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76ers Showed Some Flashes

They made a very nice run in the third quarter to take the lead back after being down as many as 11 at one point.  Andre Iguodala was looking very good out there.  A few nice dunks and some very nice crossovers on a few defenders.

Then came the 4th quarter.

With the Cavaliers benching their franchise player in LeBron James to give way to scrub time, the Cleveland bench rose to the occasion and quickly took back the lead and never looked back… AGAINST OUR STARTERS.  It was pathetic.

Oh and Mareese Speights; I noted a while back that I thought he could be a star in the making, well that was in Summer league, and I was way off after watching last night.  He was the most laxadazical NBA player I have ever seen.  Walking up and down the court, barely concentrating at the line and jacking his 2nd FT after BARELY making the first and getting the roll.  It was very frustrating to watch, especially as he was getting owned on the glass at every end by Sasha Pavlovic and Anderson Varejao.

The Chosen One in 3 qtrs of play: 20 points  8 rebounds and looking meaner then ever.

With the loss the Sixers fall to 3-3 in the preseason with one game left to play against division rival, New Jersey Nets tonight.

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Warriors Express Interest in Lou Will

According to an ESPN.com report, the Warriors may be considering making an offer to 76ers restricted free agent Louis Williams.

The ESPN story quoted one “plugged-in” source as believing the Warriors “are planning to make a “big run’ at (Williams).”

Golden State is roughly $4.5 million under the salary cap after the Lakers declined to match the Warriors’ offer sheet to Ronny Turiaf, meaning it could offer Williams as much as $26 million over five years.

The Sixers would have seven days to match a signed offer sheet for Williams or Andre Iguodala, who is also a restricted free agent.  Golden State is looking for another point/combo guard to help Monta Ellis share the load after Baron Davis signed with the LA Clippers.

In other Sixer News: The Sixers inked Marreese Speights, the 16th overall pick in June’s NBA draft on Friday.

Speights, a 6-foot-10 PF from Florida, will earn about $2.6 million in the first two years of the contract. The team holds an option for two additional years.

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Mareese Speights: Star in the Making?

Mareese once again dazzled the crowd adding another double double to his short NBA career (well summer league). The young core of the 76ers was led to victory over Atlantic Division foe, the Toronto Raptors by Thaddeus Young’s 21 points. Mareese Speights and Jason Smith once again led the charge on the glass for the Sixers. Speights ended the game with 15 points and 12 boards, while Smith added 12 and 12 respectively.

Speights has proven to be perhaps the most consistent pick of the NBA Draft so far. I know its early and I’m most likely getting my hopes up, but this kid can really rebound well and always seems to be in the right position. One skill that is very hard to teach and one that will never be taken for granted in this league. I know the argument, “it’s only summer league, please see: Marco Bellinelli, Nate Robertson, Marcus Banks”, but I think this is a different situation, different position, and will ultimately produce different results then those losers. Guess we will find out soon enough.

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Sixers Bigs Bring the Pain Again

The young inside duo of Jason Smith and Mareese Speights dominated once again in Vegas on Wednesday night.  Matching each other again point for point and almost board for board.  Speights once again impressed the crowd, dropping 24 and grabbing 13 boards.  Second year man Jason Smith also had a double double with 24 points and 11 rebounds in the win of the Wiz.

One friend of mine mentioned how he would have rather have grabbed Darrell Arthur at 16 rather then Mareese Speights.  At the moment I would have to disagree.  Speights is a very LARGE body and looks to be the main man for the backup role behind newly acquired PF Elton Brand.

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76ers Summer League Action

The Sixers trio of young bigs dominated the Lakers and the glass as the Sixers summer league squad cruised to an easy victory Tuesday night in Vegas.

Rookie PF Mareese Speights played as advertised bruising the Lakers inside and finished with 16 points and 9 boards.  Second year guys Jason Smith and Thaddeus Young also added 16 each in the win.  Local guy Pat Carroll started at the 2 guard for the Sixers.  The former Hatboro-Horsham Hatter had 3 points on 1-3 shooting from the field in 15 minutes of action.

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