Posted by: Jeff McMenamin
04/25/13 2:30 pm EST

Luring LeBron James back to Cleveland will no longer include Phil Jackson as the Cavaliers announced yesterday that they’ll be rehiring coach Mike Brown who previously found great coaching success with the Cavs.

Brown went 272-138 previously with the Cavs, teaming with LeBron James on a run to the NBA Finals in 2007.  He also had two seasons where he won more than 60 games in 2008-09 (66-16) and 2009-10 (61-21).

The move seems sudden for the Cavs, as just three days ago they had apparently been courting Jackson over the open job position with the team.

This leaves Jackson at the way side again, much like he was back in November when the Lakers fired Mike Brown after the teams 1-4 start to the season.  Rumors swirled at the thought of Jackson being rehired for the Lakers’ job much like his name was before Brown got the job with the Cavs, but the Lakers impatiently grabbed Mike D’Antoni instead.

If the Zen Master indeed wants to take to the sidelines one more time, which it’s been said he’s “itching” to do, then why not look at a proud organization like the Philadelphia Sixers?

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Posted by: Tom Sunnergren
04/04/12 12:26 am EST
Philadelphia 76ers 93 FinalRecap | Box Score 99 Miami Heat
Elton Brand, PF 31 MIN | 1-6 FG | 6-6 FT | 6 REB | 2 AST | 8 PTS | -11

Not a great effort from the veteran.  He struggled from the floor and, again, couldn’t do much to stop Chris Bosh.

Andre Iguodala, SF 26 MIN | 5-7 FG | 0-0 FT | 5 REB | 1 AST | 11 PTS | -9

Iguodala was in the midst of a solid, if unspectacular, performance when Mario Chamlers swiped for a ball he was holding late in the third, missed, and caught him in the left eye.  It was a scary moment he didn’t return from, but Iguodala looks to be fine.  They’re calling it an “eye contusion.” We’ll put this one in the Reasons We Prefer Watching Sports to Playing Them category.
(Oh, and as for Iguodala’s importance on defense: With AI9 out of the game, LeBron scored 15 in the final period.)

Spencer Hawes, C 33 MIN | 5-9 FG | 2-2 FT | 5 REB | 2 AST | 12 PTS | -9

He had a few second quarter dunks and played a strong fourth, but since returning from injury, Spence looks more like the guy he was the first four seasons of his career than the one he was in January.  Not surprising, but still a disappointing development.

Evan Turner, SG 40 MIN | 12-19 FG | 2-3 FT | 8 REB | 1 AST | 26 PTS | -2

A very encouraging performance from Turner.  He rode a brilliant second quarter–11 points on 5-of-7 shooting–to one of his best nights of the season.  It was his second straight great performance against Miami.  Something about the big stage seems to invigorate him, which is, obviously, exciting.

Jrue Holiday, PG 32 MIN | 4-11 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 6 AST | 8 PTS | -13

One of those nights that makes me wonder what everybody, myself included, sees in him.  He looked indecisive, and went 1-of-6 from the floor for two points in the second half.

Lou Williams, PG 30 MIN | 6-17 FG | 4-6 FT | 5 REB | 5 AST | 18 PTS | +4

Some nights your shot is falling, some night’s it isn’t.  Lou Williams shoots regardless.

Thaddeus Young, F 32 MIN | 4-10 FG | 0-0 FT | 7 REB | 1 AST | 8 PTS | +5

If the Sixers had gotten “Good Thad” instead of the guy who showed up on Tuesday, it might have made all the difference.  Though he heated up, comparatively, in the second half, Thad struggled early to insinuate himself into the action.

Jodie Meeks, G 17 MIN | 1-4 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 2 PTS | +5


After the Jump, Six things We Saw Tonight

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Posted by: C. Smith
03/16/12 3:50 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 key upcoming 76ers games — features tonight’s opponent, the Miami Heat (31-11), who currently sit in second place in the Eastern Conference..   

We actually debated not writing a preview of tonight’s game down at the Wells Fargo Center vs. the Heat.  The reason for our hesitation – we questioned whether or not this run against Miami is a “big” or “key” game on the schedule.  Yes the Sixers are ballin against the Heat — arguably one of the, if not the best team in the NBA — tonight.  So obviously this is a highly anticipated contest in Philadunkia nation and there will be a packed house tonight down on Broad Street. 

But from a basketball perspective, we still wonder if this is a “key” game for the 7-6.  That debate stems from the fact that the Heat are clearly a better team then the Sixers and have the 76ers “number” as they say.  Anyone who watched these two squads battle during last year’s playoffs and on two occasions earlier this season, should have come to this realization by now.  And please don’t give us the, “But now Evan Turner is starting.” line either.  While Turner has given Philadunkia’s home team a huge boost, ET’s recent stellar play wasn’t enough to down the hot shooting Pacers Wednesday night and it certainly won’t be the answer for the Sixers in their efforts to finally overcome the Heat tonight.    

Now take the above items we already know about the mighty Heat and throw in the fact that tonight Wade, Lebron & Co. come into the WFC angry after their unexpected loss in Chicago on Wednesday night to the D-Rose-less Bulls and the Sixers chances of winning this game get even smaller.  (FYI…back on February 3rd, the Heat came into Philly off a loss @ MIL and simply dismantled the Sixers, 99-79.  Thanks for that CHI & MIL.)

