Wiggins Watch: Episode VII

Posted by: Alex Gorge
02/11/14 2:01 pm EST

wigginsblackbckdropMonday night in Manhattan, Kansas the Jayhawks fell to the Kansas State Wildcats in overtime, 85-82.  This loss is the second in their past four games for Bill Self’s sqaud, but in no way do these losses fall on freshmen star Andrew Wiggins.

Last week, I called for the freshmen to have a more cerebral game that didn’t involve him imposing pre-meditated shots, but rather, to take what the defense gave him.  Well in his past two games he has had 16 and 19 points respectively.  The freshman is a combined 10-26 from the field in his past two games and 0-7 from three.  You would think with shooting stats like that Wiggins would be averaging about 10 points but in fact he is averaging 17.5 in his last two contests thanks to free throws.  Wiggins was aggressive for the second straight game last night, going 8-15 from the free throw line and going 7-10 from the stripe two days prior.

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GM53: Rapid (Pathetic) Reacts

Posted by: C. Smith
02/11/14 9:09 am EST
Philadelphia 76ers 80 FinalRecap | Box Score 123 Golden State Warriors
Thaddeus Young, PF 28 MIN | 5-15 FG | 2-2 FT | 2 REB | 0 AST | 3 STL | 0 BLK | 4 TO | 12 PTS | -31Depsite 8 first half points, last night was one of the few times all year I have seen Thad look tired.  He was a -31 on the night.

Evan Turner, SF 32 MIN | 6-13 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 2 AST | 3 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 12 PTS | -23Zero FTAs from your starting SF is unaccceptable.  You can actually see his trade value going down the toilet.

Spencer Hawes, C 25 MIN | 3-10 FG | 0-1 FT | 6 REB | 4 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 6 PTS | -20You know things are going bad when Spence can not find his shooting stroke.

Michael Carter-Williams, PG 31 MIN | 8-18 FG | 7-10 FT | 4 REB | 3 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 4 TO | 24 PTS | -17It was nice to see MCW find his shooting stroke for a night and he did a great job getting to the FT line.  Ten points in the 1st Q through the early 2nd Q kept the 76ers in this game, but it wasn’t enough.  However, he had more TOs (4) than dimes (3).

James Anderson, SG 26 MIN | 1-6 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 2 PTS | -42In his last two games JA is averaging 2 points per night while shooting 2-12 from the field and 0-8 from deep.

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GM52: Rapid (Posterized) Reacts

Posted by: C. Smith
02/10/14 9:24 am EST
Philadelphia 76ers 78 FinalRecap | Box Score 123 Los Angeles Clippers
Thaddeus Young, PF 26 MIN | 7-17 FG | 0-0 FT | 11 REB | 2 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 15 PTS | -40Keep husting and grinding Thad, someday it’s going to pay off in the win column.  Unfortunately it may not be here in Philly

Evan Turner, SF 27 MIN | 1-8 FG | 5-5 FT | 4 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 7 PTS | -43Another trade value killing night from “The Enigma”.  FYI…In his last 10 games Turner is averaging 12.9 ppg. on 36% shooting from the field.

Spencer Hawes, C 23 MIN | 0-8 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 0 PTS | -42It’s amazing how bad Hawes plays against athletic centers who care about defense (see KG as well).  Spence had 2 rebs in 23 mins of action…well done for a 7-footer.

Michael Carter-Williams, PG 35 MIN | 5-18 FG | 4-5 FT | 7 REB | 5 AST | 1 STL | 2 BLK | 8 TO | 14 PTS | -25Another awful shooting night from MCW.  Additionally, he now seems to have the turnover bug — 8 last night.  That TO number exceeded his totals for assists (5); FGM (5) and FTM (4).

James Anderson, SG 16 MIN | 1-6 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 1 TO | 2 PTS | -40Wasn’t this guy supposed to be lethal from behind the arc?

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A Trade for Dwight Howard

Posted by: C. Smith
02/09/14 12:48 pm EST

dwighthoward76ersmoonIt goes without saying that the scribes here at Philadunkia have grown weary of discussing the 76ers on the court ills during this season of the tank.  Long before this week’s depressing home losses to the also-tanking Celtics and the depleted Lakers our water cooler talk had turned to discussing what trades Sam Hinkie could possibly put together in an effort to rebuild this franchise.

The usual trade suspects on the 76ers’ roster — Thad, Turner and Hawes — are mentioned in these daily deadline discussions.  We’ve all read the rumors or reports from “sources” about possible trade destinations for the three veterans on this team.  To be honest, it seems like those stories have been circulating online since the Sixers broke camp.

However, with the NBA trade deadline just 11 days away, a fresh trade idea was proposed by one of the scribes here at Philadunkia that would put Dwight Howard in a 76ers uniform.  After the jump, that potential trade will be outlined and discussed.

