PLAYOFFS, GM 13: RAPID REACTS

Posted by: Tom Sunnergren
05/26/12 11:39 pm EST
Philadelphia 76ers 75 FinalRecap | Box Score 85 Boston Celtics
Elton Brand, PF 34 MIN | 6-11 FG | 3-4 FT | 6 REB | 0 AST | 15 PTS | -8

Brand did about as much as you could reasonably expect from him in this stage of career. While Garnett, his charge for most of the evening, scored 18 points, it took him 17 shots to get them.

Andre Iguodala, SF 44 MIN | 5-11 FG | 5-8 FT | 4 REB | 3 AST | 18 PTS | -6

Iguodala was great. His defense was typical–which is to say excellent–he hit several clutch shots late that, had the Sixers won, would be celebrated, and he attacked the rim throughout the game with the sort of purpose fans, and bloggers, have been clamoring for. It was an outstanding end to a quietly outstanding season.

Spencer Hawes, C 18 MIN | 2-8 FG | 0-0 FT | 5 REB | 1 AST | 4 PTS | -10

Exiting the Chicago series, the story was that Spencer Hawes had returned to form–that after a second half of the season marred by injuries, had reemerged as the sharpshooting, near-All-Star caliber center who propelled the Sixers to their great start. No more. Hawes struggled to the point of invisibility for much of the Boston series and did the same in Game 7. It’s going to be an interesting offseason for the free agent.

Evan Turner, SG 31 MIN | 3-8 FG | 0-0 FT | 8 REB | 0 AST | 6 PTS | -23

Turner struggled, badly, from the floor for most of the series and mercifully stopped shooting in Game 7. It was a puzzling performance from a player who delivered a fistful of them in 2012.

Jrue Holiday, PG 41 MIN | 5-17 FG | 3-3 FT | 3 REB | 9 AST | 15 PTS | -7

It’s admirable that Holiday became more offensively demonstrative in some very large moments this postseason, but, dude, how about some discretion with your shots. Shooting itself doesn’t help the team if your shots aren’t falling.

Lou Williams, PG 26 MIN | 2-9 FG | 3-3 FT | 3 REB | 1 AST | 7 PTS | +3

Lou, again, struggled. When he isn’t able to score, whether it be from 3-points or on one of his patented driving layups, the Sixers are a very bad offensive basketball team. He shot 2-of-9 tonight, and the 7-6 scored 75 points.

Thaddeus Young, F 24 MIN | 3-8 FG | 0-1 FT | 10 REB | 1 AST | 6 PTS | -1

Like Lou, Thad really struggled to make an impact in the Boston series, save one 22-point anomaly, and the playoffs in general. His work on the glass was impressive, and welcome, but like everybody in a Sixers jersey, he couldn’t hit the broad side of a barn from the floor.

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

He scored the final points of the season, so he’s got that going for him.

Lavoy Allen, PF 17 MIN | 1-4 FG | 0-1 FT | 6 REB | 0 AST | 2 PTS | +1

He was, as usual, very good when he was on the floor but didn’t spend nearly enough time out there. Doug Collins has some ‘splaining to do.

After the jump, six things we saw


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WHEN IT WAS ALL ON THE LINE

Posted by: Tom Sunnergren
05/11/12 1:50 pm EST

When Andre Iguodala stepped to the foul line with 2.2 seconds left last night — the Sixers trailing 78-77 and their grip on a series that seemed won just days ago slackened, if not broke entirely — he was thinking about his son.

With the Wells Fargo Center roaring — reaching, and exceeding, the sort of decibel level that makes reporters with sensitive ears wonder if cochlear implants hurt — he imagined himself, he later told the press, explaining to his boy how to shoot free throws: It’s alright son, it’s easy work.  Bend your knees, he said he hummed at the eye of the storm.


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LINK DUMP: GAME 5 PREVIEW EDITION

Posted by: Tom Sunnergren
05/08/12 3:51 pm EST

A win tonight and the Sixers advance to the second round of the playoffs for the first time since 2003, where they’ll square off against one of a pair of teams they went 5-1 against in the regular season.

