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Welcoming Bynum

Jabari Parker and Andrew Wiggins are playing tonight - Parker is easy to catch as it's on one of the standard ESPN's - Kansas is through ESPN3 watch online (or you could pay for it)

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Tray reply to GoSixers on Nov 8 at 18:48
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Randle too. And on Tuesday, Wiggins and Parker play each other.

4-2.

This is one of those games that you must 'have' if you're serious about tanking...beating the bulls and heat just got it all off on the wrong foot, the past two games have been much more of the textbook tank job performances...really all it takes is for rookie to remember he is rookie, kitten killer to remember he is kitten killer, evan to remember he is evan and the random assortment of scrubs to, well you know

with their lack of offense it wouldnt surprise me if cj miles got most of the time at SF so turner should be able exploit that matchup

Any word on Orton? Was it his knee? Can't remember.

Mike Brown really is a dreadful coach. I find it amazing he's had three HC jobs with very little down time in between, and one of the teams that fired him actually hired him back.

philly.com says he left the last game with 'knee soreness' nothing seems to have been updated since

yes its his knee but not the one that he had surgeries on in 2010

I'm definitely taking some odd satisfaction from hearing another team's announcers tiptoe around the Bynum situation.

all the headbands thanks to hawes!

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eddies' heady's on Nov 8 at 19:11
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What is Turner wearing?

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eddies' heady's reply to eddies' heady's on Nov 8 at 19:11
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thad has one too, everybody does...? oh

Aaand we're off...Hawes loses the tip. Kyrie bricks a long two on the first possession. Thad goes right at Thompson in the paint. That should be a good matchup for him on the offensive end.

That was a kick, put an asterisk next to Turner's turnerover tally.

Turner just picked off MCW instead of helping on Irving. Sweet defense.

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eddies' heady's on Nov 8 at 19:13
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ET lefty runner.

Turner w/ the lefty finish.

Aaand Turner with a bad long two, brick.

Not sure who that was that just burned Turner on D, but he made it look easy.

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eddies' heady's on Nov 8 at 19:14
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Turner looks right cute with his headband all high up on his head.

et jumper

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eddies' heady's on Nov 8 at 19:14
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ET foul line J.

bad shot thad

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eddies' heady's on Nov 8 at 19:15
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Just don't like seeing Thad pull jumpers the last week or so. They're so ugly-looking.

Hawes looks like he should be taping a Jazzercise episode w/ that headband.

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eddies' heady's reply to Brian on Nov 8 at 19:17
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lol agree

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eddies' heady's on Nov 8 at 19:16
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Good outlet Spencer, leads to a Anderson layup.

Stupid offensive foul by Turner for his second turnover.

That last three by the Cavs was completely avoidable. They sent a double at Tristan Thompson about 18 feet away from the hoop on the elbow. Two easy passes for a wide-open look. There was no need for the double, and no hope it would accomplish anything.

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eddies' heady's reply to Brian on Nov 8 at 19:19
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They were doubling somebody the other night that I questioned during the game thread. Think it was Gortat.

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eddies' heady's on Nov 8 at 19:18
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Wroten tries two not-there passes. Finally got what he deserved with the turnover.

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eddies' heady's on Nov 8 at 19:20
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ET baseline J.

et jumper

Nice give-and-go btwn hawes and wroten.

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eddies' heady's on Nov 8 at 19:21
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Wroten to the cup off a high screen from Hawes.

Turner's third TO.

Followed by a fucking terrible shot.

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eddies' heady's on Nov 8 at 19:22
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Who tried to throw that pass there that the Cavs intercepted?

bad shot evan

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eddies' heady's on Nov 8 at 19:23
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The possession before Turner's brick, I'm referring to above.

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eddies' heady's on Nov 8 at 19:23
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Thanks ha

Man, Wroten is not shy.

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eddies' heady's on Nov 8 at 19:24
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Poor job of boxing out there by Thad, lucky it's our ball.

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eddies' heady's on Nov 8 at 19:25
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Fuck Bynum.

