Game 5: (Reality) Rapid Reacts

Posted by: Jeff McMenamin
11/06/13 10:25 pm EST
Washington Wizards 116 FinalRecap | Box Score 102 Philadelphia 76ers
Thaddeus Young, PF 34 MIN | 3-11 FG | 1-2 FT | 6 REB | 2 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 7 PTS | -21Is there any doubt to you that the Sixers would’ve lost if Nene was healthy for the first time around? He simply took Thad out of this game and bodied him in the paint to an awful 3-11 shooting night, after he dropped 29 against the Wiz just five days ago. Thad couldn’t get in rhythm all night and his tweener status showed through.
Evan Turner, SF 38 MIN | 9-13 FG | 5-6 FT | 7 REB | 4 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 24 PTS | -20If not for defense, the stat-line for ET would point to great success from No. 12. 24 points on 9-13 shooting, seven boards, four assists and six trips to the charity stripe show how much Turner has improved on the offensive side of the ball. Yet his play defensively — allowing the trio of Trevor Ariza, Martell Webster and Al Harrington combine for 39 points with nine three-pointers — was torture to watch. Sorry Evan.
Spencer Hawes, C 39 MIN | 9-16 FG | 3-4 FT | 13 REB | 5 AST | 1 STL | 2 BLK | 6 TO | 23 PTS | -9A common trend in this rapid reacts is how skewed the box score made some Sixers players look from this game. Spencer Hawes is one of them. He notched a double-double with 23 points, 13 rebounds, five assists and two blocks on 9-16 shooting, but he was simply awful on defense and lazy with his passes for the majority of the game. Marcin Gortat got everything he wanted from Hawes this game with 19 points on 8-12 shooting. His defense also forced Hawes into a game-high six turnovers. Like Turner, Hawes’ flaws brought his grade down dramatically in this one.
Michael Carter-Williams, PG 37 MIN | 8-21 FG | 2-4 FT | 5 REB | 7 AST | 2 STL | 1 BLK | 2 TO | 19 PTS | -18See Evan Turner and Spencer Hawes…Michael Carter-Williams had an absolutely atrocious first-half, shooting 1-10 for five points. He than had a solid second-half going 7-11 for 14 points, but they all seemed like garbage time buckets to me. John Wall simply had his way all night with the rookie in this one, scoring 24 points with nine assists as Carter-Williams’ efforts were too little too late. He’s still the leading candidate for ROY at the moment, but this game was not one of his bright spots.
James Anderson, SG 33 MIN | 5-10 FG | 1-1 FT | 4 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 13 PTS | -5James’ defense on Bradley Beal was simply awful in the first half. Beal had 13 points on 5-10 shooting as well as five of his eight assists. He really sparked the Wizards offense out of the gate. I give credit to Anderson for keeping him in check the rest of the game though where he shot just 2-10. I actually Tweeted that Anderson is like Willie Green, but unlike Green he knows his role for his team. For a team of misfit shooting guards, it was a decent performance from Anderson.

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An Interesting Take on Tanking

Posted by: C. Smith
10/29/13 12:11 pm EST

wigginsThis morning on SportsCenter, ESPN basketball scribe Jeff Goodman came on the air to discuss his upcoming ESPN The Magazine article which basically explores the topic of tanking in the NBA.  In the article, an anonymous NBA general manager  admitted to Goodman that losing “a lot of games this year” would be what is is best for his franchise.

Now, any number of GM’s or heads of Basketball Operations in the League could have given these interesting quotes to Goodman, but the the odds on favorites would be Lon Babby (Phoenix Suns), Dennis Lindsey (Utah Jazz) and the 7-6’s own Sam Hinkie.

Check out the video after the jump.


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Sixers Embarrassed By Bobcats

Posted by: Michael Kaskey-Blomain
10/17/13 4:54 pm EST

11934406-standardFor the past half-decade or so I’ve looked at the Charlotte Bobcats as the NBA’s doormat; a terrible team that is going nowhere as it’s currently constructed. If I ever felt bad about the state of the Sixers, I could at least look back at the Bobcats and say, “At least we’re not Charlotte.”

Well, after getting not only beaten, but destroyed in basically all areas of the game by Charlotte on Thursday afternoon, it is safe to say, the Sixers are Bobcats-bad.

The final score of the game was 110-84, but most of the time it didn’t even feel that close. Again, this is the Bobcats we’re talking about, a team that has become synonymous with sucking.


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D-LEAGUE 101

Posted by: Jake Fischer
10/01/13 10:39 am EST

87ers-Primary-Logo-PNG(220) copyThis summer the Philadelphia 76ers announced that the franchise had purchased an NBA Development League affiliate and that Joshua Harris & Co. were now the sole owners of the Delaware 87ers.

Then on August 29, the organization announced that the 87ers had acquired the rights to 16 players via the 2013 NBA D-League expansion draft.

