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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Wiggins Watch: Episode VII

Posted by: Alex Gorge
02/11/14 2:01 pm EST

wigginsblackbckdropMonday night in Manhattan, Kansas the Jayhawks fell to the Kansas State Wildcats in overtime, 85-82.  This loss is the second in their past four games for Bill Self’s sqaud, but in no way do these losses fall on freshmen star Andrew Wiggins.

Last week, I called for the freshmen to have a more cerebral game that didn’t involve him imposing pre-meditated shots, but rather, to take what the defense gave him.  Well in his past two games he has had 16 and 19 points respectively.  The freshman is a combined 10-26 from the field in his past two games and 0-7 from three.  You would think with shooting stats like that Wiggins would be averaging about 10 points but in fact he is averaging 17.5 in his last two contests thanks to free throws.  Wiggins was aggressive for the second straight game last night, going 8-15 from the free throw line and going 7-10 from the stripe two days prior.


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GM53: Rapid (Pathetic) Reacts

Posted by: C. Smith
02/11/14 9:09 am EST
Philadelphia 76ers 80 FinalRecap | Box Score 123 Golden State Warriors
Thaddeus Young, PF 28 MIN | 5-15 FG | 2-2 FT | 2 REB | 0 AST | 3 STL | 0 BLK | 4 TO | 12 PTS | -31Depsite 8 first half points, last night was one of the few times all year I have seen Thad look tired.  He was a -31 on the night.

Evan Turner, SF 32 MIN | 6-13 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 2 AST | 3 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 12 PTS | -23Zero FTAs from your starting SF is unaccceptable.  You can actually see his trade value going down the toilet.

Spencer Hawes, C 25 MIN | 3-10 FG | 0-1 FT | 6 REB | 4 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 6 PTS | -20You know things are going bad when Spence can not find his shooting stroke.

Michael Carter-Williams, PG 31 MIN | 8-18 FG | 7-10 FT | 4 REB | 3 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 4 TO | 24 PTS | -17It was nice to see MCW find his shooting stroke for a night and he did a great job getting to the FT line.  Ten points in the 1st Q through the early 2nd Q kept the 76ers in this game, but it wasn’t enough.  However, he had more TOs (4) than dimes (3).

James Anderson, SG 26 MIN | 1-6 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 2 PTS | -42In his last two games JA is averaging 2 points per night while shooting 2-12 from the field and 0-8 from deep.


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GM52: Rapid (Posterized) Reacts

Posted by: C. Smith
02/10/14 9:24 am EST
Philadelphia 76ers 78 FinalRecap | Box Score 123 Los Angeles Clippers
Thaddeus Young, PF 26 MIN | 7-17 FG | 0-0 FT | 11 REB | 2 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 15 PTS | -40Keep husting and grinding Thad, someday it’s going to pay off in the win column.  Unfortunately it may not be here in Philly

Evan Turner, SF 27 MIN | 1-8 FG | 5-5 FT | 4 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 7 PTS | -43Another trade value killing night from “The Enigma”.  FYI…In his last 10 games Turner is averaging 12.9 ppg. on 36% shooting from the field.

Spencer Hawes, C 23 MIN | 0-8 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 0 PTS | -42It’s amazing how bad Hawes plays against athletic centers who care about defense (see KG as well).  Spence had 2 rebs in 23 mins of action…well done for a 7-footer.

Michael Carter-Williams, PG 35 MIN | 5-18 FG | 4-5 FT | 7 REB | 5 AST | 1 STL | 2 BLK | 8 TO | 14 PTS | -25Another awful shooting night from MCW.  Additionally, he now seems to have the turnover bug — 8 last night.  That TO number exceeded his totals for assists (5); FGM (5) and FTM (4).

James Anderson, SG 16 MIN | 1-6 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 1 TO | 2 PTS | -40Wasn’t this guy supposed to be lethal from behind the arc?


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GM51: Rapid (Steve Nash) Reacts

Posted by: C. Smith
02/08/14 8:59 am EST
Los Angeles Lakers 112 FinalRecap | Box Score 98 Philadelphia 76ers
Thaddeus Young, PF 34 MIN | 2-9 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 3 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 5 PTS | -11 Thad scored 5 points in the 1st Q and that was it for him last night.  I don’t have a single note for him the rest of the game.

Evan Turner, SF 32 MIN | 6-14 FG | 0-0 FT | 7 REB | 3 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 4 TO | 15 PTS | -10 Turner buried a 3-ball in the 1st Q, scored 9 first half points and looked to be headed for a big night.  That never materialized.  He played decently on offense, but his defense was brutal. In the 3rd Q, ET had a stretch where he drained a 3PA; than air balled a 3PA and finally bricked a 3PA.

