Mar 20, 2013, 5:10 PM EST
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.
Mar 19, 2013, 2:55 PM EST
With the Flyers tumbling further and further down the standings, it looks like the home teams are going to let the people down in a way they haven’t in nearly two decades.
Mar 19, 2013, 10:18 AM EST
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.
Mar 18, 2013, 8:10 PM EST
In a statement released via email tonight during halftime of the 76ers game against the Portland Trailblazers in South Philadelphia, the team announced that center Andrew Bynum will not play a single game for them this season.
Mar 17, 2013, 12:06 PM EST
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.
Mar 16, 2013, 2:47 PM EST
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.
Mar 14, 2013, 11:38 AM EST
We talked at length last night about Jrue Holiday’s wonderful dunk over Lebron James to tie the game at 91 with a minute and change to play, calling it the moment of the year at the Wells Fargo Center, but we just found this awesome AP photo from behind the backboard of the moment the slam was about to go down and felt the need to post it.
Mar 13, 2013, 10:07 PM EST
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.
Mar 13, 2013, 8:03 PM EST
Lebron James’s pregame dunk routines have caused quite a stir over the past few weeks. It all started when one of his ridiculous “mid-air, pass-through-the-legs, off-the-glass, one-handed dunks” before a game with the Cleveland Cavaliers last month hit YouTube and had basketball fans everywhere in awe. It was the kind of dunk fans yearn for in the dunk contest every All-Star Weekend.
Mar 13, 2013, 5:44 PM EST
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…
Mar 12, 2013, 1:37 PM EST
Young guys. Talented or potentially talented. Ruled extraneous with the addition of two high-profile, veteran acquisitions at their positions. Acquisitions that have not gone to plan. The young guys, by the way, are flourishing. By now, we’re all familiar with the tale of Nik Vucevic, whom the Sixers selected 16th overall out of USC in…
Mar 12, 2013, 11:13 AM EST
Your browser does not support iframes. Spencer Hawes had perhaps his best offense effort of the season last night in the Sixers impressive win over the Brooklyn Nets in South Philadelphia (more on that here). Sure, he struggled defending Brook Lopez, but Spence was looking good with the ball in his hands at the other…
Mar 11, 2013, 9:56 PM EST
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…
Mar 11, 2013, 6:05 PM EST
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,…
Mar 11, 2013, 1:18 PM EST
He wants out of Orlando, he doesn’t want out of Orlando. He wants Stan Van Gundy fired, he doesn’t want Stan Van Gundy fired. He wants to dictate the terms of his free agency, he isn’t a free agent. He finally gets his wish to go to one of his two preferred markets, he realizes…
Mar 10, 2013, 5:07 PM EST
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…
Mar 8, 2013, 5:26 PM EST
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…
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, 5:59 PM EST
Sixers guard Jeremy Pargo, whose last name was my choice for the #Sixersmovies hashtag game on Twitter this afternoon, hit a pretty impressive trick shot prior to the team’s game with the Hawks down in Atlanta this evening. According to beat writer Christopher A. Vito, Pargo went 1-5 in his attempt at trick shot glory.…
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, 5:47 PM EST
Nick Young felt the need for some change yesterday and had his barber do something quite a bit different with his hair — unique even. Swaggy P’s new look was a popular topic of conversation in the locker room prior to the Sixers contest in South Philadelphia with the Boston Celtics on Tuesday night. Asked…
Mar 5, 2013, 1:23 PM EST
In keeping with the NBA’s designs on growing the game internationally and potentially locating a league franchise overseas, your Philadelphia 76ers will be one of eight teams traveling abroad next October and will play two preseason games in Europe. The Sixers take on Uxue Bilbao Basket in Bilbao, Spain on Oct. 6 before heading to…
Mar 5, 2013, 11:39 AM EST
Your browser does not support iframes. Adam Aron recently sat down with CSN’s John Gonzalez in an attempt to set the record straight. You can watch a solid ten minutes of their conversation above. Gonzo does a nice job of asking the questions many fans have been wondering for months. But the Philadelphia 76ers owner…
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…
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