Fo’ with the Foes: Chicago Bulls

Posted by: C. Smith
03/11/15 2:32 pm EST

bullschicThis ‘Eagles news dominates this city’ 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 Chicago Bulls who have lost 3 straight games; are 5-5 in their last 10; and will be without Taj Gibson, Jimmy Butler and of course Derrick Rose tonight.

After the jump, I’ll look a Fo’ key items for tonight’s game.  Additionally, we’ll get a little more insight into the Chicago team the Sixers face tonight from our colleague Chris Terzic at blogabull.com as Chris will answer Fo’ questions on ‘da Bulls from us here at Philadunkia.


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Noel and the Numbers

Posted by: C. Smith
03/09/15 12:31 pm EST

noelpoppingjerseyLost in the wake of all the Eagles free agency news this weekend was the fact that the 76ers went produced a 1-1 record in their last two games (Win over the depleted Atlanta Hawks) and rookie Nerlens Noel who has played extremely well since the All-Star break, simply took his game to another level this past weekend.

Since the All-Star break, Noel has played his best basketball of the season.  Since the festivities in New York City wrapped up, #4 is averaging 11.8 points, 10.0 rebounds, 1.7 assists, 2.9 blocks, and 2.7 steals per game.

Over the weekend, Noel averaged 10.5 ppg., 14 rpg. and 5.5 spg.  As a result of his two impressive outings, a host of “historical” references were applied to the stats Noel has been posting during this recent stretch of play and posted online.  After the jump, we’ll present a several of those references and let you decide what, if anything, these numbers exactly mean for Noel and the 76ers.

 


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GM62: Rapid (Brick City) Reacts

Posted by: C. Smith
03/07/15 9:38 am EST
Utah Jazz 89 FinalRecap | Box Score 83 Philadelphia 76ers
Luc Richard Mbah a Moute, PF 29 MIN | 5-10 FG | 1-2 FT | 2 REB | 3 AST | 4 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 14 PTS | -2 +/-After he posted 7 points in the opening minutes of the 1st Q I thought Luc was headed for a career night. Unfortunately he did not score another point before the half and was 1-4 shooting when the Sixers went ice cold in the 3rd Q.

Nerlens Noel, C 37 MIN | 5-12 FG | 0-0 FT | 11 REB | 1 AST | 6 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 10 PTS | -9 +/-Noel is playing out of his mind right now and it is a joy to watch (more on this after the jump). When his footwork improves, he could be a very effective offensive weapon for this team.

Isaiah Canaan, PG 28 MIN | 6-15 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 4 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 16 PTS | -3 +/-Canaan’s shooting stats were fine, but I need more than 4 dimes out of my starting point guard.  He also has a significant amount of work to put in on his defensive fundamentals.

Jason Richardson, SG 27 MIN | 0-10 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 0 PTS | -19 +/-Has father time finally won his battle with JRich or was this a one night thing?

JaKarr Sampson, SG 22 MIN | 1-5 FG | 0-2 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 1 TO | 3 PTS | -10 +/-Another poor outing from Sampson. There was a stretch where I thought this kid was going to breakout and make a name for himself (in Philadunkia nation) and that momentum is now gone. Over his last 5 games Sampson is averaging 4.8 ppg. on 35% shooting and a 28% clip from three.

 


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GM61: Rapid (Amazing Loss) Reacts

Posted by: C. Smith
03/05/15 10:55 am EST
Philadelphia 76ers 118 FinalRecap | Box Score 123 Oklahoma City Thunder
Luc Richard Mbah a Moute, PF 40 MIN | 6-21 FG | 6-9 FT | 14 REB | 5 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 18 PTS | +4 +/-

A double-double for Embiid’s sitter was blemished by 28% shooting from the field and 0-3 from deep.  If Luc would pump the brakes on his shot selection, he would be much more effective offensive player for this team.