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GM49: Rapid (Entertaining) Reacts

Posted by: C. Smith
02/04/14 11:50 am EST
Philadelphia 76ers 102 FinalRecap | Box Score 108 Brooklyn Nets
Thaddeus Young, PF 38 MIN | 7-11 FG | 2-2 FT | 5 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 17 PTS | -3A 9-point first half (4-7 on FGAs) triggered a solid game from #21.  He rolled home a 3PA in the 2nd Q and also had a nice steal and lay-in during that Q.  Thad’s big slam in the 4th Q helped ignite the Sixers 4th Q push that made this game enjoyable to watch.

Evan Turner, SF 34 MIN | 3-8 FG | 3-3 FT | 5 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 4 TO | 9 PTS | -12“The Enigma” is back and that’s not going to help his trade value.  Turner did not hoist up his first FGA until there were 2 mins. remaining in the 1st Q and we all know he is at his best when he scores early in the game.  In the 3rd Q there was a Sixers possession during which Turner dribbled the shot clock out and than attempted a shot with 3 Nets on him.  KG blocked that weak s***.  On the next trip he had a TO that led to a Nets FB bucket.

Spencer Hawes, C 35 MIN | 3-7 FG | 0-0 FT | 8 REB | 6 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 6 TO | 8 PTS | -6Don’t let the stat line fool you.  If you watched this game closely, you know that Spencer was his usual ineffective self when KG is present. He hit a 3-ball in the 3rd Q and another in the 4th — that’s about all folks.  Unless you want to discuss his 6 turnovers.

Michael Carter-Williams, PG 36 MIN | 6-17 FG | 6-7 FT | 2 REB | 4 AST | 1 STL | 2 BLK | 6 TO | 21 PTS | -12MCW continues to struggle with his shooting stroke (2-8 in 1st half) and last night he was also a little careless with the ball — 6 turnovers.  However despite those woes, he kept the Sixers in this game all night with big plays.  11 points in the 2nd Q; a big 3PM to open the 3rd Q; a steal an lay-in in the 4th as well as a 3-ball in that Q. Without #1 last night, the Sixers would have gotten blown out.

James Anderson, SG 27 MIN | 5-8 FG | 1-2 FT | 5 REB | 3 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 12 PTS | -12A nice 7-point scoring burst in the 2nd Q included a fantastic lay-in.  His 3PM in the 4th Q made the score 104-102 and gave the Sixers one last shot of hope in this one.  However, JA couldn’t guard anyone last night and that’s not helping the Sixers’ defensive issues.

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WIggins Watch: Episode VI

Posted by: Alex Gorge
02/03/14 11:12 am EST

wigginsblackbckdropWhy do people go back to the same barber over and over again?


They know they will get the same top quality haircut every time they go in for a visit.  Consistency is the one thing Kansas star Andrew Wiggins has not shown in his hair styles, nor his play, and it could be the reason the Jayhawks are not seeing their full potential.

Saturday afternoon in Austin, the Jayhawks fell to the Texas Longhorns 81-69 in a game that was not as close as that score might indicate.  Shot blocking and rebounding are usually statistics that fall in the favor of Kansas (thanks to Joel Embiid), but on Saturday that was not the case and it turned out to be a deciding factor for the ‘Horns.  The Longhorn front-court of Cameron Ridley and Jonathan Holmes was a force to be reckoned with as they helped Texas to twelve blocks and the shocking victory.

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GM48: Rapid (I’m Done) Reacts

Posted by: Philadunkia
02/02/14 11:32 am EST
Philadelphia 76ers 96 FinalRecap | Box Score 113 Detroit Pistons
Thaddeus Young, PF 32 MIN | 7-14 FG | 0-3 FT | 4 REB | 3 AST | 5 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 14 PTS | -17Thad was simply over matched on the defensive end, but did manage 5 steals. A decent night on offense was overshadowed poor FT shooting and an O-fer night from three.  In his last 5 games, Thad is shooting 7-24 (29%) from three. In his last 3 games, Thad is 4-14 from the charity stripe.  When a player with Thad’s silky shootin stroke is missing that frequently, it indicates to me that #21 is simply tired.

Evan Turner, SF 33 MIN | 5-13 FG | 5-6 FT | 4 REB | 4 AST | 3 STL | 0 BLK | 4 TO | 15 PTS | -17“The Enigma” is alive and well.  A 1-5 start from the field produced a typical inefficent scoring night for Turner.  And in a shocking turn of events, Turner got emotional and showed his temper last night.  Turner is now 13-40 from the field in his last 3 games and 0-7 from the 3-point line.  Add 8 turnovers in those 3 runs to the stats and you have player that is becoming increasingly difficult to trade for a 1st round pick.

Spencer Hawes, C 28 MIN | 2-8 FG | 0-0 FT | 8 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 1 TO | 4 PTS | -23I know the Pistons are a massive team down low, but have some stones and provide a little resistance.

