|Standing on the weak side, with his man a few feet away, waving his arms wildly in the air as if he's open. Holding his hands out at his sides, begging for a foul while the other team is busy converting his turnover into a transition hoop. Shoving someone out of the way after they've dunked on him so he can retrieve the ball and pass it inbounds. Pointing fingers when he's in the wrong spot on the defensive end and his man gets an easy look. Raise your hand if these things seem like Evan Turner's signature moves.|
|If I told you Jrue only turned the ball over one time and went to the line nine times, how much would you guess the Sixers won by? 10? 20? In allowing the Detroit Pistons to pick up their first win of the season, the Sixers demonstrated exactly how badly they need Andrew Bynum. The Sixer bigs were an embarrassment last night, and the fact their performance stood out to me when the entire team shot 29% from the floor says something.|
|Evan Turner has been a lightning rod since he arrived to Philly. From day 1 there have been strong camps both for and against the Villain - although recently the pro-camp has shown a bit of weakening and defections. But I think people are premature in jumping off the bandwagon. It is too early to throw in the towel - way too early to put ET in the Doug-house and look to make him some other team's problem. And as a bit of disclosure, I was for drafting ET at #2, on the basis that he was the clear cut 2nd best player in his draft, although that was a bit by default as the draft appeared to be weak. And I have also been a vocal critic of his game - and particularly his lack of efficiency - for quite some time. I do not subscribe to the belief that ET is a victim of circumstance, or that he has not gotten ample opportunity to prove himself. So I've never really been on the ET bandwagon, but have been concerned recently over the growing consensus to pull the plug.|
|With the season a bit more than a week away, it's time to take a stab at a few predictions. Instead of going with basic stats, for now, instead I want to focus on minute distribution. The Sixers, like every other team in the league, have 96 minutes/game to fill at shooting guard and small forward. This year, 75% of the rotation at those positions will change, but who gets the bulk of the minutes?|
Latest comment: from mymanjrueI spent the summer reworking my quipping form with Herb Mage and Dollar Bill still puts me to shame...
|With Andrew Bynum sitting idly by, the Sixers took the floor against the refurbished Boston Celtics (sans Garnett) last night for our first glimpse of the post-Iguodala era in Philadelphia. The game had a strange kind of feeling at times, at other times it felt eerily similar to the past couple of seasons. Most of the time, I was just letting the differences sink in. There are things to like, definitely, foremost among them is the road kill perched atop Spencer Hawes' dome. Seeing him wear that mullet in public is almost worth the pain of having to watch him play.|
Latest comment: from mymanjrueI LOVE his honesty...guy is living a very strange life, probably can't tell who to trust, etc...I like DMC...
|The past couple of days featured two games which carried very little meaning, and a cautiously worded bit of news concerning the Sixers savior's problematic knee. Let's add some meaning to the meaningless and dissect Bynum's procedures to kick off our week.|
The preseason (3 days) and regular season (23 days) openers are bearing down on us in a pleasant, |
Latest comment: from tk76http://clipperblog.com/2012/06/13/the-most-swaggy-man-in-the-world/...
|If my reading of the tea leaves is incorrect (and it probably is), and the more optimistic members of the fan base are correct, the Sixers have a plan. They're laying the groundwork for a slow rebuild, or a delayed rebuild. They're clearing their books for two years from now. I say if that's the plan, then do it right.|
Latest comment: from Charlie HAaron Sorkin? That quote was by Everett Dirksen, 50 years ago, maybe 60....
|The 20-9 start, the 15-22 finish and the 7-6 run to within one game of the Eastern Conference Finals. It was a wild ride for the Sixers, unfortunately, if they were going to change my mind about their future, they would have needed to do it in the ECF, against a healthy, talented contender. That's not to say I'm not proud of what they accomplished this season. The post season run was great, and probably more than we should've expected. But still, here we are. A step below the upper echelon, the question is whether if they can get there without starting over from scratch.|
Latest comment: from BrianI appreciate your eloquent reply....
|Spencer Hawes' inspired play late in game three and carried over into game four has been a pleasant surprise, and absolutely crucial to the Sixers 3-1 lead in their first round series with the Chicago Bulls, but the big theme, and the potentially unsolvable problem for Tom Thibodeau is the play of Jrue Holiday and Evan Turner, in tandem.|
Latest comment: from tk76Interesting story, thanks for the link....
|The Sixers spent the first three quarters scuffling for points any way they could find them and stifling the Bulls on the other end of the floor. Unfortunately, the Bulls defense was better and the Sixers couldn't hit the jumpers the Bulls were giving them. In the fourth quarter, that all changed. They scored 28 points on 19 possessions, led by Jrue Holiday and Evan Turner, who wouldn't be denied. (game capsule)|
|The first half of tonight's game played out like many others over the last half of the season, minus Jrue Holiday's offensive explosion. The Sixers scored enough points to stay in the game, but their defense was extremely porous and not being able to get stops led to an eight-point halftime deficit. The second half, though, was reminiscent of the ball these guys played during their 20-9 start. Add it up, and you get a blowout win on the road in the playoffs. (game capsule).|
Latest comment: from mymanjruelol...
|In a game which they had to lose, if facing the Bulls instead of the Heat in the first round is preferable (Evan Turner thinks it is), the Sixers just couldn't help but win. You can't expect the players to tank, and I suppose leaving three of his best players behind in Pennsylvania and a fourth in street clothes was as far as Doug Collins was willing to go in the tanking direction. Luckily, the Knicks pulled out a win over the Clippers, so it's no harm no foul. (game capsule)|
|The Sixers entered this game with a talent deficit. Even with Dwyane Wade out, the Heat have more top-end talent. The way to overcome that deficit is to identify an advantage and press it. And keep pressing it until the other team has to do something drastic to take away, then you exploit their fix. Tonight, Doug Collins had a huge advantage handed to him in the first half, and he completely let the Heat off the hook. (game capsule).|
|After playing three halves of what was entirely unrecognizable as Sixers defensive basketball, Philly's spine finally showed up in a big way for the second half tonight against the Miami Heat. Unfortunately, the hole they dug for themselves was way too deep and they couldn't help but shoot themselves in the foot a couple of times late in the game. (game capsule)|
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