AN EYE ON J-SMOOVE

Posted by: Jake Fischer
04/05/13 1:53 pm EST

When the 76ers and the Atlanta Hawks square off in Phillips Arena tonight, the Sixers organization and Philadunkia nation will have their second to last view of Hawks forward Josh Smith before he hits free agency.  Ironically enough, the skill set that Smith possess which makes him an attractive free agent prospect for the Sixers makes him a dangerous opponent this evening.

While Spencer Hawes has been very productive as of late for head coach Doug Collins, defensively, he will likely be taken out of the game by Atlanta center Al Horford’s size and skill.  With that in mind, Thad Young, Lavoy Allen and sometimes Arnett Moultrie will be left to cover the polarizing Smith. 

Unfortunately for Collins, Smith is a mismatch for all three of those bigs.


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GM 74: (+1 FOR THE LOTTERY) REACTS

Posted by: Jeff McMenamin
04/04/13 12:11 am EST
Philadelphia 76ers 83 FinalRecap | Box Score 88 Charlotte Bobcats
Thaddeus Young, SF 33 MIN | 2-9 FG | 2-2 FT | 7 REB | 0 AST | 3 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 6 PTS | -14

After a double-double of 15 points and 10 rebounds against the Bobcats Saturday, Thad came out flat last night and couldn’t get his jumpers to fall.  He did bring his usual hustle however with three swipes and a couple diving saves for loose balls and extra possessions.

Evan Turner, SF 33 MIN | 6-15 FG | 2-2 FT | 6 REB | 3 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 5 TO | 14 PTS | -12

Evan Turner played 33 minutes, but it was 33 seconds in the 4th quarter which sealed a Bobcats win and continued Turner’s tumultuous season for the Sixers this year.  On a mid-court inbound with the team down 84-83 and a timeout left, Turner nearly committed a five-second violation and lobbed the ball right into Gerald Henderson’s hands for a fast break dunk down the other end.  Back breaker. Game over.  It came right as I was going to give him credit for scoring six points with under four minutes to play…Go figure.  “The Enigma” strikes again.

Spencer Hawes, C 33 MIN | 5-9 FG | 2-2 FT | 7 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 1 BLK | 0 TO | 12 PTS | -6

Hawes played physical the entire game, but was out-bodied by the Bobcats’ Josh McRoberts who pulled down 16 boards and had a couple huge slams.  By design or not, Hawes also shouldn’t have launched a three to try to cut a five point deficit to two with under 20 ticks to play.  Didn’t the 76ers sign Dorell Wright for that reason?  That was painful to watch.

Jrue Holiday, PG 37 MIN | 2-24 FG | 1-1 FT | 6 REB | 8 AST | 3 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 5 PTS | -10

From an offensive, defensive and leadership standpoint this was by far the worst game I’ve seen from Jrue Holiday in a Sixers uniform.  His shot was off all night in historic fashion, shooting 2-of-24 from the field for just five points.  According to Basketball Reference, Jrue is the first NBA player in at least 28 years to take 24-plus shots and make two or fewer.  The last Sixers player to shoot this bad from the field was Allen Iverson who shot 2-of-21 vs. the Knicks in 2004.  Outside of his shooting, his defense was equally as terrible on Kemba Walker.  More on this after the jump…

Damien Wilkins, SG 33 MIN | 7-14 FG | 6-8 FT | 9 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 20 PTS | -7

Damien Wilkins played a hell of a game and deserved to get this win.  He opened the game scoring 10 points on 4-of-8 shooting in the first quarter and ended the game with an efficient 20 points on 7-of-14 shooting while pulling down nine boards. He scored eight-straight in the third including a pretty runner off the glass.  By my standards, he’s shown enough to deserve a new contract in the offseason.

Arnett Moultrie, PF 9 MIN | 2-2 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 4 PTS | +1

Moultrie was again given the Collins treatment.  He pulled down three offensive boards and added four points in just nine minutes of burn.  That obviously wasn’t good enough to deserve more minutes. Apparently, this guy couldn’t have done anything to stop the hurt that was put on by Josh McRoberts. Unreal.

Dorell Wright, SF 19 MIN | 5-9 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 14 PTS | +12

Rocking the red Iverson arm-sleeve, Wright was the most consistent scorer for the Sixers outside of Damien Wilkins in this game.  He knocked down four threes and kept the game close with back-to-back trey’s in the 4th.  Somehow he only got 19 minutes of PT and wasn’t given the three which was instead handed to Spencer Hawes at the end of the game.  Good coaching Doug…

Lavoy Allen, C 19 MIN | 2-2 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 2 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 4 PTS | +8

Too much playing time for Lavoy, although he did have a nice tip-in and held his own on the blocks. Benefit of the doubt on this one.