Nerlens Noel, C 40 MIN | 3-10 FG | 2-4 FT | 13 REB | 1 AST | 4 STL | 5 BLK | 5 TO | 8 PTS | +12 +/-

A solid night for #4, but after his 7-7 outing vs. Toronto I expected a little more on the offensive end.  5 blocks and 4 steals (strip of Westbrook at end of regulation was huge) were great, but he also posted 5 TOs last night.

Isaiah Canaan, PG 42 MIN | 10-16 FG | 3-3 FT | 7 REB | 6 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 31 PTS | +5 +/-

We finally got to see the “bullseye shooter” version of Canaan that all the scouts have been talking about. He opened the game Canaan 5-of-5 on 3-pointers and drained 8 total on the day which produced a career high 31 points. Additionally Canaan had only 3 TOs.

Jason Richardson, SG 36 MIN | 8-19 FG | 9-9 FT | 6 REB | 3 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 29 PTS | +17 +/-

Back in October if you had told me that JRich would play 36 minutes in a games this season for the Sixers, I would have bet any amount of money against that idea in a minute and laughed. If you next told me he would score 29 points in a game for the Sixers this season I would have checked you into a mental health facility.

JaKarr Sampson, SG 15 MIN | 2-3 FG | 3-3 FT | 2 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 7 PTS | -4 +/-

There is nothing wrong with the way Sampson played last night.  I just figured in an up and down, high scoring game that an athlete like Sampson would produce a better stat line.  Of course that can be difficult when you only get 15 minutes of burn.

 


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Fo’ with the Foes: OKC Thunder

Posted by: C. Smith
03/04/15 12:55 pm EST

thundergirlsThis ‘winter won’t go away’ 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 Oklahoma City Thunder who are 8-2 in their last 10 game and will have Russell Westbrook in the first-five tonight, but will be without Kevin Durant because of his recent foot procedure.

After the jump, I’ll look a Fo’ key items for tonight’s game.  Additionally, we’ll get a little more insight into the OKC team the Sixers face tonight from our colleague Joey Conger at welcometoloudcity.com as Joey will answer Fo’ questions on the Thunder from us here at Philadunkia.


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The Thomas Robinson Affair

Posted by: Michael Kaskey-Blomain
03/02/15 2:52 pm EST

trobsixerseditOn Tuesday, February 24th, the 76ers officially announced they had acquired forward Thomas Robinson through a claim in the NBA’s waiver wire and confirmed for all of us what the internet had been reporting for nearly 12-hours prior to their release.  Robinson appeared in 32 games for the Blazers this season averaging 12 minutes per game and posting stats of 3.6 ppg. and 4.2 rpg.  In 172 career games, Robinson owns a shine of 4.6 points and 4.4 rebounds per contest.  The Sixers will be Robinson’s fourth NBA stop (Kings, Rockets & Blazers).

Just two Thursdays ago, the Portland Trailblazers traded Robinson, the former 5th overall pick in the 2012 NBA Draft to Denver in a deal that fetched Arron Afflalo in return.  Numerous reports say that Robinson’s agent quickly negotiated a deal with the Nuggets to have Robinson waived because if TRob should clear waivers, a 10-day deal had already been worked out with the Brooklyn Nets.  Of course, that’s where Sam Hinkie entered the picture.

 


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GM58: Rapid (Everybody Beats the Wiz) Reacts

Posted by: C. Smith
02/28/15 12:27 pm EST
Washington Wizards 81 FinalRecap | Box Score 89 Philadelphia 76ers
Luc Richard Mbah a Moute, PF 29 MIN | 4-9 FG | 0-4 FT | 8 REB | 4 AST | 2 STL | 1 BLK | 2 TO | 10 PTS | +8 +/-A near double-double for Embiid’s babysitter, but he is still launching way to many threes for my tastes and I love the the three ball.

Robert Covington, SF 26 MIN | 3-9 FG | 5-5 FT | 6 REB | 0 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 13 PTS | +7 +/-After 4 points in the opening Q, I thought Cov was headed for a big night.  But his cold shooting prevented that from happening.

