GM 57: (WINNING) RAPID REACTS

Posted by: C. Smith
03/02/13 10:26 pm EST
Golden State Warriors 97 FinalRecap | Box Score 104 Philadelphia 76ers
Thaddeus Young, SF 40 MIN | 7-15 FG | 0-0 FT | 16 REB | 3 AST | 2 STL | 2 BLK | 3 TO | 14 PTS | -3

A career high 16 boards was the major highlight in a very good night for Thad (double-double).  His 4 straight points during the Sixers run in the 2nd Q were big and he had a huge garbage play – layin during the 4th Q.

Evan Turner, SF 43 MIN | 10-15 FG | 0-2 FT | 10 REB | 9 AST | 1 STL | 1 BLK | 2 TO | 22 PTS | +3

One of ET’s best games of the year — near triple-double.  I especially like that he did not pound the ball into the floor on any trips tonight. I wonder if saw the Kenny Smith piece on TNT the other night?  In the 3rd Q Turner had 10 pts. as well as a great pick-n-roll alley-oop to Moultrie.  He came up even bigger in the 4th — 6 pts; 2 fantastic assists and a big steal.  Still, his FT shooting is killing me.

Spencer Hawes, C 20 MIN | 0-9 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 3 TO | 0 PTS | -8

A 0-4 1st Q began a simply awful night for Hawes.

Royal Ivey, PG 25 MIN | 6-6 FG | 1-3 FT | 0 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 3 TO | 17 PTS | -7

Ivey got the start and he responded with 8 pts. in the 1st Q on his way to his best game this season.  Ivey’s shooting was on fire tonight.  I also thought he did a solid job on Curry in the 2nd half and slowed Steph down somewhat.  But those late missed FTs nearly killed me.

Jrue Holiday, PG 42 MIN | 11-20 FG | 2-2 FT | 5 REB | 7 AST | 4 STL | 0 BLK | 8 TO | 27 PTS | +9

Holiday had 11 points in the 1st half, but it was his play in the 4th Q and especially the closing minutes that will have everyone talking. He scored 12 points in the final Q including 5 straight to close out the game.  That’s how an all-star closes a game!  However, 8 turnovers is unacceptable from your all-star PG.  My only other knock was that Curry gave him fits at the other end, but Curry does that to most foes.

Lavoy Allen, PF 28 MIN | 2-7 FG | 0-0 FT | 5 REB | 4 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 4 PTS | +15

Lavoy drifts in and out of games so much it’s scary, but Fran Dunphy told us that for years.

Arnett Moultrie, PF 8 MIN | 2-2 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 4 PTS | +10

If all of the Sixers bigs could learn to cut / dive / run to the rim like the rookie, we’d score a lot more easy buckets.  He had a beautiful catch and slam on an alley-oop from Turner.

Dorell Wright, SF 27 MIN | 5-9 FG | 0-0 FT | 7 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 1 BLK | 3 TO | 13 PTS | +19

Wirght played like a man with a chip on his shoulder against his former team.  His 11 points in the 1st half helped keep the Sixers in this one.  The hustle play he made to cover the length of the floor and block a Curry lay-up was simply incredible.

Jeremy Pargo, PG 8 MIN | 1-2 FG | 1-2 FT | 1 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 3 PTS | -3

Nothing wrong with his night, but I had bigger expectations when we signed this guy.  Of course it’s tough to do a lot in only 8 ticks.

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

I heard he grabbed like 3 boxes of Wilt bobble heads.

Doug Collins

DC pushed the right button in starting Ivey tonight.  I liked that he got Turner the ball closer to the hoop in the second half where he could score quickly (I assume that was by design).  I thought he stuck with Hawes too long and Moultrie did not get enough burn.

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IVERSON UPDATE

Posted by: Jeff McMenamin
12/02/12 8:29 pm EST

Allen Iverson’s Answer VI’s were re-released on Friday.

Undoubtedly the most polarizing figure to the Sixers organization over the past 25 years was guard Allen Iverson. It’s hard to believe that the organization is now three seasons removed from Iverson’s last game with the team back on February 20th, 2010 in a loss to the Chicago Bulls.

