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Monday night NBA grades: In a tanktastic season, Philadelphia finding new lows

Feb 11, 2014, 3:25 AM EDT

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Our quick look around the NBA, or what you missed while wishing you had a beer refrigerator as cool as Canada’s….

source:  Philadelphia 76ers. They have lost two consecutive games by 40 or more points — 45 to the Clippers on Sunday, 43 to the Warriors on Monday. The only other team to lose back-to-back games by that much … the 1994 Philadelphia 76ers. We knew Philadelphia would struggle this season but not like this. It’s not just one end of the court where they have issues, Philadelphia couldn’t stop Golden State, allowing them to score 115.8 points per 100 possessions. On the other end Philly shot just 6-of-26 in the second quarter scoring 12 points. The Sixers need the All-Star break badly.

source:   Marreese Speights, Golden State Warriors. When Marreese Speights dreams it must be a lot like this — 17 second quarter points, 32 points for the game on 12-of-15 shooting, the crowd shouting “M-V-P” when he steps to the free throw line. That he did it against the Sixers “defense” doesn’t matter. He was 7-of-8 in the paint, 4-of-5 from the midrange and 1-of-2 from three. With Andrew Bogut and Jermaine O’Neal out they expected him to step up, but nobody expected this.

source:   John Loyer, Detroit Pistons coach. The orders from owner Tom Gores have been the same all season — make the playoffs. Well, Loyer has been on the job one game but after a win over banged-up San Antonio Spurs his Pistons are tied for the eighth seed in the East. Hey a lot of guys including Frank Vogel of the Pacers got their job as mid-seasons replacements and proved they should keep the gig, we’ll see if Loyer can prove to be one of those.

source:   David West, Indiana Pacers. He’s maybe the most overlooked star in the NBA right now, certainly a guy fans overlook on this team, but he is key to what they do. West had 17 of his 25 in first quarter as Pacers pulled away early and never looked back. He got most of those points on Kenneth Faried. Denver likes to run, and up-tempo teams have bothered the Pistons this season (see the Suns for an example) but the Pacers bottled up the Nuggets from the start.

source:  Jeff Green, Boston Celtics. Green showed up ready to be aggressive and that proved too much for the Bucks to handle. Green had 11 of his 29 points in the fourth quarter when the Celtics pulled away. Green struggled to finish (2-of-5 in the restricted area) but he was 6-of-9 from the midrange as his jumper was falling.


  1. divan22 - Feb 11, 2014 at 4:10 AM

    “He was 7-of-8 in the paint, 4-of-5 from three and 1-of-2 from three.”

    It’s simply astounding that you haven’t yet been shamed into getting someone to proofread your work. Shameful.

    • broncobeta - Feb 11, 2014 at 9:50 AM

      Preach it.

    • asimonetti88 - Feb 11, 2014 at 11:11 AM

      Why pay someone to do it when you’ll do it for free in the comments?

      • jimeejohnson - Feb 11, 2014 at 11:22 AM


  2. ranfan12 - Feb 11, 2014 at 5:50 AM

    Were the point guards carrying the ball this game? I don’t exactly understand the rule, but sometimes it took forever for the ball the hit the floor

  3. ryanrockzzz - Feb 11, 2014 at 8:40 AM

    I’m pretty sure I expected the Sixers to be this bad. The roster on this team is hideous.

    • money2long - Feb 11, 2014 at 9:34 AM

      one has to ask themselves, how did the heat reallllly lose to this roster. the stars had to be aligned in the cosmos that evening

  4. kastout11 - Feb 11, 2014 at 9:02 AM

    The Sixers are a bad basketball team. The sad thing is that I don’t think they are tanking. They are really that bad. When they trade Evan Turner and get Noel, a top five pick and New Orleans’ pick, they will be fine next year. Just maybe, Lebron will see the talent coming next year and take his talents to Philadelphia.

    • jimeejohnson - Feb 11, 2014 at 11:23 AM

      He can’t go to Philly. He knows he’d never be as big as Rocky.

  5. psubeerman21 - Feb 11, 2014 at 9:47 AM

    Tanking aside, why would we want them to keep Young, Turner, or Hawes? If we can get anything for these mutts, it would be a miracle. Some people equate trading them with tanking; I think we are trading them because they suck. Do we really want to re-sign Hawes or Turner? Why? So we can be this bad next year?

  6. phillysports1 - Feb 11, 2014 at 12:02 PM

    @kastout11 that’s the same thing I had in mind all season . But the Lebron part coming to Philly ? I’m not too sure about that ..

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