lou Williams, PG 26 MIN | 3-11 FG | 5-5 FT | 0 REB | 6 AST | 11 PTS | -12

We love that LW handed out 6 dimes last night, but he shot us out of this game all by himself.  0-5 in the 4th to be exact. And the TO Louis had on the set play with 5 ticks remaining is a mistake an eighth grader wouldn’t commit.  If only he had learned to close out games like his mentor Iverson.

Thaddeus Young, F 29 MIN | 8-15 FG | 0-0 FT | 9 REB | 1 AST | 16 PTS | -2

Mr. Consistent had a solid game and his 14 first half point were a huge lift, but he also went MIA in the 4th (1-4 on FGAs). It’s pained us to write that line.  His energy and defense off the bench were excellent as always last night.  Collins has tried Dre and Louis as the “closer” on this team and neither has worked out. Maybe it’s time to give Thad a chance in that role.

Evan Turner, SG 16 MIN | 0-3 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 1 AST | 0 PTS | -5

ET’s defense was excellent last night, but 0-3 from the field is no way to get out of the dog house.  Although it’s tough to get anything going offensively with only 16 minutes of burn.  Turn the kid loose coach.

Nikola Vucevic, C 13 MIN | 1-3 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 2 AST | 2 PTS | -3

So in 28 minutes vs. Houston “Big Nik” goes for 18 & 8.  Since then he has played 24 minutes (most of it in mop up duty) @ DET and then 13 minutes last night.  What gives coach?  The rookie should be starting and playing 25 minutes a night until Hawes comes back.

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GM 35: RAPID REACTS

Posted by: Jeff McMenamin
02/29/12 8:59 am EST
Philadelphia 76ers 97 FinalRecap | Box Score 68 Detroit Pistons
Elton Brand, PF 22 MIN | 5-9 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 3 AST | 10 PTS | +14

Brand did a little bit of everything in this game.  Although he wasn’t necessarily a force offensively, he made an impact defensively notching three steals and three blocks.  At this point Brand doesn’t need to do all that much for the team offensively for the team to succeed, but it would be nice if he can continue this defensive intensity moving forward.

Andre Iguodala, SF 30 MIN | 5-8 FG | 0-1 FT | 5 REB | 6 AST | 12 PTS | +17

Andre Iguodala fresh off of a nice All-Star game performance showed a little bit of All-Star flare in this one.  Iguodala led the team with 4 steals, had a couple nice dishes and slams in transition, and surprisingly was able to shoot 2-3 from beyond the arc!  He hasn’t been that effective from the outside since February 1st when he went 2-3 from deep in a win against the Bulls.  This is the type of game we’d like to see from Dre every night.  If he can limit his shots to high percentage looks while also creating looks for teammates and being a lock-down defender then the Sixers are going to be very successful the rest of the season.

Lavoy Allen, PF 17 MIN | 3-5 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 1 AST | 6 PTS | +8

Lavoy got the start, but wasn’t really needed in this game. Four of his “Night Shift” teammates received more minutes than him as he spent much of the game on the bench.  I’m sure he would’ve much rather been sleeping on his couch; Andre Iguodala wouldn’t have minded either

Jodie Meeks, G 36 MIN | 4-7 FG | 2-2 FT | 5 REB | 0 AST | 12 PTS | +21

Solid overall performance from Meeks.  Doug Collins will do anything to keep Meeks on the floor to stave off reporters asking for his head.  So you know if Meeks logs over 30 minutes in a game, over better players like Evan Turner or Lou Williams, then Meeks had himself an above average game.  He shot efficiently going 4-7 from the field for 12 points, had a couple steals, and played great defense on the likes of Rodney Stuckey and Ben Gordon.  Meeks logged 36 minutes in this game. When Meeks plays 30 or more minutes this season, the Sixers are 8-4(with two of those losses coming in overtime). Unfortunately for him, his play is usually too streaky though to get him that kind of minutes. This is typically a good thing for the Sixers though.