So that’s the good news. The bad is this: to get there, they still have to take a game from a prideful Bulls team that is, while profoundly depleted, formidable.

And to do that they’ll probably need the benefit of the continuation of some recent trends that don’t look entirely sustainable.

(Free throw shooting, Spencer Hawes eating people’s faces, terrible injuries to integral members of the Bulls; these things come to mind.)

But get excited Philadelphia. We certainly are.

Five and a half hours out from tip-off, here are some links to whet your appetites.


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PLAYOFFS GM 3: RAPID REACTS

Posted by: Tom Sunnergren
05/05/12 12:12 am EST
Chicago Bulls 74 Final

Recap | Box Score

79 Philadelphia 76ers
Andre Iguodala, SF 40 MIN | 2-9 FG | 1-2 FT | 4 REB | 3 AST | 5 PTS | +7There was a lot not to like–the 3-pointer he missed from the top of the key with 2:51 left and the Sixers down 71-70 that felt absolutely crucial–but Iguodala kept Luol Deng, probably the Bulls last, best, offensive threat, from doing much of anything for a second straight game. In 37 minutes, LD scored five points on 2-of-7 shooting. I like points too guys, but that helps.
Elton Brand, PF 26 MIN | 0-5 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 1 AST | 0 PTS | +9Elton Brand was not very good tonight. At all. If we hadn’t won, he’d be in store for a good old fashioned Philadunkia haranguing right now. “If” being the operative word.
Spencer Hawes, C 32 MIN | 7-15 FG | 6-6 FT | 9 REB | 2 AST | 21 PTS | +11Spencer Hawes went from hero to goat to hero. He started with the redonk 3-pointer–off balance, shot clock expiring–and a deep two, proceed to miss eight straight shots–many from point blank–then closed like Mariano Rivera (RIP), fueling the Sixers’ nutty comeback with ten points in the games final 10:15. You sir, win MVP honors tonight.
Evan Turner, SG 41 MIN | 5-12 FG | 6-8 FT | 9 REB | 1 AST | 16 PTS | +5For the second straight game, Turner was outstanding. When the Sixers could get nothing else going offensively, in the dregs of the that third period, ET kept them afloat. He said he wanted the Bulls (sort of), and by god is he backing that up. The foul shooting was, in a word, humongous.
Jrue Holiday, PG 31 MIN | 5-10 FG | 7-9 FT | 6 REB | 6 AST | 17 PTS | +5Jrue, like everybody else on the team, was dreadful until he came on at the end. But boy did he come on. We touch on this in greater detail below, but, along with Turner, his foul shooting at the end was enormous. This was the kind of game the Sixers lost two months ago. Tonight they didn’t, as he’s as big a reason as any why.
Lou Williams, PG 28 MIN | 5-14 FG | 4-4 FT | 2 REB | 0 AST | 14 PTS | +3He missed a lot of shots, but that 15-footer he hit with 4:11 remaining–the one that cut the score to 71-68–was as big as they come. That was the moment the team seemed to look around at one another and ask “why not?”
Lavoy Allen, PF 16 MIN | 0-3 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 0 PTS | -6Not much to say here. Obviously.
Thaddeus Young, F 21 MIN | 2-8 FG | 2-4 FT | 11 REB | 0 AST | 6 PTS | -4Thad didn’t do much on the glamour end of the court, but his handiwork on the glass slammed the door shut on many (potential) second chance point opportunities for the (not so) incredi-Bulls
Jodie Meeks, G 5 MIN | 0-0 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 0 PTS | -5I’m told he’s a great locker room guy.

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ROSE NOW WILTED, THE SIXERS ODDS HAVE IMPROVED…SLIGHTLY?

Posted by: Tom Sunnergren
05/01/12 1:59 pm EST

He didn't read this article.

Scottie Pippen reportedly told the Bulls that, even without Derrick Rose—the hard luck star who’s now minus a functioning left ACL—they’re the league’s top team.

