Apr 15, 2013, 6:46 PM EST
How did we let ourselves get caught by the Portland Trailblazers? Even though they couldn’t out-tank anyone in their own conference, it seemed like a sure thing that the Sixers would at least finish behind three lottery teams out West, but nooooooo–the stupid Blazers had to go on a Hail Mary of an 11-game losing streak, which coupled with the Sixers last two wins (not-super-impressive victories over the Wizards and Cavaliers) means that Portland and Philly are now dead even at 33-49, with the Blazers still playing two more games against good teams and the Sixers getting a potential freebie tonight against the Pistons, which might very well secure them the #12 pick in the draft this summer.
Apr 15, 2013, 6:05 PM EST
Thoughts go out to the entire city of Boston after such a joyful day was marred by something so awful. Having spent my college years living in Chestnut Hill and Brighton, celebrating the Boston Marathon with the entire city was truly one of the best days of the year. Seeing today’s news was simply heart-wrenching.
Apr 15, 2013, 12:00 PM EST
Because if there’s anyone whose thoughts on Doug Collins we’ve been waiting to hear, it’s former Sixer Mo Speights.
Apr 15, 2013, 10:20 AM EST
The final chapter in Doug Collins’ Philadelphia story is coming to an end. Multiple outlets reported late Sunday night that Collins informed the Sixers he will not be returning to coach on the final year of his contract next season.
Apr 12, 2013, 6:51 PM EST
I remember a couple weeks there where I wondered if the Sixers actually may have lucked out getting Evan Turner instead of John Wall in the 2010 draft. (OK I didn’t really wonder that, but I definitely wondered if it wasn’t impossible that I might one day wonder that.) Wall regressed some as a scorer from his first year to his second when many expected he would take a leap forward, and his Wizards team never really improved either. When Wall sat out injured at the beginning of the year while Evan was having the best month of his career, it was like “Hm, maybe this wasn’t such a bad coinflip after all.”
Apr 12, 2013, 10:19 AM EST
It’s been a trying year for pretty much everyone involved in the Philadelphia 76ers organization. Even All-Star Jrue Holiday’s performance has dropped off in the second half of the season. You can pretty much look down the roster and check off the disappointments. Lavoy Allen certainly fits in that category.
Apr 11, 2013, 2:30 PM EST
The big news story of the day comes to us from the Philadelphia Inquirer, where Bob Ford reports that the 76ers organization hopes Doug Collins will step down at season’s end according to league sources. The head coach has one year remaining on his contract, but another extension is not in the works.
Apr 10, 2013, 5:48 PM EST
It may feel like the Sixers have played the Hawks 27 times in the last month, but actually it’s only been 23 times. Meeting #24 will come tonight, as the Sixers host the Traveling Highlight Factory tonight in their fifth-to-last game of the season.
Apr 9, 2013, 5:53 PM EST
Yes, I will be in attendance tonight at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn as the visiting Sixers take on the Nets. (Don’t worry, they’re my Nets fan friends tickets, and he got them as a birthday gift, I’m not actually spending money to watch either of these teams.)
Apr 9, 2013, 11:56 AM EST
When you see that jorted fellow at the Molly Pitcher Service Area today be sure to give him an extra dirty look. Today’s a big day.
Apr 8, 2013, 9:26 AM EST
During his infamous press conference meltdown after the home loss to the Magic in late February, Doug Collins offered a fairly simple explanation for downturn the Sixers had taken in the ’12-’13 season. “We made a huge deal and we have nobody playing a part of that deal,” claimed Collins. “How many teams can give up Andre Iguodala, Moe Harkless and Nikola Vucevic and have nothing in return playing? That’s tough to overcome. That’s just the facts. I’m not looking for any outs. That’s a fact.”
Apr 7, 2013, 4:21 AM EST
We’ve been reasonably certain for quite some time that the 76ers would not be playing basketball in the postseason this year, but now it’s a fact. With Saturday night’s 106-87 loss to the Heat, their playoff hopes were officially euthanized.
Apr 5, 2013, 4:30 PM EST
Jrue Holiday had easily the worst game of his professional career–since we expected anything of him, anyway–against the Bobcats on Wednesday, going 2-24 in a shooting night that left the Damaja with a batting average that would make even early-season Ryan Howard embarrassed. A couple weeks ago, we might have celebrated Jrue for his pro-tanking efforts, but the Sixers have won too many games to tank much further–only the Timberwolves, at two games behind, and the Wizards and Raptors at two-and-a-half games behind even have a chance of catching the Sixers, and with only eight games left it’s not too likely–so at this point, we encourage him to get mad and get even, preferably tonight against the Atlanta Hawks.
Apr 4, 2013, 10:44 AM EST
You could be mad at me for promising in my pre-game column that you could flip from tonight’s potentially very depressing Phillies game (and it was) to a Sixers game that would be no worse than slightly depressing, since the Ballers did end up losing 88-83 to the NBA’s worst team in a basketball game after which everyone involved will spend days, possibly weeks huddled in the corner of the shower crying out of irreparable trauma. But I’d argue that tonight’s game was far more funny than depressing. I mean, really, when Jrue Holiday has a night where he goes 2-24 from the field, it has to get funny at some point, right?