Royal Ivey, PG 16 MIN | 1-5 FG | 0-1 FT | 2 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 2 PTS | +4

No words….

Justin Holiday, SG 7 MIN | 1-5 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 2 PTS | -1

It was nice to see the Jruth’s brother score his first NBA bucket with a 20-footer to start the second quarter.  After a failed alley oop attempt to Jrue shortly after, Justin was pulled by Dougie for the rest of the game.  This move must’ve affected Jrue as he went beyond not buying a bucket the rest of the game.  He couldn’t have even been given a bucket from the free stuff section on Craigslist.  It was that bad.

Nick Young, SG DNP COACH’S DECISION MIN | FG | FT | REB | AST | STL | BLK | TO | PTS |

Swaggy couldn’t have attempted some of Jrue’s shots?  After Jrue went 1-of-10, you needed him to shoot 13 more misses?  I’m not saying that Nick would’ve been the answer but when he’s hot, he’s hot and he could’ve at least gotten a chance in this game.

Doug Collins

There’s nothing like building a team up with three straight wins, to coaching them out of a win against the worst team in the NBA.  Hopefully the Sixers are devastated as a team and will start losing some necessary games for a decent lottery pick, instead of trying to pursue the pipe-dream of a playoff spot.  This loss stings even more, as the Bucks lost to the Timberwolves last night 107-98. Keep up the “great” rotations Dougie.

After the Jump…Six Things We Saw

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A PLAN FOR 2013-14

Posted by: Steve Toll
04/03/13 8:33 am EST

With a few games remaining and the making playoffs a reality for Doug Collins only, focus on free agency has most assuredly been on the mind of everyone involved with the 76ers.  The draft lottery is just that this year, a lottery.  Free Agency is a much different animal altogether. 

Everyone has a varying opinion on what the Sixers will do this offseason.  From Andrew Bynum to Al Jefferson to Joel Przybilla, each would have a varying effect on the future of the franchise.  Assuming the 76ers decide that tanking isn’t an option in 2013-14, here is what should transpire during free agency. 

No trades or stretch clause are factored in, otherwise I’d trade the whole roster for Andre Drummond and Ryan Anderson.

So, next year’s team currently consists of Thad, Jrue, Hawes, J-Rich, ET, Lavoy, Moultrie, and Kwameeeee.  Throw in the 76ers projected lottery pick and the team has about $13,000,000 to work with this offseason.  The team needs a bit of everything and will take some smart moves to build a playoff team. 

After the jump, I present the plan for what I’d do this offseason, if tanking in 2013-14 isn’t an option…

 
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WEEKEND WRAP UP

Posted by: Jake Fischer
04/01/13 8:58 pm EST

With multiple prime-time NBA match-ups, the Sweet 16 and Elite 8 rounds of the NCAA Tournament as well as the Easter Holiday (and family visiting) going on this past weekend our beloved 76ers were relegated to DVR status.

But now that we have had time to “watch the tape”, we have some thoughts on what went right for the 76ers this past weekend (winning back-to-back games) and what went wrong for Collins & Co. (winning back-to-back games).

So, on the opening night of the Phillies 2013 season, let’s recap all that went down with the 76ers who extended their win streak to three games this weekend.

 
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INTERVIEW: DAMIEN WILKINS

Posted by: Jake Fischer
03/29/13 11:42 am EST

A quick Google Images search of Damien Wilkins will put his career for you in a nutshell.  In that search, you’ll see the 6-6, 225 pound swingman dawning a vast variety of the NBA jerseys.  Wilkins has been one of the lucky few who have been able to live the life of an NBA journeyman.

But recently, Wilkins, the current starting shooting guard for the 76ers, hasn’t been playing like a nomadic bench player.  In fact, the 8-year veteran out of the University of Georgia has been averaging 15.2 points, 2.4 rebounds, 2.2 assists and 1.6 steals in 29.0 minutes per game over the team’s last five contests.  Wilkins, who has started 10 games for the Sixers, has been a spark plug for Doug Collins’ team ever since he was inserted into the starting unit to replace a hobbled Nick Young.

Even though the veteran and well-respected locker room presence has been turning heads on the court for the Sixers of late, not many in the City of Brotherly Love truly know a lot about Wilkins off the court and what his thoughts have been about his first season rocking the fabled red, white and blue.

With that in mind, Philadunkia scribe, Jake Fischer, caught up with the Sixers’ cagey veteran and talked about his family lineage, the Sixers struggles this season, his days with the Seattle Supersonics and his obsession with Wawa.

