A BULLISH DECISION

Posted by: Jeff McMenamin
05/09/13 6:00 am EST

The Sixers have been abandoned again.  It was another three seasons of wasted basketball instead of moving closer to the ultimate goal of a championship.  There were risks taken, hearts broken and blood vessels busted.

Yet, taking a trip down memory lane, what if I told you that the Sixers’ woes began way before the Andrew Bynum trade last summer?  What if I told you that if the Sixers had just taken my advice that they’d be in the hunt for an NBA Championship right now as you’re reading this?

Without tooting my own horn too much, I’ll just let you see for yourself…
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GAME 7 PREDICTIONS

Posted by: Philadunkia
05/26/12 8:37 am EST

Alright, NOW tonight is officially the most important game the current roster of 76ers has ever played in. 

Win and it’s on to the Eastern Conference Finals, a place no one, not even the most dedicated member of Philadunkia nation believed we could go.  Suffer a loss and it’s a lock that tonight is the last time you’ll all be together in the Sixers locker room.

Really there’s not much else left to say.

So just go out and win the damn thing. 

Tonight, prove all the “experts” wrong.  Go out there and play your asses off; end the hated Boston Celtics season and send “The Big Three” into trade bait mode. 

It’s that simple.  Now go do it.

Our Game 7 predictions after the jump.


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PLAYOFFS, GM 2: RAPID REACTS

Posted by: C. Smith
05/02/12 10:48 am EST
Philadelphia 76ers 109 FinalRecap | Box Score 92 Chicago Bulls
Elton Brand, PF 29 MIN | 5-6 FG | 2-2 FT | 5 REB | 0 AST | 12 PTS | +10

The 12 points the “Ol’ Chevy” put up were nice and the 5 rebounds were solid as well, but what really impressed us about EB in GM 2 was two things: (1) He seemed determined to get himself and the Sixers off to a fast start and he did; and (2) at times Brand provided some solid interior defense for the Sixers.  EB didn’t get an “A” because he (& the rest of the team) was simply awful guarding the pick-n-roll last night.

Andre Iguodala, SF 33 MIN | 5-12 FG | 0-1 FT | 5 REB | 3 AST | 11 PTS | +15

An interesting night for Dre.  While several of the Sixers got off to hot starts in the 1st Q, Iguodala struggled out of the gate and had some simply awful turnovers as well as a couple ill-advised shots.  But despite opening up the second half going 0-2 on FGAs, he led the impressive rally in the 3rd Q that got the Sixers the lead and that AND-1 dunk he threw down on Luol Deng was simply filthy.  Speaking of Deng, Dre did an awesome job defending the Bulls wing-man — 3-12 on FGAs and only 2 pts. in 2nd half.

Spencer Hawes, C 18 MIN | 1-3 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 0 AST | 2 PTS | +11

Yes we heard Collins’ explanation of why Hawes got the start last night, but we still have to ask, “So this stiff continues to get minutes and “Big Nik” can’t get a wiff of the court? WTF???”  His missed lay-in at the 5 min. mark of the 2nd Q was brutal.

Evan Turner, SG 42 MIN | 8-15 FG | 3-3 FT | 7 REB | 6 AST | 19 PTS | +13

The idea that Jodie Meeks should be in the Sixers first-five has officially been put to rest.  Turner got off to a great start in this game, cleaned the glass, played stellar defense throughout and during the Sixers big run in the 3rd Q he put up 11 points.  ET must have an unshakable self-confidence, because not many young players could have ridden the roller-coaster Collins put him through this year and then come out in a crucial playoff game and been a major contributor like Turner was last night.

Jrue Holiday, PG 41 MIN | 11-15 FG | 1-2 FT | 2 REB | 6 AST | 26 PTS | +12

This is the scoring point guard attitude / game we want to see Jrue have every night.  Hell, he even threw in 6 dimes for all you critics out there who want to find a “true point guard” for this team.  Ohh yeah his defense was pretty solid as well.

