Weekend Wrap-Up: 6/21-6/23

Cole Hamels has fallen to 2-11 on the season.

Cole Hamels has fallen to 2-11 on the season.

The Phillies had yet another dismal weekend going 1-2 against the lowly New York Mets. The situation for the Phils is looking more and more dire as the team approaches July. One Eagles star took his talents to the diamond to raise money for a very worthy cause. The future of the Flyers’ top netminder is still in question as the team has yet to make his fate known. A potentially historical trade is up for league approval and could change the outlook of the Atlantic Division or the 76ers.

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Sixers’ Drafts: What If?

The Sixers lineup could include some potential all-stars if the team had drafted differently over the years.

The Sixers lineup could include some potential all-stars if the team had drafted differently over the years.

Hindsight is of course 20-20 and it is impossible to go back an re-do the past. For Sixers fans, it would certainly be nice to be able to do so when you consider what possible decisions could have been made with the franchise.

With the 2013 NBA Draft coming next month, it is only natural to look back on some past drafts of the Sixers. When doing so, it is interesting to see some of the players the Sixers took a pass on.

Here is a look at one potential starting line-up that the Sixers could have out on the floor if they selected a little differently.

  • PG Jrue Holiday Drafted 17th overall 2009 by Sixers
  • SG Paul George Drafted 2nd overall 2010 by Sixers (Sixers actually picked Evan Turner)
  • SF Wilson Chandler 21st overall in 2007 by Sixers (Sixers actually selected Daequan Cook and traded for Jason Smith)
  • PF Serge Ibaka Drafted 16th overall 2008 by Sixers (Sixers actually picked Marreese Speights)
  • C Marc Gasol Drafted 38th overall 2007 by Sixers (Sixers actually picked Kyrylo Fesenko)
  • Bench: SF/PF Thaddeus Young 12th in 2007, PF/C Carl Landry 30th in 2007 (Sixers actually selected Petteri Koponen and traded for Derrick Byars)

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2013 NBA All Star Reserve Predictions

Kyrie Irving and Jrue Holiday could both make the Eastern Conference All-Star team.

Kyrie Irving and Jrue Holiday could both make the Eastern Conference All-Star team.

As the first half of the NBA season comes to a close, we look ahead to the 2013 NBA All-Star Game. The annual East-West Clash will take place in Houston, Texas on February, 17th. The votes are in for the starters and the fans have selected the five players from each conference that will carry the honor of starting in the 62nd NBA All-Star Game. The starters for the East include PG Rajon Rondo, SG Dwyane Wade, SF Lebron James, SF Carmelo Anthony, and PF/C Kevin Garnett. The West will be represented by PG Chris Paul, SG Kobe Bryant, SF Kevin Durant, PF Blake Griffin, and C Dwight Howard.

Bryant led all players in votes with 1,591,437 just edging out Lebron James. Bryant’s nod is a record 15th consecutive. Another player making his 15th appearance in the game is Kevin Garnett. The NBA has changed their voting procedure to remove the Center position and to allow fans to simply vote for three frontcourt players. This rule change most likely gave Garnett a bump into the starting five.

There are no major surprises in the starting units but this will be an incredibly interesting year for reserves. The bench players will be named on January, 24th and will be selected by the votes of the 30 head coaches. Here are my choices for who should be the reserves for each team.

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Sixers vs. Celtics Game 7: Keys to the Game

Andre Iguodala records this and one slam on Paul Pierce in Game 6.

The Philadelphia 76ers were able to successfully hold off elimination on Wednesday night. They were able to defeat the Celtics 82-75 to force a Game 7 in a series that has gone back and forth constantly. No team has been able to put together consecutive wins and that is what the 76ers will have to do to move on and face the Miami Heat. The Eastern Conference Finals awaits the winner of tomorrow night’s game.

Tomorrow night could be the final game for the Celtics’ Big 3 of Garnett, Pierce and Allen.

For the Celtics, moving on would symbolize a ray of hope for a team to have one more chance to win it all, knowing they will inevitably be split up in the off season. For the Sixers, moving on symbolizes growth and will be another opportunity for Doug Collins to teach his team valuable lessons. It would also be a chance for the Sixers to get a shot at the Heat, who knocked them out of the playoffs in the first round last season.

Both teams have displayed their strengths in victories and their weaknesses in defeat. Tomorrow night will come down to which team brings their A game. If they both do, there will be certain keys to victory for both sides.

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Sixers on Brink of Elimination Following Game 5 Loss

Doug Collins and the Sixers will have to win two games in a row to advance to the Eastern Conference Finals.

The Philadelphia 76ers’ playoff run is now just one loss away from being over. The Boston Celtics took a 3-2 series lead with a 101-85 win last night in Boston. The game followed the trend of the majority of the contests in this series. One team led for the majority of the game (Sixers), while the other found a way to piece it together in the second half en route to the win (Celtics). The Sixers will now have to win two consecutive games to advance to the Eastern Conference Finals.

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Sixers Stage Big Comeback to Win Game 4, Series Tied 2-2

Andre Iguodala and the Sixers came back from 18 down to steal Game 3 from Doc Rivers and the Celtics.

Just when it looked like it was time to make plans for the Sixers’ offseason, the scrappy bunch once again shocked the world. The Sixers overcame an 18 point deficit to defeat the Boston Celtics 92-83. The combination of an embarrassing Game 3 loss, and a horrible first half in Game 4, made it look like the Sixers were clearly in over their heads. The response by the Sixers put that notion to rest and now the Sixers have new life in this series.

The Sixers kept an important streak going with last night’s win. They have still not lost consecutive games in the playoffs and they only have one lose at the Wells Fargo Center.

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Sixers lose BIG in Game 3, Boston leads 2-1

Elton Brand, Andre Iguodala and Spencer Hawes look on as the Celtics defeated the Sixers in Game 3.

The Philadelphia 76ers undefeated streak at home in the playoffs is over. The Sixers failed to keep the streak alive as they fell in Game 3, 107-91. The Boston Celtics played their most complete game of the series to this point. They continued to play impressive defense and finally woke up on the offensive end of the floor. The Celtics had 81 points in Game 2. They eclipsed that mark midway through the third quarter in Game 3.

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Sixers Edge Out Celtics to tie Series

Andre Iguodala recorded 13 points, seven assists, and six rebounds to lead the Sixers to a Game 2 win.

The Philadelphia 76ers defeated the Boston Celtics last night, 82-81 to tie the series at a game a piece. The Celtics managed to edge out the Sixers by the same margin in the series opener. The Sixers got their revenge last night and head back to Philly for Game 3 with home-court advantage on their side. The Sixers went to Boston, took a game, and now return to the Wells Fargo Center where they have yet to lose in these playoffs.

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Last night’s game wasn’t pretty, but ugly games have become a trend for the Sixers throughout this postseason. They have relied on staunch defense and timely buckets to keep them in games and both of those things were on full display last night. The Celtics averaged 91 ppg during the regular season and the Sixers did a good job of keeping them off that number in Game 2.

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