GM 38: Rapid (Lucky 13) Reacts

Posted by: Philadunkia
01/16/14 10:27 am EST
Charlotte Bobcats 92 FinalRecap | Box Score 95 Philadelphia 76ers
Thaddeus Young, PF 33 MIN | 4-11 FG | 2-4 FT | 5 REB | 1 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 11 PTS | +3As I mentioned in my preview post for this game, I was looking for a fast start and a big night for Thad.  That didn’t happen as #21 only got one look at the hoop in the 1st Q and had 3 TOs in that portion of the game.  He played decently the rest of the night, but was headed for a disappointing run until he drilled the GWing 3-ball.  It was his only made FG of the 4th Q (1-4). FYI…Previous to that 3PM, Thad was 2-for-his-last-11 from deep….Lastly, Thad is averaging only 11.6 ppg. in his last 4 runs.  Hopefully hitting that big shot pulls Thad out of his mini-slump.

Evan Turner, SF 36 MIN | 10-19 FG | 2-2 FT | 7 REB | 4 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 4 TO | 23 PTS | +17A stellar 4th Q (11 points on 5-6 from the field) turned an okay night by Turner into a real crowd pleaser.  50% shooting from the field and 100% from the FT line last night.  Holy sh**!

Spencer Hawes, C 38 MIN | 7-12 FG | 0-0 FT | 14 REB | 7 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 5 TO | 17 PTS | +8A very solid double-double by Hawes was tainted by 5 turnovers and an inability to provide any resistance on Al Jefferson.  However the 3-ball hawes splashed home in the late 4th Q was huge and he handed out 7 dimes.

Michael Carter-Williams, PG 32 MIN | 8-15 FG | 3-6 FT | 8 REB | 7 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 20 PTS | +9A near triple-double for MCW was highlighted by 12 points in the 1st half and a beautiful assist on Thad’s GW’er.  However, his missed FT with the Sixers up 92-90 nearly killed me and he (as well as others) got lit up by Kemba Walker.

James Anderson, SG 30 MIN | 3-4 FG | 0-1 FT | 2 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 6 PTS | +1I still would prefer if JA was coming of the bench and providing a scoring spark, but last night he played fine (as long as we don’t talk about defense). When he scored 4 points early, I actually thought he was headed for a big night.  I was mistaken, but there’s nothing wrong with the way he played.


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Fo’ with the Foes: Charlotte Bobcats

Posted by: C. Smith
01/15/14 2:43 pm EST

charlotte-bobcats-lady-cats-cheerleader-kristiThis 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 Charlotte Bobcats, who have lost eight of their last ten, but got a solid win against New York last night and currently sit inthe 8th and final playoff spot in the East.

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


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Philadunkia 4on4

Posted by: Philadunkia
01/15/14 9:45 am EST

76erscrystalballIt’s time for another edition of Philadunkia’s 4on4 series…

As a reminder, this Philadunkia question and answer series is “loosely based” on ESPN.com’s highly successful, NBA related series of posts titled “5on5″.  Our version of this genre of posts will ask 4 Philadunkia scribes to answer 4 topical, hot button questions about our Philadelphia 76ers.

Now you’re probably asking, “Why not simply stick with the “5on5″ format that ESPN.com uses?”

Well as any great hoops coach will tell you — playing 4on4 is the best way to truly learn the game of basketball.

After the jump four Philadunkia scribes will look at four pressing 76ers topics.

 


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Wiggins Watch: Episode V

Posted by: Alex Gorge
01/14/14 12:43 pm EST

wigginsblackbckdropIn baseball, scouts describe complete prospects as “5 tool” players.  In Ames, Iowa Monday night, Kansas freshmen sensation Andrew Wiggins took a step closer to being a complete player.  The new skill set he displayed — rebounding.

The 14th ranked Jayhawks escaped Ames with a 77-70 win over 7th ranked Iowa State.  The difference in this highly anticipated conference match-up was that the Jayhawks out rebounded Iowa State 53 to 36.

