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Brian,
do you think iggy is a sixer forever now that melo is a knick?

I think a perfect catalyst for getting iggy some love is the showdowns with melo. Think about it, if iggy can force melo to be inefficient in his scoring, the sixers will be able to consistently beat the knicks.

I'm thinking depressed fan roadtrip and we make up some tee shirts. Maybe melo in jail with iggy as the cop,"you just got locked down, son!"

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Joe reply to Csth on Feb 26 at 11:59
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Does it take a lot to make Carmelo inefficient? He isn't an efficient scorer over his career. If he scores 30 on 28 shots on Iguodala, it is still 30 points and that is enough to say he is awesome.

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deepsixersuede on Feb 26 at 8:48
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Spieghts, in the last 2 games, stopped just drawing charges and started challenging shots, a good sign. He was a jack of all trades last night running out on a 3 pt. shot, screening, passing well and offensive rebounding also. Think about his limited repertiore prior to this year, maybe Collins is getting to him plus maybe he sees the fun these guys are having and has decided to join in the fun. I hope so.

Speights had two assists -- and could've had three -- last night. He looked to pass sometimes, instead of always looking to shoot. That was quite noticeable.

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tk76 reply to Tom Moore on Feb 26 at 10:57
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They said in the game "Speights former H.S.quarterback..."

I'd hate to be hos WR since I don't imagine he ever passed :)

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tk76 reply to tk76 on Feb 26 at 11:13
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I did find a link to an old scout.com article about Speights as a 6'10", 245lb QB.

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Charlie H on Feb 26 at 10:53
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I watched ESPN this morning to see some highlights of the game. There was a story about the mutiny, then a series of Will Bynum highlights and quotes. I think it's the first time ever there was not a single highlight of the winning team. Next thing I saw was a Blake Griffin dunk which wasn't nearly as impressive as Iguodala's or Thad's dunks (judging by what I read here), in a losing effort. But in its defense, ESPN has the NFL scouting combine to cover right now. It's February after all.

Hottest team in the league, still under the radar.

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tk76 reply to Charlie H on Feb 26 at 11:02
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Under the radar is an understatement.

That was an amazing dunkfest last night. And yet not a highlight to be found. Even by ESPN's low standards that was disappointing.

They just need to keep winning. Eventually ESPN and everybody else will start mentioning them more often. It's inevitable.

Besides it's winning that matters. I could care less whether they show the dunks or not.

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tk76 reply to Xsago on Feb 26 at 12:14
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They will need to somehow win a round in the playoffs before they get respect.

Although Thad has really been tearing it up. I'd like to see him get a bit of attention. He's probably the lowest profile guy in the NBA that will be able to demand big dollars this summer (unfortunately.)

Caring about the covrerage of the team on ESPN when I expect that Spring Training is more important even in Philadelphia (I bet the Flyers being the best team in hockey also is more important). Don't do it folks, just enjoy the wins.

Sunday at midnight (east coast time) the sixers should be tied with the knicks for the six seed.

One thing important to me is that though it was an ugly quarter, at first, the sixers came out strong in the first, took a lead from the start, and i think they built on the lead every quarter.

Really liked what I saw from Speights and would love to see that continue, if he decided to actually work on the defensive end and improve his game - that'd be huge, this year and in the future.

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tk76 reply to GoSixers on Feb 26 at 13:43
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If the Sixers pass the Knicks the srory will center on the Knicks. No way the Sxiers get anything close to national media attention unless they upset a team in the playoffs. And even then, the story will be more about the other team.

Its just part of the whole "relevancy" thing. Guys like Jrue and Thad have to establish themselves as stars before ourtsiders give them any mind. And that usually means gaudy numbers and winning.

Thad onnly average 12 pts/game. If he averaged 20 then it would be different. 5 games of 20 does not cut it.

Yeah, I know how it works, I just don't care about it. ESPN is god awful, the broader your appeal the worse your content gets, be it tv or be it blog. It's one of those weird things fans do - caring about how much 'credit' the team gets from others...

Sixers G Evan Turner said he'll work with Philadelphia University coach and shooting guru Herb Magee in the offseason. Turner wants to get more arc on his usual flat jumper

From The ESPN/AP game summary

Is there video of any of these dunks? I'm not enough of a fan to watch forfeited games.

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Tray reply to Tray on Feb 26 at 13:46
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Okay, I saw them and only the last Iguodala dunk was that special. I mean, high degree of difficulty on the first Thad one but ultimately it was just a dunk on an open basket.

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tk76 reply to Tray on Feb 26 at 15:52
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No, I think the dunk Thad made with full extension, taking off outside the circle was special. He had to change direction and there was a defender. He really had no margin for error, and the dunk was clean and with power.