Lou Williams, PG 27 MIN | 8-13 FG | 3-4 FT | 1 REB | 6 AST | 20 PTS | +11

Even though he did the bulk of his scoring in the 4th Q (14 pts.) when the game was in-hand, it was good to see LW get going.  The Bulls defense — specifically using a big to blitz Louis on the pick-n-roll — has owned him in the last couple of match-ups.  The Sixers will need more of this out of LW if they plan to win this series.

Thaddeus Young, F 23 MIN | 3-6 FG | 2-2 FT | 6 REB | 2 AST | 8 PTS | +1

A quiet night for Thad, but still solid.  He did a much better job on the boards in the second half.

Jodie Meeks, G 1 MIN | 0-1 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 0 PTS | 0

How many of you yelled, “Noooooooo” at your TV screen when Meeks chucked up that 3PA at the end of the 1st half?

Lavoy Allen, PF 26 MIN | 5-7 FG | 1-1 FT | 9 REB | 0 AST | 11 PTS | +12

A stellar job by Lavoy coming in off the bench and making big contributions — early and then often.  He showed no hesitation in putting up (& making) shots in a huge playoff game and his effort on the glass in the second half was tremendous.

After the Jump, Six Things We Saw


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LESS MEEKS

Posted by: Michael Kaskey-Blomain
04/26/12 11:00 am EST

It has been quite the rollercoaster of a season for Philadelphia’s 76ers, one which included a stint at the top of ESPN’s power rankings, as well as a slump that had many speculating as to whether the team would even be able to push into the postseason.  Despite this inconsistency, the team was able to clinch their second consecutive playoff birth this week, and head into the NBA’s second season as assumed first round fodder for one of the East’s elite.

While any playoff appearance is an exciting accomplishment, seeing the Sixers have to struggle their way into a somewhat shallow East’s last seed is disappointing, especially after such a strong start to the season elevated expectations.  With the Sixers sitting on the East’s eighth seed and a match-up with the battle-tested Bulls looming, it leaves one to wonder whether the team might have been better off slipping into the lottery and allowing themselves at least an outside shot of acquiring franchise-changing center Anthony Davis. 

This team however was too talented for the NBA Lottery, as recent wins down the stretch may have worked to reignite some confidence in the young squad as they head into the always unpredictable postseason.  It is no secret that benches shrink once the playoffs come around and coaches become extremely picky as to who sees playing time.  Rotations often shrivel from 9 or 10 to 7 or 8 as players are expected to pick up their overall performance.  It will be interesting to see how Coach Collins handles this aspect with the Sixers as they have been an especially deep team all season, with eleven different players averaging at least ten minutes per game.  Minutes for backup bigs Lavoy Allen and Tony Battie will almost definitely dip, but outside from that it is difficult to determine how Coach Collins will readjust the rotation.

With that being said, the ample amount of minutes given to streaky-shooting Jodie Meeks seems to be an area of great concern, and if the Sixers hope to have any chance to advance in this year’s playoffs it must be addressed. 


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FREE AT LAST

Posted by: Tim Parker
03/06/12 2:26 pm EST

It’s about time!

Something felt naturally wrong about the number two overall pick in the 2010 NBA Draft coming off the bench in his second season in the League.  Especially, when there’s a one trick pony starting in his stead – and quite frankly the pony hasn’t even performed his one trick that well.

Though, that all changed last night when Evan Turner replaced Jodie Meeks in the starting lineup.  It was a change that Sixers’ fans have been begging for since the season began.  In fact, Turner’s standout effort vs. the Miami Heat in the 2011 Playoffs had many believing ET should have been anointed a starter from day one this season.  

But, Doug Collins felt he had valid reasons for placing Meeks in the starting five.  Meeks is the only true shooting guard the Sixers have on their roster.  No one else can knock down the 3 ball like he can — when he’s on.  Thus, in theory he could space the floor, open up driving lanes and allow the Sixers to run a smoother and more efficient offense.  At least that was the thinking heading into the season.  


