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i dont think gasol is playing

2-3 weeks as of the third, according to b-r.com. You're probably right. Jordan Hill might be out too, which would mean the Sixers are only grossly outmanned up front, rather than disgustingly so.

Believe it or not i am optimistic. Unless good old Jodie decides to show up and remind Sixers fans of his streaky three point shot i think the Sixers, assuming Jrue plays, will win this game. The reason for this is twofold:
1. The Lakers are probably the worst team in the NBA in transition defense right now. The Sixers have both the personnel and mindset to exploit this IMO. Run at all costs, should be todays moto. Wayns has a rare chance to contribute something to the team tonight.
2. With Gasol and Nash sidelined the Lakers have 2.5 good players right now (Howard, Kobe and maybe Artest). Their bench is beyond shallow, and the Sixers will actually have a chance to build up a lead when the bench units are on the floor (contrary to what we have seen so far this season). When Jodie Meeks is the 4th best player on your team, you are going to be in trouble, regardless of how good your top 2 players are (and even they are not looking very good so far).

Just let Kobe shoot 40 jumpers and live with the results.

Kobe has been very good so far.

He started really well. But i think he hasn't been that good of late. He has 172 points on 175 possessions over the past 5 games, hardly great efficiency. And he completely chokes the offense and disregards Howard, who will be the one having a massive advantage tonight.

I say let him shoot :).

it would be such a treat to see jrue light up the lakers at home. I really hope he plays, otherwise this game could get ugly

SO Hollinger leaves ESPN to work for the Grizzlies huh...interesting

I like Hollinger and will miss his articles on ESPN. Had a nice sense of humor. That being said, as i understand he got a high ranking position within the organization and will even have some say in personnel decisions. It would be interesting to see their moves in the future.

The ESPN dogmatic dedication to PER as the best kind of analysis out there will not be missed. With Hollinger no longer working there, maybe they'll be more open minded.

The more I watch Evan Turners behavior on the court the more I think he is off mentally. His explosion on Friday night after getting called for the technical foul was very bizarre.

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mymanjrue reply to KellyDad on Dec 16 at 16:17
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My read on it is that yeah, he is kinda off..as are many great basketball players and accomplished people in all fields. Collins' comments after tha game were astute, saying that the biggest thing he's working on with Evan is channelling that competitive zeal, not getting distracted by calls. This is key...as evidenced by Turner's back to back clutch shots directly following the T.

Also in his defense, he absolutely gets unfair treatment from the refs...he gets manhandled in the lane consistently with no whistle...but of course if he would shut up occasionally, maybe every ref in the league wouldn't be gunning for him like that.

I think if Collins really wants to boost ET's confidence he can start fighting his battles for him with the officals...tell Evan to just shut the f up and let him handle it...feel like that would be more effective

Calling Dr. Spock, Dr. Dolittle, Dr. Casey, Dr. Kildare, Dr. Welby, Dr. Don Rose, Dr. John, Dr. Erving, Dr. Brothers, Dr. Westheimer, Dr. Phil, Dr. Oz, Dr. Moe, Dr. Curly, Dr. Larry... .

p.s. my friend, the witchdoctor, he told me what to do

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mymanjrue reply to Dollar Bill on Dec 16 at 17:07
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right...all too often our clinician's approach to human frailty causes more problems than it solves

" Man, woman, birth, death, infinity."

Learned more from Ben Casey then many of my lectures. Always a big fan of melodrama and over-acting.

That about sums it up, Dr. tk76.

Good instincts. God and you know the day-the-day would bore the viewing audience to tears.

@preston76
Coach Collins says Jrue Holiday is out tonight vs. Lakers.

no jordan hill for the lakers also

Yep, out tonight and a few more days. Ugh.

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mymanjrue reply to sixerfan1220 on Dec 16 at 17:08
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Damn...still a winnable game though, need ET to be ready to seize the opportunity in one of the marquee home games of the year

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mymanjrue on Dec 16 at 17:09
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Any prayer of getting Zu and Malik on league pass?

Dwight & Bynum... silly boys. Wilt & Russell would kick dey ass on a bad day. Thurmond & Bellamy too. Not to mention Al Cinder & "Doobie" Walton. Can't forget Lanier & Reed & Unseld & Cowens. Olajuwon & Malone too. Ya gotta mean it to be in it. Get serious.

