Tag:Philadelphia 76ers
Posted on: January 4, 2011 2:53 pm
Edited on: January 4, 2011 2:55 pm
 

Power Rankings 3-Up, 3-Down 1.4.11

Three teams rising and three teams falling this week as the Lakers take a tumble, the Bulls keep slugging and wait, the Clippers?!

Posted by Matt Moore




In this week's edition of 3-Up, 3-Down, the Bulls go up, the Lakers go down, and most everyone else stays just about the same. The latest edition of the power rankings this edition reflects will be up this afternoon on CBSSports.com so check back soon to vent your rage and/or shake your pom-poms.

3-Up



Chicago Bulls (6): The Bulls are without Joakim Noah, and yet they've won four in a row, and 8 of their last 10. It's Derrick Rose. It's Carlos Boozer. It's Tom Thibodeau. And the combination thereof. Turns out Thibs is letting Rose set the table, and in doing so, has freed up the Bulls in a way the offense hasn't been let go in years. And about that jumper that Derrick Rose improved upon? Rose is currently the 10th best scorer in the NBA in spot-up situations, shooting 48%. That's league wide, not just among point guards. That's up from 293rd last season. Pretty incredible turnaround. And a huge reason why the Bulls are the #3 seed right now. 

Philadelphia 76ers (16):  There's a belief afoot that Evan Turner and Jrue Holiday play better without Andre Iguodala on the floor. And considering the spurt the Sixers have gone on with Iguodala on the shelf. But they've now lost two in a row without him, so the boost is fading, and Iguodala is in the top six lineups for the Sixers in plus/minus. So you can see why they're torn on when to ship Iguodala out. The Sixers are getting back to their mean, though, which is enough to not be terrible. And Evan Turner showing signs of life is the best news of all. 

Los Angeles Clippers (22): I'm not saying they're a playoff team, far from it. But it's hard to ignore the improvements they make with each game. If they can just get Baron Davis off the floor, they may have something here. Oh, and Blake Griffin, Blake Griffin, Blake Griffin.

3-Down:



Los Angeles Lakers (10): That's a pretty steep fall, there, Lake Show.  Getting your face caved in by a Grizzlies team on the second night of a back to back will do that. The Lakers will be fine, but a point should be made here. If the Lakers find themselves down by three possessions in the third quarter, what's their best approach? In the minds of many it's to get the offense moving. Get off-ball movement, flows through the triangle, guys off screens. Get the offense moving, and if it results in a Kobe jumper, terrific. He's certainly the guy you want as the tip of the spear. But what you don't want is Bryant going one-on-five in ISO to try and spark the offense. That doesn't spark the offense. It just stagnates it. Until Bryant learns that, they're going to have issues because he doesn't have the physical abilities he used to. 

Milwaukee Bucks (13): There's something seriously wrong with Milwaukee and by all appearances it looks like a matter of trying to fix something that wasn't broken. The Bucks scored 102.0 points per 100 possessions last year, 23rd in the league. They brought in massive amounts of offensive firepower with Drew Gooden and Corey Maggette among others. They're dead last in offensive efficiency, averaging 96.8 points per 100 possessions. That's not a fall, that's a cratering. The Bucks are in big trouble right now. They can't stay above water (in the playoffs in the East, anyway) with that kind of noose around their neck forever. 

Cleveland Cavaliers (30): This is bad as it gets. Right? Right?
Posted on: December 17, 2010 6:12 pm
Edited on: August 14, 2011 9:41 pm
 

Report: 76ers turn down Blazers Iguodala offer

The Philadelphia 76ers have reportedly turned down a Portland Trail Blazers offer for forward Andre Iguodala. Posted by Ben Golliver andre-iguodala