Just because the Answer is now years and miles away from his playing days with the Sixers, doesn’t mean he can’t still make headlines in the city where he used to do it on a daily basis. As always with Iverson, there’s some good news and bad news to report to you on the sports icon as he’s miles away in China still trying to fight his way back onto an NBA roster.


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GM 14: RAPID REACTS

Posted by: C. Smith
11/26/12 11:54 am EST
Phoenix Suns 101 FinalRecap | Box Score 104 Philadelphia 76ers
Lavoy Allen, PF 26 MIN | 5-9 FG | 1-1 FT | 6 REB | 1 AST | 11 PTS | +2

A solid night for LA overall, but his bucket at the 9:24 mark of the 4th was HUGE as it ended an 11-0 run by the Suns and kept the Sixers afloat in this one.

Thaddeus Young, SF 36 MIN | 5-7 FG | 0-2 FT | 4 REB | 2 AST | 10 PTS | +11

I was expecting a bigger scoring punch from Thad last night, but with Holiday going off it wasn’t really necessary. His defense (along with the rest of this team) is still a work in progress.

Evan Turner, SF 32 MIN | 4-13 FG | 5-6 FT | 9 REB | 3 AST | 16 PTS | +2

Poor overall shooting aside, I thought ET played a very solid game.  I’m not sure I want him shooting so many 3-balls every night (career high three 3PM), but the one he knocked home in the early 4th was big.  Of course he also gave me at heart attack with the missed FT at the end.

Jrue Holiday, PG 39 MIN | 13-21 FG | 6-8 FT | 3 REB | 13 AST | 33 PTS | +11

Only two players in the last 35 years of Sixers basketball have put up numbers like ‘The Jruth” did last night.  The other one was “The Answer” — 38 points and 15 assists against the Orlando Magic on Jan. 26, 2006. — and he’s headed to the HoF…Just sayin’ (More on Jrue’s night later).

Jason Richardson, SG 34 MIN | 3-7 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 1 AST | 8 PTS | +5

Obviously the Sixers need J-Rich to shoot better, but still a decent night all-around.  His 3PM in the 4th that pushed the Sixers out to a 00-97 lead was clutch.

Arnett Moultrie, PF 7 MIN | 0-2 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 0 PTS | -6

He was probably so shocked at getting playing time that he didn’t know how to react.

Dorell Wright, SF 20 MIN | 1-4 FG | 5-5 FT | 4 REB | 1 AST | 8 PTS | -2

Another effort by Wright that should help pull him out of DC’s dog house.  Love that his FT shooting is automatic.

Spencer Hawes, C 20 MIN | 3-5 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 2 AST | 6 PTS | -3

An okay night from Hawes, but he can not fall off if this team is to succeed without Bynum.  20 mins of play and only 2 boards is unacceptable.

Kwame Brown, C 6 MIN | 1-2 FG | 0-1 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 2 PTS | +2

My favorite stretch took place near the end of the third quarter and than into the 4th Q when Kwame air balled a FT; had his slam attempt blocked at the 3rd Q horn and then got called for an illegal screen to open the 4th (?able call).

Nick Young, SG 12 MIN | 1-4 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 3 PTS | -3

The FG Swaggy P hit in the 3rd Q was huge as it allowed the Sixers to keep pace with PHX.  Other than that, he was a non-factor.

