Feb 5, 2013, 1:20 AM EST
Last night’s game against the Magic was about as unenjoyable as a 17-point win can be—not only was the game an unwatchable affair against a crappy team’s JV squad (any win by less than 40 would’ve felt at least a little underwhelming), but the Sixers lost Thaddeus Young in the second quarter with what has since been identified as a left hamstring sprain. No specific timetable has been given on Thad’s return—coach Doug Collins says he’ll be out “a while”—but based on the returns of players like Manu Ginobili and Luol Deng from similar recent injuries, it’ll probably be at least ten days, maybe about two weeks until we see Thad suiting up again. (Unless it’s a full tear of the hamstring, in which case the prognostication becomes a lot more dramatic.)
Feb 4, 2013, 5:53 PM EST
Who would’ve guessed that out of that four-team blockbuster deal from over the summer—which included two franchise-type players in Dwight Howard and Andrew Bynum, an All-Star Olympian in Andre Iguodala, and a couple accomplished NBA vets in Arron Afflalo and Al Harrington, the two players traded that would arguably be of greatest impact to the 2012-13 season would be Earl Clark and Nikola Vucevic? Clark, an NBA washout since his lottery selection by Phoenix in 2009, has stabilized the Lakers on both offense and defense since replacing Pau Gasol in the starting lineup, and Vucevic looks like a steal for the Magic as their new starting center, posting double-doubles in 15 of his last 17 games.
Jan 30, 2013, 5:16 PM EST
The careers of John Wall and Evan Turner, the respective #1 and #2 picks in the 2010 draft have made for some interesting contrast. Out of the gate, Wall was the far more accomplished player, averaging 16 and 8 and making first-team All Rookie as Turner struggled badly to contribute in his rookie season. The next year, Wall either regressed a little or failed to show the evolution most projected for him, while playing on one of the league’s worst teams, and Turner improved steadily on a playoff-bound squad. These days, most would still take Wall over ET, but the gap between the players has narrowed considerably—in a recent ESPN ranking of the best players under 25, Wall finished #26, while Turner finished just two spots lower at #28.
Jan 28, 2013, 9:57 PM EST
Well phooey. With a 33-point first-quarter that saw just about everything go right for them, the Sixers looked like they were in pretty good shape to finally win a second straight game (imagine!) tonight against the Memphis Grizzlies, and even after the Grizzlies cut the lead to shreds and then took the lead in the second, the Sixers persevered and gave themselves several opportunities to win the game. But in the end, gravity was not on their side tonight, and the Grizzlies eked out a 103-100 win that left Malik and Zumoff reaching for the peach schnapps.
Jan 28, 2013, 5:49 PM EST
It’s become almost as overquoted as the Phillies having won more recently than the Eagles (not true anymore, right?), but it remains nearly as stunning: The Philadelphia 76ers have not won back-to-back games since November. (Like, of 2012.) Not like they’ve won a ton of games period over that stretch—just eight games total since we won three in a row at the end of November—but damn, not having a single winning streak of any length for nearly two months is pretty damn embarrassing. Even for a team as subpar as these Sixers, it can’t be totally impossible to win two in a row, right?
Jan 27, 2013, 4:15 AM EST
So apparently a lot can change over the course of an NBA season. Not that the Sixers are a lot better then when they first faced the Knicks in a humiliating home-and-home, losing both games by dramatic margins, or that the Knicks are necessarily all that much worse, but suffice to say, the third time was the charm for the 76ers, as they rode excellent scoring nights from their top three perimeter scorers to a blowout just as bad as those the Knicks inflicted on the Sixers not all that long ago, winning 97-80 in a game that wasn’t even as close as the final score indicates.
Jan 25, 2013, 11:35 AM EST
When Golden State’s David Lee was interviewed after a recent Warriors win about the possibility of being honored with an All-Star nod, he said that what would make the nomination so special was that it would come because his team had played well, reflecting better on him by comparison. Needless to say, this was not the case with our own Jrue Holiday, but if I were him, I would find the honor of being chose in spite of my team far more flattering and special than being honored because of my team. If you’re chosen as an All-Star when your team has a 16-24 record and hasn’t won consecutive games since November, you must have been really, really good this season.
Jan 22, 2013, 5:32 PM EST
Chances are decent–better than they should be, anyway—that if Jrue Holiday doesn’t earn his first All-Star bid this year (and for the record, Grantland’s NBA guru Zach Lowe has him as the goddamn starter), it’ll be because one of the guard spots is taken by one of the Milwaukee Bucks’ backcourt two-fer, Monta Ellis and Brandon Jennings. Neither have stats as good as Jrue in really any relevant category (Jrue has ‘em beat in points, assists, FG% and 3PT%), save one—wins, as the Bucks have a respectable 21-18 record, while the Sixers are currently at 17-24 and slipping.
Jan 22, 2013, 2:06 PM EST
I approached ESPN’s list of the Top 25 Players Under 25 the same way I’ll be approaching the roll-out of the All-Star reserves later this week: Bracing myself for self-righteous outrage. I figured no way would Jrue Holiday be ranked high enough for my liking, the rest of the NBA world being continually prejudiced against him for his team’s lack of success and/or his underwhelming peripheral advanced stats. I just hoped he managed to crack the Top 25.
Jan 21, 2013, 10:14 PM EST
The MLK Miracle, we coulda called it. In a second-half performance that seemed like it might result in the second straight incredible comeback victory at the WFC, the Sixers battled from a seemingly decisive 17-point Spurs lead to an astounding seven-point advantage late in the fourth quarter. But like the Seahawks in their NFC Divisional Round game, the Sixers left too much time on the clock, and like the Japanese after Pearl Harbor (according to Roger Sterling, anyway), they didn’t know how to handle success. A double-digit stretch of consecutive scoreless possessions left them vulnerable to a late Spurs surge, and the four-time champs capitalized, pulling out the 85-80 victory.