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THORN TALKS TO CNNSI.COM

Posted by: Tom Sunnergren
02/03/12 11:32 am EST

Sports Illustrated’s Zach Lowe, who has been in Philadelphia the last few days covering the Sixers to within an inch of their life, sat down with President Rod Thorn earlier this week to talk about how far this upstart team can go. We highly recommend you read the interview in full here, but for the time being here are a few takeaways:

 

SI.com: As this set of elite teams comes in — the Bulls, Heat, Spurs and Clippers — what are you looking for from the Sixers? What do you want to see?


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2011-12 SCHEDULE ANALYSIS

Posted by: C. Smith
07/20/11 10:12 am EST

Yesterday in what was a hopeful but ultimately futile act, the NBA officially released its 2011-12 schedule.

With the lockout still going strong and with no sign of an end in sight, it’s hard to take seriously the schedule that was sent out on Tuesday.

Still we thought we’d take some time to break down the 76ers 2011-12 schedule just in case the the upcoming NBA season begins on time (Insert joke here.).

In this breakdown post, we assumed that the Sixers current roster will be intact for the 2011-12 season. 

We think you’ll be pleased at how the Sixers could potentially come flying out of the gates next season.


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NOTES, LINKS & TWEETS

Posted by: C. Smith
07/07/11 10:34 am EST

Solid piece from Ray Fittipaldo of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette on the passing of former 76er Armon Gilliam

Bob Cooney at philly.com writes that Gilliam will be remembered as a “good guy”.  Wonder if Sir Charles feels that way? 

Well respected hoops blog “The Basketball Jones” ranked Allen Iverson as the 6th best point man of the last 30 years.

Beckley Mason of HoopSpeak lists the Sixers Evan Turner as his 2010-11 rookie who is ready to rise as a sophomore.

With Quin Snyder bolting to Los Angeles, who will be Doug’s fourth assistant in 2011-12?  We’d like to suggest a former NBA point guard be brought in to help with Holiday’s growth.


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ON THE HORN: THAD YOUNG

Posted by: Philadunkia
06/10/11 9:29 am EST

This past season, the only thing we enjoyed more then the surprising success of the 2010-11 76ers as a team was the consistent standout play of fourth year man Thaddeus Young. 

Arugably the team MVP, Thad shook off what many viewed as a two year slump to have the best overall season of his career.  His energy, scoring and improved defense were the cornerstone of the best bench in the NBA and a huge part of the Sixers 41 wins this past season. 

We got @Yungsmoove21 on the cell yesterday and he gave Philadunkia scribe Nabeel Ahmadieh a few minutes.  Among the topics they discussed — his upcoming basketball camp in Philly, playing for Coach Collins, the Sixers 2010-11 season, their need for a quality big and of course the elements of his game Thad plans to work on this summer. 

Full interview with Thad after the jump.


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THE BIG WHIZ WITHOUT

Posted by: Kevin Jones
06/07/11 8:43 am EST

The first NBA player, no actually the first athlete I ever fell in love with was Shaquille O’Neal.  Charismatic, powerful, goofy, entertaining and exuberant, Shaq’s image started to become imprinted into the brains of sports fans and then in time, the world.  At first it was Kazam, then it was hilarious bleeped out locker room interviews and ultimately the image of O’Neal screaming “Can you dig it?!” during championship parades in L.A.

His thundering style of play around the basket was something the NBA needed to fill the void of Moses Malone, Bill Russell and Wilt Chamberlain.  Shaq was something you couldn’t stop watching.  We here at Philadunkia tip our caps to Shaq on what is no doubt a Hall of Fame career.  He is a true original on and off the court. 

Yet, as amazing has his career ended up being, Shaquille O’Neal was bested by our 76ers a fair share of times.  And since this is still a very dedicated and loyal 76ers site, we’re going to honor Shaq’s career as only we could. 

After hitting the books on some NBA history we came up with the top five moments in which the Sixers got the best of the NBA’s original “Superman”.


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