Apr 4, 2013, 10:07 AM EST
Special guest post by FanSince09
Back in February, I decided I was fed up with Adam Aron on twitter, and launched into what would forever be known as “The Rant.” (*) Angry Sixers fans praised me, the lamestream Sixers apologist media rushed to try to shoot holes in my arguments, but one thing was made clear by everyone: Adam Aron couldn’t just ignore me. But for days, it seemed like he’d be content with just ignoring the issue. There was no direct response to me, even after another assault known as The Rant 2. (**)
Apr 3, 2013, 6:21 PM EST
No, there’s not much of a case to be made for watching the Sixers play the Bobcats tonight (again, this time at Charlotte). Everything about this game is decently meaningless—both teams are lottery-bound, and more or less locked in to their particular lottery slot—unless Charlotte really, really cares about securing that Worst Overall Record status for the second straight year, which I sorta doubt. But it could be a decent emergency valve if most Philly sports fans’ Plan A—watching Roy Halladay make his first start of the season against the Atlanta Braves, a game with at least a 25% chance of total disaster—ends up going not quite as hoped. The Sixers will only be slightly depressing at this point, I promise.
Apr 1, 2013, 3:41 PM EST
For as awkward as this interview between Sixers’ anthem singer Ayla Brown and Allen Iverson is at times, you can’t help but get sentimental when A.I. talks about what Philly fans mean to him. He keeps it real too, letting Ayla know that he has fans all over the world, but the response in Philadelphia is always special. Also love how he takes his shades off when things get serious.
Apr 1, 2013, 12:20 PM EST
The Sixers on Monday made official their decision to call up Justin Holiday from the D-League and waived Jeremy Pargo. As such, here’s a video from March 7 of Holiday straight messing up the Reno Bighorns’ entire night.
Apr 1, 2013, 10:00 AM EST
On March 3rd of this year, exactly four weeks ago to the day, Spencer Hawes had the worst game of his career, and arguably one of the worst games ever posted by a starting center in the National Basketball Association, at home against the Golden State Warriors. In about 20 minutes of game action, he scored 0 points on stunning 0-9 shooting, with four rebounds and two dimes, but also three turnovers and three personal fouls. (Amazingly, the Sixers still won the game somehow.) It was an absolutely embarrassing performance in an already disappointing season that made you wonder if Doug Collins was going to gently, tenderly asphyxiate him as he slept on the team plane that night, putting him out of both of their misery.
Since that game, Spencer Hawes has basically been Marc Gasol.
Mar 30, 2013, 9:18 PM EST
It’s always exciting when Allen Iverson is in the building. That was the case once again on Saturday night in South Philadelphia when the future Hall of Famer was honored before the Sixers vs. Bobcats game. Fans in attendance were also treated to bobbleheads of No. 3.
Mar 29, 2013, 6:24 PM EST
For a team boasting a rotation that includes two, maybe three players who’d be getting minutes on an actually good team, the Cleveland Cavaliers have done pretty well for themselves lately. Sure, they’ve only won two of their last eight games, but those two wins were against respectable opponents in Utah and Washington, and their losses against the Heat, Spurs and Celtics came in games that weren’t decided until the final minutes—the final seconds, in Boston’s case. They’ve done what all young, rebuilding teams—especially those whose best players have been stricken with injury—should do: They’ve played hard, they’ve maximized their potential, and they’ve lost a whole lot of basketball games, currently boasting the league’s fourth-worst record, in line for a top five draft pick come June.
Mar 29, 2013, 1:13 PM EST
Ah, Jrue. Since you’re you, the Sixers All-Star point guard and have played solid ball all year we’ll let this one slide. And really, who can blame ya for thinking you were already mathematically eliminated from the playoffs?
Mar 28, 2013, 11:15 AM EST
This fan was living large last night. He ponied up big money to sit first row courtside for the big Sixers vs. Bucks game on Wednesday night. Then he got himself a glass of something red, maybe a nice Malbec or Cab Sav, in a plastic cup and he was on top of the world. But then it all coming pouring down on him when Royal Ivey crashed into the first row and sent his dark red beverage flying all over the place. The poor kid next to him may have gotten drunk on the fumes alone.
Mar 28, 2013, 2:13 AM EST
This was the most interesting scene from a basketball game I did not watch. Why? Because if theres anything worse than losing to the 76ers, its not being able to go home immediately afterward.
Mar 27, 2013, 5:39 PM EST
Isn’t it terrible that the Sixers are still ostensibly the ninth-best team in the East, just one team away from a playoff position? Of course, the Milwaukee Bucks are still seven-and-a-half games in front of us in that eighth position, and they have the tiebreaker with us so it’s really eight-and-a-half, thus making tonight’s game something of a moot point, though maybe not quite for the Bucks, since after a five-game Celtics losing streak, they could actually stand a chance at moving up to the #7 seed and avoiding the unbeatable Heat in the first round. So there will be playoff implications of some sort when the Bucks visit the Wells Fargo Center tonight, just not for the Liberty Ballers.
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