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NBA News, Notes, and Trade Rumors

June 6th, 2012 by Sam Shipley | Comments Off on NBA News, Notes, and Trade Rumors | Filed in Basketball, General, Sports

Nash headed to Chicago?

As the playoffs inch closer to the finish, and the offseason lerking there are a lot of interesting rumors going around. I will cover all of them, and keep you updated.

The Bulls will go after Steve Nash or Jason Kidd in the offseason

With Derrick Rose being hurt and likely out for either most or all of next season the Bulls will need a better starting point guard than C.J. Watson if they want to remain a contender. Which is why they will pursue Steve Nash and/or Jason Kidd this summer in hopes in finding a solid replacement for Derrick Rose. The thing is neither of these two are the scoring guards they once were so someone will need to step up and be that true #1 option for the Bulls in the scoring department. Other players the Bulls are considering are Andre Miller and Nick Young.

Suns will pursue Deron Williams “hard” if Nash leaves

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Andre Iguodala Leads Sixers To First Series Win Since 2003

May 12th, 2012 by Sam Shipley | 2 Comments | Filed in Basketball, General, Sixers

Sixers Win! Sixers Win!

Andre Iguodala stepped up to the free throw line with 2.2 seconds left and knocked down the 2 biggest free throw’s of his career. A C.J. Watson desperation 3 pointer went off the back rim, and that was it. The Sixers won their first playoff series since 2003, and won their first series at home since 2001.

Iguodala and Evan Turner jumped on the scorers table and began to celebrate with the crowd, as the curse of being “one and done” was no more. After 8 seasons of agony, pain, struggle, the Sixers finally were able to have a celebration of their own and were able to do it in front of their home crowd.

Iguodala’s two free throws gave the Sixers a 79-78 win and a 4-2 win in the series, as the Sixers became just the fifth 8th seed  in NBA history to upset a #1 seed. Ever since signing his $80 million dollar contract, Andre Iguodala hasn’t been exactly what you would call a “fan favorite”. He has never averaged 20 ppg in his career, he made the all-star game just 1 time in his career, but on this night during his 2 free throw attempts all of the hatred toward Iguodala was put on hold. This was his night, his moment, and now Andre himself has finally delivered this city a first round playoff win for the first time in his career.

Iguodala finished Game 6 with 20 points, 7 assists, and 4 rebounds on 7-12 shooting, by far his best game of the series. Andre battled through that Achillies injury, and delivered the type of game that Sixers fans want to see every night from him.

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Spencer Hawes Paces The Sixers To A 3-1 Series Lead

May 9th, 2012 by Sam Shipley | Comments Off on Spencer Hawes Paces The Sixers To A 3-1 Series Lead | Filed in Basketball, General, NBA, Sixers

Earlier in the season Spencer Hawes seemed like a true candidate for Most Improved Player as he was putting up double-double numbers almost every single night. However, he was injured just 14 games into the season and when he returned he didn’t seem to be back in his groove yet. Well these last 2 games may have been a sign that he is finally completely healthy and back. After recording 21 points and 9 rebounds on Fridays win over Chicago, Hawes came right back to record 22 points and 8 rebounds in today’s 89-82 victory to give the Sixers a 3-1 series lead.

This is the first time since the 2001 NBA Finals run that the Sixers have recorded 3 straight playoff wins, and they are now just one win away from advancing to the 2nd round of the playoffs since 2003. Hawes picked up right where he left off on Friday by coming out with his hot shooting that kept the Sixers in the game throughout the 1st half. With Holiday, Turner, and Williams all struggling to score, Hawes picked up the slack and his 3 pointer with just seconds left in the 1st half gave the Sixers a 44-42 lead going into halftime.

After having a big game the other night, Jrue Holiday couldn’t have started Game 4 any worse. He was just 1-13 in the 1st half as he seemed out of rhythm and was forcing the issue on the offensive end. His shooting was so bad that even Doug Collins said Jrue’s slump was “0 for the world”. He didn’t get any help from Lou or Evan as well as they shot a combined 5-22 for the game.

Andre Iguodala also helped the Sixers stay in it, despite dealing with right Achilles tendonitis, Andre Iguodala played great defense and also finished with 14 points and 12 rebounds to go along with some ferocious dunks. His defense on Luol Deng has been outstanding to say the least, as Loul Deng has just 24 points on 10-30 shooting over the last 3 games.

