NOTES, LINKS & TWEETS

Posted by: C. Smith
02/10/12 10:32 am EST

As you probably know by now, Andre Iguodala was named a reserve for the Eastern Confernce All-Star team.  Dre is the first Sixer to appear in the ASG since 2006.

If Ian Thomsen at SI.com controlled player selection for the 2012 ASG the Sixers Louis Williams would also be on the East team

Zach Lowe at “The Point Forward” defends ‘Dre’s selection to the ASG.  Not that we needed more evidence.

Despite their hot start, San Donnellon at philly.com still believes the 7-6 need a go to guy.  We’re not sure we disagree.


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FO’ with the FOES: SA SPURS

Posted by: C. Smith
02/08/12 12:30 pm EST

This we still have a buzz from the Lakers win 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 opponents — features tonight’s opponent the red hot San Antonio Spurs.

Tonight’s game should be a highly entertaining contest between to two well coached and similar teams that are simply playing great basketball right now.  The Spurs have won 5 straight and are in first place in the Soutwest Division.  The Sixers have tasted victory 6 of their last 7 and are perched in first place in the Atlantic.  The 7-6 are one of the top defensive teams in the League – 86.64 ppg. for foes (2nd) and 42% on FGAs for opponents (5th).  The Spurs are not shabby on D either as they give up 93.5 ppg. (12th) for the season, but they have cut that number to 85 ppg. during their recent five-game winning streak.  The 76ers are tops in the League in point differential at 10.04 per game, while the Spurs are ranked 9th at 4.19.  Finally, the Sixers feature six players who are averaging double figures in scoring and a total of eight who are good for 9 points or more a night.  San Anton’ typically puts four players a night in double figures and a total of six average better the 9 points a run. 

One last interesting number…The Spurs have lost four straight and nine of 11 in Philadelphia.

That’s enough of the stat crunching.  Let’s look at the Xs & Os of this game.  Tonight we’re looking at one match-up in particular as the key to this game — Jrue Holiday vs. Tony Parker.  Parker has been absolutely tremendous during the SAS five game winning streak – 22 ppg., 7.8 apg. and only 2.2 turnovers per night.  Of course included in this stretch of All-Star caliber play by Tony was the 42 point and 9 assist outing against the OKC Thunder.  Holiday has too stay in front of Parker and keep the former Mr. Eva Longoria in check tonight.  Holiday is certainly capable of accomplishing this task as he’s been a standout defender all season.  Honestly, it’s hard to remember a PG who moves his feet on defense as well as Jrue does every night.  That will come in especially handy tonight as he attempts to prevent Parker from driving the lane on the Sixers.

Yes the Sixers will have trouble down low with Tim Duncan, DeJuan Blair, Kawhi Leonard and Tiago Splitter.  That’s especially true since Hawes will most likely miss yet another game.  However, the Sixers showed against the LAL on Monday that they can survive their worst nightmare outing on the interior and still grab a W.  But, they can’t get a win tonight if they get pounded in the paint and Parker has a great run as well.  So for us, the Holiday vs. Parker battle is the key to this game. 

No pressure Jrue, we’re just saying.       

For a little more insight into the Spurs team the Sixers face tonight, we turn to our man Andrew McNeill from 48minutesofhell.com to answer four questions on the Spurs from us here at Philadunkia. 


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GM 25 RECAP: “BEAT LA, BEAT LA”

Posted by: Tim Parker
02/07/12 9:12 am EST

24.

There’s nothing particularly special about the number.  It falls neatly between 23 and 25, just so.  Yet, on an early February Monday night in South Philly, the number 24 was so very significant.  Ultimately, 24 was a magic number for the Sixers in a 95-90 thrilling win over the Lakers.

Through 24 games, the Sixers firmly planted in first place in the Atlantic Division; a position almost no one expected to be in at the start of the season.  Still, there are many who concluded that they will just fade into the background eventually for one reason or another.

So, when #24, Kobe Bryant and the Lakers came to town, the Sixers once again had to prove that they belonged and weren’t just some fluke that would blow away like a leaf in the wind.  Through, the first 4 games of the 7 game “death row” stretch as Coach Collins has called it; the Sixers are 3-1, including a demolition of the Chicago Bulls.


