Tag:Philadelphia 76ers
Posted on: November 11, 2010 10:25 am
Edited on: August 14, 2011 8:41 pm
 

Game Changer 11.11.10: Wall 3D's Rockets

Michael Beasley Nets a career high, John Wall gets his first career triple-double and finishes a sick alley oop, a giant Sonny Weems head makes an appearance in Toronto, Elton Brandon re-emerges, plus plenty of audio and video from Oklahoma City vs. Philly. Posted by Ben Golliver

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: JOHN WALL GETS HISTORIC ON THE Rockets

Wednesday was an historic, high-flying night for Washington Wizards rookie point guard John Wall, and he was all over the court on the way to his first career triple-double in a 98-91 Wizards win over the Houston Rockets in D.C.  Wall's top end speed is among the best in the league, and against the Rockets, who are dealing with absences and injuries in their backcourt, he was often a blur, racing out in transition and leaping into passing lanes. It was a hyperactive but still controlled performance for Wall, who finished with just one turnover on the evening and looked more comfortable shooting from range than he has all season.  For Houston, it was a tough night all around, as the Rockets lost Yao Ming during the first half due to a leg injury .  Yao or no Yao, the Rockets and they had no answer for Wall, who joined some elite NBA company by registering his 19 point, 10 rebound, 13 assist triple-double in just his sixth NBA game. Take a look at the chart to see how he stacks up to some of the league's all-time greats. john-wall-graphic And we'd be lacking in our Wizards/Rockets coverage if we didn't link up this video of Wizards guard Gilbert Arenas tossing a soft alley oop to Wall, who finished acrobatically with one hand. Too sick.

GO-GO-GADGET LINES OF THE NIGHT:

Michael Beasley:  42 points, nine rebounds, two assists, 1 steal on 17-31 shooting in 41 minutes in a road win for Minnesota over the Sacramento Kings. The 42 points were a career-high for Beasley.

Honorable mention to...


John Wall:
  19 points, 10 rebounds, 13 assists, six steals, one block on 8-16 shooting in 42 minutes in a home win for Washington over the Houston Rockets. Deron Williams: 30 points, five rebounds, 14 assists on 8-19 shooting in 42 minutes in a road win for the Utah Jazz at the Orlando Magic. 

Kris Humphries: 13 points, 18 rebounds, three assists, one steal, two blocks on 6-12 shooting in 40 minutes in a road win for the New Jersey Nets at the Cleveland Cavaliers.

TURN BACK THE BRAND:

By Royce Young

OKLAHOMA CITY -- At one point, I had to look at my watch. I could've sworn it was 2005. There was Elton Brand, slender, fit, healthy and playing excellent basketball. It was like seeing an old dog get up and remember some of the tricks you taught it as a puppy.

Brand had his mid-range jumper working, was aggressive on the glass, posted up and defended the paint. Most people have sort of forgotten what an absolute force Brand was in the past, but with his start to 2010, folks are getting a refresher.

Against Oklahoma City, Brand put up a smooth 17 points and nine rebounds. On the season, he's averaging 18.4 points and 8.3 rebounds per game. And for a rebuilding team where he's a big focus for opponents.

In the offseason, it's crazy to think Brand was going to be given away for next to nothing. The Sixers wanted to dump his massive contract, get some picks and young players back and go from there. At no point did it seem realistic that Brand could be part of that building. He seems happy being on this young squad.

"I can see us getting better," Brand said after the close loss to the Thunder. "We need to grow and have this translate into victories which it will. That's a sign of us getting better; us closing these games."

This is the first time really since Brand has been in Philly that he's completely healthy and in shape. And when he has those two things working, his basketballing abilities really come out. He's not one of the premier power forwards any longer, but probably 20 other teams would enjoy having his services. (But not his huge contract.)

The question is if Brand can sustain this for a full 82. It's not that he's over-the-hill (he's 31) or that he has a ton of mileage on him. It's that his recent history has held him back and makes one wonder if he's got it in him to keep going. Character has never been an issue for Brand so even if the Sixers stink - which they will - he's going to go hard.

Brand almost looks like he's from another era. It just doesn't seem like he fits on the floor, especially in a game featuring the young Thunder against the pups of the Sixers. But Brand is throwing back to an earlier time, playing like that former self that fits right alongside these up-and-comers. And the old man showed the kids a thing or two Wednesday in Oklahoma City.

DON'T MISS:

 

WHIMSY:

Toronto Raptors fans hold up a giant version of guard Sonny Weems' head. 

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AUDIO/VIDEO GALORE:

Here's some video of Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook, who had a huge night with 31 points, five rebounds, and 12 assists, talking about his team's 109-103 win over the Philadelphia 76ers.



And here's audio of Philadelphia 76ers coach Doug Collins breaking down the game from the losing side.

ONE FINAL THOUGHT:

During his career-high scoring night on Wednesday, Minnesota Timberwolves forward Michael Beasley was wearing his NBA head band upside down , violating the league's new mandate. Will he be fined by the league office?

