GM 28 RECAP: AGENT ZER0 AS THE GRINCH

Posted by: Philadunkia
12/23/09 3:13 pm EST

agentzeroHonestly, if you didn’t already think that the 76ers 2009-10  season was on the brink of complete collapse, then last night’s F-ugly loss to the Washington Wizards should have been the final piece of evidence you needed to throw in the towel.  Thanks to a brutal 4th quarter effort, the Sixers flushed three quarters of decent play down the toilet, took an L without much of a fight and now what little hope there was of gaining some momentum off the big W in Boston has vanished. 

You’ve heard this story before, horrific defense, questionable lineups / substitutions and poor shooting doom Philadunkia’s home team.


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BRAND vs. SMITH REVISITED

Posted by: Philadunkia
12/22/09 1:41 pm EST

brandinaction09In summer 2008, the Philadelphia 76ers had reached a crossroad.  Still playing in the shadow of Allen Iverson, the franchise’s most beloved former player, the 76ers had just finished a grueling 40-42 season that ended with the Sixers young guns surprisingly taking the number two seeded Detroit Pistons to a Game 6 in their playoff match-up.  The city was craving for a basketball superstar and the team was searching for a go to guy.  Ed Stefanski, then the Sixers newly anointed GM was hoping to make an immediate impact by solving both problems through free agency.  Bringing in one big-name free agent Stefanski determined would give this city the star player it deserved and also add that guy to the roster who could carry the Sixers deep into the NBA playoffs.  Unfortunately for Sixers fans, the organization found none of the above in Summer 2008 and the rest as they say is history.  


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GM 26 RECAP: POW…HOW YOU LIKE US NOW?

Posted by: Jeff McMenamin
12/19/09 4:09 pm EST

ai9celtsFor weeks the Sixers have come just a little short of winning games.  A 106-105 loss to Charlotte, 90-86 loss to Detroit, 96-91 loss to Houston, 108-101 loss to Cleveland and you could sense that with just a little something extra the Sixers would be winning these ball games.  Now the Sixers know the answer, and it is not Allen Iverson.  Marreese Speights in just his second game back from a partial MCL tear in his left knee showed Philadunkia nation that he hasn’t lost a step since he went down in early November. Speights compiled 17 points and 10 rebounds last night off the bench, and we’d like to think that the final shot which he took was a nice assist to Elton Brand for the game winning put back which gave the Sixers a 98-97 victory of the (20-5) Celtics last night.


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FO’ with the FOES: BOSTON CELTICS

Posted by: Philadunkia
12/18/09 2:13 pm EST

alisonpThis Friday edition (Hence the Alison Preston pics) 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 upcoming 76ers opponents — features tonight’s opponent the Eastern Conference leading Boston Celtics. 

We’re not sure what to say about tonight’s game because even if the 76ers play as well as they did against Cleveland on Wednesday night (forgetting the last 5 mins. of course), the Sixers still will not win this game.  It should be noted that we held that opinion before it was announced that Iverson will not be making the trip to Beantown. 

One interesting thing we will be watching tonight is how rookie Jrue Holiday does against the C’s Rojon Rondo, one of the fastest point men in the League.  Jrue is bigger, plays tremendous lockdown D and has great fundamental defensive footwork, so we bet Jrue will try to get physical with Rondo and wear him down.  That is if he can stay in front of the super quick Boston guard.  We know Jrue will not shut down Rondo, we are just eager to see if he can hold his own.

For a little more insight into the Celtics team the Sixers face tonight, we turn to our man Zach Lowe from celticshub.com to answer two questions on the Celtics from us here at Philadunkia as well as provide us with two points of analysis on this Boston squad from an insider’s perspective.  A special thanks to Zach for giving us Sixers fans a ray of hope in his points of analysis section.


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GM 25 RECAP: ONE & DONE

Posted by: Michael Kaskey-Blomain
12/17/09 3:19 pm EST

lebronwg“Close” is an arena usually reserved for success in horseshoes and hand grenades, and unfortunately basketball doesn’t fit the mold.  Thus the 76ers valiant effort to momentarily dethrone LeBron and the Cavs still counts as an L for the Sixers and another win for the Cavs, who pushed the struggling Sixers to their 13th loss in 14 games with a 108-101 win last night.  Coming off of their first win in the calendar month the Sixers were looking to build upon that momentum, string together some wins and put themselves back in the playoff picture, which shockingly they are not too far removed from.  However, LeBron had other plans as his 36 points and clutch three point shooting ruined a tremendous effort by the Sixers.  An effort that would have produced a W against all but the four or five teams in the NBA that operate at Cleveland’s elite level. 