Krebs, Selvy, Hundley, Hawkins and Ellis would help present Lakers. So far, to put it in contemporary parlace, they suck.

Will Jodie stick it in Collins' face, nail 3 3s? Only your hairdresser knows sure.

One of 3 or 4 sixer hi def games I'll get to see this year from the beginning

Yeah, one of the few I'll get to see live. Not exactly psyched about it, honestly.

I wasn't psyched to watch the Eagles lose to the Bengals but there i was watching it in HiDef - at least I get to see some games after it turns out I won't be able to have as much fun with my ESPN shot charts cause before 10/11 you can't easily identify free throws- those bastages

Meeks > Turner. Still.

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eddies' heady's reply to Brian on Dec 16 at 18:07
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Are you ducking for cover?

The pregame Laker praise for Meeks was interesting to hear

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mymanjrue reply to Brian on Dec 16 at 18:11
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i'm not going to indulge thisludicrous provocation...if you were not our gracious host, this would be rank trolling

eddie jordan back!!!

Aaaand we're off...Kwame loses the tip.

Just saw D Wright for Barea. Do it.

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eddies' heady's reply to Brian on Dec 16 at 18:13
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seriously? where? Man, I'd love that.

I've got Lakers on DirecTV. Always get road team.

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eddies' heady's reply to Brian on Dec 16 at 18:14
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so their announcers mentioned it as just a possibility?

got my threads mixed up. See the comment below.

‏@tmoorepburbs
#Sixers DiLeo also denies team has talked about trading D Wright to Wolves for JJ Barea. NBA source claimed there had been discussion

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mymanjrue on Dec 16 at 18:12
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hurrah!zu and malik on leaguepass feed!

those kobe shots still amaze me

Artest at the four, huh? That helps.

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mymanjrue on Dec 16 at 18:14
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great d by Thad on metta to start, Kobe bails out Lakers

ET with the stepback j over Kobe

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mymanjrue on Dec 16 at 18:14
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bad shot there by ET

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mymanjrue on Dec 16 at 18:15
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hideous thad drive

JRich transition three

Was that foul on Turner? If he gets in foul trouble, there is literally zero hope this game will be within 30 points.

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mymanjrue reply to Brian on Dec 16 at 18:17
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yeah it was...tickytack

Does Nick Young ever pass?

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eddies' heady's on Dec 16 at 18:17
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NYoung selfish J. Turner has to come and get the ball there.

Nick wasn't passing that to anyone - he doesn't like passing - and it seems Collins don't care - or he'd be sitting more

Kwame!

Dwight - hang your head in shame

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mymanjrue on Dec 16 at 18:18
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way to murder that posession nick

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eddies' heady's on Dec 16 at 18:18
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JRich ...brick!

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eddies' heady's on Dec 16 at 18:19
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NYoung gunning again.

Yeah, this is not fun to watch.

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eddies' heady's on Dec 16 at 18:19
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JRich turnover. Bad pass there.

Anyone who passes it to Kwame should benched

In the starting five, they've got one guy who won't pass to anyone, and one guy no one should ever pass it to.

Nice drive, Thad.

On the bright side, if everyone were healthy neither of them would be starting?

True. Doesn't help brighten this game I've been looking forward to, though.

thad

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eddies' heady's on Dec 16 at 18:20
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THad takes MWP

Seriously - do teams just get healthy from the 3 when they play the sixers?

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Court_visioN reply to GoSixers on Dec 16 at 18:22
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they're not even good looks really. two of those were like 3 feet behind the line.

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mymanjrue on Dec 16 at 18:20
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Turner weak in the lane

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eddies' heady's on Dec 16 at 18:21
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Thad take again, lefty floater runner.

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mymanjrue on Dec 16 at 18:22
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Dwight looks awful

Evan does seem to have some 'moves' but they take so damn long to develop

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Court_visioN on Dec 16 at 18:24
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if they put duhon on evan, give it to ET and let him do what he does best.

Thad!