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Posted on: November 9, 2010 3:27 pm
Edited on: August 14, 2011 8:37 pm
 

Friday return for Iguodala after Achilles injury

Philadelphia 76ers forward Andre Iguodala is expected to return to the court on Friday after suffering from an Achilles injury. Posted by Ben Golliverandre-iguodala Last Friday, we noted that Philadelphia 76ers forward Andre Iguodala strained his right Achilles and underwent an MRI. It appears as if the injury will only keep him out for roughly a week. The Sixers report on Twitter that Iguodala did not practice on Tuesday due to "right Achilles tendonitis," but that he will travel with the team on its upcoming road trip, which includes games at Oklahoma City, Dallas and San Antonio.  The team also noted that Sixers head coach Doug Collins told the media on Tuesday that "the target game for Iguodala's return is Friday" at the Dallas Mavericks.   In Iguodala's absence, the Sixers defeated the New York Knicks on Sunday, and rookie wing Evan Turner, the No. 2 overall pick in the 2010 NBA Draft, had a nice night, finishing with 14 points and 10 rebounds in his first start.
Posted on: November 5, 2010 11:42 pm
Edited on: August 14, 2011 8:32 pm
 

Andre Iguodala strains Achilles, will undergo MRI

Philadelphia 76ers forward Andre Iguodala strained his right Achilles tendon on Friday and will reportedly undergo an MRI. Posted by Ben Golliverandre-iguodala

Philly.com reports that 76ers forward Andre Iguodala suffered a right Achilles injury that forced him to leave Philadelphia's Frriday night game against the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Sixers coach Doug Collins changed his second-half starting lineup, going with Jrue Holiday, Evan Turner, Andres Nocioni, Elton Brand, and Tony Battie. Collins benched starting center Spencer Hawes and was without swingman Andre Iguodala, who suffered a strained right Achilles tendon on the final play of the first half.
Sixers beat writer Kate Fagan reports on Twitter that Iguodala will under an MRI on Saturday on the Achilles tendon.  In Iguodala's absence, the Sixers dropped Friday night's game, 123-116, to the Cleveland Cavaliers. The loss dropped Philly to 1-5 on the season and they are currently in the Atlantic Division cellar, four games behind the divison-leading Celtics less than two weeks into the season. Through five games, Iguodala is averaging 14.8 points, 5.6 rebounds and 6.2 assists in a team-high 38.8 minutes per game. Should he miss time due to the injury, look for reserve guard Evan Turner, who Philly selected with the No. 2 pick in the 2010 NBA draft, to pick up the playing time slack.  Iguodala made headlines recently for some early rumblings that he might be looking to bail out of a sinking Sixers ship, although he has not yet submitted a trade request to management. Fagan also reports that Philadelphia's other starting forward, Andre Nocioni, will also undero an MRI on Saturday, on his ailing right ankle.
Posted on: November 3, 2010 1:01 am
Edited on: August 14, 2011 8:23 pm
 

Video: Cartier Martin hits last-second 3-pointer

Washington Wizards forward Cartier Martin hit a last-second 3-pointer against the Philadelphia 76ers to send the game into overtime, where the Wizards eventually won. Posted by Ben Golliver What a wild night in Washington, where the Wizards defeated the Philadelphia 76ers in overtime to win their home opener at the Verizon Center, 116-115.  Wizards forward Cartier Martin sent the game to overtime by nailing a step-in 3-pointer in the last second of regulation over Sixers forward Andre Iguodala. John Wall led the way for Washington, nearly notching a triple-double with 29 points, 13 assists and nine steals. For more on the game, head over to CBSSports.com's GameTracker.
Posted on: November 2, 2010 7:18 pm
Edited on: August 14, 2011 8:24 pm
 

John Wall dances the Dougie during introductions

Washington Wizards point guard John Wall does "The Dougie" dance prior to his team's home opener against the Philadelphia 76ers. Posted by Ben Golliver Before the Washington Wizards home opener against the Philadelphia 76ers on Tuesday night, rookie point guard John Wall did a spirited, extended version of "The Dougie" during player introductions, much to the enjoyment of his teammates and the announcing crew. "Once he gets over his shyness, he's going to be something else," joked Steve Buckhantz, Washington's television play-by-play announcer, as Wall joined his teammates for a pre-game huddle. "He's so reserved," cracked Phil Chenier, Washington's television analyst. Wall, the No.1 overall pick in the 2010 NBA Draft, is no stranger to recognition for his boogying abilities. He made headlines last fall for the "John Wall Dance" during his only season at the University of Kentucky. The "Dougie" dance was popularized by hip hop group Cali Swag District's hit single "Teach Me How To Dougie ."
Posted on: November 1, 2010 2:03 pm
 

Sixers have no winners. Literally.