The 2nd half was a lot different for Holiday. After shooting 1-13 in the first half, Holiday came out of the locker room firing on all cylinders as he hit 6 of his 10 shots. None were bigger than his back to back 3 pointers with about 4 minutes to play in the game to put the Sixers up 80-73. Holiday would go on to finish the ball game with 20 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists to give him an average of 19.8 ppg, 5.8 rpg, and 5.0 apg in the series so far.

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Late Surge Gives The Sixers The Win In Game 3

May 6th, 2012 by Sam Shipley | Comments Off on Late Surge Gives The Sixers The Win In Game 3 | Filed in Basketball, General, Sixers

Sixers Win!

Game 3 had a “must win” feel to it for the Sixers. They were just coming off a big win against Chicago in game 2, and didn’t want to give any life right back to the Bulls. The night was started with Dr. J giving the game ball to the officials at half-court which brought the crowd of 20,000+ to their feet.

The game had a very slow start to it, due to a lot of fouls, missed shots, and bad passing. Both teams seemed to come out flat, especially the Sixers. Neither team was able to have any consistency on offense, and that resulted into just a 19-17 Bulls lead after one. Like I said there was a lot of fouls called, the Sixers were in the penalty halfway through the 1st quarter and Jrue Holiday was actually limited to little playing time in the 1st half due to 3 early fouls.

The 2nd quarter was a repeat of the 1st quarter and at the half the Sixers held a 1 point lead which I was happy about because of how bad they played. Coming out of the half, they led 40-39 and you had the feeling this was going to be one of those grind out games that was going to come down to the final minutes. Then the 3rd quarter started and those feelings began to vanish. The Bulls came out and just completely dominated the Sixers and outscored them 21-11, just one game after the Sixers outscored the Bulls 36-14 in game 2. After 3 the Sixers trailed 60-51. There was a scary moment in this one though as Joakim Noah severely rolled his ankle on a fast break halfway through the 3rd quarter and was able to just play for a few minutes after. His status for the rest of the series remains in question.

The beginning of quarter was no different, as a Rip Hamilton 3 pointer put the Bulls up 14 at one point, and with just under 10 minutes to go the Sixers faced a 69-56 deficit. However, this crowd would not give up on this team. They were loud all night long and I believe helped surge what would be one of the most propelling comebacks I have seen by the Sixers in quite sometime. After a Spencer Hawes bucket the Sixers cut the lead to 69-64 halfway through the 4th, and the crowd was going insane as you felt the momentum beginning to shift over to the Sixers. The inspirational videos started to come on, including Rocky’s famous scene when Adrian says “win” which put the crowd into a bigger frenzy.

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Jrue Holiday Leads The Sixers To A Big Win In Game 2

May 3rd, 2012 by Sam Shipley | Comments Off on Jrue Holiday Leads The Sixers To A Big Win In Game 2 | Filed in Basketball, General, Sixers

Jrue steps up in Game 2

The Sixers entered Tuesday nights game in Chicago down 1-0 in the series, and they didn’t want to come back to Philly in a 2 game hole. Jrue Holiday made sure that didn’t happen. Holiday was in a zone last night as he dropped 26 points and 6 assists on the Bulls while shooting 11-15 from the field. Derrick Rose, who tore his ACL in game 1 of the series, was introduced at half court prior to the games tip off and received a standing ovation from the Chicago crowd. However, that was one of the few things that they would be able to cheer about on this night.

Holiday did it all last night for the Sixers, his offense was great, and he did a very good job of taking the challenge of defending Rip Hamilton and Kyle Korver all game long. He had to constantly chase them around on the defensive side of the floor while fighting through screens and always taking away their good looks. Hamilton and Korver combined for just 17 points after they had combined for 30 points in game 1.

This game wasn’t all Jrue Holiday however, as all of the Sixers played well in this game. They played as a team, especially on the defensive side of the ball and that showed in the 2nd half. The Bulls scored just 37 points in the 2nd half, including coughing the ball up a total of 5 times. The Sixers came right out of the gate in the 2nd half turning a 55-48 deficit into a 68-61 lead halfway through the 3rd quarter, and they didn’t let up. They outscored Chicago 36-14 in the quarter along with some highlight reel dunks by Andre Iguodala to give the Sixers life and help quiet down that Chicago crowd for good.