Thompson seems like he has no awareness of where he is on the floor.

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eddies' heady's on Nov 8 at 19:28
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Is MCW at the 3 here? or the 2?

Pretty sure Bynum walked there before he passed out of the double.

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eddies' heady's on Nov 8 at 19:29
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MCW outlet to Tony. Wroten finish on the break.

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eddies' heady's on Nov 8 at 19:30
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MCW is such a freak in terms of build and athleticism, he is trouble for opposing 3's.

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eddies' heady's on Nov 8 at 19:31
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That was an interesting look but Brett pulled him too quick. MCW at the 3 is something I had never given previous thought to. hmmmnnn

down 15 end of the first

14-29, after one.

Make the Cavs look like a good offensive team. Check.

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eddies' heady's on Nov 8 at 19:32
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Yep, gave up a big quarter and couldn't shoot it through a peach basket themselves. Sounds about right, and familiar.

CLE lost a point during the break.

nice move by wroten

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eddies' heady's on Nov 8 at 19:35
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Gee with the aggressive D on MCW

MCW back at the 3 though.

i guess its the 1 since hes playing point but its more who you can guard and positions dont really matter

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eddies' heady's on Nov 8 at 19:36
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Tony 3!

Wroten on fire!

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eddies' heady's on Nov 8 at 19:37
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Morris airball 3. Way too far.

nice pass wroten

Wow, pretty pass from Wroten to Lavoy. Bynum nowhere to be found in transition D.

It's a shame we won't get to see Nerlens 'til next year. He'd be getting a couple oops on the break every game.

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eddies' heady's on Nov 8 at 19:38
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Wroten with that look-away zip pass! heh replay slowmo was sweet

I need to see a close-up of MCW's jumper. That left hand looks involved to me.

Bennett's hurt. Pretty sure that's going to wind up being a wasted pick.

turnover #4 for turner.

lavoy is so bad

Ugh, Lavoy turnover, faked Hawes out.

sissy 3

Sissy three!

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eddies' heady's on Nov 8 at 19:44
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Hawes straight-away 3!

MCW corner 3

MCW corner three. Nice. Left hand is involved.

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eddies' heady's on Nov 8 at 19:45
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MCW corner 3!

Hawes burns Bynum down the floor. Should've been a foul called there. Miles raked his arms.

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eddies' heady's on Nov 8 at 19:46
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Bad stupid foul Michael.

sweet hesitation dribble by Kyrie.

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eddies' heady's on Nov 8 at 19:48
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Turner's shaking his left finger.

Ugly miss inside by Turner.

And Miles is lighting him up on the other end.

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eddies' heady's on Nov 8 at 19:49
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Hawes runner!!! ha

sissy floater

ET w/ two nice passes in transition for easy hoops. Nice work.

It's odd seeing Hawes on Tristan and Thad on Varejao.

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eddies' heady's on Nov 8 at 19:52
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This has been a dud of a quarter for both teams.

Wonder if they'll get to the FT line this half. 0/0 so far.

et gets the roll

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eddies' heady's on Nov 8 at 19:53
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Turner with the roll.

MCW 3!

up 2

MCW three. Nice. Sixers take the lead 38-36.

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eddies' heady's on Nov 8 at 19:54
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MCW 3 again, didn't look like it was nothing more than a guide on that one. Albeit, a farther back and to the right guide, but still.

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eddies' heady's on Nov 8 at 19:56
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Can Wroten get a call there? Good take.

wroten finishes through contact

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eddies' heady's on Nov 8 at 19:58
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ET stepback leaner on the baseline J.

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eddies' heady's on Nov 8 at 19:59
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Turner stuffed J.

Wroten iso, he's fouled.

Terrible, terrible shot by Turner. He's really a ball-stopper in the half court these days.

Wroten breaks the shutout. headed to the line with 4.1 seconds left in the half.

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eddies' heady's on Nov 8 at 20:00
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How do you give that shit up? Pitiful.

up 2 at the half

44-42 at the half.

horrible play to let CLE score at the end of the half. Lavoy nailed to the ground.

