Fo’ with the Foes: Milwaukee Bucks

Posted by: C. Smith
02/24/14 4:40 pm EST

bucksThis 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 Milwaukee Bucks who lost 5 of 6 on their recent homestand and are the worst team in the NBA (technically speaking).

After the jump, I’ll look a Fo’ key items for tonight’s game.  Additionally, we’ll get a little more insight into this Milwaukee team the Sixers face tonight from our colleague K L Chouinard at bucksketball.com, as KL will answer Fo’ questions on his Bucks from us here at Philadunkia.


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An Enigma Until the End

Posted by: C. Smith
02/21/14 11:07 am EST

turnerblackbackdropeditedEvan Turner was perhaps the most frustrating and mystifying 76er I ever watched in my nearly 30 years of rooting for the franchise.

One night Turner would hang 34 points on the Knicks thanks to 59% shooting from the field and actually look like a player who should have been taken No. 2 overall in the 2010 NBA Draft.  The next night he would shoot 2-10 and total 6 points against the Hawks while acting like an overly dramatic teenager towards the officials all night and his head coach at times.

Turner’s roller coaster level of of play and his highly emotional mind set are the reasons I dubbed him  ”The Enigma”.  And that nickname served the combo-guard well right up to his final moments in a Sixers uniform as it appears executives around the Association found Turner just as difficult to figure out as we did.

 

 


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Hawes is a C-YA

Posted by: C. Smith
02/20/14 10:50 am EST

hawesstpaddysdayIn case you have not been on Twittter in the last 20 minutes, the 76ers have traded center Spencer Hawes to the Cleveland Cavaliers , Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports is reporting.  League sources told Woj that the Sixers will receive two second-round draft picks in exchange for Spencer.

As we all know, Hawes is having a career year — 13 points and 8.5 rebounds — for the Sixers this season.  However, as we documented here at Philadunkia, Spence’s production dropped off in January, has hit rock bottom in February and he played simply awful vs. Cleveland the other night.

I guess Cleveland chose to ignore those facts.

I would love to see Dion Waiters reaction when he hears this news.


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Time for Sam’s Club Pricing?

Posted by: Jeff McMenamin
02/19/14 1:33 pm EST

samhinkiepressereditedThe swirling trade rumors haven’t let up regarding the Sixers’ big three as we’re now just a little over 24 hours away from the February 20th, 3PM trade deadline.

Last night’s matchup against the Cavaliers could have been the last time we see the Sixers’ core veterans on the same court together.  Evan Turner, Spencer Hawes and Thaddeus Young, could have played their last game for an organization that they’ve given their blood, sweat and tears to for the past 4-7 years.

All eyes are on Sam Hinkie to try and make something happen, but it’s rumored that his asking price has been way too high for potential suitors, including the San Antonio Spurs.


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GM55: Rapid (Mailed It In) Reacts

Posted by: C. Smith
02/19/14 10:22 am EST
Cleveland Cavaliers 114 FinalRecap | Box Score 85 Philadelphia 76ers
Thaddeus Young, PF 26 MIN | 6-16 FG | 2-3 FT | 9 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 15 PTS | -23Thad scored the first 5 points of the game and than went ice cold.  The off shooting night for Thad kept #21 from having a big game.  IMO he had a good number of clean looks and just couldn’t get his shot to fall.  I lost track of how many hustle plays he had last night.

Evan Turner, SF 33 MIN | 3-14 FG | 4-5 FT | 7 REB | 6 AST | 3 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 11 PTS | -16Now this is the way for “The Enigma’s” career as a Sixers to close out.  High usage; ill-advised shots; no defense; poor shooting percentage (21%) and still he nearly got a double-double.  I loved that the faithful at the WFC showered ET with boos.

Spencer Hawes, C 29 MIN | 1-6 FG | 0-0 FT | 6 REB | 3 AST | 0 STL | 2 BLK | 1 TO | 2 PTS | -25In typical Spence fashion, he showed little heart or intestinal fortitude last night.  How about the stretch where #00 got stuffed by Tyler Zeller and than at the other end got posterized by Dion Waiters?!?