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GM 25: RAPID REACTS

Posted by: Tim Parker
02/06/12 11:07 pm EST
Los Angeles Lakers 90 FinalRecap | Box Score 95 Philadelphia 76ers
Andre Iguodala, SF 38 MIN | 5-9 FG | 1-5 FT | 4 REB | 5 AST | 12 PTS | +9

If Collins had locked Iguodala in on Kobe Bryant from the start would this game have been a blowout?  His defense on #24 in the 2nd half was excellent and was a major reason the Sixers were able to pull this one out. He didn’t score much until the second half but he had an active and solid night overall.  Coach Collins’ decision to halt all the defensive switches the Sixers typically execute and have Dre stay on Bryant late in the 4th Q totally saved this W for the 7-6.

Lavoy Allen, PF 14 MIN | 2-5 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 3 AST | 4 PTS | +7

He’s not Elton Brand and he certainly did not play like it. Though, he didn’t hurt the Sixers in a game where everyone’s best effort was needed. Allen is continuing to show good court awareness but has to grow especially defending down low and grabbing boards.

Spencer Hawes, C 32 MIN | 3-10 FG | 2-2 FT | 5 REB | 5 AST | 8 PTS | -1

Hawes was horrendous in the 1st half. He didn’t shoot well and was an absolute non-factor against Andre Bynum and Pau Gasol on the boards.  His lack of toughness didn’t hurt the Sixers in the end but midway through the 4th it looked as if his lack of physical play would have been a major factor to a Lakers win.  His teammates bailed him out.

Jodie Meeks, G 23 MIN | 3-5 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 9 PTS | -6

Meeks had the worst possible start that he could have imagined.  He earned 2 quick fouls on two questionable calls that sat him on the bench.  Though, that turned around quickly as he began to drains his 3’s and showed great hustle defensively, including diving for loose balls and sacrificing his body.

Jrue Holiday, PG 36 MIN | 6-12 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 6 AST | 13 PTS | +11Holiday had an impressive 3rd quarter that kept the Sixers in the game.  He worked quietly and efficiently.  He ddin’t do anything fancy or amazing but he got better as the game went along and played solid defense along the way.
Lou Williams, PG 25 MIN | 7-12 FG | 7-8 FT | 2 REB | 4 AST | 24 PTS | +3

Mr. Willams was fantastic.  He simply took over the game for the Sixers in the 4th quarter — 14 points (He also scored 12 of the Sixers last 14 points.).  It seemed almost that he couldn’t miss.  The Lakers had no answer as Williams drained shots from all over the court including 2 monster shots from downtown.  One coming with Sixers trailing in the 4th, the other would propel the Sixers final run to pull away.

Thaddeus Young, F 24 MIN | 4-10 FG | 1-2 FT | 2 REB | 1 AST | 9 PTS | -7

Young didn’t get much play late in the second half.  Though, when was in the game he had an ok performance.  He was solid defensively but the matchups were not there for him on the offensive end unless he was being guarded by Troy Murphy.

Evan Turner, SG 22 MIN | 4-8 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 2 AST | 8 PTS | 0

His first task was to help guard Kobe Bryant.  That ddin’t go over so well.  At times Kobe took Turner to school which ultimately led to the end of defensive switching among he and Iguodala.  Turner was solid otherwise in this one.

Nikola Vucevic, C 25 MIN | 4-10 FG | 0-0 FT | 6 REB | 1 AST | 8 PTS | +9

Vucevic did not back down from the challenge of playing against Bynum and Gasol.  He actually held his own.  Out of the Sixers big man rotation, he had the best game of them all.  That’s not much though.  The good news is that his post game is continuing to improve.

After the Jump, Six Things We Saw Tonight…


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GM 24: RAPID REACTS

Posted by: C. Smith
02/04/12 10:14 pm EST
Philadelphia 76ers 98 FinalRecap | Box Score 87 Atlanta Hawks
Andre Iguodala, SF 36 MIN | 3-15 FG | 3-4 FT | 8 REB | 10 AST | 9 PTS | +9

Obviously he got his teammates involved tonight, rebounded and played his usual stellar D, but he has not scored the ball well now in two straight games vs. top notch defensive teams, so that is a concern for us. Dre also took a couple horrible shot in the late 4th Q that had us throwing the remote.

