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It was normal day here in Ireland yesterday and I’m just scrolling through Twitter on a beautiful Irish evening — on a day where I should’ve been absorbing all The Finals media buzz — when suddenly I see the Hawks Twitter-sphere explode after Sham Charania of Yahoo Sports’ The Vertical tweeted this.
Atlanta and Philadelphia are discussing a deal centered on a Jeff Teague and Nerlens Noel package, league sources tell The Vertical.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) June 2, 2016
Quite the Tweet, wouldn’t you say? Out of the blue too. Even neutral fans were taken aback with this development.
Let’s give some brief context as to why this has arose:
The Hawks are definitely in for the long haul. And with Mike Budenholzer being a disciple of the Spurs organization, resting players on the second game of a back-to-back is not surprising.
Losing to the Philadelphia 76ers after having a 16-point lead, however, is not a great showing.
The Sixers rallied against the shorthanded Hawks in the second half, limiting Atlanta to just 31 points of offense over the final 24 minutes. The Hawks — sitting Kyle Korver, DeMarre Carroll, and Paul Millsap — had absolutely nothing to give in the second half on offense, shooting just 11-for-40 (27.5%) from the field and only getting to the foul line six times.
The Hawks’ two remaining starters, Al Horford and Jeff Teague, were the big culprits in the collapse. Horford missed his final seven shots from the field, a few of the them badly hitting off the front of the rim and another that completely missed the rim altogether. Meanwhile, Teague was having problems with Philly’s quick and athletic defense, yielding four turnovers in the 17 minutes he played in the second half.
Horford was not the only one to have problems hitting the rim. John Jenkins, who started for Korver, opened with second half by missing the rim on two 3-point attempts. Mike Scott had similar “success” in the second half, as he also fell victim to an airball on a wide-open attempt. Continue Reading…
Playoff Result: N/A
Key Additions: Nerlens Noel (draft), Michael Carter-Williams (draft), Tony Wroten (trade), Royce White (trade)
Key Losses: Jrue Holiday (trade), Andrew Bynum (free agent), Nick Young (free agent), Dorell Wright (free agent)
Projected 2013-14 Record: Oh god, the blood, why?
What to Expect: What an ironic time to write about the 76ers season, as they started their marketing campaign for this season. It’s, well… refreshingly honest:
— Philadelphia 76ers (@Sixers) October 2, 2013
#TogetherWeBuild is a very blunt way to market this team, but one that fans won’t roll their eyes at. Why pretend that this roster is going to contend for anything that isn’t named Andrew Wiggins? Just consider who could possibly be the other starting wing alongside Evan Turner on the roster. With Jason Richardson possibly out for the entire year, the 76ers will turn to James Anderson, Vander Blue, Tony Wroten, Khalif Wyatt, Rodney Williams, or Hollis Thompson to be on the floor for the initial jump ball. That’s certainly something. Continue Reading…