Nineteen of those rebounds came from Wiggins.  The mark was one short of the KU freshman record (20, Eric Chenowith vs. Texas A&M, 1/14/98).  Wiggins grabbed 12 of those boards in 1st half on his way to posting his second double-double of the season.


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Notes, Links & Tweets

Posted by: C. Smith
01/13/14 11:30 am EST

JaneenMasiejczyk_SixersDanceTeamMemphis head coach Josh Pastnor has some deep Philly roots and ohhh yeah…his family may have video tape of Wilt’s 100-point game.

For ESPN.com…David Thorpe of scout.com ranks the rookies in the Association.  Hint: MCW does well in this ranking.

According to Adrian Wojnarowski, Australian draft lottery prospect Dante Exum has met with agents and may be headed to the NBA.

Speaking of the 2014 Draft, nbadraft.net has the Sixers selecting Julius Randle in the 5th spot and a PG at #12.

A quick “76ers” search on craigslist.com pulls up hundreds of ticket ads and this ball signed by Barkley and Iverson.


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GM37: Rapid (Tank-a-rific) Reacts

Posted by: C. Smith
01/12/14 9:23 am EST
New York Knicks 102 FinalRecap | Box Score 92 Philadelphia 76ers
Thaddeus Young, PF Shot Chart 40 MIN | 7-16 FG | 1-2 FT | 5 REB | 3 AST | 4 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 15 PTS | +2A fast start by Thad did not produce the big night I was looking for from #21.  He was solid on offense and had two great hustle steals that led to FB lay ups in the 2nd Q and another in the 3rd, but that’s all I have in my notes for Thad.  He had trouble guarding Amare, which was to be expected.

Evan Turner, SF Shot Chart 39 MIN | 4-11 FG | 3-4 FT | 5 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 6 TO | 12 PTS | 0ET drilled a 3-ball in the st Q and totaled 6 points in the opening Q and then he went MIA.  Turner only attempted 1 FG in the deciding 2nd Q. In the post game media time, he was one of the first to complain about the slippery condition of the floor.  Go figure.

Spencer Hawes, C Shot Chart 41 MIN | 6-14 FG | 4-4 FT | 7 REB | 5 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 4 TO | 17 PTS | -15How Spence managed nearly a double-double last night is beyond me.  He was 1-for-his-first-5 from the field and at another point in the game missed 6 straight FGAs.  In addition to poor shooting, he spent the majority of the game riding the refs.  Eventually he got T’d up.

Michael Carter-Williams, PG Shot Chart 36 MIN | 3-6 FG | 5-6 FT | 7 REB | 7 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 11 PTS | -2There’s nothing wrong with the game MCW had last night (a near triple-double), I just thought he would have more success against the NYK backcourt.  The dunk he flushed in the 1st Q was nice.

James Anderson, SG Shot Chart 34 MIN | 8-13 FG | 0-0 FT | 7 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 17 PTS | -5I really felt Anderson had found a role as the a scoring guard off the Sixers bench, so I was not a big fan of moving him back into the starting lineup.  But he has produced during his first 2-games back in the first-five (13 & 7 per), so I tip my cap to him. 10 of his points came in the 4th Q.  However he is 1-6 from deep in the last two Sixers L’s.


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Fo’ with the Foes: Detroit Pistons

Posted by: C. Smith
01/10/14 12:30 pm EST

pistonschelseyThis 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 have lost 6 straight and are in as bad of shape as the 76ers, but feature Andre Drummond one of  the best young bigs in the NBA.

After the jump, I’ll look at 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.

How to Fix the NBA Tanking Situation

Posted by: Steve Toll
01/09/14 9:52 am EST

pingpongballsMuch has been written on the Internet about the plague of NBA tanking.

Most recently, the 76ers poor level of play during their last two games has brought the #WinlessFor Wiggins and #SorryFor Jabari campaigns back to the front burner on this site.

Without being overly harsh, tanking is a joke.

Outside of a few bright spots: the development of Michael Carter-Williams; Spence’s trade value bolstering 3-point shooting; and Thad’s career best level of play, the 76ers have been a train wreck during the tanking process.