Lavoy Allen, PF 12 MIN | 2-2 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 0 AST | 4 PTS | +7Lavoy Allen, PF 19 MIN | 3-4 FG | 2-2 FT | 5 REB | 0 AST | 8 PTS | -15

In his 1st career start, Allen continued his run of great play. The one thing we have noticed is that Lavoy is a lot stronger then we had imagined. Numerous times last night the Hawks tried to get physical with him but had no luck. In fact Lavoy seemed to thrive in the physical game that developed down low. With Hawes back, he didn’t get much burn in the 2nd half and we’re not sure why. Not a huge deal, just something worth watching in the future.

Spencer Hawes, C 32 MIN | 7-11 FG | 0-0 FT | 5 REB | 0 AST | 14 PTS | +6

While he looked a little rusty in spots and he was obviously limping, Spence had a big game tonight. You wouldn’t have known that he had missed 10 straight games, that’s for sure. It’s amazing how much more flow there is to the Sixers offense when Spence is in the lineup. The bucket he hit with 2:40 remaining in the 4th and the shot clock running out was a huge basket in this game.

Jodie Meeks, G 27 MIN | 4-7 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 1 AST | 10 PTS | +5

We could have used more of this on Friday night vs. the Heat. His second quarter performance was fantastic tonight and included 3 steals (by our count).

Jrue Holiday, PG 30 MIN | 3-9 FG | 1-2 FT | 2 REB | 1 AST | 7 PTS | -3

We didn’t need much from Jrue tonight which is good because we didn’t get much. His main goal vs. ATL was to keep Jeff Teague from going off and for the most part Jrue did a good job there.

Lou Williams, PG 28 MIN | 7-15 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 5 AST | 14 PTS | +13

We all know that Louis loves to put on a show for his hometown folks in the ATL, but we really could have used a performance like this out of him on Friday night. He hit some baskets a key moments tonight vs. the Hawks. Was anyone else completely shocked when he passed the ball up the floor to Big Nik with time running out in the 2nd Q? We’re sure Vuc was shocked, but he drained the 3-ball anyhow. LW did hoist a couple awful shots in the 4th, but we’ll try to over look that tonight.

Thaddeus Young, F 32 MIN | 6-12 FG | 2-3 FT | 5 REB | 3 AST | 14 PTS | +4

Another rock solid outing for Thad. The buzzer beater he hit at the end of the 1st was a thing of beauty to watch and propelled the Sixers to a great 2nd quarter run.

Evan Turner, SG 23 MIN | 5-7 FG | 0-0 FT | 6 REB | 5 AST | 11 PTS | +11

Thank you Coach Magee. Turner is a completely different playe this year and when his raises up for that mid-range jumper we now find ourself yelling, “Money” instead of covering our eyes. Another great all around game from Turner.

Nikola Vucevic, C 21 MIN | 7-10 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 0 AST | 15 PTS | +3

This rookie can flat out play. The thing that impressed us the most vs. ATL is that he established great position down low and then was nearly impossible to move. He outside touch is watery as well. His drive to the tin for a left handed lay in in the 3rd Q was ridiculous.

After the jump, Six Things We Saw Tonight


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MY STATS DON’T LIE

Posted by: Tom Sunnergren
02/02/12 5:06 pm EST
Hips & stats, both very reliable.

To mangle an old Bill Parcells line, you are what your numbers say you are.  And right now the Sixers’ numbers say they’re really, seriously, undeniably good.

In the aftermath of the 7-6’s 98-82 drubbing of the best-record-in-basketball Bulls, TrueHoop maven Henry Abbott had this to say on the topic of the Sixers’ legitimacy:

Justin Kubatko, of Basketball-Reference, doesn’t mess around with numbers.  He doesn’t get all excited about things that don’t matter.  And the other day in The New York Times he wrote:

“There have been 38 teams in N.B.A. history with a point differential of at least plus-10.0 points a game through their first 18 games.  The median winning percentage of those teams was .753, which translates to 49.7 wins over a 66-game season. Additionally, 24 of those teams advanced to the N.B.A. finals, with 19 claiming the championship.”