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mymanjrue on Dec 16 at 18:25
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turner penetrates, drains the pullup

so much for ev getting others involved early, ha

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eddies' heady's on Dec 16 at 18:25
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You're fucking kidding me??? Thad just shook MWP by going right and finished to his right? heh

Kwame with the worst bounce pass ever

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mymanjrue on Dec 16 at 18:26
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THad!!

evan jumper

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eddies' heady's on Dec 16 at 18:27
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ET turnaround bailout J.

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mymanjrue reply to eddies' heady's on Dec 16 at 18:28
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yes!my man is feeling that midrange tonight. not feeling the pass as much thus far

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mymanjrue reply to eddies' heady's on Dec 16 at 18:31
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Meeks strips Turner, Brian grins uncontrollably

Jesus these threes are ridiculous

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Court_visioN on Dec 16 at 18:30
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what the hell MWP?

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eddies' heady's on Dec 16 at 18:30
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Wish Evan would move the ball.

wilkins?!

Hey Evan - that's what happens when they know you're not passing it

Meeks picks Turner's pocket.

I prefer Turner to dribble for 20 seconds and shoot, to dribble for 20 seconds and cough it up.

WEll sure

*than to dribble for 20 seconds and cough it up.

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mymanjrue reply to Brian on Dec 16 at 18:32
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put my comment in the wrong place-'Meeks strips Turner, Brian grins uncontrollably'

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Court_visioN on Dec 16 at 18:30
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WHAT WILKINS SPIN MOVE DUNK

Ivey at the backup PG and I'm happy about it. Man, this roster is so weak.

How the HELL did he do that?

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Court_visioN reply to GoSixers on Dec 16 at 18:32
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i think that was a quadruple clutch

I just wanna know how he stayed in the damn air so long

sissy jumper

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Court_visioN reply to sixerfan1220 on Dec 16 at 18:33
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annnnnnd sissy travel.

Metta World Peace has decided to have his best game of the season tonight?

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eddies' heady's on Dec 16 at 18:32
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Box out Thad please

That was a stupendous final minute - hey spencer - you suck

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eddies' heady's on Dec 16 at 18:33
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Shitty defense there on that Kobe dish.

PHI 24, LAL 28 after one.

Wright protecting his 3pt% instead of heaving it at the buzzer. I love team-first guys.

This is currently NOT the worst sporting option on my tv though - cause I got chiefs raiders

Sixers 3 assists on 11 field goals. Team ball.

How excatly did the Lakers not dominate with Dwight in the first is what I wonder - I mean it's kwame and spencer -

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Entertaining game so far. Turner continues to impress me, Wilkins is quality as well.

Small Sample Size on WIlkins - he missed the layup that should have gone in to try a 3 point play and missed one of the free throws

Turner continues to impress with his willie green imitation

Nice shot, Hawes.

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Court_visioN on Dec 16 at 18:38
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HAHAHAHA HAWES

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eddies' heady's on Dec 16 at 18:38
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Hawes can't get a shot over Jamison, heh

Dorell turnover. great

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eddies' heady's on Dec 16 at 18:39
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ET lazy as shit on d. give up a 3

See what passing can do Evan?

Turner helping down on Antawn on the dribble drive, wide open corner three.

Nick Young answers.

Two drive and kicks in a row. I'll take it.

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mymanjrue on Dec 16 at 18:40
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nice look from Turner to Yooung for the corner three

HOW ABOUT GUARDING THEM ON THE PERIMETER YOU IDIOTS

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eddies' heady's on Dec 16 at 18:40
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Hawes double clutches. He's a sexy mutha.....

Another Pass - another basket

See the pattern Evan - i mean sure you went to OSU but still

Jesus, Christ. Touch foul on Dwight. Awesome. You suck, Hawes.

If you're going to foul dwight MAKE SURE you foul Dwight - never give him the basket

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eddies' heady's on Dec 16 at 18:41
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Um, Spencer, foul Dwight, OK? Don't be sofffftttttt you wuss.

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mymanjrue on Dec 16 at 18:42
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Turner with the beautiful bouncepass to a cutting Wright for the dunk...doing a much better job setting the table in his second run

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Court_visioN on Dec 16 at 18:42
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I want Kwame back on the court. That's how bad the rest of the Sixers big men are.

