MCW is in the Playoffs

Posted by: Michael Kaskey-Blomain
04/22/15 10:57 am EST

mcw76ers-media-dayeditedMichael Carter-Williams and his Milwaukee Bucks are down 2-0 in their 1st round playoff series against the Chicago Bulls and even though Game 3 is in Milwaukee, the odds of the Bucks coming back to win this series are long.  Still, as Carter Williams sat in front of his locker in the bowels of the Wells Fargo Center back on April 13th and spoke to the media, first few inquiries revolved around the progress of his own game, his teammates’, and the organization’s solid season.

Such questions had become a familiar refrain for the former 76er.  However, after the Milwaukee Bucks bested the Sixers ten days ago in the season’s second-to-last regular season game, the questions Carter-Williams faced quickly took on a very different tone.

“It’s really exciting,” he replied when asked about his upcoming inaugural playoff appearance.

“It’s my first playoffs and a lot of these guys first playoffs,” he furthered, nodding his head toward his teammates.

 


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Canaan Ball Free Zone

Posted by: Michael Kaskey-Blomain
04/17/15 10:30 am EST

NBA: Philadelphia 76ers at Orlando MagicEveryone sitting close to the pool’s edge can breathe a sigh of relief.  It’s a good bet that there won’t be any Canaanballs for the 76ers in 2015-16.

Last week, Head Coach Brett Brown revealed that trade deadline acquisition Isiah Canaan would miss the remainder of the season with a foot sprain (He missed 6 games total because of the injury).  The 23-year-old guard only has a partially guaranteed contract with the team for next season, so his 18 points (7-12 on FGAs) and 6 assists outing against the Wizards on April 1st may have been the last time Canaan wears the Sixers unfiorm.

If you recall, Canaan, who was acquired on trade deadline day in the deal that sent K.J. McDaniels to Houston, appeared in 22 games for the Sixers this season, cracking the starting rotation in 12 of them.  He averaged 12.6 points and 3.1 assists per game over that span, while shooting 37% from the field and playing 26 minutes per game.


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GM81: Rapid (MCW’s Revenge) Reacts

Posted by: C. Smith
04/14/15 10:11 am EST
Milwaukee Bucks 107 FinalRecap | Box Score 97 Philadelphia 76ers
Furkan Aldemir, PF 22 MIN | 1-2 FG | 0-0 FT | 5 REB | 3 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 2 PTS | -3 +/-I’ve been waiting to see what Furkan could do with extended minutes and I think I have my answer.

Robert Covington, SF 33 MIN | 6-13 FG | 12-13 FT | 7 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 4 BLK | 10 TO | 25 PTS | +2 +/-Yes Cov filled it up last night from a scoring standpoint, but 18 of his points came in the 1st half.  He also turned the ball over 10 times; shot 16% from deep and played zero defense in the 2nd half.

Jerami Grant, SF 28 MIN | 3-9 FG | 1-4 FT | 7 REB | 4 AST | 3 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 8 PTS | -7 +/-An off shooting night for Grant hurt his production.  Still, he was agressive on offense and I thought he was one of the few Sixers that actually played hard at the other end last night.

Ish Smith, PG 34 MIN | 2-7 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 9 AST | 3 STL | 0 BLK | 5 TO | 4 PTS | -8 +/-A horrific shooting night and 5 turnovers are not what I was looking from Smith last night, but he was simply out-classed by MCW all game.

Hollis Thompson, SG 36 MIN | 7-18 FG | 2-2 FT | 4 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 19 PTS | -17 +/-Despite shooting 30% from three, HT had a decent night scoring the ball.  Still I think it should be noted that 15 of his points came in the 1st half and Thompson was MIA in the 2nd half when the Sixers desperately needed some buckets.

 


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’14-15: Similar Record; Better Team

Posted by: Michael Kaskey-Blomain
04/09/15 12:59 pm EST

sam-hinkieThe 76ers will finish the 2014-15 NBA season with a record nearly identical to the one that they posted in 2013-14 – their first year under Head Coach Brett Brown and GM Sam Hinkie. The similarity in total wins and losses does not mean that there was zero progress from the first to second season under this regime.  It just means that the progress has yet to be reflected in the wins column.