Thad starts it off w/ an awkward jumper that drops.

stepback sissy 3!

Hawes with a quick dribble and drains the three!

bad shot mcw

Terrible shot by turner off the o-board, but it drops.

MCW turnover. Ugh. Gotta clean it up.

actually, that was Hawes.

nice drive by et

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eddies' heady's on Nov 8 at 20:26
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Hawes block! Anderson with a tough finish.

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eddies' heady's on Nov 8 at 20:26
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Kyrie gets to where he wants to on the court so easily, particularly against MCW.

Turner to the line. Hits 'em both.

great play thad

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eddies' heady's on Nov 8 at 20:27
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Wroten on hm now, MCW on Waiters that possession.

Thad steal and dunk.

Thad w/ the steal and the slam. nice.

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eddies' heady's on Nov 8 at 20:28
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Damn Thad!!!!!!! dag

Wroten brick 3. MCW o-board, to the stripe!

Man, some great work by Thad on the defensive end in the past couple minutes. He came from nowhere for that block.

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eddies' heady's on Nov 8 at 20:30
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Spencer with the good D!

Shot clock violation....

Thad is all over the floor.

The Cavs might be the worst offensive team I've ever seen, and I watched the Sixers all year last year.

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eddies' heady's on Nov 8 at 20:30
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Thad just stop shooting it man, it's so ugly. ugh

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eddies' heady's on Nov 8 at 20:34
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Turner bulls his way to another baseline float-back J.

WROTEN!!!

wroten all over jack leads to a dunk

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eddies' heady's on Nov 8 at 20:34
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Great hustle MCW!! Wroten with the UMPPHHH!!! Nice.

Thad and-one! runout....

I would've said ball game if Thad had hit that freebie.

i hate lavoy

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eddies' heady's on Nov 8 at 20:36
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I'm glad we're not the Cavs and hired back a former coach. That has to suck.

Lavoy's garbage.

Zeller killed the Sixers last year, didn't he?

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eddies' heady's on Nov 8 at 20:38
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Our inept management was to blame for the Lavoy folly. What an inexcusable decision to relinquish control to the player when he should have been their decision for cheaper.

ET.

Lavoy just out-hustled someone (but it was Bynum, so that doesn't count).

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eddies' heady's on Nov 8 at 20:39
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Lavoy with a lazy contest and a J in his face.

wroten 3!

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eddies' heady's on Nov 8 at 20:40
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Wroten 3!

Wroten43!

I wonder if Gilbert's kid is going to win the lottery again.

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eddies' heady's on Nov 8 at 20:40
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ET deposits one in the paint, deep.

Turner is lighting them up w/ those short Js.

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eddies' heady's on Nov 8 at 20:41
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Lavoy with a brick off a could have been nice assist from ET.

up 16 end of the 3rd

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eddies' heady's on Nov 8 at 20:42
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What is the score after the 1st quarter for both teams?

The Sixers have just run them boys in the ground.

77-61, after three.

That's ballgame, folks. I think the Sixers need to score about 3 points in the fourth to lock this one down. CLE is atrocious.

Keep in mind, this Cavs roster represents Dan Gilbert going all in to get the Cavs to the playoffs this season.

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eddies' heady's on Nov 8 at 20:46
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I'm glad they picked up Wroten's option, not too sure about picking up Moultrie's though.

anderson 3

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eddies' heady's on Nov 8 at 20:49
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Lavoy actually gave effort to get that board.

Anderson triple!

Anderson three. Play kept alive by the Lavoy o-board, pushed Bynum under the hoop.

Man, Thad is just a ball of energy. Amazing, really, considering his man has 9 o-boards, and he only has 4 d-boards, but he's been a huge positive.

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eddies' heady's on Nov 8 at 20:51
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Lavoy really has no purpose with his movements unless he's shooting.

nice pass by mcw

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eddies' heady's on Nov 8 at 20:51
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Lavoy finish off a roll.