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GM 24 RECAP: SNAPPED

Posted by: Philadunkia
12/15/09 12:56 pm EST

gsw2If the 76ers pound on the lifeless Golden State Warriors and no one is down at the Wachovia Center to witness the game, does the outcome still count as a victory for Philadunkia’s home team?  The answer of course is…ABSO-FREAKIN’-LUTELY.  That’s right people, right now we’ll take ‘em anyway we can get ‘em.  The 12-game loosing streak was snapped last night as the Sixers jumped all over the GSW, led by 32 for a minute or so and then cruised to a 117-101 victory.

Now we know the Sixers beat the GSW last night who are not exactly Kobe and the LA Lakers from a competition standpoint, so we’ll refrain from going over the top in our praise of the Sixers efforts.  In fact GS is arguably the worst team in the League and they were in the fifth game of a 9 day road trip.  However, all of that being said, there were a lot of positives we pulled from the W last night, especially considering the Sixers got no help offensively from Andre Iguodala for three-plus quarters.


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THE REAL STORY BEHIND IVERSON’S KNEE PROBLEMS

Posted by: Philadunkia
12/14/09 4:34 pm EST

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According to Bob Cooney of philly.com,  Allen Iverson sat out of practice today with the Sixers.  Also according to Cooney, on Sunday Iverson had 55 CCs of fluid drained from his knee.  The second straight day he has fluid drained from his knee.  The Sixers have stated that Iverson is day-to-day with synovitis of the left knee.

Iverson told Cooney, “I think my knee will be a lot better being as I got it drained.  I think they said 55 CCs.  That’s a lot.  That’s more than I ever had before.  I think it stems from me starting so fast and not having a chance to get a chance to practice and stuff, and not doing any running, just not playing over a month and jumping right into the fire.  Hopefully, that’s what it’s from…”

That’s one explanation.  Here at Philadunkia.com we believe we have found another…


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GM 23 RECAP: THE 12th L of XMAS

Posted by: Philadunkia
12/12/09 12:34 pm EST

iversonvhouThe 76ers blew at 17 point first quarter lead, wasted a another balanced scoring night (AI9 – 24, Brand – 19, Iverson – 20, Thad – 15) as well as a solid night on the glass (Sixers out rebounded Houston 52-40) and dropped their 12th straight game (3rd straight home loss), 96-91 to the Houston Rockets.

Just a couple quick thoughts on last night’s L as it’s getting too depressing in Philadunkia nation to write much about it anymore :

 
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FO’ with the FOES: HOUSTON ROCKETS

Posted by: Philadunkia
12/11/09 5:57 pm EST

NBA_Rookies_Houston_RocketsThis late, late afternoon 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 upcoming 76ers opponents — features tonight’s opponent, the injury plagued, but hot (won 4 of last 5) Houston Rockets who are the foes for game three of this five game home stand. 

It’s late on a Friday and we’re so frustrated with the Sixers that we don’t even know what to say about tonight’s game vs. the Rockets.  Look we know that despite all their injuries and drama, that the Rockets are still a good squad.  Trevor Ariza, Carl Landry (one of the least hyped rising players in the League), Shane Battier, Aaron Brooks, Kyle Lowry and Chuck Hayes (balling out his mind right now) can all play the game and play it at a high level.  But if we don’t pound the ball inside, get 25 out of Elton Brand a take home a W tonight against the Yao-less, T-Mac-less Rockets, well the Philadunkia staff may jump off the Ben Franklin Bridge.    

For a little more insight into the Rockets team the Sixers face tonight, we turn to our man Rahat Huq from red94.net to answer two questions on the Rockets from us here at Philadunkia as well as provide us with two points of analysis on this HOU squad from an insider’s perspective.


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THE STREAK…BY THE NUMBERS

Posted by: Philadunkia
12/11/09 10:31 am EST

Mexico 76ers Suns BasketballAs we all know the 76ers have lost 11 straight games and their record now stands at 5 wins and 17 loses.  During this streak the L’s have varied in nature from ugly to frustrating to down right gut wrenching. 

The recent stretch non-victories been brutal enough to make us here at Philadunkia reflect on the streak and compile a list “by the numbers’ as they say in Sports Illustrated, of notes, items and events that have happened in and around the League since the Sixers last won a game on November 18th.


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