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The Summer Of The Sixers

August 7th, 2012 by Sam Shipley | Comments Off on The Summer Of The Sixers | Filed in Basketball, General, Sixers

Moultrie and Harkless are just two of many new faces in Philly

It has been a very active, but yet interesting summer for the Sixers this year as we have seen many players leave and replaced them with many new faces. I will evaluate the moves made by the Sixers, and give my final overall grade for the moves made.

Departures: Lou Williams, Elton Brand, Sam Young, Jodie Meeks, Craig Brackins, Tony Battie, Xavier Silas.

Additions: Nick Young, Dorell Wright, Kwame Brown, Maurice Harkless, Arnett Moultrie, Royal Ivey, Maalik Wayns

Along with those moves, the Sixers kept some of their own free agents. They re-signed Center Specner Hawes to a 2 yr-$13 million deal. Hawes played pretty well last season as he averaged 9.6 pts and 7.3 rebounds per game for the Sixers. He also averaged 9.3 pts and 6.6 rebounds in the postseason last year. Hawes will likely pair up with Kwame Brown this year, as he is likely to be moved to the starting Power Forward position with Elton Brand now in Dallas.

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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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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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Report: Lou Williams To Opt Out Of His Contract After The Season.

April 24th, 2012 by Sam Shipley | 1 Comment | Filed in Basketball, General, Sixers

Is Lou gone at the end of the season??

Louis Williams has been a big part of the Sixers for the last two seasons, but we may not see “Sweet Lou” in a Sixer uniform after this season is over. According to multiple reports, Lou is going to opt out of his current contract and go test the waters of free agency. Williams is averaging a team high 15.0 points per game off the bench this season, and for the second straight year is in talks for the “Sixth Man of The Year Award”.

It would be sad to see Lou go, but I think it is better for the teams two young guards Jrue Holiday and Evan Turner. It would give Evan more minutes and Jrue would be the true point guard of the team instead of switching to that 1-2 combo guard when Lou comes into the game. The Sixers as a team however, would take a hit when it comes to their bench production. Lou is regarded as one of the leagues best bench players and is arguably the only Sixer who can create his own shot. He has been the Sixers “go to guy” this year as he has taken all the big shots, and is always in the game in crucial moments.

Another thing that Lou does is helping be the mediator between the young players and coach Doug Collins. The young guys don’t know how to approach Doug sometimes, and they also feel like Doug is lashing out on them at critical points which kills their confidence. Lou will go to Collins and let him know how some of the young guys are feeling and will go back and talk to the young guys 1 on 1.

Lou’s leadership in that aspect will surely be missed, and as Elton Brand and maybe even Andre Iguodala could be on their ways out-of-town where the Sixers will receive that leadership in the locker room is a big question. Would Jrue Holiday, the teams starting point guard take that role and be the floor general? Or would we see a player like Thad Young finally receive an increased role and leadership responsibility? Only time will tell.

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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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Sixers Lou Williams signing for Philly Sports Cave, TSP Review

March 9th, 2012 by Leo | 2 Comments | Filed in Basketball, Events, General, Sixers

Lou Williams Autograph Signing

by Christopher Leomporra

Yesterday I went down to The Sports Cave signing that featured Lou Williams of the Sixers.  It was located in the rotunda of the Liberty Plaza located near 16th and Chesnut where the Sports Cave store resides.  The Sports Cave has had several signings this year with several local sports stars.  It was certainly an interesting event and Lou had a host of fans come out to get autographs of pictures, basketballs, and other assorted memorabilia.

Sixers Point Guard Lou Williams

If you’re not familiar with Lou Williams, he is a point guard for the 76ers that is averaging over 13 points a game this year.  During his rookie year 2005–06 NBA season Williams played sparingly for the 76ers, averaging 1.9 points and .3 assists over 30 games.  During the 2007–08 season, Williams averaged career-highs of 11.3 ppg and 3.2 apg and 2.0 rpg. With these stats he had the fifth highest point/rebound/assist total of any reserve in the NBA.  At the end of that season Louis became a restricted free agent and he signed a 5-year deal worth $25 million with the Sixers.

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A Long Way Out – 2010-2011 76’ers Preview

September 7th, 2010 by OD20 | 5 Comments | Filed in Baseball, Sixers

Could Jrue Be Part of a Sixers Resurgence?

I have a couple quick observations before we get into a look at the 76’ers upcoming season.

1- There is a very clear and distinct separation between where football and baseball (and maybe even hockey) stand in terms of popularity, and where the NBA has fallen to.  With both football and baseball you can find offseason dates with little effort.  The date pitchers and catchers report, the start of NFL training camp, heck even the dates the position players report and mini camps are readily available.

With the NBA, not so much.  I double dare you to take 3 minutes of your life and try to find me the official date for the start of training camp for the 76’ers.  Even tried and trusted Google let me down.  It’s almost like a bad secret no one wants to talk about.  If no one really cares about the regular season (including the players) for first 6 months of the year, then there may not be a single person alive, outside of those of us who are trying to write about it, who cares about the NBA training camp and preseason.  It’s sad really.

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