 
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THE ANDREW BYNUM CONSPIRACY

Posted by: Jeff McMenamin
03/28/13 5:53 pm EST

Take a minute and think about these questions for a second:

Did the Philadelphia 76ers ownership just pull off the greatest tanking scheme in NBA history? Will their current horrible reputation be wiped away into them being regarded in the highest light for the Andrew Bynum blockbuster trade?

If I were to tell you that they’ve been pulling the media and fans’ legs all along for the good of the organization, would you believe me?

Putting your emotions aside (and believe me I’m right there with you) the answer to all three of these questions could conceivably be yes. The story of marketing ploys and genius cover ups begins after the jump…


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THE RESURGENCE of WILKINS

Posted by: Steve Toll
03/28/13 1:40 pm EST

The 76ers are 5-4 in their last 9 games and if they hadn’t simply given away a game in Denver last Thursday that record would be even more impressive.  Collins & Co. have won 6 games overall in March – their highest monthly win total since December.  There are a couple of reasons for the improved play of the Sixers over the past month, but none have been a big factor than Damien Wilkins.

The 33-year old Wilkins has had a resurgence that is reminiscent of the Jason Richardson we saw in the first month of the year.  Damien’s play of late is both unexpected and more so untimely.  Whether it is a case of veteran savvy coupled with intense mental fortitude or variance, DW has been managed to produce at a level far above even he likely thought possible — 18 points; 5 boards and 4 dimes last night.

 
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GM 71: (BUCK HUNTER) RAPID REACTS

Posted by: C. Smith
03/27/13 10:34 pm EST
Milwaukee Bucks 92 FinalRecap | Box Score 100 Philadelphia 76ers
Thaddeus Young, SF 37 MIN | 7-12 FG | 0-0 FT | 7 REB | 2 AST | 2 STL | 2 BLK | 2 TO | 14 PTS | +1

Thad started this game by going 6 of 7 from the floor in the 1st Q and triggered the Sixers great play in the 1st half, but then he sort of disappeared.

Evan Turner, SF 38 MIN | 6-11 FG | 0-0 FT | 7 REB | 4 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 13 PTS | +22

This is all I am asking for from “The Enigma” on a nightly basis.  Except for one brief stretch in the 4th Q, ET played under control and contributed nicely to the team.  When he learns to play like this every night and stops complaining to the refs, I’ll be very happy.

Spencer Hawes, C 35 MIN | 7-14 FG | 0-0 FT | 17 REB | 4 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 15 PTS | +3

A career high 17 rebounds was the highlight of Spence’s 9th double-doubles in the month of March. Hawes a great second effort in the 2nd Q fro a tip-in.  The 3PA he drilled in early 4th was key and he had 2 huge ORebs in the late 4th Q that kept the ball out of MIL hands.  I also loved the dime he threw to Thad on a back-door cut in the 3rd Q.

Jrue Holiday, PG 37 MIN | 6-17 FG | 4-4 FT | 4 REB | 6 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 6 TO | 18 PTS | -2

18 points on 17 FGAs isn’t the most efficient scoring night.  Jrue committed 6 TOs in the game as well.  Still, he had a clutch 3-pointer in the 3rd Q where he racked up 10 points and kept the Sixers in this game when the Bucks were on fire.  However he didn’t score a point in the 4th Q (0-3).

Damien Wilkins, SG 26 MIN | 7-15 FG | 3-4 FT | 5 REB | 4 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 18 PTS | -4

“Employee #8″ (We can borrow that from Antoine Walker, right?) got off to a slow start shooting the ball (2-7 in 1st Q) but recovered to post another stellar performance.  The alley-oop he caught in the 2nd Q capped off a nice run of 5 straight points by Wilkins.  The steal and slam by him in the late 4th was the dagger in this one and scored Big Macs for everyone at the WFC. His D was solid as well.

Arnett Moultrie, PF 6 MIN | 2-3 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 4 PTS | +4

6 ticks; 4 points and 3 boards…That’s an A+ in my book.  Too bad it won’t lead to more minutes for Arnett.

Dorell Wright, SF 28 MIN | 5-13 FG | 1-1 FT | 2 REB | 5 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 14 PTS | +3

I wasn’t thrilled with some of the ill-advised shots he chucked up tonight (the 2 in the 3rd Q come immediately to mind), but Wright was a big key to the Sixers W tonight.  #4 scored five points in the 2nd Q and the stretch where he scored 8 straight in the 4th Q took the Sixers from a deficit to up 3 and triggered a 15-0 run by the 7-6 that put them up for good in this one.