Hawes has 5 blocks.

mcw tip in

Really strong work by MCW on the offensive glass. Quick 2nd and 3rd jumps.

Cavs O is making the Sixers D look like the '04 Pistons.

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eddies' heady's on Nov 8 at 20:57
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DId Hawes swat another one? Will he get credit I mean.

Ugh, on replay couldn't tell it him or Thad got it.

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eddies' heady's on Nov 8 at 20:59
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Wroten looked to have gotten that tip in. He even was ribbing MCW about it back downcourt.

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eddies' heady's on Nov 8 at 21:01
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Thad finally hits a jumper.

thad foul line jumper

Having a shit coach makes a difference if you're going for a high lottery pick. Might not make much of a difference to a .500ish team, but it matters if you have a good/great team, or a bad/very bad team.

This is the best call I've made in a long time.

94-79, final.

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eddies' heady's reply to Brian on Nov 8 at 21:11
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You lucky SOB.

I actually thought you were going to be way off with the way the quarter started, believe they got out to a quick couple of points.

Turner POTG. Time for Spiller27 to make an appearance and talk about how we have to give him a max deal.

Well it's 6 for 6 in solid games from Turner. Curious to see how many good games this guy is gonna put up in a row. How many guys in the league can even do this for 6 games straight? Not many that's for sure.

I'd bet a lot more than you think as you try to make the case for Evan Turner better than league replacement

Fuck this. The Sixers should have promoted Michael Curry. They have the chance to build something great and now they're going to throw it all away to chase for the #8 seed. I hope Hinkie does something to stop this.

Thanks for laugh - with fans like you - who needs Eskin

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Tray reply to Stan on Nov 8 at 23:08
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Hear hear. Who would've thought coaching could matter so much? I guess pace and fitness really matter.

In NBA superstud prospect news, Julius Randle had 23 and 15 tonight and looked really great. Parker had 21 on 9 shots and perfect shooting from three, but looked unexplosive and slender and doughy at the same time. Very high (though hardly Durant-like) skill level, but I would be extremely disappointed if we fell to Parker's slot in the draft, though I doubt Hinkie would pick him even if we fell to, say, 5 or 6. As a 6'8 three with relatively poor athleticism and an iffy body, he's kind of a tweener. Wiggins, unsurprisingly, did the least of all of them (16 pts), looked the best doing it.

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spencer is hired on Nov 8 at 22:15
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Question for you guys; if Turner continues to attack the basket, get to the foul line and shoot a good percentage from the s.f. position, how good could he be if he was moved back to s.g. and going against smaller players IF a s.f. like Wiggins or Parker [both shooters] was brought here.

If that happens - the sixers wouldn't be in position to draft wiggins or parker probably

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spencer is hired reply to GoSixers on Nov 8 at 22:21
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Your probably right. Where do you think he hurts you less defensively?

I think it would hurt more than it helps. First, he's going to be letting guys who can handle the ball get easy buckets while he lags behind in transition. Second, offensively, he isn't going to kill the smaller 2's in the post because he'll never realize to do it. Instead he posts up a 6'10", very rangy Earl Clark who easily denies him.

Also K.D. thrived after being moved to small forward a few years ago.

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spencer is hired reply to Cin on Nov 9 at 0:28
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What would worry me the most is him not understanding "2nd banana" statis. He is the #1 option on a bad team now and his ego may not allow him to revert back when a star comes in.

Did you guys see what S.Adams did against that monster Piston frontcourt? 17 pts.,10 reb. and 3 blocks.

Maybe rugby will translate.

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buke reply to Cin on Nov 9 at 0:52
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Stop it. Just stop it!

Without Turner, this team would not be 4-2. He got almost all of his points within the first three quarters and afterward mostly deferred to the other players on the team. And, yeah, he played some defense too.

I could elaborate on how much most of you are far bigger losers than Turner could ever be, but I'll try to spare your feelings and not hit too close to home.