Spencer Hawes, C 34 MIN | 5-11 FG | 2-3 FT | 11 REB | 3 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 15 PTS | -3 Hawes had a great night shooting the rock — 45% from the field and 50% from three. However, like a lot of the Sixers Spence did most of his damage in the 1st half — 11 pts. & 6 rebs.  He was MIA in the 2nd half.

Michael Carter-Williams, PG 30 MIN | 4-12 FG | 1-4 FT | 6 REB | 7 AST | 1 STL | 1 BLK | 4 TO | 10 PTS | -11 MCW’s defense was terrible last night and his jump shot continues to misfire…That’s all I have to say here.

James Anderson, SG 27 MIN | 4-6 FG | 1-2 FT | 6 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 12 PTS | -5 A solid night for Anderson who scored 3 points in the 2nd, 3rd and 4th Q’s.  He broke the Sixers long 4th Q scoring drought by splashing home a 3PA, but it did not ignite a late push by the Sixers last night.


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GM49: Rapid (Entertaining) Reacts

Posted by: C. Smith
02/04/14 11:50 am EST
Philadelphia 76ers 102 FinalRecap | Box Score 108 Brooklyn Nets
Thaddeus Young, PF 38 MIN | 7-11 FG | 2-2 FT | 5 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 17 PTS | -3A 9-point first half (4-7 on FGAs) triggered a solid game from #21.  He rolled home a 3PA in the 2nd Q and also had a nice steal and lay-in during that Q.  Thad’s big slam in the 4th Q helped ignite the Sixers 4th Q push that made this game enjoyable to watch.

Evan Turner, SF 34 MIN | 3-8 FG | 3-3 FT | 5 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 4 TO | 9 PTS | -12“The Enigma” is back and that’s not going to help his trade value.  Turner did not hoist up his first FGA until there were 2 mins. remaining in the 1st Q and we all know he is at his best when he scores early in the game.  In the 3rd Q there was a Sixers possession during which Turner dribbled the shot clock out and than attempted a shot with 3 Nets on him.  KG blocked that weak s***.  On the next trip he had a TO that led to a Nets FB bucket.

Spencer Hawes, C 35 MIN | 3-7 FG | 0-0 FT | 8 REB | 6 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 6 TO | 8 PTS | -6Don’t let the stat line fool you.  If you watched this game closely, you know that Spencer was his usual ineffective self when KG is present. He hit a 3-ball in the 3rd Q and another in the 4th — that’s about all folks.  Unless you want to discuss his 6 turnovers.

Michael Carter-Williams, PG 36 MIN | 6-17 FG | 6-7 FT | 2 REB | 4 AST | 1 STL | 2 BLK | 6 TO | 21 PTS | -12MCW continues to struggle with his shooting stroke (2-8 in 1st half) and last night he was also a little careless with the ball — 6 turnovers.  However despite those woes, he kept the Sixers in this game all night with big plays.  11 points in the 2nd Q; a big 3PM to open the 3rd Q; a steal an lay-in in the 4th as well as a 3-ball in that Q. Without #1 last night, the Sixers would have gotten blown out.

James Anderson, SG 27 MIN | 5-8 FG | 1-2 FT | 5 REB | 3 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 12 PTS | -12A nice 7-point scoring burst in the 2nd Q included a fantastic lay-in.  His 3PM in the 4th Q made the score 104-102 and gave the Sixers one last shot of hope in this one.  However, JA couldn’t guard anyone last night and that’s not helping the Sixers’ defensive issues.


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WIggins Watch: Episode VI

Posted by: Alex Gorge
02/03/14 11:12 am EST

wigginsblackbckdropWhy do people go back to the same barber over and over again?

Consistency.

They know they will get the same top quality haircut every time they go in for a visit.  Consistency is the one thing Kansas star Andrew Wiggins has not shown in his hair styles, nor his play, and it could be the reason the Jayhawks are not seeing their full potential.

Saturday afternoon in Austin, the Jayhawks fell to the Texas Longhorns 81-69 in a game that was not as close as that score might indicate.  Shot blocking and rebounding are usually statistics that fall in the favor of Kansas (thanks to Joel Embiid), but on Saturday that was not the case and it turned out to be a deciding factor for the ‘Horns.  The Longhorn front-court of Cameron Ridley and Jonathan Holmes was a force to be reckoned with as they helped Texas to twelve blocks and the shocking victory.


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