Lavoy Allen, C 16 MIN | 1-2 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 2 TO | 2 PTS | +9

Mehhh…

Royal Ivey, PG 16 MIN | 1-2 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 2 PTS | +4

Moving on…

Kwame Brown, C DNP COACH’S DECISION MIN | FG | FT | REB | AST | STL | BLK | TO | PTS |

During training camp did you think that Kwame would only play in only 22 games this year and that would be 22 more times than Bynum would suit up for the Sixers in 2012-13?

Doug Collins

I love that DC’s squad got out to an lightening fast start in this one.  However, whatever he is saying at half needs to cease as the Sixers had another terrible 3rd Q.  Still he was able to keep the team focused and that led to a big 4th Q push that grabbed the Sixers the lead and eventually the game. How tense was Collins in the post game presser?  The fact that he still believes the Sixers are not out of the playoffs yet is a joke.  DC is this close to snapping — big time.

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GM 70: (Jazz Hands) RAPID REACTS

Posted by: Jake Fischer
03/26/13 7:34 am EST
Philadelphia 76ers 91 FinalRecap | Box Score 107 Utah Jazz
Thaddeus Young, SF 17 MIN | 3-7 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 6 PTS | -13

Thad received a well-deserved rest tonight in what appeared to be the Sixers first effective effort at tanking all season long.  At this point in this season, and his career, we know what we’re getting from Thad.  It’s about damn time Collins gave him a break and gave the youngins some burn.

Evan Turner, SF 31 MIN | 2-6 FG | 1-2 FT | 6 REB | 0 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 6 PTS | -16

Another game where we leave thinking, “what is wrong with that guy” about Turner.  ET got out-performed by Dorell Wright, Damien Wilkins, Randy Foye, Gordon Hayward and Alec Burks tonight. That shouldn’t happen to a No. 2 Overall Draft Pick.  More on this After The Jump…

Spencer Hawes, C 29 MIN | 4-7 FG | 6-7 FT | 8 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 3 BLK | 1 TO | 14 PTS | -21

A near double-double from Spencer and another performance that makes me want to bang my head against a wall.  WHERE WAS THIS IN JANUARY?  Could the Sixers realistically be a playoff team right now if Hawes was playing at this level back when they were just a few games out of the 8th spot in the East?

Jrue Holiday, PG 24 MIN | 2-8 FG | 2-4 FT | 1 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 4 TO | 7 PTS | -38

Similar to Thad, it was good to see Jrue log less minutes tonight.  Obviously, you don’t want him to shoot 25% from the floor and turn the ball over 4 times, but at this point in this dreadful year, who cares?  I’m happy to see Jrue just get some rest!

Damien Wilkins, SG 23 MIN | 5-9 FG | 3-4 FT | 0 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 13 PTS | -23

When the Utah (Root Sports) TV broadcasters discuss how much a player has progressed and developed recently, you know it’s legitimate.  I’ll be honest, it’s good to see Wilkins improve as of late, but it scares me the front office will throw him way too much money in the offseason and retain him instead of filling that roster spot with a young player full of potential.  Keep in mind, Wilkins is 33…

Arnett Moultrie, PF 23 MIN | 6-11 FG | 2-2 FT | 8 REB | 0 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 14 PTS | +2

WELL DONE, ARNETT!  Man is it refreshing to watch this guy crash the boards, fight for position while defending the post and take the ball to the rim aggressively and with authority?  Yet, ridiculously, he played so well, entered the game at the 7:35 mark in the 1Q and still only played 23 min.  Why, Collins?  Why?????

Dorell Wright, SF 32 MIN | 5-12 FG | 7-7 FT | 2 REB | 4 AST | 3 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 19 PTS | +12

Wright again put on a great off-the-bench performance for this team.  Unfortunately, it’s just a tease at what could have been if Wright was regularly used to his full potential all season long.  Are you starting to sense all of the “what-ifs?” about this team that don’t even include Andrew Bynum?

Lavoy Allen, C 27 MIN | 3-14 FG | 0-0 FT | 8 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 2 BLK | 2 TO | 6 PTS | 0

Despite his terrible shooting night, a solid effort by Lavoy.  But, in what upside down universe does he deserve to be playing more minutes than Moultrie in this game at this point in this season?  Jeeze, man! This “rotation” never, ever makes sense.

Charles Jenkins, PG 19 MIN | 2-5 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 4 PTS | +3

After not even playing a minute against the Kings the night prior, Jenkins comes out and receives 19 minutes.  Thank the basketball lords.  He produced out there too!