This side of Denver Nuggets forward Carmelo Anthony, no reasonably big man has found himself in more NBA trade talk than Philadelphia 76ers wing Andre Iguodala. Given his large contract, questionable fit with 2010 No. 2 overall pick Evan Turner, and general malaise in Philadelphia, Iguodala doesn't arrive in these rumors by accident. On Thursday, an ESPN.com chat noted that the 76ers reportedly turned down an offer for Iguodala from the Portland Trail Blazers, which included young forward Nicolas Batum and veteran center Joel Przybilla. The Blazers, as noted by CBSSports.com's Ken Berger, are actively engaged in trade talks in advance of the deadline. This activity is motivated by both a disappointing start to the season and owner Paul Allen's rumored preference for seeing immediate results rather undergoing another full rebuilding cycle.
Batum, a fan favorite French forward, is a long and gifted, and has shown the ability defend multiple positions and knock down the corner three. Under former general manager Kevin Pritchard, Batum was considered untouchable, and big things were expected from him entering this season. Unfortunately, his play has been inconsistent, and coach Nate McMillan moved him to the bench to make room for 2010 summer free agent signing Wesley Matthews.  Still on his rookie deal, Batum represents an extraordinary value and still has significant untapped potential, given that he just turned 22 this week. He has shown the ability to play alongside a ball-dominating guard like Brandon Roy, and theoretically would be a solid pairing next to Turner, should Turner develop into the player everyone expects him to be.  Przybilla carries an expiring contract, so this move would make sense financially for Philadelphia, allowing them to escape the money owed to Iguodala and improve their flexibility going forward. For Portland, Iguodala would represent an all-around, tested, veteran forward that the team has lacked for years. He would be able to provide some much-needed scoring, as Portland's offense has been anemic this year thanks to the injuries to guard Brandon Roy. What's more, he has played with Blazers point guard Andre Miller in Philadelphia, so there's a familiarity there. The Blazers lack a number one option, and while Iguodala isn't necessarily established on that elite level, he might be as close as Portland can reasonably hope to get. Blazers owner Paul Allen isn't afraid to spend money, but taking on Iguodala's long-term deal is not without risk, as he has yet to prove he can contribute meaningfully to a winner in the NBA and because Portland is already tied up long-term thanks to extensions for Roy and forward LaMarcus Aldridge. That Philadelphia reportedly turned down this deal, even though it represents good value, shouldn't be overly surprising. We're still very early in the trade season, and Portland is only likely to get more desperate, the longer they deal with Roy's absence and their team-wide struggles. Plus, Philadelphia will likely find themselves listening to a number of offers for Iguodala. Berger, for example, sees the New York Knicks potentially having interest.  
Posted on: December 15, 2010 3:58 pm
Edited on: December 15, 2010 5:09 pm
 

Mega-Dunks abound

Posted by Matt Moore
You don't need me to intro these. I tried choosing between the two, but really, they're both sick. 







Personally, I lean towards Iguodala's. DeRozan is getting a lot of credit for dunking on Tyrus Thomas, but Thomas was moving right to left, not straight forward at DeRozan, making it lacking in true posterization. Iguodala's however, covered more ground and had a higher degree of difficulty. 
In closing, YAMS.
Posted on: December 15, 2010 12:22 pm
 

The Game Changer: Denver runs away late

Posted by Royce Young

Each game is made up of elements which help formulate the outcome. Monday through Friday, we'll bring you the elements from the night before's games in our own specialized version of the game recaps. It's not everything that happened, but it's an insight into what lead to the results you'll see in the box scores. This is the Game Changer.

THE BIG ONE: DENVER WORKS ORLANDO IN THE FOURTH

There are nights, where the Denver Nuggets look like one of the two or three best teams in the West. Unfortunately for the Magic, this was one of those nights.

The Nuggets can explode on you with offense in bunches, but what won them this game was quality defense down the stretch. Orlando couldn't score and on the flip side, couldn't stop Denver.

With six minutes left, it was a one-point edge for the Nuggets and it looked like we were going to have a tight finish. Instead, Denver closed the game on a 19-3 run and completely bullied the Magic.

Playing without Chauncey Billups, George Karl got creative with his lineups, using a combination Anthony Carter, J.R. Smith, Arron Afflalo, Carmelo Anthony and Nene down the stretch. He mixed a number of small-ball lineups in against the Magic, playing Carmelo at power forward for a lot of the night. Which meant Carmelo had Rashard Lewis on him, which then meant Carmelo abused the Magic's four-man. Melo finished with 35 points and pretty much took over in the second half.

But for the Magic it was really more of the same. Late in the game, each offensive possession was almost hard to watch. The Magic ran three things: 1) Jameer Nelson dribble up and after zero passes, 3-point shot. 2) Dump down to Howard, Nuggets double, Howard forces shot. And 3) 15 passes around the perimeter with no one making any progress at the basket, eventually ending the possession with a contested jumper.

When pushed, Orlando just doesn't know what to do offensively late. The first three quarters was all about the sharp ball movement, quick shots and most importantly, making shots. In the fourth, the Nuggets were the ones doing that.

I imagine Stan Van Gundy is going to yell loudly at his team more about their porous defense down the stretch more than their offense. Both were an issue for them, but it didn't help things playing a loaded offensive team like the Nuggets. Denver got it rolling late and the Magic just didn't have the guns to keep up.