Iguodala got the NBA dunk of the night with his windmill- but that was wide open: http://www.nba.com/video/channels/top_plays/2011/02/25/20110225_dotn.nba/

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tk76 reply to tk76 on Feb 26 at 16:02
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That 1st dunk by Thad was the "Fast Break" of the night:
http://www.nba.com/video/games/sixers/2011/02/25/0021000863_det_phi_recap.nba/index.html

The game highlight also left out a bunch of other great finishes- including Brand's L hander and a nice one hand finish by Thad from an opp from Iguodala. And Thad made an aggressive move to finish with a slam in traffic (he probably had 5+ dunkl.)

The game certainly did not feel like a "normal game" but entertaining. Especially good to see Thad really attack and finish more with power dunks than just floaters. He really looked like a man amongst boys in a "star like" fashion. Of course the opponent was a joke.

Hmmm Simmons just posted his mock draft column from 2007, check out who he had the 76ers take at #12 that year...and then who he had at #13: http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/page2/story?page=nbamockdraft/070627

I remember the Al Thornton Thaddeus Young debates

The great Point Forward experiment hit 11 games last night, during which time Iguodala has 86 assists and 22 turnovers and the team is 8-3. I'd hazard a guess that the team's offensive numbers are up across the board during that time too. Still too early to call it a success?

Another tidbit: one of the metrics for Hollinger's power rankings for ESPN is scoring margin in the last 25% of games. The Sixers now lead the league in this category (+8.27).

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Mike reply to Statman on Feb 26 at 14:59
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wow that's a pretty crazy stat

Yeah, considering the schedule, the record and the point differential, it's safe to say the Sixers are quite possibly the best team in the NBA over that stretch (which is around 14-15 games). If not the best than top 3 for sure... Lets see how long they can keep this up, or at least how much will they slow down (it's hard to expect them to be that good for the rest of the season).

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Charlie H reply to Statman on Feb 27 at 12:49
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Uh, no. It was a great move by Collins, especially so because he didn't lose Jrue in the process. I think the whole team recognized that they needed the ball in a veteran's hands to get better in the half-court. Doug saw it and didn't hesitate. Andre gives him the flexibility to make a major change without changing the starting 5 (not even Jodie).

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Tom Moore on Feb 26 at 16:22
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Doing some NBA Draft research for my Sunday column.

Since 2000 (11 drafts), there have been six No. 1 overall picks to become all-stars, four No. 3s, three No. 4s and three No. 5.

How many No. 2s during that time have been all-stars?

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mgfields reply to Tom Moore on Feb 26 at 16:25
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Durant?

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Tom Moore reply to mgfields on Feb 26 at 16:28
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Yep. Well done. He's the only No. 2 pick in 11 years to become an all-star. Hard to believe.

If only Portland took Durant, it might be zero.

Hopefully in a few years Turner will make that 2 number 2 picked allstars :)

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eddies' heady's reply to Xsago on Feb 26 at 19:33
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Just don't make the attempt to hold your breath on that one. Seriously.

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johnrosz reply to Tom Moore on Feb 26 at 17:46
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Could make a strong case that LaMarcus Aldridge deserved a spot this year

Cavs fans are upset they didn't get more highlight play on Sportscenter too:

ESPN is a joke. Tons of great Cavs plays in that game, not one on the highlights.

Of course, they're awful and we're the hottest team in the league, so completely different situations. Frankly though, I think the average neutral observer would be more interested in the Cavs highlights; highlights in the context of competitive games with unexpected results tend to be of more interest than highlights in forfeited, predictable blowouts between two teams that would be severely mismatched even if the bad team hadn't forfeited.

Michael Jordan on the Wallace/PRzybilla trade

"I think it's one of the best trades," Jordan said.

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Mike P reply to GoSixers on Feb 26 at 20:41
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He meant for Portland. So it's not a false statement.

This is just a repeat of the Sixers season when they almost beat Orlando in the first round.

Since the draft is crappy, I hope they get to at least the second round. I want them to win all the rest of their games, Brand to keep popping that jumper in peoples faces, and JTI continuing to mesh together.

More and more each day its looking like the defensive playmaking three headed monster we all hoped for when they drafted The Villain is becoming a reality.

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Spencer Flaws on Feb 26 at 21:05
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hey i like that hardy kid from st. john's. He plays alot like lou to me. What do you guys think?

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Charlie H reply to Spencer Flaws on Feb 27 at 12:52
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I think we know what most of the guys think about Lou!

Would Sixers think of claiming Jeffries off waivers so that the Knicks would not get him?

I seriously doubt that. If you claim a guy off waivers, you're on the hook for the remainder of his contract. After he clears waivers, you can pay him whatever contract you agree to w/ him, but he can also choose where he wants to go.

Everyone's favorite rookie, non-sixer division was pulled from the starting line up tonight - and still fouled out - 14 points (on 12 shots) 7 rebounds, 2 assists 3 turnovers 1 steal

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Josh reply to GoSixers on Feb 26 at 23:32
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-34 for the game too.

Suns up by 10 on the Pacers.


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