James Anderson, SG 28 MIN | 5-11 FG | 1-2 FT | 6 REB | 0 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 12 PTS | -19Anderson started his night with two smooth drives to the rack for layins in the 1st Q.  After a couple of nice buckets — including a tear drop floater — in the 2nd Q, I thought Anderson was headed from a big night.  It didn’t pan out that way, but still a nice performace from JA.  Great draw of a charge in 2nd Q.  I thought the 3PA his missed at the 8:45 mark of the 3rd Q with the Sixers down 10 was the turning point in the game.  He can’t go 1-4 from three if the Sixers are to compete on a nightly basis.

Tony Wroten, SG 35 MIN | 8-19 FG | 2-2 FT | 3 REB | 5 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 6 TO | 18 PTS | -11Coming off a 1-13 shooting night vs. Atlanta, Wroten got his stroke going early with a 3-5 start in the 1st Q.  He ended the 1st half 6-12 from the field for 12 points.  TWroe also had a nice give and go with Lavoy in the 2nd Q for a hoop.  But Wroten’s hot hand stayed in the locker room at the break as he shot 2-7 in the 2nd half.  He also turned teh ball over 6 times and was out of control on a number of drives to the tin.

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Is Hollis Thompson A Keeper?

Posted by: Alex Gorge
01/31/14 9:54 am EST

Thompson-300x222Remember when the Washington Redskins started out less than stellar in Robert Griffin’s rookie year?  This prompted Head Coach Mike Shanahan to say after one his many losses that year,  “We’re not playing for the playoffs, were playing to find out who will be on this roster for years to come”.   Well that is what is taking place during 76er games this year, especially with the reserve players.

We all know that the 76ers are tanking this year but there are still pertinent tasks that need to be completed.  One of these tasks is finding out who will be able to be a reliable option coming off the bench for the foreseeable future.  The answer might be former Georgetown Hoya / D-Leaguer, Hollis Thompson.  The 6’8, two hundred and six pound rookie has had an up and down season but might finally be hitting his stride going into the All-Star break.  If Thompson can continue to make positive contributions, he may play himself into a new contract and could be 76er for some time.

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GM46: Rapid (Beating Boston) Reacts

Posted by: C. Smith
01/30/14 10:15 am EST
Philadelphia 76ers 95 FinalRecap | Box Score 94 Boston Celtics
Thaddeus Young, PF 32 MIN | 7-14 FG | 0-4 FT | 4 REB | 5 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 16 PTS | -6I don’t understand how a player with such a smooth stroke shoots 0-4 from the FT line, but other than that it was another solid night for Thad.  He hit 2 clutch threes in the 3rd Q and had a nice dunk in the 4th Q.  Is anyone else worried about the physical pounding Thad has taken in the last couple of games?

Evan Turner, SF 38 MIN | 6-17 FG | 4-6 FT | 6 REB | 8 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 16 PTS | +21A less than spectacular shooting night filled with ill-advised jumpers (especially from three) was erased when Turner scored the winning bucket on a leaning floater as time expired.  I tought he also did a nice job of seeing the floor and finding open teammates.  Turner had zero turnovers, but missed or was late on a number of defensive rotations.

Spencer Hawes, C 35 MIN | 7-14 FG | 2-2 FT | 8 REB | 2 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 20 PTS | +13Spence tied his career high with four 3-pointers and had his offensive game working last night.  The illegal screen he set on JA’s 4th Q drive down the left side for a dunk was the key to that huge possession for the Sixers.  He’s just soooo bad on defense.

Michael Carter-Williams, PG 35 MIN | 4-14 FG | 2-5 FT | 5 REB | 7 AST | 1 STL | 2 BLK | 3 TO | 10 PTS | +10MCW continues to struggle with his shooting stroke.  I was looking forward to seeing him face Rondo especially after the Boston PG’s pregame comments on the Sixers’ ROY candidate.  I can’t wait until the day MCW dunks on Rondo and asks, “What’s my name?!?”  The rookie only had 3 turnovers.  It had to be disappointing that MCW shot so poorly in front of his family and friends in Boston.

James Anderson, SG 29 MIN | 6-8 FG | 0-0 FT | 6 REB | 4 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 13 PTS | +7Four points in the early 1st Q and a dunk by Anderson in 4th Q was that key to the Sixers comeback produced a very solid night for the Sixers shooting guard.

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Fo’ with the Foes: Boston Celtics

Posted by: C. Smith
01/29/14 1:52 pm EST

celtics-dancereditThis 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 Boston Celtics who have lost 6 of their last 7 games and received a 26-point smackdown from the New York Knicks last night.

After the jump, I’ll look a Fo’ key items for tonight’s game. Additionally, we’ll get a little more insight into this Boston team the Sixers face tonight from our colleague Kwapt B at red’sarmy.com, as Kwapt B will answer Fo’ questions on his Celtics squad from us here at Philadunkia.

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