GO-GO-GADGET LINES

Monta Ellis went all 48 minutes for the Warriors in their 108-99 win over the Timberwolves. Ellis dropped 34 points on 13-24 shooting, dished out six assists and grabbed four rebounds.

Carmelo Anthony dropped 35 on the Magic, hitting 14-21 from the field while also grabbing 11 rebounds. A gold star for him indeed. Plus, he almost got traded!

J.J. Redick was a bright spot for the Magic, scoring 29 points on 9-12 shooting.

Charlie Villanueva had 23 points, 11 rebounds and a +29 for the Pistons.

Kris Humphries in a loss: 1-10 from the field, two points, 13 rebounds in 21 minutes. I can't decide if that's good or bad.

BYNUM'S BACK

Andrew Bynum is back and his return was... normal. About what you might expect from a guy playing in his first game after knee surgery. Seventeen minutes, seven points (1-5 from the field), four rebounds and two blocks for the Laker big man. Nothing special, but certainly reason to be encouraged. Especially because Pau Gasol only played 31 minutes, something Bynum is really going to help get under control.

Bynum didn't have to factor in that much for the Lakers though as they cruised past the John Wall-less Wizards 103-89. And that was with only scoring 11 points the fourth quarter. One semi-crazy stat from the game though: The Wizards pulled in 19 offensive boards and had 16 more attempts than the Lakers. Obviously they didn't take advantage of those extra possessions, but something to note regardless.

THAT'S RANDOM

Led by a bench that had plus/minuses of +29, +25, +23 and +20, the Detroit Pistons absolutely walloped the Atlanta Hawks. How in the heck did that happen?

Villanueva led things with 23 points and Tracy McGrady finally did something, throwing up 16 points in 26 minutes. The Piston bench outscored the Hawks second unit 46-14.

After the Hawks outscored Detroit by nine in the third, the game was close heading to the fourth with the Pistons only up three. But the Hawks imploded in the fourth. The Pistons took the quarter 39-19 and punctuated the victory with a buzzer-beating 3 from Villanueva to win by 23.

DeMar DeRozan DEDUNKING

Three things I love about this dunk: 1) The way DeRozan cocks his arm back just a little farther than usual to add a little extra umph to it; 2) Solomon Alabi's completely weird reaction to it as he stands there making  face while smacking his gum and 3) the gratuitous shot of Michael Jordan after it.

PARTING THOUGHT

The 76ers beat the Nets 82-77, snapping an eight-game road losing streak. But here's something interesting about the 9-15 Sixers: They have a positive point differential of 0.5. The Rockets are the only other losing team that has a positive point differential.
Posted on: December 5, 2010 1:15 pm
Edited on: August 14, 2011 9:16 pm
 

Rumor: Andre Iguodala to the Cleveland Cavs?

Philadelphia 76ers forward Andre Iguodala has been linked to the Cleveland Cavaliers in a trade rumor. Posted by Ben Golliverandre-iguodala

For the better part of the first five weeks of the season, Philadelphia 76ers forward Andre Iguodala has been linked to trade rumors, and for good reason. Iguodala's situation in Philly is past-cliche at this point: semi-star makes more than $10 million a year, his team still loses, it makes more sense for both parties to part ways rather than continue in expensive mediocrity.  While Iguodala has been publicly mum, word started to slip out back in October that he was open to a change of venue. On Sunday, comes word that the Cleveland Cavaliers may be a player in the Iguodala trade market, according to MorningJournal.com.
League sources indicate the Philadelphia 76ers are attempting to trade guard/forward Andre Iguodala.
There is no active dialogue between the Sixers and Cavs right now, but a source said it was one to keep your eye on ... He would fit nicely into the Cavs’ $14.5 million trade exception.
That trade exception, of course, was created by the departure of LeBron James to the Miami Heat this summer. That departure left the Cavs without a credible shot-creator and point-scorer on the wing, and without much reason for fans to continue to purchase tickets. Iguodala would fix those problems, and his price tag would like be worth it to Cavs owner Dan Gilbert, who is desperate for relevancy after getting humiliated (and humiliating himself) this past summer. The trade exception would be a nice flexibility play for the Sixers, but the price for Iguodala would likely be much higher. A draft pick and a young prospect, at the very least.  One hold up to any Iguodala trade, however, is the uncertain development of Evan Turner. If Turner, the 2010 NBA Draft's No. 2 overall selection, can show he is a legit NBA player by the trade deadline, then moving Iguodala becomes significantly easier. If he's still the nerdtastic and inconsistent player he's shown himself to be so far, parting with Iguodala would set Philadelphia on an even more serious downward spiral.
Posted on: November 24, 2010 4:39 pm
Edited on: August 14, 2011 9:04 pm
 