People who have ripped Turner for 3 years are really scratching their heads at 6 straight awesome games from him. This is something that mediocre players (or "the worst player in the NBA") simply do not do. One or two good games? Sure, anyone does that. 6 straight? That's reserved for the stars.

That doesn't offset anything I said, which is all true to this point in his career.

This reminds me of the early Cheeks coached teams. Teams are not locked in to play the sixers (although they do seem to get off to good starts against them.) The Sxiers bring intensisty, athletasism and conditioning and run opponents off the floor half the time. They really might be a 35 win team in the mold of the early Iggy teams if this continues to play out.

In terms of energy players Thad is a 9/10, Wroten is a 10 and I'm expecting Noel to be right up there. I don't know if you can actually go that far just with energy guys- but they can steal you some wins, wanted or not. That said I've always been a big fan of Thad, and I think Wroten and Noel will be favorites, even if they do make some poor mistakes. Always love to watch effort, that was part of AI's charm.

I think it's more that Evan Turner is playing like an all-star, and MCW, Thad, and Hawes are all playing very well, with Wroten as a good bench guy. Any team in the NBA with 5 guys playing that well is going to be a winning team.

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tk76 reply to spiller27 on Nov 9 at 9:35
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Hawes has played like an all star.

Agreed.

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buke reply to tk76 on Nov 9 at 11:33
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MCW is high energy, too. Despite the mediocre shooting, I thought he had a pretty good game last night. His energy and Wroten's seemed to catch on to the other guys.

"pretty good game last night"... is that why Sixers were down 28-14 after Q1? Starting PG was toyin' with 'em, huh? Generous conclusion. 4-13 (.308) isn't mediocre - it's malodorous.

Agree with Brian on CLE coach. Mike Brown re-hire is a mystery. Did organization forget that a piece is missing, off to Miami? Lebron Redux in the works?

Hawes (& others) only found spunk after Wroten showed big pep, made it a game. "Ace of Spades" to Tony for Q2 'team overboard' rescue.

Sheesh, these 76ers. They just keep me coming back.

Judging by the 1st quarter lapses and how we close out games, I do question how sustainable the "fitness" advantage is. Will other teams play their way into shape to even this out?

I haven't seen enough of the games to understand Turner's 6 game run here. I still side with our previous 3 years of data which was lackluster to say the least, but I know Hinkie has to look at Turner and really evaluate the situation. Also, Hinkie would never support Doug Collin's system, so he may put less weighting on what he has done before this.

I still don't think Turner is the right piece for us right now and I think he will actually impede us from where we want to go (contenders). I guess I have to consider the possibility that he could be a piece on a contending team but we won't get those other pieces with him here (won't draft early enough, won't attract FA's). Similar to what Jrue was.

Six games isn't enough to make a judgement but I have said that after game 2, game 3, game 4, etc. so I have to start considering that he will put up some solid numbers on reasonable efficiency. That will be an asset for someone looking to make a run down the stretch.

Heck, if Cleveland figures things out and is above .500 around the deadline, then why wouldn't they deal Anthony Bennett and a pick for Turner (even if he is putting up 80% of what he is doing now). Then they make a run to end the year and have the optionality of going after Lebron or signing who they think is a second piece with Kyrie in Turner.

I am going to enjoy the winning because it sure is fun to watch these guys play. That said, I won't lose focus of the bigger picture in between our games.

P.S. I am normally not one to think about mock trades because I find it such low probability speculation, but I can't stop this year. I don't expect moves for a while so I just need to relax and watch these guys ball.


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buke reply to Rusty on Nov 9 at 11:14
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Rusty, how is that continuous tanking and high draft pick strategy working for Cleveland? #1 Irving, #1 Bennett, #4 Thompson, and #4 Waiters don't look to me like they'll be winning an NBA championship anytime soon. As far as attracting free agents, I don't see top free agents flocking to loser teams either. The Bobcats did manage to land one but he doesn't seem to be playing much.