“You’re still the best team in the NBA … so go out there and play like it,” Pippen wrote the disheartened bunch, in an open letter that was published on the Bulls’ website.

Still the best? Without Rose? This is a partisan, Pollyannaish, and flat ridiculous notion for the former Bull to advance. And it also might be…true?


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PLAYOFFS, GM 1: RAPID REACTS

Posted by: Tom Sunnergren
04/28/12 4:17 pm EST
Philadelphia 76ers 91 Final

Recap | Box Score

103 Chicago Bulls
Elton Brand, PF 35 MIN | 8-15 FG | 3-3 FT | 7 REB | 0 AST | 19 PTS | -13The vet was more or less the only thing the Sixers had going in the first half, entering the break 7-of-10 from the floor with 15 points, 4 rebounds and a pair of rejections. And though he cooled from that point onward, he was still the closest thing to an MVP the Sixers had this afternoon.
Andre Iguodala, SF 39 MIN | 3-11 FG | 5-6 FT | 6 REB | 5 AST | 11 PTS | -4Ughhh. It’s one thing to intellectually understand that Iguodala does a lot of helpful things on the basketball court besides score, and so it’s not fair or useful to judge him solely through that prism. It’s another to watch him shoot 3-of-11 from the floor and look tentative/incompetent on the offensive end in a playoff loss.
Lavoy Allen, PF 20 MIN | 2-5 FG | 0-0 FT | 6 REB | 0 AST | 4 PTS | -6Getting the (somewhat) surprising start, LA grabbed a nice early offensive board, but disappeared into Joakim Noah’s shadow for the rest of the night. (With that bun, Noah leaves a pretty big shadow)
Jodie Meeks, G 11 MIN | 0-1 FG | 2-2 FT | 0 REB | 1 AST | 2 PTS | -6These were 11 wasted minutes. You might as well have given them to me. Or, I don’t know, another professional basketball player.
Jrue Holiday, PG 36 MIN | 7-18 FG | 1-3 FT | 7 REB | 2 AST | 16 PTS | -25Jrue started off hot, hitting a 3-pointer in the first minute that gave the Sixers their only lead, but he forced things after that. I like that he seems to take it upon himself to create offense in big moments, that’s admirable, but I would also like it if he did so a bit more efficiently. 16 points on 18 shots, I hate to say, doesn’t help you win. In his defense, however, his defense on Rose was great.
Lou Williams, PG 27 MIN | 1-6 FG | 7-8 FT | 1 REB | 2 AST | 9 PTS | +6Though his shot wasn’t falling, Lou did have some success getting to the stripe and, as always, making them count once there.
Thaddeus Young, F 25 MIN | 6-12 FG | 1-2 FT | 4 REB | 1 AST | 13 PTS | -2Thad had his midrange game going for a bit, but I’d like to see more from him in transition. A lot more.
Spencer Hawes, C 15 MIN | 2-4 FG | 1-2 FT | 4 REB | 2 AST | 5 PTS | -3The Sixers prospects would be much improved if Spence could help out inside. The Bulls biggest area of advantage, both today and in the rest of the series, is inside. Off the top of my head, I can think of one guy who could do something about that.
Evan Turner, SG 30 MIN | 4-9 FG | 4-5 FT | 3 REB | 5 AST | 12 PTS | -5The author of the “better matchup” line that got hung around the Sixers neck these last couple days delivered an uneven performance. I did, however, enjoy and respect the kerfuffles he got into with Noah, then Boozer, then Hamilton. He doesn’t back down from the big guys.

After the Jump, Six Things We Saw


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SIXERS & the 2010 NBA FINALS

Posted by: Philadunkia
06/03/10 2:40 pm EST

As we all know, the 2010 NBA Finals, featuring the 76ers most hated rivals — the Los Angeles Lakers and the Boston Celtics — tips off tonight in Los Angeles. 

