ESPN Loves to Stir Things Up

Posted by: Alex Gorge
04/18/14 11:04 am EST

mcwsixersuniDo you ever watch ESPN or read ESPN.com and catch yourself thinking one or more of the following:

“This is not f@*%$*^ sports news.”   or “This has absolutely nothing to do with sports.”  

“This is a ridiculous argument.” or “No one would have reported this twenty years ago.”

Maybe it is just me but I constantly find myself yelling at segments I see on First Take and other speculative sports shows.  The thing about it is that once I yell, ESPN wins.  ESPN wins because even though the segment may have had no relevant sports importance or may be a completely ridiculous sports argument, it made me react.  Twenty years ago sports reporting was all real news and extremely professional.  Through social media arising and attention spans declining, the sports news world has completely changed.  Any average fan can now find the critical news they want in about two seconds on their phone.

So at a certain point what does ESPN have left to talk about that we haven’t already read or seen?  Controversy, that’s what.


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GM60: Rapid (Close One) Reacts

Posted by: C. Smith
03/03/14 11:00 am EST
Philadelphia 76ers 81 FinalRecap | Box Score 92 Orlando Magic
Thaddeus Young, PF 36 MIN | 13-25 FG | 0-0 FT | 8 REB | 3 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 29 PTS | -3Thad continues to fight the good fight and it’s fun to watch #21 whenhe has the green light on every trip down the floor.  His dribbling skills in the open court continue to impress me as did the two tough buckets he scored with his right hand last night.

Henry Sims, C 31 MIN | 4-6 FG | 4-6 FT | 7 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 1 BLK | 0 TO | 12 PTS | -1After witnessing years of Lavoy Allen’s act, it’s an absolute pleasure to watch a Sixer big play with energy and heart.  As a bonus he has a nice shooting touch, plays physical and owns a high basektball IQ.

Michael Carter-Williams, PG 32 MIN | 7-20 FG | 3-4 FT | 11 REB | 6 AST | 1 STL | 1 BLK | 8 TO | 17 PTS | -9Carter-Williams got off to a red hot start in this one draining his his first five shots of the night.  However, his 8 turnovers were alarming and he missed all 4 of his FGAs in the 4th quarter.  In defense of MCW I would say that he could have posted a triple-double if his teammates could have converted his passes into buckets.

James Anderson, SG 33 MIN | 1-7 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 3 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 2 PTS | +1Somewhere Khalif Wyatt is just having a laugh that this guy made the Sixers roster over him.

Hollis Thompson, SG 25 MIN | 0-3 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 0 PTS | -4Thompson is quickly playing his way back to the D-League.


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GM58: Rapid (Jameer-acle) Reacts

Posted by: C. Smith
02/27/14 10:10 am EST
Orlando Magic 101 FinalRecap | Box Score 90 Philadelphia 76ers
Thaddeus Young, PF Shot Chart 35 MIN | 7-18 FG | 5-6 FT | 3 REB | 3 AST | 2 STL | 1 BLK | 1 TO | 19 PTS | -16Thad’s shot was a little off last night (0-fer on 3PAs), but his defense and ability to get to the rim were very impressive.  In the 2nd Q he had a nice play on the secondary break where he pinned his man under the rim, opened up for the ball and scored the bucket. His behind the back dribble that led to a floater in the 3rd Q was super smooth and his coast to coast drive for a finger roll in the 4th was nice as well.

Henry Sims, C Shot Chart 23 MIN | 4-9 FG | 2-2 FT | 6 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 1 TO | 10 PTS | +4I’m trying not to get too excited about what I have seen from Sims in the last two games because who knows if it will last.  His energy, hustle and defensive presence are a refreshing change.  He scored 8 points in the 1st half while displaying a variety of offensive skills including a pump fake and drive to the rack for a slam.  Yet Brown gave him limited minutes in the 4th Q.

Michael Carter-Williams, PG Shot Chart 32 MIN | 3-13 FG | 2-3 FT | 6 REB | 4 AST | 3 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 8 PTS | -15MCW’s inability to stay in front of his man is staggering and the Sixers defense will never improve until he learns to guard the ball.  His shooting woes continue.  The ROY award is slipping away.