In actuality, the Sixers are substantially further along in their rebuilding process at the end of the second season with Hinkie at the helm than they were just eleven months ago when current Milwaukee Buck, Michael Carter-Williams was named the league’s Rookie of the Year.

 


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6 for the Final 9 of Tank 2.0

Posted by: Michael Kaskey-Blomain
03/28/15 9:26 am EST

76erscrystalballLast night, despite a super-human effort from emerging Rookie of the Year candidate Nerlens Noel (30 points; 14 boards; 70% shooting form the field), the 76ers lost their 55th contest of Tank 2.0.  Instead of analyzing the fact that Brett Brown’s squad missed their last 10 shots of the 3rd quarter last night or how they trailed the playoff bound Clippers by 32 during the final quarter, I thought we’d try something a little different on a Saturday morning.

Thankfully, the 76ers have only 9 games remaining in the 2014-15 season.  Seven of those contests are against playoff bound / caliber teams, while the other two games are against fellow tankers — the Los Angels Lakers and New York Knicks.  After careful consideration of the remaining schedule and the currents status of the Sixers, I have assembled a list of six items I want to see from Brett Brown and this 76ers roster over the last nine games of the season.

 


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GM71: Rapid (2nd Cousins) Reacts

Posted by: Philadunkia
03/25/15 11:09 am EST
Philadelphia 76ers 106 FinalRecap | Box Score 107 Sacramento Kings
Luc Richard Mbah a Moute, PF 28 MIN | 1-5 FG | 2-2 FT | 6 REB | 1 AST | 2 STL | 2 BLK | 0 TO | 5 PTS | +6 +/-ICYMI: 3 of Luc’s 5 total points came mid-way through the 1st Q when he splashed home a 3-ball. The rest of the night he was MIA.

Robert Covington, SF 27 MIN | 7-9 FG | 2-4 FT | 3 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 1 BLK | 4 TO | 21 PTS | +11 +/-The elbow mus be feeling much better because Cov got the start last night and despite not scoring in the 1st Q, he responded with a big performance.  His 12-point scoring barrage in the span of 1:11 during the 4th Q was simply amazing to watch.

Nerlens Noel, C 29 MIN | 5-10 FG | 4-5 FT | 10 REB | 3 AST | 0 STL | 6 BLK | 2 TO | 14 PTS | +7 +/-Another double-double and 50% shooting from the field. With 6 swats last night, Noel now has 15 blocks over his last 5 games.  Noel also is averaging 15 points on 51.7% shooting over that same stretch of games.  He has to be entering the ROY discussion, correct?

Ish Smith, PG 30 MIN | 5-14 FG | 2-2 FT | 8 REB | 7 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 7 TO | 13 PTS | +3 +/-Other than the 7 TOs and a 1:1 assist/TO ratio, I thought Smith played the solid game I asked for in my Fo’ with the Foes preview.  If he can play like this every night, the Sixers will at least be tolerable to watch down the home stretch of this season.

JaKarr Sampson, SG 19 MIN | 3-5 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 8 PTS | +1 +/-In the early 3rd Q I thought Sampson found a nice groove (5 quick points), so I was a little shocked that Brown did not play him more in the 2nd half.

 


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Fo’ with the Foes: Detroit Pistons

Posted by: C. Smith
03/18/15 4:55 pm EST

pistonsredheadThis 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 Detroit Pistons who defeated the Memphis Grizzlies last night, but have lost 10 of their last 11 and will be without Greg Monroe tonight.

After the jump, I’ll look a Fo’ key items for tonight’s game.  Additionally, we’ll get a little more insight into this Detroit team the Sixers face tonight from our colleague Dan Feldman at pistonpowered.com, as Dan will answer Fo’ questions on his Pistons squad from us here at Philadunkia.