I didn't know Bynum's hair could get worse

Dribble, dribble, dribble. Bad jumper.

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eddies' heady's on Dec 16 at 18:45
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Turner's got to go and get the ball faster if he doesn't bring it across halfcourt. Got into the set w/ 9 on the shot clock. Hero jumper that missed.

Dorell guns one and misses.

Dribble, dribble, dribble. Bad jumper.

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Court_visioN reply to Brian on Dec 16 at 18:46
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compared to what the rest of the sixers are doing, I might even prefer just giving Evan the ball and letting him dribble.

Watching Hawes try to make basketball moves is funny

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Court_visioN on Dec 16 at 18:45
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HAHAHAHAHA HAWES

DONT PASS TO KWAME

Hawes in the post, heh. Hawes pass between Kwame's legs. Down 10.

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eddies' heady's on Dec 16 at 18:46
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Kwame's terrible.

It's a requirement to be a sixers big man - terrible or chronically injured

Meeks for three, down 11. Timeout.

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eddies' heady's on Dec 16 at 18:47
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Dorell needs to get up on Jodie and force him to drive.

Did anyone else hear Philly.com is going paid subscription in 2013? Who the hell is going to pay for that mess?

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eddies' heady's reply to Brian on Dec 16 at 18:49
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I don't even read it anymore this year, for an unknown reason. It's just not quality anymore, I'd rather just read Tom's links here.

REminds me - Bleacher Report has a new partner - a national one - I forget who but I think it's CNN or headline news or something...our local paper has been doing paid subscriptions for a few years now - I don't know if anyone does it

nick young bailout 3

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eddies' heady's on Dec 16 at 18:51
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Like, what the fuck is the purpose of our initiators just dribbling the shot clock down to around 9 or 10 secs before the first pass is executed?

NYoung 3.

What initiators?

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eddies' heady's reply to Brian on Dec 16 at 18:53
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Well, I purposely didn't want to call them point guards.

Jo-3!!

Darius Morris for gods sake - DARIUS MORRIS

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mymanjrue on Dec 16 at 18:51
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Jrue would be killing LA off dribble penetration

nick young hot from outside

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eddies' heady's on Dec 16 at 18:52
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NYoung 3.

Drive and kick, ET to Nick for a three. That's kind of there every time down the floor.

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mymanjrue reply to Brian on Dec 16 at 18:54
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yup Evan finally figured that out hopefully

Their ineptitude on the offensive end is only magnified without Jrue.

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eddies' heady's on Dec 16 at 18:57
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Is Darius Morris trying to become Evan Turner's new Alonzo Gee?

Hack Dwight.

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Court_visioN on Dec 16 at 18:58
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In the second half when Dwight gets taken off the floor bring in Moultrie please.

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eddies' heady's on Dec 16 at 18:58
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ET to the pine, Dorell running point. heh

annnnddd he of course guns one.

THat's how you get minutes with doug collins

Are they trying to burn clock? I don't get this offense.

nick young jumper

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eddies' heady's on Dec 16 at 19:00
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Why didn't they go for a damn two for one there? Dorell just casually dribbling up top. shit

PHI 50, LAL 60 at the half.

Sixers need to find some new bodies for the second half.

It's the half time promotion

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eddies' heady's on Dec 16 at 19:02
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Thing that pisses me off most about this game so far .... we actually have a pretty packed house that is for once electric to come watch this garbage.

They came to watch the lakers

I'll never understand why NBA teams don't play at kid-friendly times on the weekends. God forbid you get some new fans when they're young.

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eddies' heady's reply to Brian on Dec 16 at 19:06
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I'm sure most of these tickets were sold when Bynum was acquired for the big matchup vs his old mates. I really dislike NBA games being on during football days.

You're going to have a problem when the NFL Expands to 18 games and is on almost every day of the week - I think Wednesday is really the only untenable day if they add a second bye and work things out.

The pending NFL saturation is going to be ridiculous

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mymanjrue on Dec 16 at 19:03
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richardson missed two of the most wide open corner threes imaginable that half. he has been really bad lately

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johnrosz reply to mymanjrue on Dec 16 at 19:14
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dogged it in ORL last year

Or he's older and slower

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eddies' heady's on Dec 16 at 19:18
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Great start, Thad.

