Philadelphia had their big man rotation set. Coach Doug Collins said Kwame Brown was going to be the starter. (Why? Because he felt his blood pressure was too low.), There were also Spencer Hawes and Lavoy Allen on the roster to play the five, plus the Sixers just drafted 6’11” power forward Arnett Moultrie.
But when a player like Andrew Bynum becomes available and lets you move the Andre Iguodala contract you have looked to shed in the right deal for a while, you jump on it. Philadelphia did that as part of the Dwight Howard to the Lakers trade, a four-team trade that makes sense for everyone save Orlando (and you can argue they got what they wanted, I just think they might have gotten better offers).
The good news is Brown is no longer the starter. But Philly has more bigs than it needs, something most teams would kill for. As Sam Amico speculates at Fox Sports Ohio (as have others around the league), it’s logical to think they could move one of those bigs in a trade down the line. Not Bynum… well, unless he says he will not re-sign with them. But we’re a long way from that. Rather Brown, Allen and Hawes potentially could be moved.
As Hawes, Brown and Allen were all signed this summer to new deals, they cannot be moved until mid-December, so look for this to be more of a deadline deal. There are no talks now, but just saying watch this because it makes sense.
In the short term, watch Collins try to go big in an Eastern Conference where the powers of Miami and Boston are doing the opposite. Collins will likely start Bynum at the five and Hawes at the four, which is an experiment because Hawes has never played that position. But if it works it makes the Sixers a matchup problem for everyone (save maybe the Lakers).
That could work, at least until the Sixers make a move.
The Cavaliers were ready for their game against the Raptors tonight, and Toronto’s dance team wasn’t going to change that.
The last time I remember something like this happening, Grizzlies guard Tony Allen walked through the Warriors’ kid dancers. This video doesn’t show got the Cavaliers got to that point, but they might have the defense of being there first. Allen definitely didn’t have that.
Gary Neal made a jumper with 10:12 remaining in tonight’s Wizards-Hornets game.
That was Washington’s last basket.
Jared Dudley made a pair of free throws on the Wizards next possession, and Neal added two more free throws with 23 seconds left.
And that was all the Wizards scoring in the quarter.
Washington, which entered the final period up seven, lost 101-87 after its 1-for-20 final-period shooting.
The six fourth-quarter points were the fewest by an NBA team in a quarter since Cavaliers scored six third-quarter points in a Jan. 26, 2014 loss to the Suns. Last time a team scored so few in a fourth quarter: Nov. 13, 2012, when the Raptors had five against the Pacers.
At least Neal’s late free throws spared the Wizards further shame. Nobody has scored four or fewer points in a quarter since the Warriors managed just two in a Feb. 8, 2004 loss to the Raptors.
As it stands, this is one of only 44 times in the shot clock era a team has scored so few points in a quarter.
After a rare period of on-court competence, the 76ers led the Celtics by five with two minutes left tonight.
Then, Philadelphia snatched defeat from the jaws of victory.
The 76ers yielded a 9-0 run to close an 84-80 setback.
They’re now 0-16. Combined with their 0-10 finish to last season, that’s a 26-game losing streak – tied for longest in NBA history. Last year’s 76ers already shared the record.
Philadelphia is also in danger of the worst start to a season. The 2009-10 New Jersey Nets began 0-18, and last year’s 76ers won only one game sooner.
The 76ers will try to avoid the all-time longest streak at the Rockets on Friday. If that goes unsuccessfully, they’ll try to avoid matching the worst season start at the Grizzlies on Sunday. And if both fail, they could set the worst-start record against the Lakers on Tuesday.
76ers-Lakers – it’s shaping up to be a big one.
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