 


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GM65: Rapid (Reserves Rock!) Reacts

Posted by: C. Smith
03/14/15 11:28 am EST
Sacramento Kings 107 FinalRecap | Box Score 114 Philadelphia 76ers
Luc Richard Mbah a Moute, PF 30 MIN | 5-11 FG | 0-0 FT | 5 REB | 4 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 10 PTS | +8 +/-Luc recovered from a slow start (2 points in 1st Q) to post a solid game. His 6 points during the 3rd Q surge assisted the Sixer reserves in bringing home this W.

Robert Covington, SF 29 MIN | 8-17 FG | 2-3 FT | 2 REB | 2 AST | 3 STL | 1 BLK | 1 TO | 24 PTS | +3 +/-Welcome back Cov!!  His hot shooting and 11 points in the 1st Q kept the Sixers from falling out of this game very early on.  Then Cov posted another 9 points in the 2nd Q (3-3 from deep). Still, it seems Cov was one of the few players who did not benefit from Brown’s halftime speech as he went 1-5 from the field in the 2nd half.

Nerlens Noel, C 28 MIN | 7-13 FG | 2-2 FT | 12 REB | 4 AST | 1 STL | 1 BLK | 1 TO | 16 PTS | +5 +/-Just another double-double and 50%+ shooting from the field from Noel who’s play since the trade deadline continues to amaze.  Is anyone else disappointed that he had only had 1 steal?

Isaiah Canaan, PG 23 MIN | 3-9 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 5 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 7 PTS | -4 +/-Priority #1 for Sam Hinkie is to find a PG and a backup PG for 2015-16 because the undersized Canaan who has totaled 5 dimes and 4 TOs in the last 2 games while shooting 32% from the field is not the answer.  Still, his 5 points in the 3rd Q were huge last night, so he gets the C+ from me.

JaKarr Sampson, SG 17 MIN | 4-6 FG | 2-3 FT | 2 REB | 3 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 10 PTS | -7 +/-Sampson was very active early on in this game and thrilled the crowd with a drive to the rim that ended with a thunderous flush.  After 6 points in the 1st half, I thought he had finally found his stride again, but he went MIA in the 2nd half and I don’t have a single note on him from the 3rd/4th Qs.

 


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Noel on the Rise

Posted by: Michael Kaskey-Blomain
03/13/15 11:43 am EST

NBA: Miami Heat at Philadelphia 76ersIf you’ve been paying attention to the Sixers lately, you’ve undoubtedly noticed the all-around improved play of Nerlens Noel.  Since the NBA trade deadline (and the departure of Michael Carter-Williams) Noel has taken giant steps in his development, on both ends of the floor.  In his last 10 games, #4 is averaging 11.4 ppg.; 10.6 rpg.; 2.2 bpg. and 2.7 spg., all while shooting 43% from the field.  With each passing game he looks less and less like the raw, out-of-place player he often resembled early on in the season.

Many expected Noel to be good, even dominant, defensively, but it’s safe to say that few expected him to be this good this quickly.

Aftre the jump, I’ll take a look at just how good Noel has been since the 2015 NBA All-Star Weekend festivities in New York concluded.


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Noel and the Numbers

Posted by: C. Smith
03/09/15 12:31 pm EST

noelpoppingjerseyLost in the wake of all the Eagles free agency news this weekend was the fact that the 76ers went produced a 1-1 record in their last two games (Win over the depleted Atlanta Hawks) and rookie Nerlens Noel who has played extremely well since the All-Star break, simply took his game to another level this past weekend.

Since the All-Star break, Noel has played his best basketball of the season.  Since the festivities in New York City wrapped up, #4 is averaging 11.8 points, 10.0 rebounds, 1.7 assists, 2.9 blocks, and 2.7 steals per game.

Over the weekend, Noel averaged 10.5 ppg., 14 rpg. and 5.5 spg.  As a result of his two impressive outings, a host of “historical” references were applied to the stats Noel has been posting during this recent stretch of play and posted online.  After the jump, we’ll present a several of those references and let you decide what, if anything, these numbers exactly mean for Noel and the 76ers.

 


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