So, now what?


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IN HINKIE I QUESTION

Posted by: Jeff McMenamin
07/29/13 1:55 pm EST

062713_hinkie-sam_600With the Eagles officially opening up practice to their fans at a packed Lincoln Financial Field yesterday, the summer for the Sixers in Philadelphia will go as it usually does, as team irrelevant.

As critics and media personalities might argue that this under-the-radar style is the best thing for the organization and that it adds to Sam Hinkie’s “genius” GM style, I for one am not there with you.

I’m as skeptical as I’ve ever been to be a Sixers reporter and fan, and there’s no reason why anyone should be otherwise.

I’m not saying that there’s no hope for this franchise and that the moves which were taken this offseason will further drive the organization into the ground, but I do think it’s time for fans to wake up and smell the coffee and to think about some serious issues facing the franchise in the future. A simple slip-up at any point could be devastating enough to cause irreparable damage.

After the jump, I’ll discuss what issues will pose the biggest problems to the teams rebuilding process…


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GM 33: RAPID REACTS

Posted by: C. Smith
01/03/13 10:42 am EST
Philadelphia 76ers 89 FinalRecap | Box Score 95 Phoenix Suns
Lavoy Allen, PF 35 MIN | 5-11 FG | 0-0 FT | 9 REB | 2 AST | 10 PTS | +4

That’s three near double-doubles in the last week, but Allen (like the rest of the Sixers bigs) doesn’t play physical enough and he got eaten alive by Scola and Gortat.  When he cut the PHX lead to 60-59 on a 19-footer with 6:34 left in 3rd Q, I thought Sixers would pull this one out, but they simply could not get that next basket.

Thaddeus Young, SF 36 MIN | 6-10 FG | 2-2 FT | 10 REB | 2 AST | 14 PTS | -10I’ve said it many times, Thad just punches the clock each and every night and along with Holiday has become part of the Sixers own “dynamic duo”.
Evan Turner, SF 34 MIN | 6-16 FG | 1-2 FT | 2 REB | 1 AST | 13 PTS | -4

Last night I couldn’t decide overall whether or not Turner was forcing things too much or was simply unlucky.  He got a lot of clean/close/good looks and just could not get the ball to drop.  That’s unlucky in my opinion.  However I could be convinced that he was dropping his head too frequently last night and did a mediocre job of finding teammates.

Jrue Holiday, PG 39 MIN | 6-16 FG | 3-4 FT | 10 REB | 10 AST | 16 PTS | -3

A triple-double is amazing, but take a closer look at the stats and you’ll see why Holiday did not get an “A”.  He scored 16 points on an inefficient 16 FGAs (6-16 = 37.5%) and turned the ball over 6 times. And while his late 4th Q defense was outstanding, during most of the game, the tenacious Dragic made Jrue look slow and uninterested.

Jason Richardson, SG 19 MIN | 2-4 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 0 AST | 4 PTS | -2

Uggghhh…He’s only a starter because of DC’s respect for his veteran leadership.

Dorell Wright, SF 30 MIN | 6-9 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 2 AST | 14 PTS | -2

A solid outing from Wright who seems to have rediscovered his scoring touch after taking the night off vs. GSW a couple games ago.  The alley-oop he caught from Jrue that cut the lead to 87-85 with 2 mins. remaining was a thing of beauty.  He also hit a huge 3-pointer in the late 3rd Q.

Spencer Hawes, C 24 MIN | 3-11 FG | 0-0 FT | 7 REB | 3 AST | 6 PTS | -8

Just a terrible shooting night by Spence.  When you’re a big that doesn’t rebound well or play solid defense, you have to provide some scoring punch and Spence failed to do that last night.

Royal Ivey, PG 4 MIN | 0-0 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 0 PTS | -7

Irrelevant.

Nick Young, SG 20 MIN | 3-7 FG | 4-4 FT | 0 REB | 1 AST | 12 PTS | +2

This is exactly the role I want to see NY cast in by DC.  One or two less running leaners and he would have gotten an A+ from me.

Kwame Brown, C DNP COACH’S DECISION MIN | FG | FT | REB | AST | PTS |

Did anyone else catch Kwame dancing to Gangnam Style??  That about sums up his time here in Philly.

Doug Collins

DC should not have waited until the 4 min mark of the 3rd to get Wright back into the game.  Also why the hell is Holiday on the bench for so long in the 4th.  I can’t believe I am saying this, why did Kwame get no burn last night?  DC claims he is the Sixers “physical” big man yet did not see fit to put him in the game as the PHX bangers were knocking our guys all over the place.  Finally, playing a short bench vs. LAL came back to haunt us last night in the 2nd game of the notorious road B2B.

