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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FO’ with the FOES: LA LAKERS

Posted by: C. Smith
12/17/10 1:42 pm EST

This frozen Friday 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 upcoming 76ers opponents — features tonight’s opponent the two time defending NBA Champion Los Angeles Lakers. 

The Sixers are about as hot as they have ever been over the last two years and we really like the way the team is playing right now.  We’re getting contributions from everyone of offense – including Spencer Hawes.  SURPRISE.  On the defensive end we are also playing very well – the Sixers are ranked 10thin opponents scoring average (96.6 ppg.) and 4th in opponents’ 3-point percentage (33.3%).

Throw in the fact that this is the 6thgame in a 7-game road swing for the LAL and the idea that a significantly inferior 76ers squad (to the current team) gave the Lakers all they could handle in both match ups last year and we have to say we like our chances of seeing an upset tonight.


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PHILLY’S FAVORITE VILLAIN

Posted by: Jeff McMenamin
02/01/10 2:34 pm EST

Forget the four rings. Forget the MVP award. Forget the 12 straight All-Star appearances. Forget the numerous All-NBA teams he’s made, and forget the slam dunk trophy. In Philadelphia these accomplishments aren’t the reason why there is so much dislike towards its native son Kobe Bryant, it goes much deeper.

In Philadelphia, arguably the toughest sports town on athletes in America, it’s hard enough for the city’s own athletes to get love from the hometown faithful and it’s even more difficult for an athlete from another city to find any love from fans here. It’s uncommon, but it happens in this city more then you would think.

On April 16th, 2003 one of the greatest athletes of all-time entered the First Union Center to play the last game of his career and was met with a standing ovation from the Philly fans in attendance. Michael Jordan who amassed six NBA Championships, five MVP awards, one defensive player of the year award, 14 All-Star appearances, and hundreds of other accomplishments was loved. He didn’t grow up in the Philadelphia area, he beat the Sixers on a regular basis, and he was the definition of a showboat but he was loved.

In his final game of his illustrious career Jordan lost to the Sixers 107-87, but it wasn’t the loss which Jordan will forever remember it was the way in which Philadelphia fans responded to the moment. “This is the final retirement…The Philly people did a great job. They gave me the biggest inspiration, in a sense.” Jordan said, “Obviously, they wanted to see me make a couple of baskets and then come off. That was very, very respectful, and I had a good time.”

Now switch to February 10th, 2002. The NBA-All star game was being held at the First Union Center and Philadelphia was home to the games brightest stars. Fans were thrilled at the opportunity to see the stars showcase their talent on the court, and the city was soaking in the scene. The West beat the East 135-120 and Kobe Bryant won the MVP of the game scoring 31 points to go with five assists and five rebounds. In the award ceremony following the game, Philadelphia fans showered Kobe Bryant in boo’s like they had done for many years before, and this time for the entire country to see. It was a statement. A statement that you’re not the beloved athlete that you think you are and a statement which showed that until you show a little class and respect, then you will never be beloved in this city.


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FO’ with the FOES: LA LAKERS

Posted by: Philadunkia
01/29/10 3:30 pm EST

This Friday 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 upcoming 76ers opponents — features tonight’s opponent the defending NBA Champions, the Los Angeles Lakers. 

What would you like us to say about tonight’s game against the World Champion Lakers?  We all know that the 76ers have little shot at winning this one and it’s just a matter of how bad the Lakers want to beat us tonight.  It doesn’t matter that this is game 6 of an eight game road trip for the Lakers.  It doesn’t matter that Ron Artest is hurt and playing the worst basketball of his career.  It doesn’t matter that the Lakers as a team are not playing their best ball right now (3-2 on this road trip; 7-5 over their last 12 games) .  Nor does it matter that Kobe has a broken finger on his hand that is causing issues with his shot.  The Lakers are simply a much, much better team all-around and despite all of the above “problems” LA should win this game easily. 

The Sixers one sliver of hope is the NBA’s version of the trap game theory.  The Lakers have a highly anticipated game at Boston on Sunday afternoon that will be broadcast to a national television audience.  So there is a slim chance that the Lakers could be looking past the lowly Sixers and ahead to their statement game against Boston on Sunday.  Maybe the Sixers get very lucky and LA totally sleep walks through this game and we can steal one, but it’s doubtful and here’s why…

Let’s pretend that by some miracle the Lakers sleep walk through the first quarter of the game and the Sixers are keeping this one close.  The moment the boos start raining down on Kobe from the Wachovia Center seats, the Lower Merion product is going to flip the switch, become “The Black Mamba”, hang a 40-spot on the Sixers terrible defense and carry his squad to the W.  Kobe lives to be heckled and booed — it motivates him.  He also loves sticking it the Philly fans every chance he gets.  This long-shot hypothetical situation would be just another opportunity for him to “cut out their hearts” down at the Wach and he would relish every second of it.  He’s Jordan-esque like that. 

For a little more insight into the Lakers team the Sixers face tonight, we turn to our man Kurt Helin from forumblueandgold.com to answer two questions on LA from us here at Philadunkia as well as provide us with two points of analysis on this Lakers squad from an insider’s perspective. 


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