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Sixers Game 1: A Loss For Both Teams

April 29th, 2012 by Sam Shipley | Comments Off on Sixers Game 1: A Loss For Both Teams | Filed in Basketball, General, Sixers

The Philadelphia 76ers dropped game 1 of the first round playoff series against the Chicago Bulls 103-91, but that wasn’t the only loss. Reigning MVP Derrick Rose tore his ACL on a drive to the basket late in 4th quarter today and is out for the rest of the playoffs. Rose finished with 23 points, 9 assists, and 9 rebounds; but should Rose have really been in the game with the Bulls up 12 with just 1:20 left to play? Some will argue that he was in because of a triple double in sight, however getting a triple double is not that important especially in Derrick’s circumstances. Rose missed 27 games this season due to injuries, and he was just finally starting to get healthy. The playoffs are a long and grueling stretch of games so why not rest your MVP and only superstar for the possible championship run. When asked why Rose was in the game at that point, Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau said that “Philly was making a run”. Along with Roses’ 23 points, Rip Hamiliton had 19, and Luol Deng dropped 17 for the Bulls.

Elton Brand was one of the few bright spots for the Sixers today as he scored 19 points, grabbed 7 rebounds, and blocked 4 shots. Jrue Holiday finished with 16 points, Thad Young had 13, and Chicago native Evan Turner finished the game with 12 points along with a lot of boo’s from the opposing crowd. Evan Turner is kind of a villain in Chicago right now after saying that the Bulls would be a better match-up for the Sixers considering that Miami is a “tougher team”. Turner and Rose already have a rivalry of their own dating back to their high school days, and that carried over into today’s game as well. Halfway through the 3rd quarter Turner and Boozer got tangled up after a foul, and Rose came and immediately started clapping in Turner’s face. There were multiple fouls called including a technical on Rose.

The Sixers just couldn’t sustain any momentum, every time they would close the gap to 5 or 6 the Bulls would come right back and stretch the lead out to 10 or 12 again. Everything seemed to be falling for Chicago as they hit timely shot after timely shot, including a dagger 3 pointer by former Sixer Kyle Korver late in the 3rd quarter after the Sixers cut a 16 point deficit to 8 and seemed to be making a big run. After that 3 pointer the game just seemed to never get back into reach.

If the Sixers are going to steal game 2 in Chicago, they are going to need better play from two of their top players. Andre Iguodala and Lou Williams had a combined 20 points on 4 of 17 shooting. The 3 point defense and offense will also have to improve. The Bulls shot 6-14 from 3, while the Sixers shot just 1-9 from down town.

This series has a different outlook on it now for sure with Derrick Rose out, but the Bulls weren’t the best team in the East for no reason either. They are a very deep team and have a lot of players who can score. The Sixers will need to do their best on both sides of the basketball if they want a shot of pulling off the upset in game 2 and the series. With that being said, I will surely take my chances with Derrick Rose on the sideline. Game 2 is Tuesday at 8 P.M. on TNT.

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As The Season Comes To An End, The Sixers Eye Their 2nd Straight Playoff Appearance

April 22nd, 2012 by Sam Shipley | 3 Comments | Filed in Basketball, General, Sixers

Let's Go Sixers!

The Philadelphia 76ers have just four games left in the regular season, and despite the recent struggles they have the playoffs in their sight. They currently lead the 9th seed Milwaukee Bucks by three games and there is just four games to go for both teams, including a game against each other. The playoffs didn’t seem like a sure thing as it once did back in February as the Sixers really struggled over the last two months as their schedule began to get tougher.

They were faced with a very easy schedule in the beginning of the season by not facing many formidable opponents, but as the season went on they began to face playoff and championship caliber teams every night it seemed like. Because of their youth and lack of a true star, the Sixers really struggled in those games especially when the games were close at the end. They have a dismal record of 3-18 in games that are decided by 7 points or less, and this has been a struggle the team has this season and over the last couple of seasons.

With all that being said, the Sixers have fought through those struggles and are most likely gearing up for their 2nd playoff run in as many years. If they make the playoffs, they will most likely be the 8th seed in the Eastern Conference which would most likely pair them up with the Chicago Bulls. Most people would write the Sixers off automatically to get demolished in the series and not give them the slightest chance to win, but I believe that the Bulls are a much easier match-up for a team like the Sixers than the Miami Heat are.

The teams games this season alone would prove that, sure they are 1-2 against Chicago this season but that doesn’t really tell the entire story. Game 1 of this season series was really a dominant performance by the Sixers, they just controlled every aspect of the game and went on to win 98-82 which happened to be the 2nd game of that brutal 7 game stretch the Sixers faced earlier in the season. Their 2nd match-up was also a fantastic game. The Sixers fell short 96-91, but they were in the game the whole way and if it wasn’t for some unbelievable 4th quarter heroics by reigning MVP Derrick Rose the Sixers might have also come out of that game with a win as well.

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