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GM 19: RAPID REACTS

Posted by: Jeff McMenamin
01/28/12 12:15 pm EST
Charlotte Bobcats 72 Final

Recap | Box Score

89 Philadelphia 76ers
Elton Brand, PF 21 MIN | 2-5 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 2 AST | 4 PTS | +13

Brand was given some much needed rest in the contest after having to shoulder the load in the lane for the past few games. He had an efficiency rating of +13 while on the court so he seemed to be doing things right when out there.

Andre Iguodala, SF 27 MIN | 3-9 FG | 2-2 FT | 4 REB | 6 AST | 9 PTS | +18

AI9 played the role of a distributor in this game and it worked out well for the 7-6. Iggy had 6 assists in the contest including a sick pass in transition to a trailing Thaddeus Young in the second quarter who finished with the alley oop flush.

Tony Battie, C 13 MIN | 2-3 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 0 AST | 4 PTS | +6

The veteran Battie who started the game was given the typical “veteran playing time when their team establishes a big lead” treatment.  Battie played 12 minutes in this one and enjoyed a comfortable seat on the bench for this one.

Jodie Meeks, G 33 MIN | 4-12 FG | 3-3 FT | 4 REB | 2 AST | 14 PTS | +14

Meeks continued his solid shooting at home this season, knocking down three treys in the contest.  He’s a guy that the Sixers have to get going each game because when he’s hot he’s a tough guy to stop.

Jrue Holiday, PG 31 MIN | 6-14 FG | 2-2 FT | 5 REB | 3 AST | 15 PTS | +23On

Jrue’s bobblehead night the man did not disappoint. Whether driving to the cup, distributing the ball, forcing turnovers, or simply just controlling the game Holiday was able to do it all in this one.  The Sixers were +23 with him on the court.

Francisco Elson, C 4 MIN | 0-1 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 0 PTS | -3

We have an Elson sighting! In his first game of the year just hours after the Sixers signed him to a contract, the seven foot dutchman grabbed a board and blocked a shot. Let’s see what he can do with a little more tick.

Lou Williams, PG 21 MIN | 6-12 FG | 4-5 FT | 5 REB | 4 AST | 17 PTS | +7

Sweet Lou did what Sweet Lou does best. Score the basketball. Lou led all scorers with 17 in this one and paced the Sixers all night.  When Lou gets it going, usually good things happen.  When Lou hits for 13 or more the Sixers are 11-4, 12 or less 2-2.

Thaddeus Young, F 24 MIN | 5-7 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 0 AST | 10 PTS | +21

Young played with high intensity all night and did his job while on the court. His numbers don’t give him enough justice. Thad helped the Sixers with what they do best: transition basketball.  That’s one of the keys to the Sixers success this season.

Lavoy Allen, PF 28 MIN | 4-7 FG | 0-0 FT | 7 REB | 1 AST | 8 PTS | +5

The Temple Alum once again played a great game at the WFC.  He was active on the boards, had a sick dish to a cutting Thad Young, and was productive shooting the ball. It was a good thing to see after the way that Kris Humphries totally dominated him in the game before.  It’s the typical rookie growing pains.

Evan Turner, SG 22 MIN | 2-4 FG | 0-0 FT | 7 REB | 1 AST | 4 PTS | +1

Turner didn’t play his best in this one, but still did things to help while on the court.  He defended well and pulled down seven boards which led the team. He’s looking more and more comfortable though when on the court.

After the Jump, Six Things We Saw Last Night


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GM 9: RAPID REACTS

Posted by: Tom Sunnergren
01/10/12 11:36 pm EST
Sacramento Kings 85 FinalRecap | Box Score 112 Philadelphia 76ers
Elton Brand, PF 25 MIN | 10-14 FG | 1-4 FT | 10 REB | 2 AST | 21 PTS | +13

The old war horse, on night two of a back-to-back-to-back, distinguished himself most in the second and third periods, where — with Spencer Hawes hobbled by a back strain — he scored 19 and grabbed 7 rebounds. A sample sequence: after netting layup in traffic, Brand twice consecutively blocked DeMarcus Cousins, then grabbed an o-board on the other end.
After looking sluggish in the (very) early going of the season, Brand is playing—and I mean this in the most complimentary sense—consistent, veteran basketball.  Controlled, disciplined, savvy, self-possessed ball. Watching him against Cousins was particularly instructive.  While Cousins clearly has better physical skills, Brand was much more economical with his movements, and consistently positioned himself better.  Interesting contrast.