After the Jump, Six Things We Saw Last Night…


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2012-13 SIXERS: HARD TO IDENTIFY

Posted by: Jeff McMenamin
12/07/12 4:24 pm EST

Identity: Some teams have it, some teams don’t and some teams are still in search of it.

The identity of the 2012-13 Sixers was summed up pretty well by coach Doug Collins after their latest loss Tuesday night to the Minnesota Timberwolves.

“This team hasn’t been through anything together, so I don’t know who we are,” Collins said. “The adversity we’ve had have been injuries. But I’m talking about losing. And I worry about that. I worry about getting punched in the mouth a few times and how we’re going to react. That’s a huge concern to me. … I don’t know about this team yet.”

Jason Richardson added to Collins’ comments, but also said that despite not knowing each other very well the Sixers are obviously still a good team.

“We try to stay together, that’s the main thing,” Richardson said. “We were outplayed. Yes, we are a very new team, we don’t know each other real well, but we have a 10-8 record.”

Some believe the Sixers to be the same team as last season, some believe the Sixers to be to be a lottery bound team, some believe that the season depends on the status of Andrew Bynum and other more realistic analysts believe that the Sixers are a deal away from making some noise in the playoffs this season, with or without Andrew Bynum.

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MITCH THE MAGNIFICENT

Posted by: Tim Parker
11/29/12 10:34 am EST

There aren’t too many things that Philadelphia and Memphis share in common.

One city is best known for its historical grandeur, fine restaurants and rabid sports fans, while the other can only boast Elvis and BBQ.  But, Philly and Memphis do share one very unique thing in common.  The City of Brotherly Love and the Barbecue Pork Capital of the World have both had its professional basketball teams’ bamboozled by Lakers’ general manager Mitch Kupchak in deals that allowed the Lakers to acquire two of the most dominant big men in the NBA – Pau Gasol and Dwight Howard.

Yes, long before Kupchak alienated not one, but two coaches in Lakerland (including arguably the best coach in professional basketball history), he suckered our beloved Sixers franchise which was starved to leave the world of the irrelevant (that was nestled in a direction of going nowhere fast) to take on Andrew Bynum and his bum knee, scratch that,  two bum knees.

The 76ers were supposed to receive a Bynum with plenty of superstar potential whose knee simply needed some rest.  Once the knee was stable and now that he was out from under the Kobe dominated Lakers; he would ultimately come into his own as a perennial all-star.

At least, that’s what Bynum was supposed to be.


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GAME 15: RAPID REACTS

Posted by: Jeff McMenamin
11/28/12 2:02 am EST
Dallas Mavericks 98 FinalRecap | Box Score 100 Philadelphia 76ers
Lavoy Allen, PF 21 MIN | 2-2 FG | 2-2 FT | 5 REB | 2 AST | 6 PTS | +6

When I have to say things like, “Lavoy Allen looks slower than Chris Kaman”, then you know you had a bad game.  I’m tired of drilling Lavoy, but he’s playing like “Mr. 500″ this season.  Due to both foul trouble and bad play, Lavoy barely saw the court in the second half of this game.

Thaddeus Young, SF 29 MIN | 7-14 FG | 6-11 FT | 7 REB | 1 AST | 20 PTS | +6

Thad could find himself playing in his first All-Star Game if he keeps his play at this level.  20 points, 7 boards and a career-high 11 free-throws attempted.  The bulk he added in the off-season is paying dividends for the Sixers who crucially need him to succeed for the team to succeed.  He wasn’t necessarily strong on defense, but made up for it and then some on the offensive end of the court. Needless to say, he’s a starter the rest of the year no matter what happens if Bynum does indeed return.

Evan Turner, SF 36 MIN | 8-12 FG | 4-5 FT | 4 REB | 4 AST | 22 PTS | -3

In the first quarter, ET had 10 points on 4-of-5 shooting and 2-of-3 from beyond the arc.  In the third quarter Turner had three straight crucial buckets to turn a 66-70 deficit into a 72-70 lead.  In the fourth quarter, Turner denied Vince Carter an attempt at the last shot (when he had been red hot in the quarter up until that point) to bring the Sixers a victory.  It was a complete performance from Turner on both ends of the floor who finished with a game-high 22 points and showed an organization the type of player he’s capable of being on a more consistent basis.  Turner’s now scored 10 or more points in the last seven games while adding at least four rebounds and three assists.  In fact Evan has now scored 10 or more points in 11 of the Sixers 15 games this season (73%).  Last season Turner scored 10 or more in just 28-of-66 games (42%).

Jrue Holiday, PG 41 MIN | 7-13 FG | 4-4 FT | 0 REB | 7 AST | 18 PTS | +1

Great game from Jrue, up until the fourth quarter.  Two crucial turnovers, a couple late misses and a foul on O.J. Mayo which could have cost the Sixers a win.  I was rooting for Jrue to score 20 points so I could research when the last time three different Sixers reached 20 or more points in a game, unfortunately it didn’t happen.  However 18 points, seven assists and three steals is a great performance in my book.  His defense on O.J. Mayo deserved applause and he made a few awe-inspiring passes to open teammates.  He took a step back in terms of turnovers, but his plus’ outweighed his minus’ in the grand scheme of the game.