Jrue Holiday, PG 25 MIN | 4-8 FG | 2-2 FT | 3 REB | 5 AST | 10 PTS | +13

Jrue, like Brand and Iguodala, also shined on the defensive end notching three steals by games end.  He also added 10 points and dished out five assists.  Not incredible numbers by Holiday, but he did enough to keep the Sixers ahead.  He applied great pressure on rookie Brandon Knight who shot only 2-8 from the field.  Followers of this team are hoping he can find his rhythm both offensively and defensively in the second half of the season. He has a tough task against Russell Westbrook and the Thunder next game.

Lou Williams, PG 25 MIN | 6-12 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 7 AST | 13 PTS | +21

Remember when the Sixers let Andre Miller walk in hopes that Lou Williams could handle point guard duties for the team? That turned out to be a complete disaster, but in this game he showed that all the training he had to do did not go to waste(maybe Eddie Jordan did do something right?). Lou notched a game-high seven assists while adding 13 points.  He’s now hit 10 or more points in 31 games this season.  The seven assists tied a season-high (which he had in the disaster of a game against the Magic).  Sometimes it’s better to make the extra pass than taking the extra shot, but people have to realize that Lou was mentored by Allen Iverson who averaged 21 career shot attempts per game.  Lou in comparison has only four games where he’s shot 17 or more this season. Hopefully this is the result of his other mentor, Andre Miller.

Thaddeus Young, F 29 MIN | 9-17 FG | 2-2 FT | 8 REB | 0 AST | 20 PTS | +23

Young set the tone for the Sixers in this game and exemplified the kind of heart and hustle the Sixers had been playing with before their five game skid by All-Star weekend. Young had 14 of his game-high 20 points in the first half.  He also added eight boards, two steals, and two blocks.  It was only Young’s fourth 20 point game this season after reaching the 20 point mark 15 times last season.  He’s the x-factor for this Sixers team, and his performance in this game is the reason why he was given a 5-year $43 million contract in the off-season.  Just please don’t embarrass yourself on a freebie again.

Evan Turner, SG 25 MIN | 3-8 FG | 2-2 FT | 7 REB | 3 AST | 8 PTS | +18

Evan Turner had an MVP type performance in the NBA’s Rising Stars Competition over All-Star weekend scoring 16, rebounding 11, and dishing out seven in a win for Team Chuck over Team Shaq.  It should’ve been enough, if Team Chuck didn’t also have Kyrie Irving who went 8-8 from beyond the arc for 34 points, while dishing nine(As Stewart Scott would say, “the dude is sick nasty”).  On Tuesday night, Turner didn’t do quite as well but still contributed in the Sixers win.  He played great defense while on the floor as well as hit for eight points, grabbed seven boards, and dished out three assists.  Turner now has 12 games this season where he’s grabbed at least seven boards, he had 15 all of last season.  His highlight of the night was a sweet full-court dish to Thaddeus Young, which can be seen here.

Nikola Vucevic, C 24 MIN | 3-8 FG | 0-0 FT | 5 REB | 0 AST | 6 PTS | +16

See Lavoy Allen. Just like his rookie counterpart, Vuc didn’t need to do much in this game and the two had nearly identical stat sheets. I’m excited for Spencer Hawes’ return for two reasons. One, because he’s an absolute factor in the success of the team this season. Two, because the battle for minutes between Lavoy and Vuc is going to be exciting to watch. These two rookies give it their all when they’re on the court and contrast each other perfectly. Imagine Big Nik trying to fit in at Temple University or Lavoy Allen sitting around a Montenegrin hookah bar. It would be high comedy at its finest.

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THE NEXT 10

Posted by: Philadunkia
02/28/12 8:53 am EST

The 76ers come out of the All-Star Break in the midst of a 5 game skid in which they have averaged just over 83 ppg. and shown an inability to do much offensively, while also showing some rare defensive lapses.  The recent swoon begs the question: Which team is this?  The one that got off to an 18-7 start following a big comeback win against the Lakers, or the one that has dropped the last five?

The truth is probably somewhere in the middle. 

Injuries to the front-line have hindered the team as of late, as well as Doug Collins’ sometimes confounding lineups.  Among all of this concern and the Knicks becoming the darling of the Atlantic Division,  the 76ers do after all enter the second half of the 2011-12 season at 20-14 with a 3 ½ game lead in the Atlantic while leading the League in Defensive Efficiency and posting the third best point differential in the entire NBA. 

