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The Pygmalion Effect? – Observations from Sixers 115, Wizards 102 (and a Fultz Update)

Kevin Kinkead - February 7, 2018

Before Tuesday night’s 13-point win, I asked Brett Brown about the Eagles questions he was receiving during the Super Bowl run.

Sure, he could always answer generically with a “rah rah, go Birds, we’re really excited” type of response. But I was interested in whether or not Brown saw any kind of tangible effect from the Eagles’ playoff run on his team – maybe a higher energy level or boost in motivation or something along those lines:

“Yes I do (see it). I think that we all.. you ‘feel’ the city. We want that. We want to have a playoff game here. I’ve said to the team, both my parents are school teachers, my mom was a third grade teacher for 27 years and my dad was a high school teacher for 18 or 19. When they would always talk about the students and how the kids were raised, they’d talk about this thing that was actually called the ‘Pygmalion Effect,’ that people who knew what they wanted and were raised in a high level of expectation and accountability often times received it more than other kids. We wanna play in the playoffs, and here we are with five games at home. To be able to look across the street and see what the Eagles did and the way they did it, it’s an amazing story. They lost Carson and they found a way as a staff, organization, and team, to move on and get it done. So when you feel the city and watch that team and live here, you recognize the stories of perseverance, and you recognize that here we are, too, right across the street. We want to share that.”

It’s a cool concept, the idea that the Eagles’ success provides an influence or benchmark of sorts by which to judge our other local teams.

And if that’s the case, then the Pygmalion Effect certainly manifested itself last night at the Wells Fargo Center, with the Sixers shooting 55.6% in a 115 point effort against a team that had won five straight games, four without all-star point guard John Wall.

Philly was 14-28 from three point range for a smooth 50% downtown clip. Joel Embiid led the team with 27 and 12 while Ben Simmons added 15, 6, 8, and 3 steals. Dario Saric was his steady self on a 20-point night, JJ Redick was 4-5 from distance and Robert Covington looked a little bit better on the offensive end.

They didn’t rebound the ball particularly well, nor did they protect it. The Sixers committed 17 turnovers, 10 of which were split between Simmons and Covington, who were sloppy with their passing. Washington grabbed 16 offensive rebounds.

But as is the case on most nights, the Sixers were good enough in other areas to plaster over their deficiency of the evening, and hot shooting led to a double digit win over a really good team.

When Amir Johnson drains a three pointer and Jerryd Bayless finishes an alley oop dunk in the first quarter, you just have a feeling it’s going to be your night.

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Hack-a-Simmons: Four Observations from Sixers 118, Wizards 113

Kevin Kinkead - November 30, 2017

Ben Simmons didn’t have much to say after attempting 24 free throws in the 4th quarter of last night’s nail-biting win.

“It’s not gonna happen much longer. I’m gonna knock em down,” the Sixers point guard explained.

Down by 19 points going the fourth quarter, a short-handed Washington team clawed its way back into the game when Scott Brooks decided to start fouling Simmons around the five-minute mark. Simmons hit only 12 of those 24 free throws, but drained 6 of the last 8 heading into the two-minute mark. He finished with 31, 18, and 4 and added 2 steals and 2 blocks.

The hack-a-Ben set an NBA single-quarter record for free throw attempts and turned a snoozer of a game into something reminiscent of an old Big East tournament slug fest.

Brett Brown had a series of good post-game quotes regarding the fouling strategy.

On the frequent fouling:

“I mean we’ve done it ourselves. This one was done early and it did stretch out the game. It was done in my old life with Bruce Bowen a lot. And then you’re in a decision, do you take him out of the game or do you roll with him? And tonight, we decided to roll with Ben. And it’s going to be part of his evolution. He’s going to have a long career, he’s going to have to learn to navigate through this.”

Do coaches use this tactic reluctantly?