Nerlens Noel, C 34 MIN | 5-9 FG | 4-6 FT | 13 REB | 3 AST | 2 STL | 3 BLK | 2 TO | 14 PTS | +6 +/-In the wake of MCW’s departure, Noel has really stepped up to be a leader on this team.  Noel’s 9 points in the 4th quarter kept the Wizards at arm’s length and pushed the Sixers to this win.  His block on Gortat in the late 3rd Q was awesome.

Isaiah Canaan, PG 22 MIN | 3-11 FG | 1-1 FT | 3 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 8 PTS | -2 +/-The scouting report on Canaan is that he is a very good shooter.  I’m still waiting to see what all the scouts are talking about.

Jason Richardson, SG 26 MIN | 4-9 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 5 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 12 PTS | +14 +/-The fact that he is on the court and contributing to this squad is amazing to me.  His stroke was on last night and that opened up the floor for Noel.  JRich dropped a beautiful dime to Noel in the late 4th Q that led to a big flush.

 


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Fo’ with the Foes: Washington Wizards

Posted by: C. Smith
02/27/15 3:21 pm EST

wizardsamanadaeditThis ‘still trying to recover from the ass kicking the Bucks gave the 76ers’ 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 Washington Wizards who right now may be playing as poorly as the 76ers.  The Wizards have lost 5 straight and 10 of their last 12, but still boasts Sixer killers John Wall and Marcian Gortat.

After the jump, I’ll look a Fo’ key items for tonight’s game.  Additionally, we’ll get a little more insight into the Washington team the Sixers face tonight from our colleague Rashad Mobley at truthaboutit.net as Rashad will answer Fo’ questions on the Wizards from us here at Philadunkia.


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GM56: Rapid (The D Rests) Reacts

Posted by: C. Smith
02/24/15 10:35 am EST
Philadelphia 76ers 108 FinalRecap | Box Score 119 Miami Heat
Luc Richard Mbah a Moute, PF 30 MIN | 3-11 FG | 0-2 FT | 5 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 0 TO | 7 PTS | -4 +/-The fact that Hinkie couldn’t turn Luc in to a 2nd round pick at the trade deadline still bugs the crap out of me.

Robert Covington, SF 34 MIN | 6-15 FG | 1-3 FT | 4 REB | 2 AST | 5 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 16 PTS | -4 +/-Cov recovered from a putrid start to this game (1-7 in 1st Q) to post a solid statistical night. However he was also MIA when the Heat put up their huge run in the 3rd Q and locked this game up.

Henry Sims, C 18 MIN | 5-6 FG | 2-3 FT | 3 REB | 3 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 1 TO | 12 PTS | -7 +/-Sims started, but only played 18 minutes.  Maybe his lack of tick was becuase he was weak on the boards last night and that helped the Sixers get out rebounded 45-33 by the Heat.

Nerlens Noel, C 31 MIN | 5-10 FG | 8-10 FT | 7 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 4 BLK | 0 TO | 18 PTS | 0 +/-I thought this was one of Noel’s best games to date. The fact that it came against Miami’s inside trio of Hassan Whiteside; “Birdman” and Haslem is a bonus (IMO).  I will be interested to see what happens with Noel’s touches/numbers now that MCW is gone.

Isaiah Canaan, PG 30 MIN | 4-9 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 3 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 11 PTS | -8 +/-Canaan certainly has reaffirmed his reputation as a guard who likes to shoot first.  His 3 dimes vs. 3 TOs effort is nothing to write home about.  Lastly, his defense was terrible last night.

 


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Fo’ with the Foes: Miami Heat

Posted by: C. Smith
02/23/15 3:03 pm EST

Miami-Heat-DancersThis Monday afternoon 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 who obviously will be without Chris Bosh tonight and have lost 5 of their last 7 games, yet still are still holding on to the 7th playoff spot in the East.

After the jump, I’ll look a Fo’ key items for tonight’s game. Additionally, we’ll get a little more insight into the Miami team the Sixers face tonight from our colleague Brandon Di Perno at hothothoops.com as Brandon will answer Fo’ questions on the Heat from us here at Philadunkia.


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