Jason Richardson, SG 31 MIN | 2-8 FG | 0-0 FT | 8 REB | 1 AST | 6 PTS | +13

Richardson hit two straight three’s to open the game, but then didn’t score the rest of the night. However, he played solid defense with three steals, he had eight first half rebounds and the Sixers were +13 with him on the court. Hard to argue with his playing time.

Dorell Wright, SF 17 MIN | 1-5 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 4 AST | 2 PTS | -7

Wright’s playing time was one of the things I was upset about in this game.  The Sixers were up 87-81 when Wright exited the game midway through the fourth quarter.  He had just had a huge dunk a couple plays earlier for his first points of the game, but he had played a large role as a facilitator and defender up until that point.  Swaggy P on the other hand was having a terrible game and terrible fourth quarter up until that point, but for some reason when it came time for Thad to check back into the game it was Swaggy and not Wright who was allowed to stay on the court.  I don’t know what Wright did for Collins to be dogging him like this, but after a great start to the season I would’ve expected Wright to be respected a little more than this.

Spencer Hawes, C 13 MIN | 3-5 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 0 AST | 6 PTS | -7

For the most part, Hawes was a non-factor in this game.  He had a couple big buckets in the fourth and a big steal, but really disappointing overall.  He’s now gone nine-straight games without 10 rebounds and had just two in this game.  If he doesn’t start getting physical, Collins will find minutes for guys who are willing to bang no matter how much shorter they may be.

Kwame Brown, C 16 MIN | 2-3 FG | 2-4 FT | 8 REB | 1 AST | 6 PTS | +6

Were you as happy as I was watching Kwame Brown in this game?  He was physical, he was smart, he was efficient, he was active on the boards and he showed toughness.  Literally every question I had about Kwame was answered in his 16 minutes of playing time.  He can be a productive player in this League, he really just has to be aggressive and to stay focused.  I admittedly am a hater of Kwame, but I was excited for him watching this game.  The crowd, after booing him when he first entered the game, was even behind him by the end of the game.  If Kwame can start to do this every night then maybe Doug Collins knew what he was doing all along.  If not…I go back to my realistic expectations.

Maalik Wayns, PG 13 MIN | 2-8 FG | 4-4 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 10 PTS | -5

Before the game I asked Maalik how he had felt getting his first real production in the NBA in the teams win over Pheonix and he responded, “I’m getting more comfortable.  I know what to do now and I’m getting more acclimated to it.  I’m trying to make the most of my minutes whether it’s five minutes or seven minutes, whatever it is I’m trying to make the most of it and to come out successful.”  In Maalik’s most extensive minutes of the season against the Mavs, he had his ups and downs but ultimately showed that he can be more than effective for the team this season.  He had eight first half points and showed that his speed is something that could be dangerous to an opposition. He was crossed up to the floor by Collison, but came back with a three.  He was blocked by Brand, but came right back at the rim and was hacked for two.  He left Collison wide open for a three, but attacked the rim right after and got two more from the line.  Inconsistency is supposed to come with being a rookie, give Maalik some playing time to get comfortable and he could be dangerous.

Nick Young, SG 21 MIN | 1-5 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 2 AST | 2 PTS | +2

Horrible game.  Should’ve played at least 10 minutes less than he did.  His only points came off of a runner/floater where he almost turned the ball over.  He also made a careless pass for an easy two and simply took his eyes off a pass on another occasion.  Despite the crowds “swag” chants, this guy deserved some bench time.

After the jump, Six Things We Saw…


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HOLIDAY: ALL-STAR SG ?!?

Posted by: Steve Toll
11/27/12 10:04 am EST

Doug Collins has the rare distinction of coaching Michael Jordan, the Greatest of All Time (G.O.A.T.).

For a short period of time Collins also coached the best PG of All-Time.  A player who was like a maestro, who would make CP3 and Magic seem ordinary.  However, this player didn’t last long as a point guard, because that player was Michael Jordan.  

Asked to play the point, Jordan had a 21 game stretch over the 1989 season, where he averaged 11.4 assists and 3.6 turnovers, while having 11 triple-doubles in 13 games at one point.  Over the course of that season, Jordan averaged 8 assists per game and had a 2.25 : 1 assist:turnover ratio.  That MJ-point guard experiment of course did not last.  Still, Jordan’s time as a floor general makes me think when I see Holiday play, that Jrue is being miscast.

Through some research, I have discovered as my eye test has hypothesized: Jrue is an All-Star combo guard 

 
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