Game #43:Belated Thoughts on Sixers/Knicks

Well that was unexpected…

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Doug Collins re-arranges the deck chairs, Spike Lee makes the trip down the Turnpike, Will Smith decides to wear his Sixers cap, and somehow the Philadelphia 76ers go wire to wire in a 97 to 80 DESTRUCTION of the Atlantic Division leading New York Knicks.

WEIRD! And frankly, I’m not really sure what happened…

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I do know that Jrue Holiday, in the first contest since his All Star selection, scored a career high 35 points. The most points scored by a 76er since April 18th, 2007. That’s a long time.

Who do you think tallied that last, lusty, mid-30’s point total?

Evan Turner’s spiritual predecessor and beloved, chucking, combo-guard extradionaire, Willie J. Green. Here’s the box score. As Willie Green, Joe Smith, and the ageless Andre Miller (who was already 31 at this point) combined for 93 points in  a 122-119 victory over the Toronto Raptors.

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That was early in the YouTube era, but here is some grainy surveillance footage from that game, featuring (you guessed it) a fade-away jumper by Green over what appears to be a flat-footed Jose Calderon.

WILLIE GREEN!!! IN YOUR EYE!!!

Game Observations:

1) Sixers Starting Line-up.

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Collins inserts Spencer Hawes and a saucy Nick Young into the starting line-up, and the Starters go buck wild. Shooting 56% from the field, drawing 20 foul shots, and scoring all but 8 of the Sixers 97 points.

 

2) Jrue Holiday was feeling it.

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16 of 25 from the floor. and a final line of 35pts/6asts/5rebs and only 1 turnover. Maybe Holiday’s All Star status means he’ll start getting some foul calls…

NOPE… just 3 free throws en route to his 35 points.

2) Nick Young Alley -Oop to Evan Turner.

Throwing an Oop to Turner is a risky proposition, by I’m told Evan and Swaggy were working on this on the nerf hoop in Turner’s rec room…

Here is some footage from when they invited Turner’s best friend Eli over join the throw down.

3) Sixers Defense! You may recall that Carmelo Antony abused Thad Young when the teams met in February

A different story on Saturday. Brimming with made-jumper-confidence, the Sixers swarmed and pestered Anthony into 9 of 28 shooting, with Thad being particularly effective. A sorely needed start to finish defensive effort, with the Sixers outscoring the Knicks in all 4 quarters.

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4) maybe you thought Spencer Hawes Christmas Segway was a gag gift, or maybe just Spence posing for a funny photo.

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NOPE…. apparently a viable means of transportation for a professional athlete!

Spencer hawes segway continued

 

5) Andrew Bynum might be playing soon. POST MOVES… sort of…

6) Mars Blackmon… How you’ve aged…

 

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