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GM 5: RAPID REACTS

Posted by: C. Smith
11/10/12 9:44 am EST
Philadelphia 76ers 106 FinalRecap | Box Score 100 Boston Celtics
Lavoy Allen, PF 23 MIN | 3-5 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 1 AST | 6 PTS | -5The C’s seemed to have solved this riddle that was Allen on KG during the 2012 playoffs — go right at him and send Lavoy to the bench in foul trouble.
Dorell Wright, SF 36 MIN | 4-9 FG | 5-5 FT | 4 REB | 3 AST | 15 PTS | +9A number of NBA folks told me that I was going to like Wright a lot for this Sixers team and they have turned out to be correct.  He’s better defensively than I thought and he is scrappy as hell.  His follow bucket at the 3:33 mark of the 3rd Q was key for the Sixers at the time and capped his 12 point explosion in that Q.
Thaddeus Young, SF 41 MIN | 7-13 FG | 1-1 FT | 5 REB | 2 AST | 15 PTS | +13I can’t say enough about how well I think that has played to open this season.  His pure hustle AND 1 at the 8:30 mark of the 4th was just awesome and capped a 10-0 Sixers run.  Thad’s post up bucket late in the 4th out of the Sixers timeout was huge as well.
Evan Turner, SG 41 MIN | 9-19 FG | 5-7 FT | 11 REB | 4 AST | 25 PTS | +1That’s what I’m talkin’ about. Back-to-back solid nights for The Kid.  I don’t want to get my hopes up, but has ET finally seen the light??  I hope so, because he makes a huge difference in the Sixers offense.  The stretch at the end of the 3rd Q where he buried 2 FTs and then on the next trip down the court hit a big FG was awesome.
Jrue Holiday, PG 42 MIN | 7-16 FG | 6-6 FT | 4 REB | 14 AST | 21 PTS | +14Yes, Jrue had some stupid turnovers last night.  And yes, he still can’t keep Rondo in check (Really who can??), but overall Jrue was ridiculous last night.  We were especially impressed with how he did not force things and scored in the flow of the game.  The dime he dropped to Thad in the late 4th to put the Sixers up 6 was a thing of beauty. Then he followed that up with a clutch 3PM.  A career night for Jrue and possibly one that springboards him to that “next level”.  This is the type of performance the Sixers brass are looking for out of their $41 million man.
Arnett Moultrie, PF 6 MIN | 0-0 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 0 AST | 0 PTS | -9Ohh DC does know who Moultrie is…Yeah I know he got beat badly on a pick-n-roll alley-oop to KG, but he also had a huge O-rebound in the 3rd Q and a blocked Rondo’s buzzer beater lay-up at the end of the same Q.  Also I think once he has a better understanding of the NBA game who could be a solution to the KG issue that plagues the Sixers.
Spencer Hawes, C 22 MIN | 4-7 FG | 0-0 FT | 6 REB | 1 AST | 8 PTS | +14A solid night for Hawes overall, with the exception of his headband which was an outstanding choice to compliment his mullet.
Royal Ivey, PG 12 MIN | 2-4 FG | 2-4 FT | 1 REB | 1 AST | 6 PTS | -8Another good effort from Royal off the bench and I understand why DC likes him.  Still, a part of me would rather see his minutes given to Maalik Wayns in an effort to get the ball going towards the hoop more in the Sixers offense.
Nick Young, SG 18 MIN | 4-9 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 1 AST | 10 PTS | +1Has anybody else had enough of this guy?  I don’t care what his stat line reads, he is “turrible” as Charles would say.  There was a 3-play stretch in the 3rd Q where he hoisted up an ill-advised 3PA early in the shot clock, then followed that up with a missed FGA and finished it all off with a TO. J-Rich can not get healthy fast enough.
Kwame Brown, C DNP LEFT CALF STRAIN MIN | FG | FT | REB | AST | PTS | So far this has NOT been money well spent.

After the Jump, Six Things We Saw Last Night


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THAT DIDN’T TAKE LONG

Posted by: C. Smith
10/18/12 1:06 pm EST

I have written numerous times on this site that I believe Spencer Hawes will not be able to hold on to the starting spot Doug Collins so kindly granted him this summer.  If you recall, DC said repeatedly during this past off-season that Hawes would be his starting power forward alongside the newly acquired Andrew Bynum.  To me the move just made no sense.

My analysis of this interesting lineup decision was very simple.  Yes Spence can stretch the floor on offense with his passing and silky jumper, but Hawes is not physical enough to match up at the other end with the beasts playing at the 4-spot in the NBA.  He also isn’t quick enough to cover the weak side when Bynum gets caught out of position while chasing a potential blocked shot.  I also went on to say that I wouldn’t be surprised if Arnett Moultrie replaced Hawes in the first-five by Christmas time.

Well, Christmas came early this year to Philadunkia nation.

After the jump, video of coach Collins announcing that Hawes likely will not be in the starting lineup on opening night.


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IVERSON UPDATE

Posted by: C. Smith
10/09/12 9:54 am EST

Via HoopsHype, we discovered this video clip of former 76er and future Basketball Hall of Fame member Allen Iverson balling in China over this past weekend.