James Anderson, SG Shot Chart 30 MIN | 3-11 FG | 0-0 FT | 5 REB | 3 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 8 PTS | -7Last night was a prime example of why JA has had trouble sticking with an NBA team.

Hollis Thompson, SG Shot Chart 25 MIN | 2-4 FG | 0-0 FT | 7 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 1 TO | 6 PTS | -6If Thompson put up this stat line coming off the bench, I would be very pleased.  Problem is I need more out of an NBA starting wing player.  But HT clearly is not a starter in this League.  See my dilemma here?  His block on Oladipo’s coast to coast drive as the 3rd Q expired was a fantastic play.


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GM19: Rapid (2OT) Reacts

Posted by: C. Smith
12/04/13 9:46 am EST
Orlando Magic 125 FinalRecap | Box Score 126 Philadelphia 76ers
Thaddeus Young, PF 48 MIN | 10-20 FG | 2-2 FT | 12 REB | 0 AST | 2 STL | 1 BLK | 1 TO | 25 PTS | +9Thad’s play since his return from a personal leave of absence has been outstanding. #21 put up 7 points in the 3rd Q; his intense block/pin at the 1 minute mark of the 4th Q was a game saver; he scored huge baskets in the 4th Q; splashed a 3-pointer in the first OT and had a smooth drive to the hoop in 2OT.  It’s fun to watch Thad playing so well.  The only issue I had with his play last night is that Thad had significant trouble guarding “Big Baby” Davis.
Evan Turner, SF 42 MIN | 7-16 FG | 10-13 FT | 6 REB | 5 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 8 TO | 24 PTS | +12 He still dribbles to rock too much for my tastes, but for the most part, I really liked what I saw from Turner last night until the 4th Q.  In that Q, Turner was 2-5 with 4 TOs
Hollis Thompson, SF 33 MIN | 4-5 FG | 0-0 FT | 5 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 0 TO | 10 PTS | +10It was only his second game in the starting lineup and Hollis produced a very efficient effort.  He was 3-3 for 8 points in the 1st Q and HT’s dive on the floor, hustle play for a loose bal in the 2OT was a key to this W.
Spencer Hawes, C 41 MIN | 7-15 FG | 0-0 FT | 7 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 1 BLK | 2 TO | 17 PTS | +1Without Vucevic in the lineup, Spencer was able to concentrate on his offensive game and nearly put up another double-double…Hawes supllied the Sixers with needed scoring in the 3rd Q when he threw in 9 points.
Michael Carter-Williams, PG 47 MIN | 11-19 FG | 4-7 FT | 12 REB | 10 AST | 3 STL | 0 BLK | 7 TO | 27 PTS | +12MCW was simply amazing last night.  Some highlights…He scored 4 straight in the 2nd Q and 11 overall in the 1st half to keep teh Sixers in this one early.  The rookie had a huge reb & put back with :55 remaining in the game.  The dime he dropped to Anderson in OT was fantastic.  As was his drive and finger roll in that same quarter.  He had another amazing assist in the 2nd OT and his lefty layin during that stanza was clutch. With his triple-double, MCW joined Tony Wroten an exclusive 76ers club.  Wroten’s came on Nov. 13 in an 123-117 overtime win against the Rockets.  Previous to Wroten’s and now MCW’s tripled-double, the last Sixer triple-double was by Andre Iguodala on March 23, 2005.

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Fo’ with the Foes: Orlando Magic

Posted by: C. Smith
12/03/13 1:42 pm EST

MagicgirlThis 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 Orlando Magic, who handled the Sixers 6 days ago, but have lost two straight, including a 18 point drubbing in Washington 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 Orlando team the Sixers face tonight from our colleague Evan Dunlap at orlandopinstripedpost.com, as Evan will answer Fo’ questions on his Magic squad from us here at Philadunkia.


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What if the Bynum Trade Never Happened?

Posted by: Jeff McMenamin
11/08/13 6:00 pm EST

oc8e0290-copyIn the wake of Andrew Bynum possibly taking the court tonight for the Cleveland Cavaliers down at the Wells Fargo Center, it’s a good time to look back and reflect on one of the biggest Sixers trades in the past 20 years.

