December 6, 2010 |
It wasn't just recently that 76ers guard Jodie Meeks caught coach Doug Collins by surprise. It was long before Saturday's impressive, 26-point, seven three-pointer effort in a 109-91 win over the Charlotte Bobcats that Collins thought Meeks could help his team. "He really caught me by surprise in Orlando [in the rookie summer league in July]," Collins said. "He was great this summer. He really gave us a burst of energy every time he played. " That, however, didn't help him in the early part of the season, as Meeks was deactivated for the first six games of the season.
January 2, 2013 |
LOS ANGELES - Sometimes when they leave a team and land somewhere else, NBA players don't speak fondly about their old club. Not so with Jodie Meeks, now a backup guard with the Los Angeles Lakers. Meeks spent almost three seasons in Philadelphia and started 114 games before the 76ers allowed him to walk as a free agent last summer. Meeks wanted to stay in Philadelphia, but he knew that the Sixers wanted to free up more playing time for Evan Turner, the second overall pick in the 2010 draft.
March 27, 2012 |
Jodie Meeks, starting in place of injured Andre Iguodala, scored a career-high 31 points on Tuesday to lead the 76ers to a 103-85 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers at the Wells Fargo Center. The Sixers (28-22) never trailed in the second half and with the victory they regained first place in the Atlantic Division over Idle Boston (27-22). Anthony Parker led Cleveland (17-30) with 14 points. Playing their second game in a row without Iguodala (knee), the Sixers rebounded from a horrible and disjointed performance Sunday at San Antonio to record an easy victory.
March 22, 2011
JRUE HOLIDAY The 20-year-old point guard has held his own during his first year as a starter and needs to keep it up. His stretch run includes facing formidable guards like Atlanta's Kirk Hinrich, Miami's Dwyane Wade, Chicago's Derrick Rose, New Jersey's Deron Williams, Milwaukee's Brandon Jennings, Boston's Rajon Rondo and Orlando's Jameer Nelson. JODIE MEEKS With Jason Kapono exiled to the Land of Oz, Meeks is the Sixers' lone reliable deep-shot threat. The team's turnaround began when Meeks was inserted into the starting lineup.
January 2, 2011 |
LOS ANGELES - The 76ers rang in the New Year in the same place they have in previous years: inside the Staples Center. On Friday night, the Sixers missed a handful of end-of-game jump shots in losing to the Los Angeles Lakers, 102-98. "I thought we had [two] clean looks there. . . . I didn't call a time-out because I felt we had the ball and we could just push it and they couldn't get a time-out to maybe make it tough for us to get the ball in," Sixers coach Doug Collins said afterward.
May 9, 2012 |
After going to the free-throw line a league-low 18.2 times per game - just shy of the league-low record of 18 by the 2005-06 Phoenix Suns - the Sixers have lived on the line in this series. The Sixers have gone to the line 30 times or more in three of their four playoff games against Chicago. So what gives? Coach Doug Collins said part of the reason for the difference has been the insertion of Evan Turner into the starting lineup. "We're playing a different team," Collins said.
December 24, 2010 |
The 76ers are dispersing for the holiday. After Wednesday night's 84-80 loss to the Boston Celtics, the players were allowed to fly to their respective homes for the Christmas holiday and will reconvene in Denver for their game against the Nuggets on Sunday. Most players hopped an early flight out of Philadelphia on Thursday morning. In past seasons, the Sixers have often held practices on the days before Christmas, but Sixers coach Doug Collins decided to give his players a quick breather before they continue on their holiday road trip.
December 15, 2012
Straining to work out the kinks in an offense coach Mike D'Antoni compared to dancing with two left feet, Kobe Bryant and the Los Angeles Lakers even struggled to put away the Washington Wizards. A night after joking about wanting to face the Washington Generals, the Harlem Globetrotters' longtime foils, Bryant scored 30 points, and ex-Sixer Jodie Meeks added 24, helping the Lakers beat the Wizards, 102-96, on Friday to end a four-game losing streak. Slowed by foul trouble, Dwight Howard finished with 12 points and 14 rebounds, and the Lakers improved to 10-14.
February 14, 2011 |
Saturday was the type of game mediocre teams usually lose. Lately, the 76ers are way above mediocre. Friday, the team posted its best win of the season, a 77-71 dogfight over the league-best San Antonio Spurs. Immediately following the game, the Sixers flew to Minnesota for Saturday night's game with the lowly Timberwolves. A victory over a team that has accumulated just 13 wins shouldn't seem like a big deal, but in the grand scheme of things, it is. A letdown after such a big win is certainly something we've seen, maybe even expected, from the Sixers in the past.
January 21, 2012 |
It was one of, if not the most, impressive quarters of the season, and just what the 76ers needed after a sluggish first half. Then again, the 76ers were just keeping in character by coming out with another dominating third-quarter effort. Trailing by eight points at halftime, the Sixers used a 25-10 third quarter to defeat the Atlanta Hawks, 90-76, on Friday at the Wells Fargo Center. Atlanta, which trailed by seven points entering the final period, was never able to make a serious run in the fourth quarter.