Michael Carter-Williams, PG 31 MIN | 5-14 FG | 5-8 FT | 3 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 7 TO | 15 PTS | -1635% shooting as well s 1 assist to 7 turnovers is not a great way to come out of the All-Star break.  However he was one of the few Sixers that competed last night and when the rest of the first five shoots 14-43 (32%), it’s hard to rack up dimes.

James Anderson, SG 30 MIN | 4-7 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 2 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 10 PTS | -25Anderson played solid ball last night, but it should be noted that only 3 of his points came in the 1st half when this game was still competitive.


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Fo’ with the Foes: Cleveland Cavaliers

Posted by: C. Smith
02/18/14 3:07 pm EST

ginny-cavsThis 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 Cleveland Cavaliers who won four straight games heading into All-Star weekend.

After the jump, I’ll look a Fo’ key items for tonight’s game.  Additionally, we’ll get a little more insight into the Cavaliers team the Sixers face tonight from our colleagues Scott Sargent at waitingfornextyear.com as Scott will answer Fo’ questions on the Cavs from us here at Philadunkia.


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Mamma Said There’d Be Years Like This

Posted by: Michael Kaskey-Blomain
02/18/14 10:56 am EST

brown-brettWith the first half of the 2013-14 season thankfully behind the 76ers (54 games to be precise), and the NBA all-star break officially over, let’s take a minute to consider if Brett Brown ever questions what he has gotten himself into.

From the improbable 3-0 start to the season that saw the 76ers jump from last to first in numerous online power rankings, to the historically deplorable defense that has been played, to the career offensive stats put up by Thad, Turner and Hawes, to terribly poor 3-point shooting (31% – 29th in the NBA), Brown’s first season with the Sixers has been anything but normal.

 


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Happy Birthday to the G.O.A.T.

Posted by: C. Smith
02/17/14 12:28 pm EST

iversonjordanThere is no doubt in our minds that Michael Jordan is the G.O.A.T. and we genuflect out of respect for his basketball skills and accomplishments at both the NCAA and NBA levels.  Outside of former Philadelphia Warrior and City of Brotherly Love native Wilt Chamberlain, perhaps no basketball legend is more deserving of having his greatness recognized on his birthday than Michael.  Hoops web sites all over the world will be paying homage to #23 today and rightly so.

However, Philadunkia is a blog dedicated to the Philadelphia 76ers – the good and the bad; on and off the court.  So even though we realize that MJ absolutely owned our home team during his playing days – from the 56 he dropped on Barkley back in 1987 to the “Stackhouse Game” to the 40 spot he hung on Iverson in 2001 – we felt this 76er loyal site should “flip the script” as they say and on MJ’s 51st birthday run down a list of the best moments in 76ers history that occurred at the expense of Air Jordan and his teammates.

 


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No Need To Panic on MCW

Posted by: Alex Gorge
02/14/14 9:42 am EST

carter-williams_chest_upHeaded into the All-Star break the 76ers have lost eight straight and if you were one of the few in denial all season, than the gig is up.  The Sixers are in full blown tank mode.  Inside of those eight losses a long list of things have gone wrong.  One of the issues has been the fact that Sixers 2014 first round pick Michael Carter-Williams has been playing some of the worst basketball of his rookie year.

So a good deal of Philadunkia nation is probably wondering, “Is it time to be concerned with MCW?”  

In my opinion the answer is very simple….

HELL NO.


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Hawes Deserves Some Blame As Well

Posted by: C. Smith
02/13/14 12:53 pm EST

hawesTo say the the 76ers have struggled mightily to remain competitive over the last two weeks is an understatement.  Over the last 10 games, the roster and head coach which Sam Hinkie assembled for this season have redefined the concept of tanking in professional sports.  This past week, the season of the tank hit rock bottom as the Sixers became the second team in NBA history to lose by 40-plus points in consecutive games and their losing streak reached a season worst 8 games.

In addition to horrific defense and MCW’s shooting slump, a great deal of the blame for the steep nose dive the Sixers have taken over the last two weeks has been placed in front of Evan Turner’s locker.  While there’s no doubt that Turner has played very poorly during the Sixers most recent stretch of pathetic basketball,  I am here to tell you that he’s not the only veteran on this roster who deserves blame.

(I’m looking at you Spencer Hawes.)

 


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