“You feel a bit like you’re cheating the game. You feel a little bit that you’re taking something away from the fans. But the bottom line is you’re doing it to win. And we will all do anything we can, within the rules, to find a way to win. We had great success doing that to DeAndre Jordan last year when we beat the Clippers. The thing I believe is that it’s such a copy cat league. It’s so well-coached and well-scouted that you would expect this to happen more and more. This is gonna be part of Ben’s growth and as a team we’ll learn how to deal with it better as well.”

Did you ponder taking Simmons out of the game?

“Oh yeah.”

Was it the way he was missing free throws?

“No, it’s just the general notion. I’ve been doing this for a long time and you know it’s not going to go away. So you sit there and think about it. You walk that slippery slope of ‘how do I help my team win? how do I help a player grow?’ Sometimes they don’t connect as easily as you’d like. This one didn’t.”

Well you couldn’t have liked the way Washington was nailing threes…

“Yea, see, this is the thing, you guys are gonna go and write about Ben Simmons. I’m gonna look at our defense. This is where the story should be told. There’s a subtitle beneath this with Ben Simmons, that’s true, but they also had 48 (fourth quarter) points. Some of it I shake their hand, other periods there were lapses. We had a few technicals. We had a few turnovers. That play at the end of the third where we foul Jodie Meeks, I thought it was a poor call. But they called it. ‘Bam, bam,’ that’s how they go into the fourth. Those are the things that interest me the most. I get the global issue of Ben Simmons being fouled. But it’s deeper than that to me.”

He’s right, this wouldn’t have been an issue if the team had played better defense for the first half of the fourth quarter. The Sixers built a big lead when Bradley Beal left the game in the first quarter after being elbowed in the face and having to go to the locker room.

Brown also conceded that the stop and start nature of the fouling might have disrupted his team’s defensive rhythm, but didn’t want to use that as an excuse for the drop-off in performance after 2 1/2 quarters of stellar D. Continue Reading

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Brett Brown Says It’s Not Responsible to Expose His Rookies to a “Roadrunner” on Opening Night

Kevin Kinkead - October 17, 2017

Lost in the Joel Embiid “fucking bullshit” minutes restriction Tuesday drama was the fact that the Philadelphia 76ers are playing a regular season basketball game tomorrow.

Ben Simmons and Markelle Fultz will be welcomed to the NBA with a road trip against John Wall, Bradley Beal, and a 49-win Washington team that took Boston to seven games in last year’s conference semifinals.

“I mean, you just start with the head of the snake; you better get back in defense,” said Brown of Wednesday night’s matchup. “You’ve got a roadrunner, you’ve got a gazelle in John Wall. It certainly starts there. It might even stop there. Then you get into Beal. You’re dealing with All-Stars and scorers, and you’re especially dealing with a veteran team that has played in the playoffs and has some continuity. I think (Scott Brooks) does a great job with them, you know, that’s a bunch of men that have played deep in the playoffs or had that playoff-hardening experience. I think those types of things come to my mind.”

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Phase Two Commences in Washington, Werth and McNabb Take in Wizards Game

Kyle Scott - December 15, 2010

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Aw look!  Washington is turning into Little Philly.

Today, the Nationals sent their fans this letter announcing PHASE TWO, or, as we like to call it- fourth place!  [Washington Post]

Jayson's signing stunned the assembled baseball universe two weekends ago in Orlando. As fun as it was to make the announcement, the signing also ushered in Phase Two of our franchise's evolution where we add the key pieces that will help us compete for division titles and championships.

We still have work to do. I assure you that the Nationals baseball operations department will continue to work around the clock to find the very best prospects and impact players to grace the field of Nationals Park on Opening Day — we look forward to seeing you there.

 

Jayson Werth was then introduced to the media.  He basically lied through his teeth about wanting to go to Washington to win and because it's a "good sports town."  This is what he had to say about the Phillies signing Lee.

"I missed that in Philly, what happened?"

 

You dick.  He was asked again.

"They got their boy back, I guess.  That's fine.  To be the best, you got to beat the best."

 

Bitter…

Last night, he took in the Wizards game to get a sense of that great sports town (much different than that other Wizard he saw).  Photo after the jump.

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