Game 5: (Reality) Rapid Reacts

Posted by: Jeff McMenamin
11/06/13 10:25 pm EST
Washington Wizards 116 FinalRecap | Box Score 102 Philadelphia 76ers
Thaddeus Young, PF 34 MIN | 3-11 FG | 1-2 FT | 6 REB | 2 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 7 PTS | -21Is there any doubt to you that the Sixers would’ve lost if Nene was healthy for the first time around? He simply took Thad out of this game and bodied him in the paint to an awful 3-11 shooting night, after he dropped 29 against the Wiz just five days ago. Thad couldn’t get in rhythm all night and his tweener status showed through.
Evan Turner, SF 38 MIN | 9-13 FG | 5-6 FT | 7 REB | 4 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 24 PTS | -20If not for defense, the stat-line for ET would point to great success from No. 12. 24 points on 9-13 shooting, seven boards, four assists and six trips to the charity stripe show how much Turner has improved on the offensive side of the ball. Yet his play defensively — allowing the trio of Trevor Ariza, Martell Webster and Al Harrington combine for 39 points with nine three-pointers — was torture to watch. Sorry Evan.
Spencer Hawes, C 39 MIN | 9-16 FG | 3-4 FT | 13 REB | 5 AST | 1 STL | 2 BLK | 6 TO | 23 PTS | -9A common trend in this rapid reacts is how skewed the box score made some Sixers players look from this game. Spencer Hawes is one of them. He notched a double-double with 23 points, 13 rebounds, five assists and two blocks on 9-16 shooting, but he was simply awful on defense and lazy with his passes for the majority of the game. Marcin Gortat got everything he wanted from Hawes this game with 19 points on 8-12 shooting. His defense also forced Hawes into a game-high six turnovers. Like Turner, Hawes’ flaws brought his grade down dramatically in this one.
Michael Carter-Williams, PG 37 MIN | 8-21 FG | 2-4 FT | 5 REB | 7 AST | 2 STL | 1 BLK | 2 TO | 19 PTS | -18See Evan Turner and Spencer Hawes…Michael Carter-Williams had an absolutely atrocious first-half, shooting 1-10 for five points. He than had a solid second-half going 7-11 for 14 points, but they all seemed like garbage time buckets to me. John Wall simply had his way all night with the rookie in this one, scoring 24 points with nine assists as Carter-Williams’ efforts were too little too late. He’s still the leading candidate for ROY at the moment, but this game was not one of his bright spots.
James Anderson, SG 33 MIN | 5-10 FG | 1-1 FT | 4 REB | 0 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 13 PTS | -5James’ defense on Bradley Beal was simply awful in the first half. Beal had 13 points on 5-10 shooting as well as five of his eight assists. He really sparked the Wizards offense out of the gate. I give credit to Anderson for keeping him in check the rest of the game though where he shot just 2-10. I actually Tweeted that Anderson is like Willie Green, but unlike Green he knows his role for his team. For a team of misfit shooting guards, it was a decent performance from Anderson.

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GETTING THE G.O.A.T.

Posted by: C. Smith
09/11/09 9:24 am EST

michael-jordanbwThere 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 legend and City of Brotherly Love native Wilt Chamberlain and possibly Bill Russell, perhaps no individual is more deserving of induction into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame then 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 30 spot he hung on Iverson as a Wizard – we still felt that since this is a 76er loyal site, we should “flip the script” as they say and 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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