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eddies' heady's on Dec 16 at 19:19
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I mentioned it at the start of Friday night's game, I just can't understand while depleted like this they aren't employing tons of off-ball movement and ball movement itself. They've straight went into even more hero-mode.

Because they lack the talent coaching and ability to do such things?

Turner just clueless in a crowd - head down bull rush

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eddies' heady's on Dec 16 at 19:20
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Shut up Kwame.

"Here's a free point. We don't need it." - Kwame.

He just gave em two more - token effort on Howard

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eddies' heady's on Dec 16 at 19:21
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You lazy muthafucka Kwame, Just watch him go right by you. Geez.

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eddies' heady's on Dec 16 at 19:22
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Evan airball.

HEy Doug

You Will lose nothing by putting Moultrie in the game - it's already over

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eddies' heady's on Dec 16 at 19:22
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Evan lazy on Duhon, Duhon J.

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eddies' heady's on Dec 16 at 19:24
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NYoung 3.

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eddies' heady's on Dec 16 at 19:25
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JRich money!

Young was fouled on that three. Richardson hits one off the o-board anyway.

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eddies' heady's on Dec 16 at 19:27
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Who was that turnover on?

Turner, I believe.

Nope, gave it to Richardson.

Dribble, dribble, dribble, brick. Better than a TO, though.

The bleeping Wizards gave the Lakers more of a fight than what the Sixers have done today.

Without Jrue the bleeping Wizards might be more talented than the sixers

Might?

A. Wasn't sure if Wall was playing yet
B. Didn't want people to call me a 'hater

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eddies' heady's on Dec 16 at 19:29
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Shooting 51% and losing by 15. heh

13 turns and they're shooting 51.9%.

Want to guard him, Turner?

All that dribbling is exhausting

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mymanjrue on Dec 16 at 19:34
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hey jrue, you can come back now, k?

that shot of bynum with the village idiot haircut frightened my cat

That's just cause your cat's a pussy

Ugh - freaking cowboys

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eddies' heady's on Dec 16 at 19:39
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Dorell Wright with 7 assists. Evan Turner with 6. We've found our backup PG.

I keed, I keeed.

Nice defense Hawes - the lakers announces were amused at how lost you were

PHI 73, LAL 87 after three.

Not very enjoyable.

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mymanjrue on Dec 16 at 19:41
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awful quarter by turner...can't believe we're shooting over fifty percent

Purty sure that was a goaltend.

It's never good when Nick Young is your leader for POTG after 3

Grabbing a rebound would be a decent idea.

Show a pulse before I fall asleep, please.

Turner's hurt.

left arm was flopping.

Hawes three, down to 9.

they should throw it to dwight in the post every time

aaaand, back to 13. Any reason Spence didn't foul Howard there?

They're gratis.

Turner doing absolutely nothing in the middle of the floor there, leaves Duhon wide open again.

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eddies' heady's on Dec 16 at 19:56
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Heh, Hawes is a 7 footer who rec'vs a pass 2 feet in front of the rim, instead of going up with authority, he dishes it off for a turnover. Pussy

Spence on the floor twice that possession. Once after a loose ball (good) once after being discarded by Artest (hilarious).

Lmaooo hawes is just terrible

Keep in mind folks - the lakers bench is bad

Collins said Jrue is still a couple days away. Wonder if that means he's out for the back-to-back on tues and weds. If so, they're 2 games under .500 definitely coming home to face Atlanta before the big road trip.

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mymanjrue on Dec 16 at 19:59
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worst half of basketball fro Turner in weeks...brick after brick. 0 for 6 fro the field in the second half, one assist. least he's ade four freethrows

Looks like Nick Young has a tattoo of chest hair on his chest.

Fucking douchebag crowd giving Kobe a standing ovation.

Nice D, Hawes.

PHI 98, LAL 111 Final.

Nick Young gets POTG, by default. Pitiful, pitiful effort pretty much across the board. This team isn't worth watching w/out Jrue, not at all.

whats the worse thing that can happen if wright was the back-up pg?

nada

Well there's only 5 days left, so give it a shot

5 years from now we won't be talking about this game. We'll be talking about Kwame's block on Dwight


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