76ers are without a single player with professional winning record.
Posted by Matt Moore


The Sixers aren't really all that young. I mean, they're not old. But Andre Iguodala, their "star" is 26, entering his prime. Elton Brand is a dinosaur that never got to really rome the Earth, and they have five players 29 or older on roster. They have some young pieces in huge roles, like 22-year-old Thaddeus Young and 20-year-old Jrue Holiday, but in general, they're a pretty balanced squad, age-wise.

Which is what makes a fact Doug Collins relayed to the Philadelphia Inquirer 's Kate Fagan all the more stunning. From the PI :

In that vein, Sixers coach Doug Collins offered this statistic after the game (which he said he shared with his team as well): No player on the Sixers roster has a winning record as a professional. That actually struck me as quite amazing. Obviously there are the mainstays that you know don't have a winning record because they've been with the Sixers their entire careers (Andre Iguodala, Thaddeus Young, Lou Williams, etc.), but to think that even the added veterans and transplants (Andres Nocioni, Tony Battie) don't have winning records is amazing. It's a statistic that is common sense once you think about it, but still quite representative of the uphill battle this team faces.

Not one player. Not Andres Nocioni. Not former Western Conference Semifinalist Elton Brand, not Jason Kapono. Not "star" Andre Iguodala (I've overused the sarcastic quotes on the word star haven't I?). Nobody. That's impressive, in an opposite kind of way.

Philadelphia is currently winless, and third worst in efficiency in the league .After what many considered a promising preseason, the team has gotten blasted. Liberty Ballers, a Sixers blog, isn't freaking out three games in, being happy that the team is competing a full 48. That and a quarter will get the team exactly nothing, because you can't really buy anything for a quarter anymore. It may be time to start looking for more than effort. Like a trade. But theyr'e right. It's still early.

Unfortunately, history does not bode well for them either.
Posted on: October 29, 2010 9:57 pm
Edited on: August 14, 2011 8:15 pm
 

Andre Iguodala does want out of Philadelphia?

Andre Iguodala has reportedly informed Philadelphia 76ers management through his camp that he would like to be traded if the team is not able toandre-iguodalaimprove this season. Posted by Ben Golliver  Earlier Friday, we noted a reassuring report out of Philadelphia that stated 76ers star forward Andre Iguodala had not requested a trade from the team. On Friday evening, a slightly different story emerged from ESPN's Chris Broussard, the go-to source for players to passive-aggressively make their disaffection with their organizations public. Broussard writes that Iguodala has not and would not publicly request a trade because that's not his style but that his camp "has let Sixers management know that if the team doesn't begin winning, he'd like to be moved elsewhere." 
I’m told by well-placed sources that Andre Iguodala would like a change of scenery; that after spending the summer winning a World Championship with Team USA Iguodala can’t stomach going through another losing season in Philadelphia, especially when there’s no light at the end of the tunnel.
Broussard also notes that the Sixers have denied speaking with Iguodala on the matter. Taking the soft float from Iguodala's camp and the Sixers denial together, that puts us in the most preliminary stages of a star player hijacking an organization, roughly three months behind Carmelo Anthony's current timetable. Buckle up, City of Brotherly Love. And buy stock in Evan Turner now while people still think he's a harmless nerd.
Posted on: October 29, 2010 5:32 pm
Edited on: August 14, 2011 8:15 pm
 

Allen Iverson to Turkey is officially official

Allen Iverson signed with Besiktas, a professional basketball team in Turkey, during a press conference in Manhattan. Posted by Ben Golliver Earlier this week, we noted two reports (here and here) that linked former Philadelphia 76ers guard Allen Iverson to the Turkish club Besiktas. Last night, Iverson's management company issued a press release confirming that Iverson had agreed to sign a 2-year, $4 million contract with the team and that he would sign it during a ceremony at the St. Regis hotel in Manhattan. That ceremony took place today and, from the looks of it, I wish I had been there. This picture, for example, is pretty incredible, as Iverson is either holding his future jersey, a tent flap or maternity clothing, I can't tell which. Kate Fagan reports that Iverson plans to move his family to Turkey with him and that he claims money is not a problem.
"It’s not a problem, it’s not a problem – money. Obviously if it was about money, I would jump out there and say, ‘You want me to come off the bench? How much money are you paying?' It wouldn’t be a big deal. It’s not about money or anything like that. It’s the fact that I want to play and contribute what I can give to a basketball team. I made a ton of money playing in the NBA and all I want to do is play basketball and be happy. I’m at the point in my career where mentally and physically I know I can play basketball and that’s what I want to do. If I can’t play in the NBA, but I want to play basketball, that’s a decision I have to make."
Here's some video of the signing, via Philly.com, which shows Iverson shaking hands with Besiktas executives. What a surreal scene, and my immediate impulse is to conclude that, despite Iverson's move halfway across the globe to play basketball, we'll be seeing The Answer pop up from time to time for many years to come. Unfortunately, I'm cringing at that thought. Hopefully Iverson gets this back on track before he reaches Tyson Territory.
 
 
 
 
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