FO with the FOES: ORLANDO MAGIC

Posted by: Philadunkia
04/14/10 3:47 pm EST

This 2009-10 season finale 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 playoff bound Orlando Magic, who as we all remember ended the 2008-09 season for the Sixers as well.

We’re going to keep this one very brief because while this game is going on we’re simply going to open up a beer and toast to the fact that this train wreck of a season is finally over and that the Eddie Jordan era has come to a close.  To be honest that’s all we can muster for you today.

So for a little more insight into the Magic team the Sixers face tonight, we turn to our man Philip Rossman-Reich from orlandomagicdaily.com to answer two questions on this Orlando squad from us here at Philadunkia as well as provide us with two points of analysis on the Magic from an insider’s perspective. 


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GM 75 RECAP: CAT NAP

Posted by: Philadunkia
04/01/10 1:12 pm EST

In the last ten days, the 76ers (26-49) have given us three respectable efforts in a row (W’s over MIL and ATL; L to OKC), so you had to figure they were due to return to their former train wreck ways at some point in the very near future. 

Well last night against the playoff hungry Bobcats, in the second game of a a back-to-back set, the real 2009-10 Sixers reappeared and sleep-walked their way through another game.  The Cats were more then happy to take advantage of the Sixers half-hearted effort as Larry Brown’s team took control of this one early on, put on a show for the home fans and then cruised to a 103-84 victory that wasn’t even that close.   

Instead of tearing the injury depleted 76ers apart for last night’s ugly loss (25 TOs; 5-21 on 3PAs and 4 fast break points), let’s take a different approach and praise the Charlotte Bobcats for their solid play.


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GM 74 RECAP: KD’d

Posted by: Philadunkia
03/31/10 3:33 pm EST

We chose today’s recap headline because if you watched SportsCenter last night or this morning you read a lot of the mainstream recaps of the 76ers (26-48) 111-93 loss to the Oklahoma Thunder you’d probably think that Kevin Durant of the Oklahoma Thunder swooped into the Wachovia Center last night and administered a solo beat down on the Sixers. 

While there’s no doubt that KD was simply amazing (26 & 10) and made last night’s defeat very entertaining to watch, we’d argue that he had a ton of help in securing a W last night for the Thunder and ending the Sixers two-game winning streak.  The problem for us here at Philadunkia is that most of the help KD received came from the Sixers.


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FO’ with FOES: ATLANTA HAWKS

Posted by: Philadunkia
03/26/10 4:07 pm EST

This Friday 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 Atlanta Hawks.

Given the horrific play of the 76ers for 90% of the last two months and the fact that they’ve had no idea how to “Protect this House” in 2009-10 (3rd worst home record in the League), we were tempted to quickly write down tonight’s game against the Atlanta Hawks as a blow out loss and move on.  However, the win in Milwaukee on Wednesday night highlighted a trend with this struggling Sixers team.  For some reason they frequently rise up against “elite”, playoff-bound teams, and give them a good game or even pull out the occasional upset.  In addition to the shocking win two nights ago at Milwaukee, the Sixers played decently but lost to Orlando on Monday and put in “spirited” efforts earlier this month against Cleveland and Boston.  Back in February, they beat the Spurs and gave the Lakers all they could handle before going down in the final ticks.

So we don’t expect the Sixers to get embarrassed tonight, but we still think a W is out of the question.  We know their defense is not good enough to stop the talented and deep Hawks who feature the scorerslike Joe Johnson, Josh Smith, Jamal Crawford, Al Horford, Marvin Williams and Jeff Teague.  Additionally, Philadunkia’s home team doesn’t have enough firepower to go toe-to-toe with the Hawks offense in a shoot out style game.  So after further consideration, our original instinct was probably correct, tonight the Sixers are going to take another L and inch closer to the 4th spot in 2010 NBA Lotter, but they’ll do it gracefully.   

For a little more insight into the Hawks team the Sixers face tonight, we turn to our man Bret LaGree from hoopinionblog.com to answer two questions on Atlanta from us here at Philadunkia as well as provide us with two points of analysis on his Hawks squad from an insider’s perspective.
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GM 72 RECAP: WHO DAT?

Posted by: Philadunkia
03/25/10 1:04 pm EST

Who was that 76ers team last night that took the floor against the red-hot Milwaukee Bucks?  We vaguely remember a team wearing the Sixers uniforms that hustled, played with intensity and shared the ball winning some games earlier this year, but that was a long, long, long time ago.  We certainly haven’t seen those players in recent memory. 

Well whoever those guys were that put up a solid performance in Brewery-town last night, here’s hoping they don’t come back again until 2010-11.  Because if they keep playing like that, the Sixers (25-47) will blow any chance they have of climbing into the 4-spot in this year’s NBA Lottery.  Which here at Philadunkia is now the ultimate goal for the remainder of the 2009-10 season.

Take a quick look at the unusual elements that came together for the Sixers last night that produced a shocking W  over Milwaukee :


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NOTES, LINKS & TWEETS

Posted by: Philadunkia
03/24/10 11:11 am EST

On the Lottery Watch front — the Knicks and Pacers won last night, while the Pistons and Wiz lost.   The Sixers remain tied with Sacto for the 6th worst record in the League.