They have lost a fair number of close games, which although frustrating, is something that can easily improve in the Sixers’ favor with some good fortune.  Among all of this turmoil, the team stands on pace for roughly 40 wins despite missing one of its most critical players in Spencer Hawes for much of the season.  The mere fact that the team has lost 5 straight serving as a cause for concern is actually quite refreshing when considering the team’s recent history. 

Nonetheless, when will they turn it around? Further, what can we constitute as “turning it around?”  Does Doug Collins need to consider starting Vucevic and finally give Turner steadier minutes?  The post-ASB stretch for the 7-6 does not appear immediately favorable, similar to the 7 game “death row” gauntlet from earlier this year.  6-4 or 5-5 may be genuinely the most favorable outcomes for the team in their next 10.  Without further ado, let’s look ahead.

 
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MIDSEASON REPORTS

Posted by: Philadunkia
02/24/12 10:23 am EST

The 3-2 opening road trip and the overall hot start.  L’s vs. New Jersey, at New York (pre Emperor Lin) and Minnesota as well as two reality check smackdowns at the hands of the Heat.  Wins over Chicago, the Lakers and Atlanta — twice.  And of course the current five game losing streak.

To say the start of the lockout shortened 2011-12 season has been a wild ride for the 76ers is an understatement.

By now you’ve watched enough Sixers basketball and listened to the opinions of enough national “experts” to form your own thoughts on this team and where they are headed this season.  Still in an effort to provide you the reader with educated reviews on how the Sixers year has played out thus far, the scribes here at Philadunkia — people who eat, drink and sleep the 7-6 — have typed up their recaps for the first half of the 2011-12 season. 

According to the Philadunkia staff, one thing is for sure, despite the very positive start to the season, the 2011-12 76ers still have a lot of work ahead of them.

 After the jump…Here we go.


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GM 34: RAPID REACTS

Posted by: C. Smith
02/23/12 9:54 am EST
Philadelphia 76ers 87 FinalRecap | Box Score 93 Houston Rockets
Andre Iguodala, SF 37 MIN | 4-12 FG | 3-5 FT | 4 REB | 4 AST | 11 PTS | -14

Despite 4 first half TOs, another solid night from Dre.  But again we need more.  As the “leader” (notice we did not write “star”) of a team that is in the middle of a 4-game losing streak, you have to be more assertive and carry your team to a W if necessary.  Scoring 2 points in the 4th Q of a very close game is not acceptable for an All-Star selection.

Lavoy Allen, PF 17 MIN | 2-5 FG | 0-0 FT | 6 REB | 1 AST | 4 PTS | -3

Lavoy’s surprising rookie year continues.  What has amazes us is how strong this kid is on the blocks.

Tony Battie, C 18 MIN | 0-1 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 0 AST | 0 PTS | -1

What do you want from this guy?  He’s like 40 and has no right starting in the NBA.

Jodie Meeks, G 34 MIN | 5-11 FG | 4-4 FT | 4 REB | 0 AST | 14 PTS | -3

Capt. Streaky was set to have a huge game only his 3-point stroke went MIA last night.  Meeks had some wide open looks from deep and the Sixers desperately needed him to drain one or two of those 3PAs, but he couldn’t find the bottom of the basket.  Still, he hit a bunch of 2′s, played decent defense and got to the FT line, so all and all an okay night

Jrue Holiday, PG 22 MIN | 3-9 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 2 AST | 6 PTS | -12

Foul trouble plagued Jrue all night and it’s a shame because we wanted to see more of him vs. Lowry.  Also his shot was off, Jrue only dropped 2 dimes and had zero FT attempts.  That’s 3 straight games where he has failed to get to the FT line.  He did however have a nice 4th Q, including a stop of Houston’s red hot Martin and a quick bucket at the other end. His left hand finish at the 2 min. mark was also a thing of beauty.

Lou Williams, PG 34 MIN | 4-13 FG | 9-11 FT | 6 REB | 2 AST | 17 PTS | +6

Jrue’s foul trouble produced a lot of minutes for LW and that meant a lot of ill advises shots for LW.  His 2-7 start from the field did not help things in the 1st half.  Still he did drive the ball to the hole and get to the FT line 11 times last night, which is something we have been begging the Sixers to do.  But he also hoisted his fair share of long 2′s which is what the Sixers need to stop doing.