Jeremy Pargo, PG 11 MIN | 0-4 FG | 2-2 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 2 PTS | -1

Oh, Jeremy.  Were you thinking about your alma mater Gonzaga’s loss to Wichita State in the Round of 32 when you went oh-for from the field?

Royal Ivey, PG 4 MIN | 0-0 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 0 PTS | +4

Congratulations, Royal! You were 100 percent successful in completing a trillion!  You had absolutely no impact on this game!

Kwame Brown, C DNP COACH’S DECISION MIN | FG | FT | REB | AST | STL | BLK | TO | PTS |

Wait, who is this again?

Nick Young, SG DNP COACH’S DECISION MIN | FG | FT | REB | AST | STL | BLK | TO | PTS |

I miss you, Swaggy! Get well soon!

Doug Collins

Collins finally rested Jrue Holiday and Thad Young… but it took him until the second night of a back-to-back road set to do it.. on March 25!  It goes to show how much a grasp this guy has of NBA coaching if I have not given him a higher than a C+ in any of my reacts.

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GM 69: (ROAD W) RAPID REACTS

Posted by: C. Smith
03/25/13 11:21 am EST
Philadelphia 76ers 117 FinalRecap | Box Score 103 Sacramento Kings
Thaddeus Young, SF 33 MIN | 6-14 FG | 2-2 FT | 6 REB | 1 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 14 PTS | +2

A steady, punch the clock and go to work night from Thad.  I loved the little altercation he got into with Cousins.  Thad has a rep for being “Mr. Nice Guy” and it was nice to see a bit of an edge from #21.

Evan Turner, SF 30 MIN | 3-7 FG | 1-2 FT | 2 REB | 8 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 7 PTS | +8

I wouldn’t say Turner did anything wrong last night, but I’m just over him and ready to see “The Enigma” playing for another team.

Spencer Hawes, C 31 MIN | 7-13 FG | 0-0 FT | 10 REB | 3 AST | 1 STL | 1 BLK | 2 TO | 14 PTS | +17

If you’re going to talk the talk, you need to walk the walk…and that’s just what Spencer did last night. After engaging Sacto fans in a minor Twitter war yesterday, Hawes went out and posted his 8th double-double in the last 14 games.  Hawes was booed from the opening tip and responded by hitting the game’s first basket.  Of course it was an 18-foot jumper.

Jrue Holiday, PG 39 MIN | 9-20 FG | 2-6 FT | 10 REB | 7 AST | 5 STL | 1 BLK | 4 TO | 21 PTS | +6

Yes Jure racked up another double-double, but he was 1-4 on 3PAs and some of those shots were ill-advised.  Jrue was also an unacceptable 2-6 from the FT line.  However his 8 points in the 3rd Q were a key part of the Sixers grabbing control of this game.

Damien Wilkins, SG 40 MIN | 6-13 FG | 4-5 FT | 6 REB | 3 AST | 1 STL | 1 BLK | 0 TO | 17 PTS | +13

Is it possible that Damien’s play over the last two weeks (13 ppg. in his last 10 runs) has earned him a contract here in Philly for next year.  Believe me, I know that the fact he is starting means the Sixers are awful, but his veteran presence, instant offense, ability to get to the FT line and defense could be an asset off the bench next year.  Just sayin…

Arnett Moultrie, PF 7 MIN | 1-1 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 2 PTS | +2

Keep your head up kid…DC probably won’t be here next season.

Dorell Wright, SF 30 MIN | 6-13 FG | 4-4 FT | 3 REB | 6 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 1 TO | 22 PTS | +21

That’s what I am talking about…As I have said many, many times, Wright has one job — hit open jumpers and last night he was awesome at his job.  He scored 13 in the 2nd Q and 5 straight to close out the 3rd Q.

Lavoy Allen, C 22 MIN | 9-13 FG | 2-2 FT | 7 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 20 PTS | +19

Lavoy escaped from the Do(u)ghouse to score a career-high 20 (10 in the 2nd Q & 6 in the 4th Q) on 9-of-13 shooting, adding seven boards.  He must have used Temple’s devastating Tourney loss as motivation for this performance.

Royal Ivey, PG 9 MIN | 0-2 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 0 PTS | +6

Moving on…

Kwame Brown, C DNP COACH’S DECISION MIN | FG | FT | REB | AST | STL | BLK | TO | PTS |

The only reason I even know this guy is alive is because of his Instagram account.

Doug Collins

How funny were his thoughts on Lavoy Allen in the post game? Talk about taking digs at a player. IMO Collins is post game commenting his way out of town.

After the Jump,  Six Things We Saw Last Night…


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