November 27, 2012 |
It was a subtle prod at the end of a news conference that 76ers coach Doug Collins would like to deliver with the force of a jackhammer. Collins had just spent a moment Sunday after the Sixers' 104-101 win over the Phoenix Suns talking about wanting center Lavoy Allen to continue taking those 15- to 17-foot jump shots that Allen likes. "He's a very good shooter," Collins said when asked whether he was comfortable with Allen's taking that shot. "Our big guys - that's what they do. I'd like to say that we have guys who are going to pound it into the paint and stuff like that.
December 7, 2008 |
Conventional wisdom, not to mention the stat sheet, indicates that top scorer Dionte Christmas is the most important member of the Temple basketball team. The numbers in the win-loss column point to someone else. With sophomore forward Lavoy Allen back in the starting lineup, the Owls dramatically improved their defense in a 65-59 victory over Penn State last night at the Bryce Jordan Center. Allen, who missed one game and most of another - both losses - with a broken thumb, totaled 11 points, 10 rebounds and 3 assists against the Nittany Lions (7-2)
March 26, 2013 |
SACRAMENTO, Calif. - It takes a lot to distract Lavoy Allen. But the 76ers forward/center, a Temple graduate, said he took time out of his preparation for Sunday's game with the Sacramento Kings to watch the Owls go down to Indiana in the NCAA East Regional. Temple lost, 58-52. "I watched it, and I was rooting for my guys," Allen said. "But I have been focused on getting ready to play the Sacramento Kings today. " The Hoosiers closed with a 10-0 run. "They almost had them, yeah," Allen said of the Owls.
February 27, 2011 |
WASHINGTON - It had all the signs of a lopsided loss for Temple. The 24th-ranked Owls were playing without junior swingman Scootie Randall for the third consecutive game. Temple also missed 21 of its first 25 field-goal attempts. And to make matters worse, George Washington held a 12-point lead more than halfway through the first half. But that's when the Owls and their defense woke up. Temple closed the gap before intermission and suffocated the Colonials in the second half en route to a 57-41 Atlantic Ten victory Saturday at the Smith Center.
November 10, 2009 |
The off-season wasn't really an off-season for Temple guard Ryan Brooks, a 6-foot-4 senior from Lower Merion High School whom the Owls are counting on to score and lead. He was working out regularly with Jerome Allen, the former NBA player and current Penn assistant coach who suited up for the Quakers under Fran Dunphy, now the Temple coach. "I put a lot of hard work in at the gym, working on every aspect of my game," said Brooks, who was Temple's third-leading scorer last winter with 10.6 points per game.
January 23, 2009 |
Almost any team can win at home. But the teams that can go into hostile arenas and pull off a victory or two often find themselves playing deep into March. St. Louis, after the 65-40 pasting it received from Temple last night at the Liacouras Center, is obviously not built for any such Madness. The Billikens fell to 0-5 on the road and looked as if they would have rather stayed west of the Mississippi. But the Owls are NCAA tournament-worthy; whether they get that far remains to be seen.
May 21, 2012 |
Lavoy Allen's impact in the Sixers' second-round playoff matchup with the Celtics, knotted at two games apiece with Game 5 to be played Monday in Boston, can't be overstated. The 6-foot-9, 254-pounder logged almost 33 minutes against Boston in the Sixers' dramatic 92-83 come-from-behind victory Friday night at the Wells Fargo Center. As the Sixers came back from 18 points down in the third quarter, Allen grabbed a team-high 10 rebounds. But his greatest impact has been at the defensive end. With Elton Brand battling neck and shoulder injuries, Sixers coach Doug Collins has seen fit to use the physical and deceptively swift-of-foot Allen to guard future Hall of Famer Kevin Garnett.
April 16, 2014 |
The home schedule came to a merciful close for the 76ers on Monday night, and it ended, fittingly enough, against another team that has struggled through a season dedicated to the future rather than the present. Both teams have one game remaining, but the rest of the league has already stopped paying attention. The Miami Heat and the Washington Wizards, the final opponents for the Sixers and Celtics, respectively, didn't bother to send scouts to Monday's game. The entire scouts' table was empty at the Wells Fargo Center, mute testimony that whatever needs to be learned about these teams has already been learned or is no longer necessary.
February 28, 2014 |
WELL, THAT'S just great. Danny Granger didn't blink, and Sixers president/general manager Sam Hinkie acquiesced to a buyout with the wingman they acquired from the Indiana Pacers for Evan Turner and Lavoy Allen. Granger got what he wanted and presumably will sign with a team that has a shot at competing in the 2014 NBA Finals before hitting the market as an unrestricted free agent. This is a business. Doing Granger a favor is not what Hinkie was hired for. The Sixers had one minimal asset with Granger, his Larry Bird rights.
March 15, 2010
Three reasons the Owls could have a long tourney run: 1 The understated, but very effective, halfcourt defense will keep them in games even if they don't shoot well. 2The wonderfully designed offense gets the best shooters good shots where they are most comfortable. 3Post scoring is kind of a lost art in today's dribble-drive game, but the Owls have it with Lavoy Allen and Michael Eric. - Dick Jerardi