As we all know, there have been numerous rumors since the end of the summer that “The Answer” was headed to China in an attempt to continue his basketball career.  Former two-time NBA scoring champ Tracy McGrady, who had a decent season for the Atlanta Hawks in 2011-12, recently made the jump to the CBA and will officially sign with the Qingdao club later this week.

Anyways…on Saturday, Iverson and some other NBA cast-offs appeared in an exhibition game against the Beijing Ducks who are the reigning 2012 Chinese Basketball Association champions.  As you may know, the Ducks’ roster boasts the rejuvenated Stephon Marbury (33.4 pts., 6.2 dimes & 4 rbs. a night during the CBA Finals back in April).  The Beijing Ducks beat the USA invitational team in the exhibition game, and Iverson scored only four points.

Iverson video clip after the jump as well as an update on Allen’s potential move to China.

 
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NO BYNUM…NO BIG DEAL

Posted by: Tom Sunnergren
10/08/12 9:20 am EST

Like a gluten free bakery, the Sixers training camp is most defined by what’s absent from it.

As in: Andrew Bynum.

You don’t have to be a reactionary, glass-half-full, gloom-monger to feel less than terrific about this.

For starters, the basket the Sixers have placed all their eggs in feels shaky enough about the condition of his already twice operated on knees that, at 24, he traveled to Germany to have an experimental procedure performed on them.  This is the kind of Hail Mary usually reserved for injury-wracked washouts and aging, megalomaniacal,glory chasers.  Not guys who weren’t of drinking age the last time we elected a president.

It’s also a problem because the Sixers are planning something of an offensive overhaul this season and the centerpiece of the overhaul is indisposed.

 
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WITH THE 15th PICK…

Posted by: C. Smith
06/28/12 9:24 pm EST

…in the 2012 NBA Draft our Philadelphia 76ers selected Maurice Harkless from St. John’s. 

Wait.  What????  Say that again.

That’s right, 19-year old Maurice Harkless (6-8; 207) is the latest “tweener” forward to join the Sixers roster and to be honest the selection is a bit of surprise, especially considering that Terrence Jones of Kentucky and Arnett Moultire were / are still on the board.  Not one of the online “experts” we researched nor a single scout that I talked with prior to the draft predicted the Sixers would go in this direction, but according to Rod Thorn everyone in the Sixers front office was “on board” with the pick. 

Chad Ford of ESPN.com had Harkless (15.3 ppg. & 8.6 rpg.) going 16th to Houston, while draftexpress.com predicted Harkless would be selected at number 19 by the Magic.

After the jump some reviews on and video of Harkless…  


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DRE DAY

Posted by: Tim Parker
05/20/12 9:39 am EST

Is it possible that 8 years of built up frustration, anger, and disappointment could all be erased in 191 seconds?

For every word that has been said, written, and recorded about Andre Iguodala – for every trade prayer that Sixers’ fans have sent up – for every boo that has rang down in Iguodala’s direction – Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals was for all of them. 

More specifically, the final 4 minutes of the Sixers’ exhilarating 92-83 win on Friday night was for them.

It was Iguodala who sealed the victorious fate of the Sixers with a dagger 3 from the corner to put the Celtics in a 88-83 hole and gave the Wells Fargo Center a jubilant vibe  that it hasn’t felt in 11 years.

It’s a moment that can even overshadow a miraculous comeback in which the Sixers looked left for dead from the opening tip off.

 
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GROWING UP

Posted by: Tim Parker
05/16/12 10:02 am EST

Lesson learned!

Once again on Monday night, the Sixers held a 10 point lead in the 2nd half.  Once again, they saw it slip away in the middle of the fourth quarter.  This time though, they showed resolve, poise, and more importantly they made the right decisions when they had to.  Still, there were times where it looked like Game 2 was nothing more than a Game 1 replay.

Yet, in the end the Sixers were in the win column as they  earned a gigantic 82-81 victory to even the Eastern Conference Semifinals at one game a piece with the Boston Celtics.

The defining play of the game was a tough drive and lay in by Evan Turner with 40 seconds left in the 4th quarter that gave the Sixers a 76-75 lead.

Sure, it was a basket that took the lead, but what was more impressive was that it wasn’t 16 foot contested jump shot.  It wasn’t a rushed attempt in transition.  It was a concise and intelligent basketball play that showed maturity.


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