HOLY CHRISTMAS, PHI / NJ NOW 0-3

Posted by: Philadunkia
07/08/09 11:03 pm EST

speightssummerleague1Despite 18 points from former Temple star Dionte Christmas, the 76ers and Nets combination team fell to 0-3 Wednesday night at the Orlando Pro Summer League after losing to the host Orlando Magic 108-86. The 108 points the Magic put up is an OPSL scoring record.

 

When talking about the lopsided loss and the giving up the OPSL scoring record the 76ers Marreese Speights commented, “We’re getting good work in. All we can do is come out tomorrow and get a win.”  

 

A win sure would help to ease the painful memory of this embarrassing debacle.

 


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PHI / NJN SQUAD FALLS TO 0-2 at OPSL

Posted by: Philadunkia
07/07/09 9:41 pm EST

emaynorThe Sixers/Nets team got off to a slow start in game two of the OPSL, and never really woke up, as they dropped Tuesday’s game to the Jazz, 83-68.

Chris Douglas-Roberts was the standout player for the Sixers/Nets (0-2).  The only player on the team with more than 6 points in the first half, he had 13 on 5-7 shooting in the first, ending up with a game-high 27. Of course as we all already know, Roberts plays up the TPK for the NJ Nets.


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SEE WHAT HAD HAPPENED…

Posted by: Michael Kaskey-Blomain
05/01/09 8:56 am EST

Magic 76ers BasketballSo long season.  I’ve always heard that you can’t be let down if you don’t expect too much, and boy did my expectations sure let me down this time.  Heading into game 6, I actually fooled myself into believing that the 76ers had a chance to beat the Orlando Magic without Dwight Howard and Courtney Lee.  How foolish of me.  How naive must I have been to have believed that a team at full strength, in an elimination game in their home building, could put forth the effort to defeat an opponent without two of their starters, including their best player?  The worst part about the Sixers embarrassing 114-89 loss, besides the fact that I’m forced to dwell on it until October, is that fact that I was actually convinced that the Sixers could defeat the Magic sans Dwight, and force a seventh game, and then even potentially surge into the second round.  However, my fantasy did not lost for long, and after the team came out flatter than a ten year old basketball, I was quickly dragged back down to reality and forced to accept another first round failure. 
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THE LUCKIEST MAN IN THE NBA

Posted by: Jeff McMenamin
04/30/09 7:58 am EST

svgiiStan Van Gundy is a clown. The manner in which he acted in response to Tony DiLeo’s comments on the refs Tuesday night was childish. After DiLeo rightfully called out the refs for both the elbow thrown by Dwight Howard and Howard’s tendency to stay underneath the basket for more than three seconds on both defense and offense, Van Gundy had this to say:

 

“Am I supposed to come up here and talk about the game? Or am I supposed to come up here and lobby for the calls I want the next game? Is that what it’s about now? We’re supposed to lobby for the calls we want the next game? Let’s just play the games. I guess that’s the only reason Dwight’s having success in this series. It has nothing to do with the fact that he’s good. We’re going to have the league look at Dwight’s elbow on Courtney Lee, too.”

 

This just shows you the type of coach that Van Gundy is. He starts being a hypocrite as soon as he comes on the podium. If he didn’t want to talk about the calls, than why even bring them up? He was definitely trying to send a message to the League offices or start something with DiLeo. Both are totally unprofessional.
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STU JACKS0N AS LEX LUTHOR

Posted by: Philadunkia
04/29/09 4:04 pm EST

lex_luthor_superfriends1Apparently David Stern’s rules enforcer Stu Jackson is the only person who can stop Superman as Dwight Howard has been suspended for Game 6 of the Orlando Magic’s playoff series against our 76ers.

The NBA announced Wednesday that Howard will be suspended for his elbow on Sixers center Samuel Dalembert in Game 5 on Tuesday night.

The two got tangled up going for a rebound in the first quarter. Replays showed Howard’s elbow hit Dalembert above the shoulders. Howard drew a technical foul for the hit and in our opinion should have been run from the game at that moment.

Additionally, Orlando will also be without starting guard Courtney Lee, who suffered a fractured sinus after taking an inadvertent elbow to the head from Howard later in the quarter. Lee’s status for the remainder of the playoffs is uncertain.

The Magic lead the Sixers 3-2 in the best-of-seven series. Game 6 is Thursday, baby.