Thaddeus Young, F 32 MIN | 6-13 FG | 3-5 FT | 4 REB | 2 AST | 15 PTS | -5

Mr. Consistent had another solid night.  It’s just too bad his energy and offensive punch weren’t given the chance to bring this one home for us in the final stanza.  The refs also handcuffed Thad as he was the victim of a horrendous charge call (it was flop by Lowry) in the 4th that stopped some momentum the Sixers had going.

Evan Turner, SG 19 MIN | 1-6 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 0 AST | 2 PTS | -1

His defense in the 2nd and 4th Q’ was stellar, but 1-6 from the field in 19 mins. is not going to get you out of Doug’s doghouse.

Nikola Vucevic, C 28 MIN | 8-12 FG | 2-2 FT | 8 REB | 1 AST | 18 PTS | +3

“Big Nik” kept the Sixers in the 1st half all by himself.  Included in his career high 18 points was a 6 point outburst in the late 1st Q (12 pts. in the 1st half), some solid post moves and a host of impressive offensive rebounds that he capitalized on.  Why the hell Collins took him out of the game in the mid-second Q for Battie is beyond comprehension.  Collins should have stuck with Nik’s hot streak all the way to half time.

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POINT OF EMPHASIS

Posted by: Jerry Scherwin
02/21/12 1:39 pm EST

In Shakespeare’s classic and perhaps most iconic play, Romeo and Juliet, Ms. Capulet famously asks herself the question, “What’s in a name?  That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet.” 

This, an annoying question of which I was physically forced against my will to break down, chew up, spit out and then write a 20 page paper on seems relevant right now; for I myself am asking a similar question:

“What’s in a point guard?”

I love Jrue Holiday.  That much isn’t a secret on this site.  Between Jrue and Doug Collins, I have a sports woody comparable to Bill Simmons’ for Larry Bird and anything that has the word “wicked” in front of it.

I love Jrue’s upside.  His presence.  His school (UCLA is the best point guard producing school EVER).  His background.  His name (still trying to talk my girlfriend into naming either the dog or our first born Jrue).  And his ability to rival the performances of the elite point guards in the League.

With that said, WHAT THE HELL IS HAPPENING WITH JRUE?

 
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WHO ARE THESE GUYS?

Posted by: Tim Parker
02/21/12 10:11 am EST

It took just two weeks for the euphoric hysteria that surrounded the surprisingly awesome 2011-2012 edition of the Philadelphia 76ers to turn into the lukewarm realization of what many had known from the beginning. 

The truth is that the Sixers are a middle of the road team in the Eastern Conference that lack the one true spark that could propel them to the upper echelon of the NBA.  Sure, they are well coached and are fundamentally sound but in the end they don’t just have the personnel to contend for a championship. 

Yet, they never were supposed to be considered a contender, were they?

Still, as the all-star break approaches they sit in first place in the Atlantic Division and sit in 3rd place in the East. 

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HOW IS THIS A FOUL?????

Posted by: C. Smith
02/20/12 2:01 pm EST

Yes, we’re still very bitter over last night’s foul call on Dre.  We know how upset Doug Collins was about the horrible call last night and apparently Rod Thorn was not very happy about the call either.

Take a look at the video and you’ll that Dre’s hand is on the ball the entire time that Kevin Love drives to the tin.  This play has to be whistled a jump ball or it’s a no-call.  For the refs to bail Love out like this is just awful.

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BEHIND CLOSED DOORS

Posted by: Tom Sunnergren
02/13/12 11:05 am EST

According to multiple sources including our own Tom Sunnergren, the Sixers held a closed door, players only meeting after Friday night’s disappointing 78-77 loss to the Clippers which produced their first two-game losing streak of the season.

According to Tom, the meeting went on for some time and the media waited “forever” to gain access to the locker room after the game.  Well, apparently the right things were said behind those closed doors Friday night because after they finally gave the media their time, the 7-6 boarded a plane, traveled to Cleveland and on Saturday Collins & Co. simply dismantled an injured and hopeless Cavaliers team.  

We’ll never know for sure what was said in that locker room Friday night, but Tom imagines it went something like this…

 ELTON BRAND:  Well guys, we just lost by one to the Clips and we’re 18-9 now…

(The veteran looks somberly around room.)