Jan 21, 2013, 5:50 PM EST
There was a time, when I was not so brokenhearted, when the Sixers beat the Spurs at the Wells Fargo Center. It was a Friday night in January 2009, and it was glorious. Andre Iguodala posted a 21/8/5, the team shot 50% from the floor (to San Antonio’s 37%), and the Ballers ran the Spurs out of the building by the end of the quarter, ending with a 109-87 win, their sixth in a row to that point. It was a night that reminds you how much more fun it is to watching winning basketball than the losing variety.
Jan 18, 2013, 10:39 PM EST
Hands up if you saw this coming. With the Sixers trailing 60-43 at half—yes, they gave up 60 points to the friggin’ Raptors in 24 minutes of basketball—you’d be forgiven for giving up on this one (as I was seriously tempted to do) and finding something more purposeful and less character-building to do with your Friday night. After all, the Sixers haven’t exactly been known for big comebacks this season—generally, when they’re down, they stay down, and the game’s basically over halfway through the fourth quarter. But it wasn’t so in this one, and the reason why has two names: Jrue Holiday and Thaddeus Young.
Jan 18, 2013, 5:56 PM EST
Hard to believe that the Sixers actually lost to the Raptors by 18 recently—except not really, because the Sixers were losing to everyone by 20 in those days. They get their chance to make up for it tonight in front of a rockin’ Wells Fargo Center crowd (uh-huh) when they host the Raptors in the two teams’ fourth and final meetup this season. (The Sixers won the first two, but neither was by 18 points, so who cares about those games.) The Sixers have only played twice in the last eight days, so they should be rested, at the very least. Maybe Evan Turner will actually go long on his jumpers tonight!
Jan 15, 2013, 9:44 PM EST
It’s tough to take consolation in the ol’ “Got beat by a better team” explanation tonight when facing a team like the 11-26 Hornets, but it’s true. After all, the Hornets are a whole lot better than their 11-26 record, something analysts always say when their squad is getting beat by opposing teams with crappy…
Jan 14, 2013, 11:51 AM EST
Plenty of great songs have been written by parents about their kids over the years, from John Lennon’s “Beautiful Boy,” up until Jay-Z’s “Glory.” However, since these songs and most like it are written about children too young for us to know much about them personally, it’s hard for us to truly relate to these…
Jan 9, 2013, 6:02 PM EST
Last night was a bummer of an NBA basketball game, for sure. The Sixers and Nets played about level for two quarters, then the Nets decided to play a little bit better and the Sixers said “eh, you guys have fun with that.” Unlike other bad losses the Sixers have suffered recently to the likes…
Jan 8, 2013, 5:46 PM EST
It’s hard to say the Sixers disappointed on their recent eight-game road trip—if you asked me ahead of time how well I though they’d do on the trip, I’d probably have said they’d go 2-6, which is exactly what they did—but they certainly didn’t exceed expectations. As a result, the team has now gone an…
Jan 4, 2013, 5:31 PM EST
Pretty incredible that the Oklahoma City Thunder are 24-7, and they’re only tied for the lead in the Western Conference—with two other teams, at that. Regardless, OKC are obviously quite good, with any kind of early-season kinks evolving past the James Harden era long since nullified, and Kevin Durant giving LeBron James his first legitimate…
Jan 2, 2013, 2:26 PM EST
It’s pretty cool to even be talking about All-Star consideration for one of our young, homegrown guys this season. It took Andre Iguodala eight years and a lucky hot start from the Sixers to be given even strong consideration for the All-Star team, but this year, fourth-year point guard Jrue Holiday is putting up career-best,…
Jan 2, 2013, 1:46 AM EST
Though probably the best win so far of their season, it was hard to feel totally satisfied by the Sixers’ upset of the Memphis Grizzlies in Memphis the other day—the game was too weird, too fluky to really be taken seriously, and felt way more like a Shit Happens loss for the Grizz than a…
Dec 29, 2012, 9:49 PM EST
Respectable loss for the Sixers yesterday in Golden State. They were playing a better team on the road and predictably fell behind early, but as they’ve done only sparingly this year, actually battled back and made the Warriors earn the victory, cutting a 20-point lead down to as few as four in the fourth quarter.…
Dec 28, 2012, 6:15 PM EST
Hey, we beat the Grizzlies in Memphis on Wednesday! None of our good players played well and a couple of their good players played really well, but sports are weird and things happen and every Dorell Wright must have his day and we won the game somehow. Coming not all that long after a big…
Dec 26, 2012, 10:52 PM EST
“Just one of those games,” the Grizzlies announcing crew concluded about 2/3 of the way through this one. Hard to argue with that. The Philadelphia 76ers have been on the losing end of Ones of Those Games a couple times this year, against the likes of the inferior Pistons and Cavaliers, but I’m pretty sure…
Dec 26, 2012, 5:59 PM EST
The Sixers had themselves a nice Christmas break—the fringe benefits of not being a particularly good or exciting basketball team—and now they’re about to be rudely snapped out of it by the Memphis Grizzlies. As we’ve mentioned countless times on this website, the Sixers are now in the midst of an eight-game death trip, and…
Dec 23, 2012, 2:20 PM EST
Friday was the kind of day that turns around your entire feeling about a team’s season. Starting off with the good news—well, at least, the not-explicitly-bad news—that Andrew Bynum was going to be ramping up his activity level and beginning the long road back to recovery, the black cloud seemingly lifted from the Sixers team,…
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