GM68: Rapid (Frickin’ Winning) Reacts

Posted by: C. Smith
03/19/15 10:39 am EST
Detroit Pistons 83 FinalRecap | Box Score 94 Philadelphia 76ers
Luc Richard Mbah a Moute, PF 26 MIN | 1-8 FG | 1-2 FT | 6 REB | 5 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 4 PTS | +7 +/-Luc did his best to shoot the Sixers into the loss column, but the weary Pistons were unbable to take advantage of the poor effort from Embiid’s babysitter.

Nerlens Noel, C 22 MIN | 5-10 FG | 1-2 FT | 4 REB | 0 AST | 1 STL | 3 BLK | 1 TO | 11 PTS | +2 +/-With the hops and energy Noel diplayed early on, it’s a good thing for the Pistons that he got hurt and missed most of the 2nd half.  Otherwise the Sixers may have won this game by 20.  I felt like very time he came on the TV Noel was flushing a dunk or swatting a Detroit shot.

Ish Smith, PG 26 MIN | 6-12 FG | 3-4 FT | 1 REB | 8 AST | 3 STL | 1 BLK | 3 TO | 15 PTS | +10 +/-A near double-double from the journeyman was has supplanted Canaan (who the Sixers traded for by the way) as the starting PG.  He pushed the pace last night on the tired Pistons and unleashed a couple of floaters that were amazing. 50% shooting from the field; 8 dimes; only 3 TOs and +10 rating!  Too bad he isn’t 6’3 or taller.

Jason Richardson, SG 25 MIN | 4-7 FG | 3-4 FT | 5 REB | 2 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 14 PTS | +1 +/-JRich struck back at Father Time last night with a much needed solid shooting effort.  Previous to last night’s game, #23 was 6 for 37 from the field in his last 4 games and I had pretty much written him off for the season.

JaKarr Sampson, SG 22 MIN | 3-8 FG | 0-0 FT | 6 REB | 0 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 6 PTS | -6 +/-After 4 points in the the 1st half, I don’t have a single note on JaKarr for the rest of the game.  I like Sampson’s long range potential, but his is not a starting NBA guard and why Brown insists on trotting him out with the first-five is beyond me.

 


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Fo’ with the Foes: Detroit Pistons

Posted by: C. Smith
03/18/15 4:55 pm EST

pistonsredheadThis 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 Detroit Pistons who defeated the Memphis Grizzlies last night, but have lost 10 of their last 11 and will be without Greg Monroe tonight.

After the jump, I’ll look a Fo’ key items for tonight’s game.  Additionally, we’ll get a little more insight into this Detroit team the Sixers face tonight from our colleague Dan Feldman at pistonpowered.com, as Dan will answer Fo’ questions on his Pistons squad from us here at Philadunkia.

 


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GM67: Rapid (Simply Sorry) Reacts

Posted by: C. Smith
03/17/15 10:01 am EST
Philadelphia 76ers 89 FinalRecap | Box Score 108 Boston Celtics
Luc Richard Mbah a Moute, PF 23 MIN | 4-8 FG | 1-4 FT | 1 REB | 3 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 10 PTS | -18 +/-Luc led the Sixers with a -18 +/- rating last night.

Nerlens Noel, C 34 MIN | 7-15 FG | 4-6 FT | 7 REB | 1 AST | 2 STL | 1 BLK | 1 TO | 18 PTS | -15 +/-A much better effort this time from Noel in hometown of Boston. I like that he was extremely aggressive last night and took the ball to the tin, but his left hand finish still needs some work.  His 6 points in the 1st Q was one of the few highlights for the Sixers.  However he did NOT score another point in the 1st half.

Isaiah Canaan, PG 28 MIN | 4-11 FG | 1-2 FT | 6 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 3 TO | 11 PTS | -8 +/-This PG experiment should officially come to a close when this season is over. While his stat line was respectable last night, Canaan owns a shoot first mentality, does not see the floor well and plays ole’ defense.

Jason Richardson, SG 20 MIN | 1-7 FG | 0-0 FT | 5 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 2 PTS | -15 +/-As Charles Barkley once said, “Father time is undefeated.”  J-Rich is now 6-27 (22%) from the field and 0-12 from deep in his last 3 games.

Hollis Thompson, SG 31 MIN | 5-9 FG | 1-2 FT | 2 REB | 2 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 13 PTS | -7 +/-Thompson took advantage of his first start since December and posted a solid overall stat line.  Along with Noel, HT was one of the few Sixers who could find the basket in the 1st Q (4 points).

 


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Noel on the Rise

Posted by: Michael Kaskey-Blomain
03/13/15 11:43 am EST

NBA: Miami Heat at Philadelphia 76ersIf you’ve been paying attention to the Sixers lately, you’ve undoubtedly noticed the all-around improved play of Nerlens Noel.  Since the NBA trade deadline (and the departure of Michael Carter-Williams) Noel has taken giant steps in his development, on both ends of the floor.  In his last 10 games, #4 is averaging 11.4 ppg.; 10.6 rpg.; 2.2 bpg. and 2.7 spg., all while shooting 43% from the field.  With each passing game he looks less and less like the raw, out-of-place player he often resembled early on in the season.

Many expected Noel to be good, even dominant, defensively, but it’s safe to say that few expected him to be this good this quickly.

Aftre the jump, I’ll take a look at just how good Noel has been since the 2015 NBA All-Star Weekend festivities in New York concluded.


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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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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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