Over at ESPN.com, Jrue Holiday has moved into the Top 15 on David Thorpe’s “Rookie Watch”.  Apparently one NBA scout told Thorpe, ” (Tyreke) Evans is going to be the best guard in this draft, but Holiday is going to be the best point guard.”

In Foxsports.com’s latest NBA power rankings the Sixers have dropped to 24th.  John Kallinsky’s quote, “When you lose twice to the Knicks in one week, the season can’t end fast enough.”  That sounds about right to us.


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GM 69 & 70 RECAP: HURTS SO GOOD

Posted by: Philadunkia
03/22/10 10:37 am EST

The 76ers (24-46) continued their embarrassing level of play this weekend with a loss on Friday night to the New York Knicks (92-88) up at at MSG and then returned home to the Wachovia Center on Saturday where they promptly got steam rolled (98-84) by the Chicago Bulls. 

We said two weeks ago that many players on the Sixers had mailed it in for 2009-10 and we are now witnessing first hand how ugly it can get for an NBA team that’s had it’s spirit broken and has become simply disinterested in competing on a nightly basis.

The good news behind the Sixers recent on court performances, which have been very painful to watch, is that the mounting losses are pulling Philadunkia’s home team closer to a top five NBA Lottery selection this June. 


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GM 68 RECAP: SIXERS DOWN NETS (YAWN)

Posted by: Philadunkia
03/18/10 1:45 pm EST

The 76ers (24-44) did what they are supposed to do against a team like the 2009-10 Nets — inferior on paper and horrible on-the-court — they won handily.  Seeing as today is the first day of March Madness, we’re not going to waste too much time on a game that we’re sure made David Stern blush with pride. 

To the Sixers credit they were determined not to be the lead story on SportsCenter last night, so they came out and jumped all over the Nets.  Thanks to 14 first quarter points from Andre Iguodala (20 total), Philadunkia’s home team put the hurt on the pitiful Nets quickly, led by 10 points after the 1st and never looked back.  The 108-97 win was not as close as the score indicates and also ended the Sixers five game losing streak.


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DEEPER INTO THE TANK

Posted by: Philadunkia
03/16/10 6:14 pm EST

Losing games and adding ping pong balls with their logo on it to the Draft Lottery machine just got a little easier for the 76ers as Thaddues Young (13. 8 & 6 a night) who started last night, is out for the foreseeable future with a broken thumb.  He joins Louis and Mo Speights on the Sixers injury list.  All three are listed as doubtful for the Sixers game against the Nets on Wednesday.

It’s a bit of a shame that the injury happened to Thad at this point in the season as he had finally pieced together some quality nights recently including a 32-point effort at Toronto on March 7th.  We’re willing bet his late season up swing would have continued to as his minutes were sure to rise under the directive from above to play the bench cats major minutes.  Typically when he gets a lot of burn, Thad produces and a late season surge would have been great for a player we feel had his confidence ruined by Eddie Jordan.  Thus we’re disappointed by the news as Thad could have used a positive end to 2009-10 as something to build on for next year.


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FO’ with the FOES: BOSTON CELTICS

Posted by: Philadunkia
03/05/10 4:59 pm EST

This Friday, how many points will we lose by tonight 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 opponents the aging, but still very good Boston Celtics and of course the lovely Alison Preston. 

Are you old enough to remember when the Celtics at 76ers on a Friday night in March was something really big?  Some of us here at Phildaunkia are old enough to remember the days when a nasty rivalry existed between these two franchises and we miss it.  Back in those days, a Friday night game against the visiting Celtics would have been the only thing people in this in town would be talking about and the Spectrum would have been standing room only.  Sadly, in 2010 a visit by the Celtics does not garner a whiff of interest from sports fans here in Philly and there are plenty of seats available for tonight’s game down at the Wachovia Center.  Everyone in this sports crazy city is significantly more focused on the Phillies spring training games or the Eagles free agent moves.  To be honest, we can’t blame the Philly sports fan for not caring about the 76ers, as the Sixers (22-38) have been horrific to watch lately and they are an NBA team that lacks direction in every aspect of the game.

It’s not going to get any better tonight with Boston in town either, as this game is a brutal mismatch.  Boston will be looking for its League best 22nd road win tonight.  The Sixers are the third worst home team in the NBA.  Philadunkia’s home team has lost four straight, the last two by an average of 20 points, while the C’s have won two straight and 6 of 9.  The Sixers are ranked 24th in the League in scoring at 97.6 ppg., which is not helpful when you are facing Boston, the #1 ranked defensive team in the NBA (94 ppg. by opponents).  The Celtics boast stars like KG, Ray Allen, Paul Pierce and Rajon Rondo.  The Sixers, well we have Iguodala, Louis and Willie G.  The C’s are intense and focused as they are fine tuning their game for a big playoff push.  Philadunkia’s home team, to be honest, based on their last two on-the-court efforts, we’d say they’ve mailed it in for 2009-10.  Alright, you get the point.  This isn’t going to be fun tonight.  So let’s move on. 

For a little more insight into the Celtics team the Sixers face tonight, we turn to our man Brian Robb from celticshub.com to answer two questions on the Celtics from us here at Philadunkiaas well as provide us with two points of analysis on this Boston squad from an insider’s perspective. 


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