Andre Iguodala, SF 22 MIN | 3-3 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 3 AST | 7 PTS | +13

Iguodala didn’t fill the stat sheet, but in a blowout, he didn’t have too. He chipped in with his usual stout defense. J ohn Salmons and Tyreke Evans, his charges for most of the night, went 9-23.

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

Hawes had a disappointing evening.  Before his second period back strain, which put him out of commission for the rest of the game, he put up a goose egg in the points and rebounds column and got pushed around a little by DeMarcus Cousins.  He did, however, get three assists — one of which was a pretty back door pass to Lou Williams.

Jodie Meeks, G 29 MIN | 5-9 FG | 1-1 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 14 PTS | +21

The Meeks inherited the earth.  Jodie led the charge in the third period, hitting all three of his threes.

Jrue Holiday, PG 32 MIN | 8-13 FG | 0-0 FT | 6 REB | 8 AST | 17 PTS | +22

Jrue bounced back nicely from his rocky night against the Pacers—where he had two assists against seven turnovers—with a tidy outing, sprinkled with some magic.  The magic: in the first period, he picked a pass intended for Travis Outlaw, unleashed a devastating spin move to get around and by him, then finished on the other end with a left-handed dunk.

Lou Williams, PG 21 MIN | 6-11 FG | 3-4 FT | 4 REB | 3 AST | 15 PTS | +22

A sweet performance by Lou.  Scored in double digits for the ninth straight contest and, in a reflection of the respect he’s earned from Collins and his teammates, was always the guy with the ball in his hands as the period wound down.

Thaddeus Young, F 22 MIN | 5-9 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 1 AST | 10 PTS | +22

Thad Young is just pure energy coming off the bench.  Immediately upon entering the game, he grabbed a board in traffic, kicked it to Williams, sprinted by everybody, then caught a bullet and finished with two hands.  Two minutes later, he blew by Francisco Garcia for another bucket.  He’s just dangerously explosive.  If Iran had Thad Young, we’d probably have to go to war.

Evan Turner, SG 34 MIN | 6-12 FG | 4-4 FT | 10 REB | 8 AST | 16 PTS | +15

Best all-around night of the season, and possibly his career, for ET.  The fact that he was occasionally guarded by the Jimmer is the only thing keeping him from a perfect grade.

Nikola Vucevic, C 19 MIN | 2-3 FG | 0-0 FT | 5 REB | 1 AST | 4 PTS | +22

Another solid night from the unexpectedly productive rookie.  Unlike many Europeans, he can play defense too: he knocked loose a JJ Hickson handle in the first, that jump started a fast break and an easy two.

After the Jump…Six Things We Saw Tonight


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01/10/12 4:44 pm EST

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GM 7 RECAP: WHAT DID HE SAY?

Posted by: Tom Sunnergren
01/08/12 10:39 am EST

Something pretty obvious occurred to me last night as I watched the Sixers lay their second absolute smackdown in as many nights: Doug Collins can coach.

As in, as of this moment, with Phil Jackson at least temporarily retired, better than anyone in the NBA.  After Saturday’s 97-62 thumping, Collins has, in a season and change at the Sixers helm, compiled a 46-43 record — 43-30 in the last 73 games.  With all due respect to Greg Popovich, is there anyone in the Association who has done more with less over the last 14 months?

Collins has: (1) Developed Jrue Holiday into a budding All-Star; (2) Rejuvenated Elton Brand; (3) Turned Spencer Hawes into a viable NBA center; (4) Unleashed Thaddeus Young on the world; (5) Helped turn Andre Iguodala from a guy who can’t hit jumpers but takes too many of them into a guy who still can’t hit them but shoots them less.

More importantly, he’s turned the Sixers into the rarest of units in the modern NBA: a team.


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