Mar 6, 2013, 6:19 PM EST
The Sixers don’t have a whole lot to play for tonight as they visit the Hawks in Atlanta—no playoffs to contend for, no natural rivalry, even the usual motivation of wanting to stick it to Lou Williams isn’t really there, since Sweet Lou’s out for the season with a torn ACL. I never like losing…
Mar 6, 2013, 11:26 AM EST
After his 5-5 game off the bench last night against the Celtics in the Sixers’ loss in Philly, our first-round pick Arnett Moultrie now…. -Has made his last 12 shot attempts, stretching back over the last four games (in about 40 total minutes). -Leads the team in Player Efficiency Rating with his 18.1 (Jrue Holiday…
Mar 5, 2013, 6:04 PM EST
Back on TNT already? Geez, this better be the last time. Tonight, the Sixers play on National TV for the second time in six days, this time hosting the Celtics at the Wells Fargo Center. Philly has actually had pretty good success against the C’s this year, winning two of the three matchups between the…
Mar 5, 2013, 10:41 AM EST
There’s been a whole lot of talk about “Plan A” lately—the term Sixers GM Tony DiLeo has used when discussing the Sixers’ efforts to re-sign Andrew Bynum in the off-season. Though DiLeo and team CEO Adam Aron have backed off their commitment to “Plan A” a little given the increasingly dire state of Bynum’s injury…
Mar 3, 2013, 10:41 AM EST
We needed this one. Not in terms of the standings or the “playoff race” that doesn’t really exist at this point, no matter how you try to pretend in your post-game interview Molly Sullivan, but just in terms of the Sixers fanbase needing to watch this Sixers team play 48 minutes of basketball without wanting…
Feb 28, 2013, 7:11 PM EST
Whoops. Every year there’s one team who gets a couple too many games on National TV due to some projected off-season storyline that doesn’t end up panning out, and it looks like this year, that’s the Sixers (or possibly the Timberwolves, playing after in the late game). The Liberty Ballers will be facing off against…
Feb 28, 2013, 11:26 AM EST
You know this Sixers team has hit its low point when their badness is getting national media attention. Zach Lowe of Grantland had an excellent column yesterday calling out the hypocrisy of Coach Collins’ recent throwing of his team under the bus in his conference after the Orlando drubbing, pointing out how unreasonable it was…
Feb 26, 2013, 6:01 PM EST
You gotta respect the Orlando Magic’s commitment to losing. They trade one of the five best players in the league away and get nary a big-name player or top-flight prospect in return, then they trade their best player (only JJ Redick, but still) before the trade deadline for a couple of scraps, none of whom…
Feb 26, 2013, 10:54 AM EST
Are we sure that Doug Collins isn’t secretly, like, a brilliant tanker? We’ve gotten so caught up in the question of why he continues to play Damien Wilkins and Royal Ivey over the higher-upside likes of Arnett Moultrie, Charles Jenkins and even Dorell Wright—is he just overvaluing his veterans? Does he really hate young guys…
Feb 23, 2013, 1:03 PM EST
Finally, an Andrew Bynum report that actually has relevance to him maybe really putting on a Sixers uniform this year. John Mitchell cites multiple sources who say that Bynum “participated in a spirited practice” on Friday, doing the whole 5-on-5 scrimmage thing. Mitchell also reports that the big deal now will be seeing how Bynum’s…
Feb 22, 2013, 2:12 AM EST
A tradition old as time: The Sixers pulling up at the trade deadline, making only the crappiest, lowest-leverage deals possible. In the last five years, the most consequential trade-deadline deal the Sixers made was sending a second-round pick to Milwaukee for shooting guard Jodie Meeks (a second-round rookie himself) back in 2009, a trade that…
Feb 21, 2013, 12:42 PM EST
There were a lot of reasons to be depressed by the Sixers’ performance last night in Minnesota—the super-soft defense that let up 56 first half points, the 1-7 shooting night for Nick Young (and 4-9 at the line, including three misses in a row after a foul on a trey), the miserable combined jump-shooting efforts…
Feb 20, 2013, 6:28 PM EST
We had so much fun watching Jrue boss it up over All-Star Weekend that we were able to forget for a brief, sublime while that he’s got a professional basketball team to come back to, and presumably play for over the remainder of the season. He’s back tonight, as is the rest of the gang—except,…
Feb 19, 2013, 10:51 AM EST
The Philadelphia 76ers are not going to win a championship this season. They are pretty far away from winning a playoff series, and in all likelihood—at four games back of the eighth seed and having already lost the tiebreaker with the last-one-in Bucks—are not even going to make the post-season. With all the expectation that…
Feb 17, 2013, 11:41 PM EST
As a 22-year-old first-timer (and third-stringer) at the All-Star Game, all you can really hope to do is get a couple buckets, provide maybe one memorable highlight play, and generally try not to embarrass yourself. Our All-Star point guard Jrue Holiday did precisely that at tonight’s ASG, going 3-6 in his 15 minutes of game…
Feb 16, 2013, 9:37 PM EST
Respect to Jrue for representing the Sixers well at the Taco Bell Skills Competition this year. He beasted the first round of the Skills Challenge, finishing it in a second-best 29 seconds, but ran into a buzzsaw in Damian Lillard, who beat him by less than a second than a first round. In the second…
Feb 16, 2013, 10:24 AM EST
It’s hard to read the on-court relationship of Jrue Holiday and Evan Turner sometimes. For every time Jrue drives to the basket and hits Evan at the elbow or in the corner for a wide-open three, it seems like there’s two or three times where they both try to take the ball up into the…
Feb 15, 2013, 6:11 PM EST
Jrue Holiday has been the best thing (occasionally, the only good thing) about watching the Sixers this season, and for his efforts to make our team watchable—usually in vain, but at least the boy tries—he was invited to hobnob with the NBA elite at All-Star Weekend this year. Not only will he be playing in…
Sixers at the Break: The Five Pleasant Surprises and Ten Crushing Disappointments of the ’12-’13 Season So Far
Feb 14, 2013, 10:28 AM EST
Suffice to say, this season hasn’t gone to plan for the Philadelphia 76ers. After a blockbuster trade in the off-season, the team was supposed to retool around their new franchise center, with our other young players stepping up to fill the shoes of our recently departed core pieces and our newly acquired veterans filling in nicely around them as complementary role players. At first, everything went as anticipated—with one very large exception, as the centerpiece of the team’s future showed up late to the party, and then showed up really late, and then maybe decided he wasn’t gonna come at all. Things unraveled from there.
