We're Thankful for the Sixers and Flyers Because the Eagles Season is Over!

 

Lipinski & Watkins have recovered from Turkey Day mayhem and have come to the realization that the Eagles are toast.  Thankfully the Sixers and Flyers are picking up the pieces and giving the Philadelphia sports fan something to cheer for! 

On this episode:

  • A full review of the Friendsgiving beer collaboration by Cape May, Double Nickel, Tonewood, & Urban Village breweries.  
  • Lipinski rejoices in the return of Greg Schiano to Rutgers
  • Trying to make sense of the Eagles mess of a season
  • The Ravens & 49ers are the real deal
  •  The Sixers are finally gelling and it's only gonna get funner
  • Are the Flyers for real after posting the best points record in November?

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A Dive into the 76ers First 21 Games and a Peak at the Next 20

By Scott Cashin, Sports Talk Philly Writer

With the first 21 games in the books, here is a review of the Philadelphia 76ers first quarter of the season and a preview of the next quarter.

Philadelphia went 15-6 in their first 21 games, which included a tough west coast trip through Utah and Denver. The offense was inconsistent through the first 21 games, earning an offensive rating of 107.3 (17th in the NBA). The defense was as advertised heading into the season, posting a rating of 102.6, which is good enough to be the fourth best in the league. Despite the early swing through the Northwest division, the 76ers had the third easiest schedule behind only the Indiana Pacers and Detroit Pistons. Philadelphia's 10-0 record at home, while encouraging, camouflages the team’s mediocre 5-6 record on the road. When examining the East/West breakdown of the schedule, you see that Philadelphia handled the weaker Eastern Conference teams, winning 10 of 12 match-ups. By contrast, the Sixers have only won five of the nine games against west coast teams. Road contests, especially when traveling across the country, are difficult.

76ers fans have been overly critical of the team’s lack of outside shooters in the rotation, and while it is true there is no traditional sniper in head coach Brett Brown’s rotation, the team ranks 14th in 3-point percentage (35.7). The team ranks 26th out of the 30 teams in attempts per game from beyond the arc, with an average of 29.6 per game. Over the previous two seasons with sharpshooter JJ Redick in the back court, the Sixers' outside shooting numbers were not too different than the numbers this year’s squad is posting.

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76ers Stats: A Foul Situation Brewing?

By Bill Gorman, Sports Talk Philly Staff Writer

(note – all statistics are from basketball-reference.com unless otherwise noted)

2019-20 was supposed to bring a new brand of basketball to Philadelphia. With the additions of Al Horford and Josh Richardson, the team’s size would overwhelm opponents on both the defensive and offensive ends of the floor. The defense, for the most part, has held up its end of the bargain, allowing just 102.6 points per 100 possessions, good for third in the league.

Offensively, things have been a bit more disjointed. The 76ers are just 17th in the NBA in offensive rating, at 107.3 points per 100 possessions. They are 14th in 3-point percentage (with a slight decrease in attempts from last year) and seventh in overall field goal percentage. Where they really have lagged behind, both against the league this season and against their past performance, is at the free-throw line. They are 17th in the NBA at getting to the line (23.1 attempts per night) and 22nd in free-throw percentage (74.8%).

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Is Brett Brown Playing Ben Simmons Too Much?

By Kevin McCormick, Sports Talk Philly Staff Writer

One common theme 76ers fans knew they were going to see heading into this season was load management. The front office and coaching staff's top priority throughout the regular season is making sure the team's top stars are fresh and healthy for the playoffs. So far, we have seen this for Joel Embiid and Al Horford, but is head coach Brett Brown missing a guy that he should be pumping the breaks on as well?

Although there is not much of a need to sit him completely, Brown needs to focus on cutting down Ben Simmons’ minutes on a night-to-night basis. Simmons is averaging 34.3 minutes per game this season, and if you take out the game against the Utah Jazz where he played only 10 minutes due to a mild AC joint sprain he is averaging 35.8 minutes per night.

