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    Default April 11 - Philadelphia 76ers

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    Clinging to one of the last playoff spots in the Eastern Conference, the Philadelphia 76ers are desperately trying to string together some victories.

    They look to win consecutive games for the first time in a month when they visit the Toronto Raptors on Wednesday night.

    Philadelphia (30-27) earned its first April win and snapped a four-game losing streak Tuesday with a 107-88 victory at New Jersey. Lou Williams had 20 points while fellow reserves Thaddeus Young and Spencer Hawes each scored 19 as the 76ers also ended a four-game road skid, officially eliminating the Nets from the playoff race.

    The 76ers, 5-10 since a three-game winning streak March 7-11, are in the mix with New York and Milwaukee for the final two playoff spots in the East. Though Philadelphia is currently in seventh place, it has not recently resembled the club that led the Atlantic Division for a good portion of the season.

    With a visit to Toronto (20-38) and another date with the Nets this week, the 76ers have a good opportunity to regain some momentum.

    Williams, Young and Hawes, who each grabbed eight boards Tuesday to help the 76ers outrebound New Jersey 53-36, paced a Philadelphia bench that scored a season-high 62 points. It marked the first time in Hawes' 28 games this season that the 7-foot-1 center came off the bench.

    "(Coach Doug Collins) told me before shootaround and obviously I wasn't happy," Hawes said about not starting. "I think anybody playing the game, you get news like that and you're not happy. There are two ways to go. You can sit there and sulk about it, or be a man, swallow it and then try to make the most of it."

    Hawes, who totaled nine points in the previous two games, could be in the same role Wednesday as the 76ers try to win their second straight at Toronto.

    The teams split the first two meetings this season, both in Philadelphia. After the 76ers held the Raptors to season lows for field-goal percentage (31.8) and points in a 97-62 win Jan. 7, Toronto snapped a three-game skid in the series with a 99-78 victory last Wednesday. Andrea Bargnani scored 24 points as the Raptors shot 50.6 percent overall and outscored Philadelphia 20-7 in the fourth quarter.

    "It was just an excellent team effort. Guys stayed together," Raptors coach Dwane Casey said.

    Bargnani has totaled 45 points and 16 rebounds versus Philadelphia this season, but he could miss a second straight game with calf tightness.

    Toronto has averaged 84.3 points while losing three straight since beating the 76ers, but it nearly erased a 15-point deficit while scoring 36 points in the fourth quarter of Monday's 103-98 defeat at Indiana.

    "I appreciate the guys' effort," Casey said. "The fight was there. It wasn't pretty and again, all we can do is ask for that type of effort."

    Linas Kleiza had a team-high 18 points off the bench as the Raptors fell short despite shooting 48.0 percent.

    DeMar DeRozan was held to 10 points at Indiana, but finished with 18 at Philadelphia last week. He had 29 points in the Raptors' 107-94 loss in the teams' most recent meeting in Toronto on Jan. 26, 2011.
    Big game for Philly in terms of the playoffs. I'd like to see Milwaukee get in over them.... but I'd like to see both Milwaukee and Philly get in the playoffs over NY.

    Bargnani won't play.

    Toronto Raptors forward Andrea Bargnani will not play Wednesday night against the Philadelphia 76ers because of a left calf strain, the team announced.Bargnani will undergo tests tomorrow for the nagging injury.

    http://www.hoopsworld.com/raptors-f-...esday-vs-76ers
    Expect Bargnani to be shut down for the year tomorrow (speculation on my part).

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    one more for tank nation!!!!

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    loss here, kings beat the hornets and we're back in 4th place in the power tankings!! #MKG

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    one more for tank nation!!!!
    With this intense competition to lose as many games as possible, it's an interesting footnote that David Thorpe's rookie rankings has the top five rookies ranked as follows:

    1. K Irving, drafted number one overall
    2. K. Farried, drafted number 22
    3. C. Parsons, drafted number 38
    4. K. Leonard, drafted number 15
    5. I. Thomas, drafted dead last at 60.

    Though technically not a rookie, this is this first season undrafted Jeremy Lin was given the opportunity to log significant minutes. There are 5 players of note not taken low in the lottery, out performing the first 14 picks (except Irving, of course). Tanking doesn't necessarily work as intended.
    Last edited by stretch; Wed Apr 11th, 2012 at 07:51 PM.

