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Philadelphia 76ers v Chicago Bulls - Game Two

Sixers 79 Bulls 74: A crushing Bulls collapse as a postseason of misery continues for Chicago


The Bulls had everything going for them. They were the number one seed, they had beaten all the contenders, they had homecourt advantage, the best defense, one of the best coaches, a superstar. And then it all went wrong.

In Game 3, they had a 14-point lead, had everything going for them. They had gotten even better defense than usual, holding the Sixers to a 46.5 third quarter efficiency. The crowd was despondent. And then it all went wrong.

The Sixers had a 149.6 offensive efficiency in the fourth quarter, they attacked and attacked, and attacked, getting to the line time and time again and came back on the Bulls for a 79-74 barnburner win to take a 2-1 lead.

It was just one of those games where the Sixers seized their momentum early, then waned when the game got tough, then pushed ahead when the Bulls ran out of energy. Joakim Noah was injured on a driving layup in the third quarter. He tried to return but couldn’t. It was pretty rough and may wind up affecting him in Game 4.

Spencer Hawes was the hero for Philadelphia (?!) with 21 point and nine rebounds, as Hawes finally got his mid-range shot to fall and the Sixers killed the Bulls’ help defense with the pick and pop. It was a huge adjustment for Philadelpia who needed it badly as Elton Brand, who had played well in the series, went 0-5 for 0 points. Evan Turner continued to play The Villain role against Chicago, as he attacked and was active in the lane. The worst thing you can do against Chicago’s defense is let them con you into shooting jumpshots, and Turner instead went right at the rim over and over and was active on the glass as well. Huge game for the young player.

Throw in more terrible point guard play from Chicago, who seemed to be missing someone (C.J. Watson and John Lucas combined for 12 points on 16 shots), and a strong performance from Jrue Holiday, and some tough defense in their own right, and Philly’s in control. A win in Game 4 puts the Bulls a seemingly impossible position going back to Chicago and you have to wonder when the emotional toll becomes too much for the Bulls, who were reportedly down in the locker room before the game. A Game 4 win in Philly and the Bulls may just not have enough to recover.

Things could have been different. They should have been different. But just like in Game 3, everything fell apart for Chicago, and the Sixers took advantage.

Jay-Z turns away NBA stars from GQ party VIP room


Oh, the horror. This damn NBA lockout continues to cause NBA players untold pain.

Like not being able to get in to the VIP areas of swank Los Angeles parties.

Like the GQ party Thursday where Jay-Z was in attendance along with Carmelo Anthony, Blake Griffin, Andre Iguodala, Russell Westbrook, JaVale McGee and Shannon Brown, among others. Terezowens.com has the details (via I am a GM).

“So all the athletes were clamoring to talk to Jay-Z in his private section, even Melo, but because of the lockout, Jay had to turn them all down. He refused to let any of them thru, and also warned his security to watch out because of his NBA ownership, he wasn’t allowed to fraternize with them,” said our source.

Jay-Z is rich, doesn’t mean he wants to pay out a $500,000 fine to the league. Smart man.

But I would have loved to see the security guard turning all those guys away. That would have been entertaining.

Andre Iguodala not optimistic about next season. Not at all.

Philadelphia 76ers v Miami Heat - Game Five

LeBron James is optimistic about the chances of there being a next season.

Andre Iguodala is the ying to that yang.

The Sixers forward spoke with CSNPhilly.com and sounded a more realistic tone.

“I didn’t think it would be this bad,” Iguodala said, playing in an outing for Stars Within Reach, a foundation that encourages and helps children pursue their dreams. “I thought with the season we had and the TV ratings that we had and this being one of the largest grossing revenue season’s in the history of the game, you would think that we would be able to reach an agreement. But we are so far apart.”

It’s hard to be optimistic when all we’ve seen so far is posturing and legal moves, not negotiations. Right now there is still no real pressure on either side to compromise and reach a deal. That starts to change next month — by the middle of September there will be preseason games that will be cancelled and the start of the season will be at risk. As with the NFL, expect that to put real pressure on both sides to negotiate in earnest.

But that doesn’t mean they’ll reach a deal like the NFL. Maybe they can get to one in October, but a lot more people feel pessimistic like Iguodala than they do optimistic like LeBron.

Collins says Iguodala not being shopped; pair to meet

Philadelphia 76ers v Miami Heat - Game Five

Doug Collin’s is doing what a lot of NBA coaches are doing right now — flying all over the country, racking up healthy cell phone minutes talking to the players on their roster. They talk about offseason workouts, parts of their game to focus on.

Because starting next Friday — when the lockout almost certainly begins — they will not be able to have that contact.

The most interesting meeting for the 76ers coach will be on the mean streets of Los Angeles… with Andre Iguodala. (Well, the streets are not going to be that mean wherever they meet, but you get the idea.) Collins told Kate Fagan of the Philadelphia Inquirer the team wants to bring Iggy back, not trade him.

“We want Dre,” Collins said after the press conference on Friday for draft choices Nikola Vucevic and Lavoy Allen at PCOM. “We want him back. He got nicked up last year and was hurt and we think Dre is one of the reasons we are a good defensive team.”

Collins will tell Iguodala that all the pre-draft trade rumors didn’t come from under the Sixers bunker.

“Nobody is out there shopping Dre,” Collins said.

Well, define shopping. Maybe the Sixers are not actively calling other general managers, but when their phone rings with other GMs calling about Iguodala they are not shooting the idea down. They are willingly exploring it. The problem is that nobody really wants to make a deal involving a big contract right now, not until they see the new Collective Bargaining Agreement. Well, that problem and the fact that the Sixers likely would not get equal value back in an Iggy trade.

Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak said a lot of the Iguodala for Lamar Odom rumors were actually agent driven. No doubt somewhat true. But if Iggy’s agent knows his client wants out, it would be in the agent’s best interest to help line up a deal that is good for his client.

I’d love to be a fly on the wall for Collins’ meeting with Iguodala. Is it frosty, or is Iguodala completely good with coming back to the Sixers next season? Either way, you know Iggy is one guy working on his game. He will come back better next season. The question is only where.

Looking for big draft day trade? Watch Andre Iguodala.

Philadelphia 76ers v Miami Heat

Andre Iguodala trade rumors have been flying around everywhere since the season ended, with the Clippers (Chris Kaman plus parts) leading the long parade of suitors.

Those efforts to trade Iggy are heating up and he could be moved on or before draft day, according to Alex Kennedy at Hoopsworld.

Meanwhile, Philadelphia wants to move forward with their plans and doesn’t want their drama with Iguodala to drag out during the lengthy labor talks, which will keep teams from trading players. A deal appears inevitable at this point, with sources close to Iguodala confirming that he’s open to a trade and doesn’t expect to be back in Philadelphia next season. Kaman gives them the size that they’re looking for in a trade, but he’s also an expiring contract after next season. Sources close to the situation have said that the Sixers don’t want to swap Iguodala for another player with a lengthy contract so the fact that Kaman only has one-year, $12.2 million remaining on his deal is attractive to Philadelphia.

Other teams, including the Orlando Magic and Golden State Warriors, have called the 76ers, but they’re not able to offer the size or financial flexibility that the Clippers can with Kaman.

Iguodala has said he would like to play for the Clippers, which makes a lot of sense because he is exactly what that team needs to become dangerous. What the Clippers lack is a guy who can create his own shot from the wing and be a good perimeter defender, and Iggy is very good at both.

The Sixers will want sweeteners to make that deal work (PG Eric Bledsoe?). But whether it is the Clippers or another deal still under wraps with another team, keep watching Iguodala, he may well be the biggest name moved on draft night.