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Monday night NBA grades: The yin and yang of Sixers, Knicks

Feb 25, 2014, 2:11 AM EDT

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source:  Philadelphia 76ers on the court. My. Lord. They. Are. Terrible. The Sixers have lost 11 in a row after getting just routed by the Milwaukee Bucks 130-110. That would be the 11-win Milwaukee Bucks, which shot 57.1 percent as a team (67.2 true shooting percentage) and had an offensive rating of 130 (points per 100 possessions). They play poor transition defense, which is a big issue for a team playing at the fastest pace in the league. I’d say this is rock bottom but I don’t know that it is —Spencer Hawes and Evan Turner are gone and it’s Thaddeus Young, a rookie Michael Carter-Williams and not much else against the world. It’s hard to watch. Honestly if the 15-42 Sixers get to 20 wins this season I’ll be shocked.

source:  Philadelphia 76ers’ rebuilding plan. If you’re going to rebuild by being bad, then be very bad. This is what organizational tanking looks like — it’s not that the players are not trying (Michael Carter-Williams was +6) but there is no depth of NBA talent on this team. Which is what Sixers GM Sam Hinkie was going for — he has loaded up on picks and as of right now the Sixers would have the second most Ping-Pong balls in the lottery. They stand a very good chance of a top three pick and can’t go lower than four. That’s what they should do in this draft — and even if they draft a real star he and Carter-Williams will learn more hard lessons next year and be bad. But after a few drafts and a few seasons it will start to come together. At least that’s the plan.

source:  Carmelo Anthony, New York Knicks. You can’t question the man’s effort — 44 points on 14-of-29 shooting, plus he pulled down nine rebounds. He hit the trailing three that got the Knicks going, he found his groove and carried them. Every night on a roster that has deteriorated around him (don’t tell me this is all on Woodson, he didn’t make Raymond Felton take a step back, or J.R. Smith, or trade for Bargnani) Anthony is bringing it like an All-Star. An increasingly frustrated All-Star. And even when he does things right such as play good man defense on Dirk Nowitzki in the final seconds of the game, it doesn’t matter because the bounce goes the other team’s way. But you have to admire Anthony in the face of this disaster of a season.

source:  Knicks perimeter defense. Dallas just carved it up. Yes, Mike Woodson’s odd love of switching everything and scheme (such as it is) doesn’t help matters, but he has just terrible perimeter defenders to work with (and that includes the now waived Metta World Peace, who moves in molasses and is a shadow of his former self). The Knicks play with no defensive IQ. How the heck is Vince Carter left that open all night long to drain threes? The Knicks pick-and-roll defense is atrocious — it leads to open threes or passes to open cutters every time down. I could go on and on, but watch this defense and tell me again how the Knicks are going to make up 6 games in their remaining 25 and make the playoffs.


  1. davidly - Feb 25, 2014 at 2:57 AM

    Chris Paul, LA Clippers.
    He had 19 points in 30 minutes, 6 of 10 from the field, perfect from the stripe, 13 assists and no turnovers on the road against his former team.

  2. seattlesuperchronic - Feb 25, 2014 at 3:45 AM

    A+ for Giannis Antetokounmpo’s hustle! I’m hoping so much that this guy becomes a beast.

  3. balfe13 - Feb 25, 2014 at 3:53 AM

    …and then that the team somehow moves to Seattle. Me too, buddy. Me too.

  4. seattlesuperchronic - Feb 25, 2014 at 5:25 AM


    I’d welcome the Bucks here, but I’d hate to see another city lose a franchise. I don’t wish that upon anybody. Expansion!

  5. jimeejohnson - Feb 25, 2014 at 7:30 AM

    The Knicks suck so bad even Mr. Wright has abandoned them.

  6. ryanrockzzz - Feb 25, 2014 at 7:50 AM

    The sad thing is, this isn’t the worst I remembe the Sixers in the last 10-20 years. It’s certainly got to be at least equal though, cause last night was hideous. I remember as a kid in the 90’s watching bad Sixers teams in the Shawn Bradley, Derrick Coleman days. I remember at one point knowing that Vernon Maxwell was the team’s leading scorer, and thinking that he was actually a good player. Sixers fans sadly have gotten used to losing, with the rare exception of the dull medocrity of the Iverson years. At least now ownership has a plan, and really it’s the right one to have. The funny part is going to be next year. MCW/Wroten/Noel and probably a few 1st round picks playing signifigant minutes. They could be even worse then they are this year.

    • unxpexted1 - Feb 25, 2014 at 8:36 AM

      “Medocrity of the Iverson years”??? You do remember going to the finals right?

  7. spillz121 - Feb 25, 2014 at 9:31 AM

    Opposing guards salivate when they see Prigioni guarding them and Chandler rarely comes over to help after Prigioni gets abused

  8. phillycannon - Feb 25, 2014 at 10:26 AM

    you give a A to Carmelo lol. This writer is a joke. Funny thing is my Sixers are bad, but they are not even 10 games back from the Knicks. So giving the Sixers a F…is cool, but giving the Knicks a D-, is crazy, Why not a F? Carmelo just looked at Dirk when he shot the ball last night. Knicks have way more talent than my Sixers, but you got to call a spade a spade here. The Knicks suck!!!!!!

  9. phillysports1 - Feb 25, 2014 at 11:59 AM

    With two good draft picks in the first round , Noel healthy ; how are the sixers going be worse next year ?

  10. boogiefan87 - Feb 25, 2014 at 12:56 PM

    I really like how this is good defense on Dirk…

  11. boogiefan87 - Feb 25, 2014 at 12:57 PM

    I like how having both arms in his back (Melo) is good defense on Dirk.

    • boogiefan87 - Feb 25, 2014 at 12:58 PM

    • boogiefan87 - Feb 25, 2014 at 1:00 PM

      oops sorry for double post.

  12. andyreidisfat - Feb 25, 2014 at 1:18 PM

    I couldn’t disagree more about the sixers. They will have this years rookie of the year and a guy who should have been the first pick (also keep making comments about Noel being to skinny, the dude is a monster now) they will also be drafting most likely Parker who can be a very good player from the jump. They will also have another top 12 pick which I am thinking will be Arron Gordon or exum. Add to all that the fact that I think they will sign at least one max contract and one with a good not great player. They could be a top 3 team in the east next year.

    Yes they are bad now but no team in the nba has or has had as good an opportunity to get real good real quick as the sixers have had over the last two years. Hinkie may very well be the best gm in the nba right now if he pulls this whole deal off. Heck hinkie will never pay for meal in Philly again if this works out

    • boogiefan87 - Feb 25, 2014 at 2:06 PM

      I loled at “top 3 team”. Even in the East, that’s a big no-no!

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