Feb 13, 2013, 6:09 PM EST
No gift for the Sixers right now could be greater than the gift of not having to play basketball for a little while. (Well, getting the Funny-Looking Kid With the Big Hair back and healthy and with a newfound lust for life would be nice too, but Christmas is still at least a couple months away.) They’ll get to enjoy that all-too-rare privilege soon enough, as All-Star Weekend will grant all of them but Jrue Holiday a week free of their depressing professional responsibilities, but first they have to go through the motions of a game in Milwaukee, against the 25-25 Bucks.
Feb 11, 2013, 6:55 PM EST
We might have had a chance with no Chris Paul—the Clippers staring point guard and perennial MVP candidate had missed about two-and-a-half weeks’ worth of Clipper games with a bone bruise, missing nine games, in which the Clippers went just 3-6, after starting the season a sparkling 33-11. But he’s back now, the Clips handled the Knicks at MSG yesterday pretty easily, and they’re just a much better team than the Sixers, especially with 3/5 of the team’s projected starting lineup still out with injury. The Sixers are gonna need big games from…well, just about everyone to have a chance in this one. Viewing without heavy intoxication is not necessarily recommended.
7:00 tip from the WFC. In other cheery news, Andrew Bynum talked to reporters today and findings are: He’s 20 pounds overweight, still feels pain doing basic drills, and would not use the word “optimistic” when discussing anything except for maybe his favorite Radiohead songs. Could still be a while!
Feb 11, 2013, 10:13 AM EST
I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: The Philadelphia 76ers trading Evan Turner this season, regardless of return, will be something I personally consider unforgivable. However, I acknowledge this is an emotional and highly irrational reaction of mine, based on the emotional investment I’ve made in following the highs and lows—more lows than highs, if we’re being honest—of his career up until this point. Trading him at this point for me would be like trading an occasionally irritating family member for Thanksgiving and holiday celebrations—even if there’s a chance it could make the group better, it’s just not something you even consider.
Feb 9, 2013, 11:13 PM EST
Even down three of their five starters—or at least, three of the five guys you’d have thought might have started for this team when things were looking a lot sunnier at season’s beginning—you had to feel pretty good about the Sixers’ chances of beating the Charlotte Bobcats tonight. The game wasn’t pretty, and was often a lot closer than it should have been, but ultimately, the Sixers were able to take care of business, keeping the ‘Cats at arm’s length for most of the second half, with Jrue Holiday basically closing the door on them in the fourth with a couple key buckets. Evan Turner got off the schneid a little with his 16 points, Spencer Hawes ground out a respectable 17 and 9 game, and recently signed backup PG Jeremy Pargo impressed is his Sixers debut, scoring 12 with six dimes in 29 bench minutes.
But tonight was all about Lavoy Allen.
Feb 9, 2013, 6:54 PM EST
Let me make this clear in no uncertain terms: I support no trade scenario that Tony DiLeo could possibly devise that would include the shipping out of Evan Turner. Forget Basketball Reasons—I have lived and died with every song thing Evan Turner has done for the last two-and-half seasons now, and I am 100% unwilling to give up on him, regardless of the impact it may have on our basketball team. If, as that fink Marc Stein reports, the Sixers are shopping the Extraterrestrial, and if they end up dealing him, I will never trust this franchise (or myself, or anything) ever again.
Feb 6, 2013, 9:35 PM EST
Ugly, ugly game. Few games against the ground-and-pound Indiana Pacers are pretty, but this one was especially hideous, with the Pacers closing off all driving lanes and playing the Sixers physical inside, forcing a whole lotta jump shots, which the Sixers obliged by not hitting. Remember how I said Jrue and Evan needed to have great games for the Sixers to win? Yeah, didn’t happen: Evan’s jumper was off all night, and he scored just two points with four turnovers, one of his worst games of hte season. Jrue was better but not much, shooting an astounding 7-22 with only three assists on the night. A game that was close at half got less so when the Pacers started hitting jumpers and the Sixers continued clanking, and the Sixers lost their first in four games, 88-69.
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