Yesterday here at the Philadunkia offices we held a group prayer session pleading with the basketball gods to find a way for neither of our fiercest rivals to claim the 2010 NBA title and as we called on the hoop powers that be, some fascinating connections between the 76ers and the two squads in the 2010 NBA Finals came to light.

So we thought we’d share with our readers some of the interesting and fun gems we discussed and debated yesterday here at the Philadunkia offices.


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FOLLOWING UP WITH THE FOES

Posted by: Philadunkia
04/22/09 8:42 am EST

drematicWe gave our guy Zach McCann at Orlando Magic daily.com a couple days to get over the sting of the big Game 1 comeback before we reviewed the carnage with him. It was the least we could do, because we know that if the Sixers blew an 18-point lead in front of a packed Wachovia Center to lose Game 1 of this series that Philadunkia nation would have been furious and we’d need some time before talking with a loyal Magic fan.  Anyways here’s Zach’s answers to our post Game 1 questions including his observations of the Magic locker room after the stunning loss. Again thanks to Zach for his help.

 

First, Amway Arena seemed to be going absolutely nuts. Talk to us about the atmosphere in Orlando for Game 1.

 OMD :  It was really an electric atmosphere. That’s what playoff basketball is about. The Magic gave away these obnoxious noisemakers that were definitely a distraction to the Sixers, and might’ve been part of the reason they only made 55 percent of their free throws
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5 WITH THE FIRST ROUND FOES

Posted by: Philadunkia
04/17/09 10:08 pm EST

82989539JG018_Magic_SixersWe caught up with Zach McCann from Orlando Magic Daily and exchanged some Q&A on the upcoming 76ers vs. Magic first round playoff series. Zach had some interesting insights about watching Dwight Howard play on a nightly basis and the role of Philadelphia’s own, Jameer Nelson in the Magic’s two early season wins over the 76ers. Additionally, OMD is as confident as we are that the Sixers will need a miracle to pull off the upset. Our thanks to Zach for his time and insights.

Here’s the quick Q&A with the architect of the O-Town loyal blog Orlando Magic Daily.com:

What is it like to watch Dwight Howard play on a nightly basis?

OMD: It’s really awesome to see his jaw-dropping dunks and blocks, but when you watch him every night you notice the flaws in his game that other people sometimes don’t see. Howard is amazing, don’t get me wrong – but in the post, he’s still a work in progress. Big, strong defenders (such as Kendrick Perkins or Antonio McDyess) can shut him down. At this point, with his back to the basket, he has a decent hook shot and an assortment of other moves that can’t be relied on. But his defense is as good as advertised. Guys like LeBron James and Dwyane Wade have gained some steam as defensive player of the year candidates, and I think that’s ridiculous.

The Magic kept Andre Miller in check during our first two match ups this year, but then Miller dominated the third game. What did the Magic do to keep him under wraps initially and can they do it again in this series?
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5 POSITIVES FROM THE 1-6 STREAK

Posted by: Philadunkia
04/16/09 1:52 pm EST

76ers Cavaliers BasketballThe 76ers went 1-6 down the stretch run of the regular season and at times looked, well frankly, pathetic.  So while we realize that going 1-6 is no way to build momentum for a long and successful journey through the NBA Playoffs, we did pick up on a few things that we believe the Sixers can build on and at the same time will give us the fans some sort of hope to cling to as this squad gets set to start postseason play.

Here is the Philadunkia list of 5 Positive Things that Came from the 1-6 Streak :

Andre Iguodala got his swagger on : We requested that he step up and be a hero over the last fiive games of the season and while he fell short of the Hall of Justice status we asked for, Iggy did play very solid ball. He hit for 17.3 ppg., but if you throw out the debacle in NJ (5 points) that average climbs to 19.1 ppg. More important then stats however was the fact that Iguodala showed glimpses of the aggressive, fiery attitude we will need from him to be successful in the playoffs. During the recent seven game stretch, he took the ball to the hole with authority, appeared to relish taking big shots, directed some yapping at opposing players and got in people’s face on defense. If ‘Dre can take those elements of his game to another level and truely lead this squad, we may have a chance against the Magic.
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