So our advice is to just sit back and enjoy this game tonight between two defensive minded and athletically gifted teams that like to get out on the break and play above the rim.  If the Sixers somehow manage to hijack a W tonight then rejoice in the huge upset.  Should they lose yet another one to the Heat, then simply shrug off the L, pop open a cold one and turn your attention to the NCAA Tourney, because tonight is not a make or break / “key” / measuring stick game for the 76ers and thus yet another L to the Heat should not cause you any stress.

For a little more insight into the Heat team the Sixers face tonight, we turn to our man Tom Haberstroh at ESPN.com’s Heat Index to answer four questions on Miami from us here at Philadunkia.

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Posted by: Tom Sunnergren
09/26/11 9:00 am EST

Sunday night at the Palestra I saw Chris Paul throw a perfectly placed alley-oop over the outstretched arms of Tyreke Evans and into the expectant hands of an in-stride and airborne Carmelo Anthony, who caught it and finished cleanly before getting a high-five from Lebron James.

This extraordinary sequence was, by my count, the seventh most interesting thing I witnessed at the “Battle of I-95” – a charity basketball game that drew a handful of the greatest athletes on the planet, plus Lou Williams (31 points), to the University of Pennsylvania last night.  I was there too, obviously.

While there, the even more interesting things I saw were, in no particular order: Lebron James, milliseconds before the halftime buzzer sounded, reaching behind him to palm another alley-oop from Paul and, in one fluid motion, emphatically finish it one-handed; Team Philly, who had a combined zero All-Star berths and Olympic medals between them, defeat Team Baltimore, who had 15 and five, 131-122.

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Posted by: Philadunkia
04/27/11 9:24 am EST

Following the Game 3 defeat, everyone in America had written off the 7-6.  Game 3 was the one they were suppose to win if they wanted any shot at shocking the Miami Heat in a first-round upset.  But after losing Game 3, the Sixers’ motive and confidence should’ve been depleted for Game 4 and led to an easy sweep for the Miami Heat.  Instead, the young Sixers came out re-energized and inspired. 

Thanks to a succession of buckets from our young stars Evan Turner, Jrue Holiday and Lou Williams to close out the game, we were able squeak a victory over South Beach’s finest.  The Sixers know their outmatched, they understand their opposition is the better team.  Yet, they still are fighting for their lives in an admiring fashion while not folding under the pressure of the spotlight.   

Sound like any movie icon we know and love here in Philly?

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Posted by: Kevin Jones
04/21/11 3:34 pm EST

Game 2 in Miami was torture for 76er fans.  Everyone expected the Sixers defense to struggle against the Miami Heat’s superstars, but you probably will have a hard time finding anyone who expected the Sixer offense to be this pathetic.  Thirty-one first half points wasn’t laughable, it wasn’t embarrassing.  It was a sick joke.  It was unwatchable.

In the biggest road game of the year, one that could’ve shaken the foundation of the Heat, the 76ers instead curled up in the fetal position.  Evan Turner— of all people—was the only Sixer with any scoring ability in the first half.  Even Miami center Joel Anthony, one of the most uncoordinated NBA players ever, was getting his flow on against the lifeless Sixers.

Many things have to drastically change for the Sixers to not get blown out of the water tonight at Wells Fargo Center.  After the jump I am going to point out 5 keys to tonight’s game for the Sixers.

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Posted by: Philadunkia
04/14/11 8:00 am EST

This first-round of the NBA Playoffs edition of “Fo’ with the Foes” — Philadunkia’s advanced scouting series which withthe help of an accomplished journalist from around the NBA beat or blog world, previews upcoming 76ers opponents — features the foes in this upcoming best-of-seven series, Lebron James, Dwyane Wade and the Miami Heat.  

Today we’re going to put a little different twist on “Fo’ with the Foes”.  Typically we would have a single Philadunkia writer preview Game 1 of this series as well as publish some thoughts from an online Heat expert.  Instead, all of the scribes here at Philadunkia have submitted deeply analyzed and well thought out predictions of what is going to happen in this playoff clash between the second seeded Miami Heat and our seventh seeded Philadelphia 76ers. 

Complete 76ers first-round predictions after the jump… 

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Posted by: Philadunkia
11/22/09 11:21 am EST

ai9nlebronAfter the pathetic effort and loss at home against the lowly Grizzlies on Friday night, we’re willing to admit that going up against The Lebrons on the road was not a game we were looking forward to playing.  Thus when the 76ers fell behind 20-4 in the opening quarter and Lebron & Co. were yucking it up and performing their choreographed high-fives for the home crowd, we were tempted to call it a night on the Sixers and change the channel.

But we didn’t grab the clicker which was a smart move.  Apparently the Sixers looked in the mirror, conducted a gut check and decided to actually play some ball.  Arguably their best ball of the 2009-10 season. 

The result was a great game vs. the much more talented Cavs.  For that we have to give the Sixers credit because coming off Friday’s ugly loss combined withhitting only two of their first nine shots in Cleveland, it would have been easy for Philadunkia’s home team to fold and thus get rolled by the 10-3 Cavs.

However the max-effort the Sixers gave for nearly three ful quarters last night against The Lebrons wasn’t enough, as a 4thQuarter filled with bad defense (of course), shaky point guard play and poor shooting sunk the Sixers (97-91).

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