 
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GM 26: RAPID REACTS

Posted by: Jeff McMenamin
02/11/12 4:54 pm EST
Los Angeles Clippers 78 FinalRecap | Box Score 77 Philadelphia 76ers
Elton Brand, PF 32 MIN | 5-10 FG | 2-4 FT | 10 REB | 0 AST | 12 PTS | +4

Brand was one of the lone bright spots for the Sixers in this one. He played solid defense on Blake Griffin, forcing him to shoot 8-19 from the floor for 16 points. He also added a double-double for himself 12 points and 10 rebounds. The best stat of the night was that Blake the high riser was only held to one dunk and it wasn’t nearly as impressive as the one he had on Perkins a couple weeks ago. I could watch that all day:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3w_Vy0lDk_A

Andre Iguodala, SF 39 MIN | 5-13 FG | 0-0 FT | 8 REB | 7 AST | 12 PTS | -4

After being selected to his very first NBA All-Star game I expected Andre Iguodala to come out and show his home crowd why he deserves to be there. Don’t get me wrong 12 points, 8 boards, and 7 assists is a solid stat-line, but it was his defense on Chris Paul in the final stanza that mattered most. Iggy was assigned defensively to Paul clinging to a 1-point lead in the final seconds of the game. Paul drilled the go-ahead bucket with 3.2 seconds to play over Iggy’s outstretched hands. LAC 78-PHI 77

Nikola Vucevic, C 12 MIN | 1-2 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 0 AST | 2 PTS | -3

Vuc was non-existent on the court. After getting the start, he only notched 12 minutes of PT as Collins decided to go with a smaller line-up. It almost had shades of the Denver Nuggets game earlier in the season. I’ll get to that later…

Jodie Meeks, G 30 MIN | 4-9 FG | 1-1 FT | 1 REB | 1 AST | 10 PTS | -6

Meeks had a decent game at best. His defense left much to be desired as both Randy Foye and Mo Williams hit for double figures. Meeks hit for 10 points, but shot just 1-5 from beyond the arc. When Jodie hits three or more from deep this season the Sixers are 8-1.

Jrue Holiday, PG 38 MIN | 2-8 FG | 4-6 FT | 4 REB | 8 AST | 8 PTS | +9

Jrue had a terrible game defensively in this one, and outside of his defense on Derrick Rose this season it seems as if good point guards have had their way with him. Deron Williams, Andre Miller, Dwayne Wade, and now Chris Paul have all exposed his weak D. He also missed a crucial free-throw at the end of the game that could’ve very well been the end for the Sixers if they hadn’t played flawless defense on the ensuing inbound right after.

Lou Williams, PG 25 MIN | 3-11 FG | 5-8 FT | 0 REB | 2 AST | 11 PTS | +23

3-11 shooting doesn’t cut it and his final shot attempt to win the game was ugly and embarrassing. When you’re being swarmed by two defenders you have to get the ball to someone else. Disappointing game from Lou on an otherwise great season.

Thaddeus Young, F 26 MIN | 4-9 FG | 2-2 FT | 3 REB | 0 AST | 10 PTS | -13

Solid game from Thad. Great D on Blake, but was out-hustled by his former teammate Reggie Evans. We’ll get to that after the jump.

Lavoy Allen, PF 26 MIN | 2-5 FG | 1-2 FT | 8 REB | 0 AST | 5 PTS | +8

Didn’t do too much in this game. More physical bodies in the post for the Clippers led to 15 offensive rebounds. It wasn’t as ugly as the Lakers game on the boards, but it seemed as if the Sixers didn’t do enough in this one.

Evan Turner, SG 12 MIN | 3-4 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 1 AST | 7 PTS | -2

12 minutes? I’m not sure what went into coaches decision here. He was efficient on the offensive end and he’s one of the Sixers best perimeter defenders. If he had been assigned to Paul more in the game, maybe he wouldn’t have penetrated as well as he did.

Spencer Hawes, C DNP SORE LEFT ACHILLES MIN | FG | FT | REB | AST | PTS |

With Hawes in the line-up the Sixers are 12-2.  Without him they are just 6-7.  It’s becoming more and more apparent how important he is to the teams success.

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