They have sucked the joy out of the NBA season for me.

Rather than have a number of teams tanking every year, I’d much prefer a full NBA redraft each season with a strict salary cap that can’t be exceeded.


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GM35: Rapid (Tanking is Back) Reacts

Posted by: C. Smith
01/08/14 11:32 am EST
Philadelphia 76ers 93 FinalRecap | Box Score 111 Cleveland Cavaliers
Thaddeus Young, PF Shot Chart 22 MIN | 0-7 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 2 AST | 1 STL | 1 BLK | 2 TO | 0 PTS | -25I did not think Thad looked tired last night.  I believe it was just one of those nights where his shot was not falling and that is going to happen occassionally if you play in the NBA long enough.  Unfortunately the Sixers are not going to win / compete in many games when Thad is off this badly.

Evan Turner, SF Shot Chart 18 MIN | 2-13 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 4 PTS | -11Turner couldn’t play his way out of a 1-5 1st Q funk and that was one of the big reasons the Sixers were doomed last night. That’s now two straight games where Turner has been MIA.

Hollis Thompson, SF Shot Chart 32 MIN | 1-4 FG | 2-2 FT | 5 REB | 3 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 4 PTS | -19His bucket early in the 1st Q came as a surprise to me and I thought we might see a “big night” out of Thompson.  I was wrong.

Spencer Hawes, C Shot Chart 23 MIN | 3-5 FG | 2-2 FT | 3 REB | 2 AST | 1 STL | 2 BLK | 0 TO | 9 PTS | -23Despite his 5 points early in the 1st Q, I thought Hawes looked very sluggish and his quotes post game about needing a day off supported my observations.

Michael Carter-Williams, PG Shot Chart 37 MIN | 13-25 FG | 5-7 FT | 6 REB | 5 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 33 PTS | -30Forget that MCW scored a career high 33 points on 52% shooting. The most amazing item from last night is that he only turned the ball over once. ONCE!  The kid is special.


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GM34: Rapid (Heat Check) Reacts

Posted by: C. Smith
01/07/14 10:58 am EST
Minnesota Timberwolves 126 FinalRecap | Box Score 95 Philadelphia 76ers
Thaddeus Young, PF Shot Chart 28 MIN | 9-16 FG | 0-1 FT | 2 REB | 2 AST | 3 STL | 1 BLK | 1 TO | 20 PTS | -22The Eastern Conference Player of the Week got off to a qucik start with 13 points in the first quarter.  #21 also had a great swat in the 1st Q.  Unfortunately Thad had little support from his teammates and this one got away from the Sixers in the 2nd Q.  Brown rested Thad for most of the 2nd half.

Evan Turner, SF Shot Chart 25 MIN | 5-9 FG | 3-4 FT | 1 REB | 3 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 13 PTS | -27ET only scored 5 points in the 1st Q last night and his first FGA/bucket did not come until the 7:56 mark. During the 4-game win streak, Turner was much more aggressive during the opening minutes of the game. Turner was 0-2 during the deciding stretch of this game (mid to late 2nd Q).  He recovered to shoot 3-5 and score 8 points in the early 3rd Q, but it was too late for the Sixers.

Hollis Thompson, SF Shot Chart 33 MIN | 4-8 FG | 1-1 FT | 4 REB | 0 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 9 PTS | -19Arguably Thompson’s best game in weeks. That tells you all you need to know.

Spencer Hawes, C Shot Chart 25 MIN | 3-6 FG | 0-0 FT | 6 REB | 4 AST | 0 STL | 2 BLK | 5 TO | 7 PTS | -21Spence scored 5 points in the 1st Q and there’s not much else to say.

Michael Carter-Williams, PG Shot Chart 29 MIN | 6-13 FG | 0-1 FT | 4 REB | 7 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 4 TO | 13 PTS | -23MCW scored 8 points in the 2nd Q, unfortunately he got zero help from his teammates during that stretch and the Wolves put together a 24-8 run to end the 1st half and essentially the game.  In the future, I’d like to see more trips to the FT line from my starting PG.


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