Tanking as you keep like to referring to it while ignoring the concept of rebuilding - cause you obviously have hate in your heart and prefer mediocrity - is all about timing...the cavs have not been tanking on purpose - they've been bad - however - the cavs did an excellent tank job that year lebron was in the draft and then won the lottery and became instant contendrs

The perceived upside of so many players in this draft justifies taking a shot at escaping mediocrity. There's nothing with than being mediocre in the NBA - mediocre and capped out is what the sixers have been for over a decade

Anyone happy with that - that's great - I prefer the sixers take a shot at being, you know, GOOD

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The Six reply to GoSixers on Nov 9 at 13:01
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I have to agree with Go Sixers. I hear people talk about how they "hate to lose" and want to see this team develop a culture of winning right now, and it makes me cringe. Right or wrong, this is how the NBA is set up: Be bad enough for a top pick and hope the draft supplies the talent that year. The sixers have a truly unique opportunity this year with possibility of two top-10 picks in a loaded draft. Hell, in most years, anything over a top 5 pick is considered a crap shoot. This is a very smart plan(to tank) designed by a very smart GM(for a change). Let the man drive the bus. He seems to have a clue.

I think people also misunderstand how it works - the players aren't going to try and lose - they're going to try and win (and honestly if you believe in such things, the 'tanking' comments are going to probably motivate players).

What I think the early season is showing me is that the sixers hired the right guy to coach this team, for a long time...if they can hit in the draft with their two picks, and Carter-Williams can continue to grow - plus turning Hawes and Turner and Young (maybe) into future assets - this is a good foundation to build a team that can win in an environment where free agents don't want to come here - not the big names - but think about the veterans who can still contribute who go to a team like the Spurs to try and win - if the sixers can get that foundation they can add those veteran contributors via free agency and maybe win a title or two - or at least contend for one...

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The Six reply to GoSixers on Nov 9 at 15:03
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It will be really interesting to see what type of return the Sixers can/will get for ET, Hawes, and possibly Thad. For the first time in a long time, I have 100% faith in a GM in Philadelphia. I believe he'll make the right moves. And It can't be emphasized enough what a shrewd move Hinkie made on draft day. This team was dead, buried, and doomed for years of continued mediocrity before that move.

And I LOVE this coach! It's so easy to count the amount of times where, if Collins were still coach of this team, he would have berated MCW and sat him on the bench after a bad turnover. I'm still amazed at how badly I misjudged Collins. I thought he was going to be great.

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buke reply to GoSixers on Nov 9 at 14:51
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What I keep hearing from the usual suspects is that the only potential value of our veterans is that they may play well enough to get traded for picks. Now, this team had two first round picks last year and will likely have two first round picks this year. But, of course, that's not enough. We need to have 3 or 4 more in the next year or two. How many players 22 and under on a team would be enough to satisfy these people?

Last night, we saw a perfect example of a dysfunctional team featuring four or five highly rated youngsters. That's not the way someone like Larry Brown preferred to do it. Of course, he's just a Hall of Fame coach and can't compare in terms of knowledge and wisdom to the fantasy sports enthusiast who post on sites like this.

Good points. ET, Hawes, and Thad have enough experience to be vets and mentors to the really young guys, but are young enough themselves to fit in perfectly with the rebuild we are doing.

If we trade ET, Hawes, and Thad for mediocre mid-first rounders, we are going to get in return players who are not as good. Why would anyone do that.

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The Six reply to spiller27 on Nov 9 at 15:14
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"Why would anyone do that?"

1) All three of those guys are bench players on a good team.
2) With MCW playing so well, and Hawes and Turner playing as well as they are playing, this team could squeek can into the playoffs where they promptly lose a first rd pick. Why is that good?
3) We have a GM who can probably find value in later 1st rd pick(s).

They are nice players but not, at least in my mind, what Hinkie sees for this team.