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    Quote stretch wrote: View Post
    With this intense competition to lose as many games as possible, it's an interesting footnote that David Thorpe's rookie rankings has the top five rookies ranked as follows:

    1. K Irving, drafted number one overall
    2. K. Farried, drafted number 22
    3. C. Parsons, drafted number 38
    4. K. Leonard, drafted number 15
    5. I. Thomas, drafted dead last at 60.

    Though technically not a rookie, this is this first season undrafted Jeremy Lin was given the opportunity to log significant minutes. There are 5 players of note not taken low in the lottery, out performing the first 14 picks (except Irving, of course). Tanking doesn't necessarily work as intended.
    Bring this post up again in 3 years
    @jerboat

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    Calderon hurt in the eye again and Kleiza not returning? The tank is going full speed...

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    Quote ceez wrote: View Post
    Bring this post up again in 3 years
    My thoughts exactly.

    I think only Irving will be on the list - and that is with me being very impressed with Farried and Leonard.

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    Quote stretch wrote: View Post
    With this intense competition to lose as many games as possible, it's an interesting footnote that David Thorpe's rookie rankings has the top five rookies ranked as follows:

    1. K Irving, drafted number one overall
    2. K. Farried, drafted number 22
    3. C. Parsons, drafted number 38
    4. K. Leonard, drafted number 15
    5. I. Thomas, drafted dead last at 60.

    Though technically not a rookie, this is this first season undrafted Jeremy Lin was given the opportunity to log significant minutes. There are 5 players of note not taken low in the lottery, out performing the first 14 picks (except Irving, of course). Tanking doesn't necessarily work as intended.
    And where in my post did i say tanking is either good/bad? i just said one more for Tank Nation meaning another loss.

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    Sixers are in as big a funk as anybody, raps will probably win.

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    I want philly to make the playoffs and the bucks too. Fuck New York!

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    Default Jack mentioned last game that TSN wouldn't be covering anymore games this season...

    Does that mean Leo instead of Jack? In that case, I'm watching the rest of the games from the other team's station.

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    Quote theycallmeZZ wrote: View Post
    Does that mean Leo instead of Jack? In that case, I'm watching the rest of the games from the other team's station.
    Yup, all the remaining games are on Sportsnet One.

    Regular Sportsnet will be televising the Blue Jays.
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    Ed is a superb rebounder! He has such great timing and always gets good position

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    Ed proving the doubters wrong. 2 ORPG in 20 minutes to Amir's 2.4 ORPG in 25 MPG.

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    Alan anderson - give the man a contract.

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    justin dentmon aint that bad. Better than uzoh IMO and he actually knows how to shoot sort of. Alan Anderson should be signed as a 3rd string SF for next season he deserves it.

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    Quote NoPropsneeded wrote: View Post
    justin dentmon aint that bad. Better than uzoh IMO and he actually knows how to shoot sort of. Alan Anderson should be signed as a 3rd string SF for next season he deserves it.
    Man, we as a fanbase, have been completely desensitized to shitty basketball. Neither Dentmon, Uzoh, or Anderson belong anywhere near a real NBA team.

    The faster this season ends (and these 3 players are never heard of again), the better.
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    Quote Nilanka wrote: View Post
    Man, we as a fanbase, have been completely desensitized to shitty basketball. Neither Dentmon, Uzoh, or Anderson belong anywhere near a real NBA team.

    The faster this season ends (and these 3 players are never heard of again), the better.
    That explains the Lester Hudson thread.

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    Quote Matt52 wrote: View Post
    That explains the Lester Hudson thread.
    LOL! Exactly.
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    Quote Nilanka wrote: View Post
    Man, we as a fanbase, have been completely desensitized to shitty basketball. Neither Dentmon, Uzoh, or Anderson belong anywhere near a real NBA team.

    The faster this season ends (and these 3 players are never heard of again), the better.

    I think Alan Anderson can easily be our third string wingman on a minimum contract instead of Kleiza who is on a 5million/year. He has a lot of experience, can defend, shoot 3s, handle, drive to the rim.

    MKG, JJ and Alan Anderson for the 3 spot.

    I don't buy into the 'Kleiza will help Val settle down' reasoning in letting him stay here next season. Val is 19 and doesnt need a 28 year old wingman in a multi-cultural toronto.

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