Monthly Archives: November, 2013

Sixers Win In OT

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The Sixers overcame a late deficit to defeat the Bucks 115-107. When they win they sure as hell are exciting.

Sixers-Bucks

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The Sixers are officially on a losing streak, and the Bucks want to extend it. They represent to Sixers fans what a pretty ordinary team that makes the playoffs every year, but really can’t improve is. The Bucks are why NBA teams tank. They are purgatory, not in it, they represent it. They compete for the eighth seed year in and year out, they get a mid-round pick and a mostly empty arena as a reward. No one wants to be them, ever.

Thaddeus Young will miss his second straight game. The Sixers also have released Darius Miles and Kwame Brown.

The starters:
The Bucks
PG Luke Ridnour
SG O.J. Mayo
SF Caron Butler
PF Ekpe Udoh
C Zaza Pachulia

The Sixers (5-7)
PG Michael Carter-Williams
SG James Anderson
SF Evan Turner
PF Daniel Orton
C Spencer Hawes

Raptors Beat Sixers 108-98

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The Raptors took over first place in the Atlantic Divison. The loss is the fourth straight for the Sixers who now sit at 5-8 for the year.

Spencer Hawes went for 28 and 10, while DeMar DeRozen scored 33 for Toronto.

The Bucks come to town on Friday.

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Tonight at the Wells Fargo Center, the Toronto Raptors attempt to take first place from the Sixers (read that again). Though the Raptors have lost two straight, the Sixers have lost three straight, so they are in worse shape I guess. Both teams are no good, and the Atlantic Division is pretty bad right now as a whole. As of right now, it looks like Michael Carter-Williams will play tonight, which is a plus for the Sixers, as it puts Tony Wroten back in the sixth man slot he is much better suited for.

The Starters:

The Raptors (4-7)
PG Kyle Lowery
SG DeMar DeRozen
SF Rudy Gay
PF Amir Johnson
C Jonas Valanciunas

The Sixers (5-7)
PG Michael Carter-Williams
SG James Anderson
SF Evan Turner
PF Thaddeus Young
C Spencer Hawes

The Raptors are favored by three in the game, and the over/under on the number of Jonas Brothers references Malik Rose makes during the game referring to the Raptors’ Jonas Valanciunas is four.

Sixers Drop Third Straight

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The Sixers lost to the Mavs tonight 97-94. Monta Ellis got to the basket whenever he wanted, Shawn Marion can still dunk and Evan Turner lost his shit at a critical time, getting hit with a technical foul late in the fourth quarter.

The Sixers led up until the end of the third quarter, before the Mavs’ onslaught of turnovers…I’m not really sure how they lost actually. The Mavs shot better, but turned the ball over constantly. Turner led the Sixers with 24.

The Mavs got 24 from Monta Ellis who scored 19 in the second half. Shawn Marion and Dirk Nowitzki chipped in 20 each to keep Mark Cuban happy.

The loss drops the Sixers to 5-7 on the season. The highlight of the night, for me, was watching Sammy Dalembert swat a Spencer Hawes shot. It was an allegory for mediocre center play. Also, does anyone else absolutely hate Vince Carter?

Tonight: The Mavs

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The Sixers are in Dallas for the last game of a three-game road jaunt, fresh off an absolute drubbing at the hands of the Pelicans. The end of this road trip also means that tonight should be the last game without rookie PG Michael Carter-Williams. The Mavs have been playing well lately, despite starting Sammy Dalembert, and the Sixers have struggled on this short trip going 0-2. If the last two games were any indication, James Anderson and Tony Wroten are not the answer, or maybe they are….to you know, losing.

The Starters:

The Sixers (5-6)
PG Tony Wroten
SG James Anderson
SF Evan Turner
PF Thaddeus Young
C Spencer Hawes

The Mavericks (6-4)
PG Jose Calderon
SG Monta Ellis
SF Shawn Marion
PF Dirk Nowitzki
C Samuel Dalembert

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Jrue Holiday faces the team that traded him for the first time. The Sixers face the team that owes them a protected first-round pick in the 2014 draft. Michael Carter-Williams is out again.

The Starters
Sixers (5-5)
PG Tony Wroten
SG James Anderson
SF Evan Turner
PF Thaddeus Young
C   Spencer Hawes

The Pelicans (3-6)
PG Jrue Holiday
SG Eric Gordon
SF Al-Farouq Aminu
PF Anthony Davis
C Jason Smith

Hawks Tonight

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The Sixers take on the Hawks tonight in Atlanta. Michael Carter-Williams will miss his second straight game. They’ll probably win, because why the hell not.

The lineups:
Sixers (5-4)
PG Tony Wroten, Jr.
SG James Anderson
SF Evan Turner
PF Thaddeus Young
C Spencer Hawes

Hawks (4-4)
PG Jeff Teague
SG Kyle Korver
SF DeMarre Carroll
PF Gustavo Ayon
C Al Horford

Sixers Win in OT

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Tony Wroten, Jr. put up a triple-double for the Sixers tonight while starting for the first time this season in place of the injured Michael Carter-Williams. The Sixers’ sixth man dropped 18 on the Rockets to go along with 10 boards and 11 assists.

Equally as impressive tonight was James Anderson, who scored a career-high 36 against his former team. The Sixers held a lead going into the half, fell behind by as many as nine, and tied the game to send it to overtime, where Spencer Hawes scored the go-ahead basket with 34 seconds left.

The Sixers overcame a building-record nine three pointers made by Jeremy Lin, who started in place of James Harden (who doesn’t like to play D)

Dwight Howard added 23 and 15 for the Rockets who fell to 5-4 on the season. The Sixers are now a surprising 5-4 which puts them on pace to be the Bucks. Think about this, this team is fun to watch but can they really win in the future without a star? A real star, I know I made a supposition about Tony Parker and Michael Carter-Williams, but Tony Parker played with two real stars for his entire career. Who wins any other way? I don’t enjoy losing, but I also don’t want the team to add Carmelo Anthony in the off-season and hope he meshes with young players.

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Liberty Ballers posted a great rundown of last nights college action which highlighted picks 1, 2, and 3 in the 2014 NBA Draft: Andrew Wiggins, Julius Randle and Jabari Parker. Good read. [Liberty Ballers]