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What We're Thankful For in Philly Sports in 2019

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Thanksgiving is often a time of reflection. A time when people who care about each other come together and discuss the things that they are thankful for.

In the Philadelphia area and even for those fans that don't live in the area, Philadelphia sports teams play a major part in many of our lives.

With that in mind, we polled our Sports Talk Philly experts to see what they are most thankful about in regards to the teams they cover.

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Ben Simmons Needs to be More Aggressive if he is to Increase his Points Per Game

By Kevin McCormick, Sports Talk Philly Staff Writer

The Philadelphia 76ers, currently sitting at 11-6, have lived up to most expectations to start the year. When the starting five plays together, the team looks like one of the best in the entire NBA. Although this team has seen a lot of success to kick off the season, one player seems to have taken a hit and has been put in the spotlight.

Ben Simmons, so far this season, is not off to the statistical floor he has put up throughout his career. He is currently averaging 12.9 points, 6.7 rebounds and 8.3 assists per game. Now those numbers are not bad by any stretch, but you would like to see a little more in the scoring department from one of your All-Stars.

When this team was constructed, you knew that everyone’s numbers were going to take a hit since there are more mouths to feed, but Simmons is scoring four fewer points per game than he was last season. Some of that has to do with a focus on his pure point guard nature and trying to set up his teammates to score instead of himself, and some of it has to do with still being unwilling to shoot the ball regularly from outside of five feet away from the basket.

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Eagles/Sixers Podcast: I Hate It Here

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By Victor Williams, Sports Talk Philly Contributor

Right after Carson Wentz recorded the worst game we've seen from him in awhile, Joel Embiid did him one better and went scoreless in a game for the first time in his career. How will the Eagles & Sixers rebound with their respective franchise cornerstones? Tune in as Victor Williams & Ryan Rothstein break down the poor performances and give their analysis on the teams moving forward.

 

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Who is to blame for the Philadelphia Eagles mediocrity?

 

 

Lipinski & Watkins are back and placing blame after the Eagles frustrating loss to the New England Patriots.  Carson Wentz has to do better.  Doug Pederson has to do better.  Howie Roseman has to do better.  So...who is to blame for the Philadelphia Eagles mediocrity?

On the podcast

  • Carson Wentz deserves some blame for the loss
  • Is Doug Pederson overrated as a coach
  • Is it time to blow the whole thing up
  • Frost debuts for the Flyers
  • Is a Flyers blow up approaching
  • Colin Kaepernick
  • Steelers - Browns brawl

The podcast is presented by Michael's Glass Company! Serving the Philadelphia tri-state area since 1978.  For all your glass needs, shower doors, windows, & auto glass make it Michael's Glass!  215-338-3293

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Tobias Is Scoring Again, The Eagles Aren't

By Victor Williams, Sports Talk Philly Contributor

Tobias Harris has seemed to have snapped out of his shooting slump. The Eagles couldn't score any points on their last 10 drives against the Patriots. Tune in as Victor Williams & Ryan Rothstein of 97.3 ESPN break down the Eagles pitiful receivers, if Ben Simmons is regressing for the Sixers and much more!

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Why 76ers Fans Should Keep Their Hands off the Panic Button

by Kevin McCormick, Sports Talk Philly Staff Writer

We are currently 12 games into this NBA season and the Philadelphia 76ers are sitting with a 7-5 record. Although this is not the ideal start that everyone was hoping for, there is still no reason to be running to hit the panic button this early in the regular season.

The NBA regular season is a marathon, not a sprint, which is why having a nail-biter against the Cavaliers and a road loss to the Magic in mid-November is not a cause for concern for the new-look Sixers. Getting ready for the playoffs is the main focus of this team, even if it means sacrificing regular-season games they should probably be able to win.

Another reason why it is way too early to panic is this team went through a drastic makeover, which meant that the opening stretch of this season was going to be an experiment trying to figure out how to mesh all of this talent together. Rome was not built in a day, and neither will the Sixers’ potential empire.

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