Elton Brand suspended 1 game for flagrant foul 2

The NBA has announced that Philadelphia 76ers forward Elton Brandon has been suspended for one game for a flagrant foul. Posted by Ben Golliver The NBA sent out a memo this afternoon suspending Philadelphia 76ers forward Elton Brand for one game for a hard foul he put on Washington Wizards center JaVale McGee during a game Tuesday night. During the game, the foul was ruled a Flagrant Foul Two for being "unnecessary and excessive" and resulted in Brand's ejection. Brand will serve the suspension tonight as the 76ers face the Raptors in Toronto. Here's the release.
Elton Brand of the Philadelphia 76er’s has been suspended one game without pay for his Flagrant Foul, Penalty Two against JaValle McGee of the Washington Wizards, it was announced today by Stu Jackson, NBA Executive Vice President Basketball Operations.
The incident, in which Brand made contact by shoving McGee during a layup attempt and was ejected following the Flagrant Foul, Penalty Two call, occurred with 3:32 remaining in the 4th period of the 76er’s 116-114 overtime loss to the Washington Wizards at the Verizon Center in Washington D.C.
Here's a video of the play, courtesy of YouTuber user thehoopscene. As you can see, McGee is wide open in the paint when he receives a pass from point guard John Wall. He goes to dunk the ball with his right hand, and Brand rotates over late, using both arms to shove McGee in the chest. McGee finishes the dunk and crashes to the floor, and Brand was immediately ejected by official Tony Brothers. While laying on the floor, McGee smiled and briefly waved goodbye to Brand.
Posted on: November 24, 2010 9:39 am
Edited on: November 24, 2010 8:38 pm
 

Shootaround 11.24.10: Winners and losers

People trying to keep LeBron out of the All-Star Game, Jarrett Jack doubts the Heat, Durant and Beasley as young guns, and T-Will is out of sight, out of mind, all in today's Shootaround.
Posted by Matt Moore

  • There's a movement afoot specifically to keep LeBron James out of the All-Star Game. It's things like this that trot the fine line at the nexus of funny, pathetic, and mean. Props for the idea, but just because you don't like a guy's ego, is that really reason to sully a system to honor play that's been in place for decades? And this is all beyond the fact that it would take coaches about forty five seconds to select him as a reserve and then all of a sudden the person atually voted in would have a hamstring injury.
  • Terrence Williams looked like a star in the making last year. Now he's been suspended for two games for "violations of team policy" whle Avery Johnson is talking about him "not getting" it. A perfect example of how a coaching change can dramtically alter a player's forecast. Meanwhile, if Williams is on the block, the Grizzlies and Bulls should both be on the horn to see if they can grab him at a bargain bin price.
  • Jarrett Jack, a winner his whole career except for when he wasn't winning, which was most of his career, is already ready to pack it in on the Heat, saying their failure could curtail others from going the superstar route. In other news, Jack put the cart before the horse and said "Done!" before walking off. The Hornets are 0-1 since Jack arrived, clearly indicating he's not a winner. See what I did there? You see? Because he said ...
  • Spurs fans were joking about Ime Udoka being signed last week, and now it has happened . Still bizarre they thought Udoka was more valuable than Gee.
  • Flip Saunders, getting digs in on Doug Collins. Better hurry to get them in, he may not be around long.
Posted on: November 24, 2010 12:04 am
 

Elton Brand may be gone for a bit

Sixers big loses his cool against JaVale freaking McGee, likely faces fine and/or suspension.Posted by Matt Moore

Elton Brand's been having a pretty decent year so far. Sure, the Sixers are a miserable collection of uninspired players with limited talent trying to find their way with a coach who isn't connecting with them. But he's playing allright. Not worth his contract, but pretty well. So it's high time he did something phenomenally stupid, right? That's how this works?

What's on the menu?

Let's see. "Develop addiction to Cheetos." No, that's Baron Davis' thing. Hmm, "Try and use steroids to help comeback." Nope, Rashard already did that. Ah, here we go. "Let JaVale freaking McGee get into your head and mess with you." Honestly. Brilliant.

During a tense back and forth game between the Sixers and Wizards tonight, Brand lost his cool in the midst of McGee's best night of the season (24 points, 18 rebounds) and committed a flagrant two which led to an automatic ejection. Brand faces a likely fine and possible suspension for the two-handed shove on McGee. Check it out.




Hope Elton didn't invite anyone to come see his next game. He may not be there. Whoops.

The Wizards won in overtime .
 
 
 
 
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