Category Archive: Previews

Dec 13 2013

Cleaning House In Canada

“Masai Ujiri is on the line” might be the scariest six words for executives and general managers around the league. Since being hired by Toronto as president of basketball operations and general manager in the spring, Ujiri has unloaded Andrea Bargnani and Rudy Gay, reducing the Raptors’ salary cap number by nearly $20 million for next season, while gaining and not subtracting future assets. Somewhere Sam Hinkie nods in approval.

Ujiri is not finished either. According to the New York Daily News, the Knicks and Raps had a deal in place that would have sent point guard Kyle Lowry … Read the rest

Nov 08 2013

The Costs of Living On the Run

Do I enjoy watching the Sixers blaze up and down the floor? Sure do. Fast breaks, ill-advised threes, free Big Macs. Yeah, count me in.

As Tom pointed out yesterday, the Sixers are averaging 105.6 possessions a game, giving their team the most chances to score. Obviously, there is a downside to living life on the run: Horrendous, disjointed, undisciplined team defense.

Since we don’t have all day, let’s just take a look at their three point defense. The Sixers are allowing 108.4 points per contest, with a third of those points coming off of 3-pointers — the most … Read the rest

Apr 17 2013

Game 82 Preview: It’s finally over

Philadelphia 76ers (33-48; 10-29 Road) @ Indiana Pacers (28-52; 17-23 Home)

TIme: 8:00 PM ET
Offensive Rating: Philadelphia – 99.4 (26th); Indiana – 101.6 (19th)
Defensive Rating: Philadelphia – 103.0 (14th); Indiana – 96.5 (1st)
Vegas: Indiana -4.5

Preview: Let’s ignore the noise for a moment. The Sixers went from 35-31 team (44 win pace) to a 33/34 win team. After replacing  Andre Iguodala, Elton Brand, and Lou Williams with Dorell Wright, Damien Wilkins and a half-season of Jason Richardson, that’s pretty much exactly what you would have expected. So yeah, we’ll remember the infamous press conference, the strange rotations, … Read the rest

Apr 15 2013

Game 81 Preview: End of the Collins era

Philadelphia 76ers (33-47; 10-29 Road) @ Detroit Pistons (28-52; 17-23 Home)

TIme: 7:30 PM ET
Offensive Rating: Philadelphia – 99.4 (26th); Detroit – 100.8 (21st)
Defensive Rating: Philadelphia – 102.9 (14th); Detroit – 105.7 (24th)
Vegas: Detroit -3.5

Preview: Like him or loathe him, Doug Collins is not a quitter. He won’t quit, even after he has quit. He cares about the city (and his reputation) too much to let that happen. So don’t expect to anything drastically different in the final two games of the DC coaching era. They’re still the best of the worst.

Three things:Read the rest

Apr 14 2013

Game 80 Preview: Anything you can lose I can lose better

Philadelphia 76ers (32-47;10-29 Road) @ Cleveland Cavaliers (24-55; 14-26 Home)

TIme: 3:30 PM EDT
Offensive Rating: Philadelphia – 99.4 (26th); Cleveland – 101.0 (21st)
Defensive Rating: Philadelphia – 103.2 (15th); Cleveland – 106.9 (T-26th)
Vegas: Philadelphia -5.5

Preview: While the Sixers run an inefficient, jumpshot-heavy offense, the Cavs run an equally inefficient isolation-heavy offense centered around Kyrie Irving. The 21-year-old future superstar shoots, and he shoots a lot: he had a career-high 27 field goal attempts against the Knicks on Friday. The Sixers should be able to win their home finale if Jrue Holiday can shut down Cleveland’s leading scorer. … Read the rest

Apr 12 2013

Game 79 Preview: Playing for the 9 seed

Philadelphia 76ers (31-47; 9-29 Road) @ Washington Wizards (29-50; 22-17 Home)

Time: 7:00 PM ET
Offensive Rating: Philadelphia – 99.5 (26th); Washington – 97.7 (30th)
Defensive Rating: Philadelphia – 103.0 (15th); Washington – 100.0 (T-5th)
Vegas: Washington -5.5

Preview:  After playing .500 ball for a three month stretch, the Wizards have reverted to lottery form. In the last week, they’ve suffered double-digit losses to Boston and NYK, and on Wednesday they lost to the Heat’s B-team. Trevor Ariza (knee) and Martell Webster (abdomen) probably won’t play, and they’re already without their second-leading scorer Bradley Beal. If they’re going for the Read the rest

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