It was just two summers ago in August when the Sixers shipped out Andre Iguodala, Nikola Vucevic, Moe Harkless and a protected first-round pick in return for the possible franchise-center Andrew Bynum and Jason Richardson.


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NOTES, LINKS & TWEETS

Posted by: C. Smith
09/23/13 10:33 am EST

JaneenMasiejczyk_SixersDanceTeamOver at philly.com Keith Pompey visited Nerlens Noel in Birmingham, AL for an update (with video) on his knee rehab.

Dei Lynam at csnphilly.com reports that coach Brown is working to improve the Sixers fitness level.

Dana O’Neil at ESPN.com reported the Billy Lange to the Sixers rumor over a week and on Sunday Lange’s addition to the staff became official.

The 76ers roster has not had a very good showing in ESPN.com’s #NBARank series.  At SI.com, they are ranking the Top 100 players in the Association and there’s more bad news there.  Thad was the only Sixer who made the list.  Bynum was ranked at #60.  “Big Nik” at #100.  INSERT JOKE HERE.  Jrue came in at #48.


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2013-14 SCHEDULE ANALYSIS

Posted by: C. Smith
08/07/13 10:50 am EST

76ersmantraLogoeditedMuch to our excitement, the 76ers schedule for 2013-14 schedule was released late yesterday.  And while the 76ers still do not have a head coach and there are still a number of decisions to be made about the Sixers roster, we took a stab at analyzing the upcoming 82-game slate.

Since most NBA rosters are not yet finalized, we had to make a lot of assumptions based on what the teams looked like last year and the pieces they have subtracted and/or added this off-season.  So we reserve the right to make some changes after the free agent season comes to a halt.  But I doubt we will be making any changes as the Sixers are going to be terrible during the  upcoming season of “Tankadelphia”.

With those assumptions in mind we believe “Winless for Wiggins” fans will be very pleased to learn that a brutal tip-off month to the 2013-14 season will be followed by a simply awful January and the Sixers could be well on their way to a great tank effort long before All-Star Weekend.

After the jump, is a breakdown of what is sure to be a very long season for us here in Philadunkia nation.


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OPSL GM 3: ANOTHER L

Posted by: Alex Gorge
07/10/13 5:18 pm EST

Despite a fast start by the 76ers on Wednesday, Oklahoma City, behind second year guard Jeremy Lamb’s 32 points, proved to be too much for the Curry & Co. and prevailed 74-62.

Game 3 was like watching two Olympic sprinters start out at an even pace, only to watch the opposing sprinter blow by you and there isn’t much you can do about it.

Most people when given the option choose to hear the good before the bad, so first let’s go over the positives from today’s game.  It was easily the best defensive performance of the week for the Sixers, allowing only 74 points and forcing 23 turnovers.  Philadunkia’s home team also out rebounded Oklahoma 30 to 27 thanks in part to the extended minutes of rookie Arsalan Kazemi.  Kazemi finished the game with 29 minutes, 6 points, 3 assists and 9 rebounds but not all of what he does reflects on the stat sheet.


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OPSL GM 1: SHAKY START

Posted by: Alex Gorge
07/07/13 10:02 pm EST

It was too little too late.

Poor first half shooting and a lack of defense enabled Houston to take a sizable halftime lead and defeat the Sixers 88-80 in the opening game of the 2013 Orlando Pro Summer League.

The 76ers got off to a slow start offensively.  Former Syracuse guard and first round selection Michael Carter-Williams looked nervous in the first half.  MCW’s nerves produced a host of turnovers which led to a Houston 13-3 lead.  After settling down, he finished with fifteen points in the first half.

MCW had little help in the first half.  The team’s second leading scorer at halftime was Center Michael Eric with 6…who saw that coming.  Former Temple guard Khalif Wyatt was 1-6 while Rodney Williams, Trevor Mbakwe and James Southerland shot a combined 2-9.

Philadelphia’s first half defense was like a safe with no lock.  Houston’s guards penetrated the lane at will and the Sixers had no answer for former Kentucky power forward Terrence Jones.  Jones transformed into a one man wrecking crew scoring 24 points and adding 12 rebounds.


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