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Andrew Unterberger

  1. 2000 Light Years From Home: Sixers Pay Late Visit to Lob City

    Mar 20, 2013, 5:10 PM EDT

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    That was a fun four games at the Wells Fargo Center. Surprisingly, I’m not even being all that sarcastic when I say that—that was actually four well-played games of basketball, albeit ones that arguably place us further away from our primary goal for the rest of the season (tanking for Victor Oladipo or Alex Len or whoever) than when we started. Still plenty of time to lose basketball games left, however, as the Sixers are fairly likely to demonstrate to us tonight as they face the Clippers in a late start in Los Angeles.

  2. You Picked a Fine Time to Get Good, Sixers

    Mar 19, 2013, 10:18 AM EDT

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    It’s official—this season is last season in reverse. Instead of starting out weirdly red hot and gradually cooling off over the course of their season until they hit super rock bottom, they’re gonna start from super-rock-bottom this time and get weirdly red hot at year’s end. Going in this direction is certainly more perplexing than the way things went down last season, and possibly even more frustrating, but it’s arguably much less cruel, since at least it’s too far late in the year for this team for trick us into thinking they can win a division or challenge the Heat or something.

  3. Spencer Hawes Did What in the Where Now?

    Mar 17, 2013, 12:06 PM EDT

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    Nate Thurmond. Alvin Robertson. Hakeem Olajuwon. David Robinson. We almost nearly had to add a fifth name to that list last night, as Spencer Hawes came just two assists and three blocks short of registering a quadruple-double last night at the Wells Fargo Center, ending with what must be the best stat line of his career—18 points, 16 rebounds, eight assists, seven blocks, and zero game-blowing layup misses, in a game that the Sixers won—won, as in the opposite of lost—against the Indiana Pacers. The blocks and rebounds were both career highs for Spence, and the assists was one shy—which all in all is a pretty remarkable night to have in your 403rd career NBA game.

  4. Sixers Host One of Many Teams That Could Maybe Be the Second-Best Team in the East

    Mar 16, 2013, 2:47 PM EDT

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    Who’s the best team in the East that isn’t the Miami Heat? It doesn’t really matter, since the Heat are so laughably superior to every other team in the conference right now, but one of the teams with a case would be the Indiana Pacers, who overcame a slow start to the season (and an injury to their nominal best player, Danny Granger) to climb to a 40-25 record, second-best not in the West (though they’d only be #6 over there, and not even all that close to #5). Still, like many teams not based out of South Florida, the Pacers have struggled a bit as of late, dropping one at home last night to the Lakers (playing without Kobe Bryant) and getting blown out by those damn Heat a couple games earlier.

  5. Sixers Give Up 20th Straight to Heat, But It Was Close (And Jrue Dunked on LeBron)

    Mar 13, 2013, 10:07 PM EDT

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    In a way, this was sort of a best of both worlds situation for the Sixers. Sure, it would have been fun to snap the Heat’s near-historic win streak, get the team their first win against Miami since they were starting Sherman Douglas and Rony Seikaly, and cause LeBron’s hairline to recede back a little further. Instead, they gave their fans one of the most entertaining games of the season (and easily the play of the year at the WFC), showed why the Sixers do still have some potential for the future remaining, all without further disrupting the master plan of Tankapalooza ’13. Everyone’s a winner, really.