1. Evan Turner is not a mentor to anyone
2. It's clear how you over value Evan Turner
3. Regression to the Mean Look it up

As a Sixers fan I am getting almost everything I wanted. MCW is showing promise while Turner and Hawes are putting up all star numbers. Turner is known for having stretches of games where he plays well, but I don't think it has ever lasted 6 games. Anyway, I don't really care. I hope Hinkie is waiting around for both of them to hit peak value so that he can trade them. As far as wins, I'd hit the panic button if they reach 15 wins before 40 games. What player player they can get in next year's draft will make or break Hinkie and Brown's careers.

First impressions of Jabari Parker from the Duke/Davidson game.

The kid is offensively gifted, naturally athletic, showed a good shooting range and touch, a variety of offensive movies, 3 point range, step backs, catch and shoots, post ups, lay ups, good shot selection (i only question one take, after rebounding on a missed free throw had two guys in his face - maybe should have taken it out and reset the offense) and adequate ball handling and some pretty sweet passing / court vision.

Defensively, I didn't see much out of him, not very physical, not a lot of instinct to help out, not aggressive on the glass, didn't see a lot of boxing out or leaving the ground for rebounds...

I've never been a fan of Duke for purely irrational reasons, but you can't argue that Coach K is a good coach, Duke was playing man defense most of the game, so hopefully through the season Parkers defensive game improves...I mean a kid like that, in high school, does his ability to play defense even matter?

I can see the reason people drool of Parker, offensively at least...I'll be anxious to watch his maturity and growth throughout the season as he is coached more and the competition increases...definitely a fun guy to watch...

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Tray reply to GoSixers on Nov 9 at 13:54
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He's only seventh in draftexpress's mock draft for a reason. He's half the prospect Randle is. He reminds me of Deng a lot - another big, extraordinarily hyped,skilled (but not incredibly so) scorer whose lack of great athleticism ate away at his draft stock and has made him, in the league, just a very good, not quite all-star player. Luol defends though, and always did.

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Rusty reply to Tray on Nov 9 at 14:21
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Really not sure I see the Deng comp. Parker's offensive game looks polished, Deng has never looked close to that in my opinion. Deng incredible defensively and I haven't seen enough of Parker to talk on that.

Maybe overall impact wise? But I think of Deng as raw talent that has developed while Parker is polished offensive game with less athletic upside.

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sfw reply to Rusty on Nov 9 at 17:27
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The comp generally used for Jabari is Carmelo.

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Tray reply to sfw on Nov 9 at 17:46
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A bigger and quicker player.

Yeah. Don't get Deng either.

The knocks against Parker are pretty obvious. I don't see the physical ability for him to defend either forward position, I don't see the consistent motor to defend (maybe coach K helps with that), and I struggle whether he can get all the way to the rim enough to be a #1 level scorer at the NBA. But he's the most offensively polished of the hyped freshman class, and he'll probably put up the best stats this year. There are very few college forwards who have a chance to defend him.

So I have been a reader for over two years on this site and am only now adding comments. Not that it is REALLY have much of an impact on anyone but symbolic in some ways. I read this blog everyday, but now am excited enough to pose hypothetical questions and view our current situation as win(win)/win(lose).

Also interesting is that I mostly disagreed with GoSixers for the past 24 months but now largely agree with his views. It feels nice to be on the same page hah.

I understand why people would disagree with "tanking". But as many others have pointed out, THIS year is different. Is it possible that none of these potential "stars" pan out? Yes. But hell, if there is a year to do it, this is the year. And "tanking" is not probably not the right word. We reweighted our team in way that pushed winning back a few years. Basically, we loaded up on "growth" rather than a "current yield". I know this isn't a like for like comparison but there is definitely lots of similarity.

I have an extremely loose relationship with one of the owners. I haven't spoken to him in over a year but I will say that those guys have a view on how to do things. They want to contend. With finance backgrounds, they view their team as a portfolio of assets. They don't want mediocrity and they want Philly to be a basketball hub. Sports teams are NOT good financial investments for most of these guys. Just look at history, these are toys, not pump and dump investments. With that said, these guys are taking both approaches. I think they are trying to build value in the franchise, but a lot of that will happen through winning.


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