GAME 5 RECAP: DOWN BUT NOT OUT

Posted by: Michael Kaskey-Blomain
04/29/09 12:54 pm EST

76ers Magic BasketballHeading into Game 5, a Sixers victory appeared quite possible, especially after the team was merely a Hedo Turkoglu miss away from having an opportunity to take a two game series lead after an overly exciting game 4.  But, Hedo did his thing, and the teams headed to Orlando with the score card reading two wins apiece. The Sixers entered the game with great confidence, knowing that if they could continue the style of play that had suited them so well for the past few games, a style which worked well to frustrate the Magic, they would have a great chance to take a commanding 3-2 series lead back to the wild fans in Wachovia.  However, such an opportunity must be captured, and thanks to another enormous night from Dwight Howard and the emergence of Rashard Lewis, it was the Magic who were able to obtain the opportunity to close out the series in Game 6.
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WELL THAT WAS DISAPPOINTING

Posted by: Philadunkia
04/29/09 12:07 am EST

76ers Magic BasketballThe Sixers Achilles heels — terrible 3-point shooting and soft perimeter defense — reared their ugly heads tonight and the result was a big fat 91-78 L. The Sixers shot an unbelievable 4-18 from deep in this game. That for the record equates to 22%…22% !!!!! On the flip side, the Magic’s Rashard Lewis found himself open all night and was finally able to get it going from the outside — 3-5 from deep and 24 points total.

Additionally, the Sixers need to come up with an offensive game plan that will prevent the Magic’s Dwight Howard from shutting down the lane. For the second straight game, the Magic effectively used Howard to “rush” any Sixer, but especially Andre Iguodala, who put the ball on the floor and drove to the hole. The results for the Sixers were a flurry of off balance shots with a high degree of difficulty.

We just felt sick after this loss because the Sixers looked tired and disinterested at times and we do not have a good feeling about Thursday night at all.  

Some quick notes and thoughts :

DiLeo and the Sixers staff have done a nice job of designing a weak-side help strategy for Dwight Howard. They’re waiting until Howard puts the ball on the deck to send the weak-side help defense and apparently no one on the Magic is communicating with DH that the double-team is coming because Andre Miller stripped Howard of the ball several times and Willie Green also had some nice defensive plays from the weak-side.
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RECOVERED & READY FOR GAME 5

Posted by: Jeff McMenamin
04/28/09 11:03 am EST

hedoIn order to write the recap of the Sixers game 4 match-up against the Magic, I had to take some time to regroup. After being up in the rafters of the Wachovia Center on Sunday night and hoping to take a 3-1 lead in the series, let’s just say I was emotionally drained as well as searching for answers by the time the game was over.

 

Instead of having a Monday afternoon post of the recap from game 4, I huddled by my TV and watched the replay of the heart wrenching game on Comcast SportsNet. When you watch a game you know you are going to lose, it is a lot easier to pick up on what went wrong. Seeing the game twice now, I realized that I have to tip my hat off to the Magic in game 4, because like the Sixers did in the first three games of the series the Magic went with a new strategy and stuck with it the entire game.
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GAME 3 PREVIEW

Posted by: Michael Kaskey-Blomain
04/24/09 1:24 am EST

sixers04-20ld1Well now I’m confused.  The Sixers overcome an enormous eighteen point second half deficit and a monster night from Dwight Howard to get the best of Orlando in game one, and then hold the Defensive Player of the Year to a paltry 11 point 10 rebound game, and lose?  Shouldn’t the outcomes be reversed?

 

Apparently not, which has me scratching my head as the series flows into Philly for the next two games.  Game three could potentially be the difference maker, and for the Sixers it serves as the biggest game of the season, and more importantly, the series.  After an unthinkable come from behind win against the Eastern powerhouse in game one, the Sixers were able to capture the momentum of the series, and spoil Orlando’s home court advantage.  This momentum however, did not last as Orlando was able to secure a victory and recapture the momentum in game two, thanks to a balanced effort from their starters, who all scored in double figures.
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WEATHERING THE STORM THAT WAS GAME 2

Posted by: Jeff McMenamin
04/23/09 6:39 am EST

76ers Magic BasketballThe 76ers loss in game 2 Wednesday night to the Magic is going to be a hard one for players and fans to swallow. Even when the Sixers got superman himself Dwight Howard to foul out with 11 points and shot a better FG percentage than the Magic, they still ended the game coming up short. So how did the Magic with a not so Magic performance come up with the win? It came down to many things.

 

I hate to say it, but this loss is on Tony DiLeo. 16 turnovers, 14 offensive rebounds given up, and a rookie dropping 24 points on you after a night where he torched you for 18 cannot happen.

 

Sixteen turnovers in a playoff game is completely unacceptable. The trend that is developing from the turnovers falls on the Sixers star player. Andre Iguodala has now compiled back-to-back 5 turnover contests and it needs to be addressed. As a coach, DiLeo must figure out how to use Iggy the most effectively. He is obviously the best player at driving to the cup, but it should be Andre Millers job to drive to the lane in order to pass to a cutting Iguodala for a better look. This would be a simple solution to cut back on turnovers because instead of a mediocre ball handler driving to the rim in Iguodala, you would have your best ball handler and passer driving to the rim to give the Sixers better looks. It is a point guard’s job to be the set-up man, scoring is just an added bonus.
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