  6. Riding One-Game Winning Streak, Sixers Face Team That Hasn’t Lost Since Feb. 1st

    Mar 13, 2013, 5:44 PM EDT

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    You know what was fun? The Sixers’ first 52 games of the year. Well, not really, at all but at least there was one very unfun thing we didn’t have to do over that timespan—play the Miami Heat. Of course, playing the Heat zero times in the first 52 games of the season means you…

  7. Can’t Lose ‘Em All: Sixers Defend Home Court Against Brooklyn Nets, Play Surprisingly Good Ball

    Mar 11, 2013, 9:56 PM EDT

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    If it seems like I only write Sixers recaps after they win these days…it’s because I only write Sixers recaps after they win these days. There’s no point in recapping Sixers losses anymore because they’re not really news, they’re just the regular course of action—even losing to the Magic at this point can hardly be…

  8. Did You Realize the Sixers Are Still Over .500 At Home (For Now?)

    Mar 11, 2013, 6:05 PM EDT

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    It’s more a credit to how bad they’ve been on the road than anything, but despite now being 16 games under .500 for the season with last night’s embarrassing-for-most-teams loss to the Magic, the Sixers actually have a winning record at the Wellls Fargo Center. Yup, your Liberty Ballers are 17-16 on their home floor,…

  9. Checking in on the Sixers’ Tanking Operation Before Their Orlando Visit

    Mar 10, 2013, 5:07 PM EDT

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    As of a couple weeks ago, the Sixers have pretty well committed themselves to tanking this season—whether they actually meant to do so or not—going 1-11 in their last 12 games. When you look at that stat and consider that the team wasn’t all that good to begin with, you’d think they’d be well on…

  10. Five Things That Need to Happen for the Sixers to Have a Chance of Winning Tonight in Miami

    Mar 8, 2013, 5:26 PM EDT

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    1. The Sixers convince the Heat that they traded for Spencer Hawes at the deadline and just forgot about it (but were super-excited about their acquisition when it happened), then attack him on the interior all night. 2. The Sixers adopt a “Hack-a-Bosh” strategy halfway through the second quarter, confusing the Heat’s big man into…

  11. Let’s Keep This Weird Arnett Moultrie Streak Going in Atlanta

    Mar 6, 2013, 6:19 PM EDT

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    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…

  12. Some Obscure and Mostly Irrelevant (But Encouraging) Stats About Arnett Moultrie

    Mar 6, 2013, 11:26 AM EDT

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    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…

  13. Bright Lights, Half-Empty Stadium: Sixers-Celts, on National TV Again

    Mar 5, 2013, 6:04 PM EDT

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    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…

  14. Contemplating “Plan B”: What Do We Do If Bynum Never Plays and Then Leaves?

    Mar 5, 2013, 10:41 AM EDT

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    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…

  15. The Philadelphia 76ers Won a Professional Basketball Game Last Night

    Mar 3, 2013, 10:41 AM EDT

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    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…

  16. Hahahahahah Sixers on National Television

    Feb 28, 2013, 7:11 PM EDT

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    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…

  17. Is This the Worst Sixers Season of the Post-Iverson Era? Comparing ’12-’13 to ’09-’10

    Feb 28, 2013, 11:26 AM EDT

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    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…

  18. Losing This One Could Be Tough: Sixers Face East-Worst Magic at Home

    Feb 26, 2013, 6:01 PM EDT

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    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…

  19. How Low Can We Go? Looking At How Far the Sixers Might Tank This Year

    Feb 26, 2013, 10:54 AM EDT

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    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…

  20. So Andrew Bynum Practiced and This Is Kind of a Big Deal

    Feb 23, 2013, 1:03 PM EDT

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    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…

  21. Meet Your Newest 76er, Charles Jenkins

    Feb 22, 2013, 2:12 AM EDT

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    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…

  22. The Last Straw? A DNP-CD for Arnett Moultrie, A WTF for Coach Collins

    Feb 21, 2013, 12:42 PM EDT

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    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…

  23. Hey, Remember That Philadelphia Has a Professional Basketball Team?

    Feb 20, 2013, 6:28 PM EDT

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    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,…

  24. Five Practical Goals For the Second Half of the Sixers Season

    Feb 19, 2013, 10:51 AM EDT

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    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…

  25. East Loses All-Star Game But Jrue Acquits Himself Admirably, Pops a Rim-Rocker

    Feb 17, 2013, 11:41 PM EDT

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    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…