Surprising 76ers Underdogs at Home Against Golden State

Golden State Warriors -7 at Philadelphia 76ers +7 Total: 211.5

Two weeks ago, before the start of the 2013-14 season, the 76ers were thought to be the worst team in the NBA. Las Vegas predicted 16 wins out of the team. Fans were already debating who to draft #1 in next year’s draft, and started up a #winlessforwiggins hashtag on Twitter. But no more. The 76ers have started out 3-0 on the year, leading the Altantic Division by one game over the Toronto Raptors. And it isn’t just a schedule induced hot start; two of the wins have come against the Chicago Bulls and Miami Heat.

“We are just taking it day-by-day, game-by-game,” power forward Thaddeus Young said. “We are excited about the victories, but the work doesn’t stop here. We are a young team. We know that we have a lot to learn. And we know that we are to give it our all each and every night.”

Philadelphia is averaging 110 points per game while giving up 105.3. They are 3-0-0 against the spread, with their over/under record 3-0-0. When their opponents have the ball, the 76ers are allowing 46% shooting from the field, including 35% from the three point line. Its defensive rebounding rate off those misses is 72%, and the team is averaging 9.7 steals and 3.7 blocks per game so far this season. On offense, the 76ers are shooting 51% from the field, including 38% from deep. Their free throw percentage so far this season is 70%, and they have gotten rebounds off their own misses 23% of the time. Philadelphia has turned the ball over 17.3 times per game this year, and have seen their shots blocked an average of 4.3 times per game.

The Warriors are scoring 112.7 points per game so far this season, en route to a 2-1 record overall and a 1-1-1 record against the spread. Golden State has given up 102.3 PPG, and have an O/U record of 2-1-0 on the year. On defense, the Warriors have held their opponents to a 41% field goal percentage, 32% from three point land. They are creating 17 turnovers per game , and blocking 3 shots per game. Their assist to turnover ratio is 1.52. The Warriors are shooting 53% from the field so far this season, with a 51% success rate from beyond the three point line. Their overall rebound percentage is 49%; its offense rebound rate is 20% with the defense collecting 72% of their opponent’s misses. The Warriors are shooting 74% at the free throw line this year.

Buffalo Bills Coach Doug Marrone: “We’re a good football team that is not making the plays that we have to make”

On the heels of a brutal loss to the undefeated Kansas City Chiefs team that was outgained 470 yards to 210, Bills Head Coach Doug Marrone spoke at his post-game press conference:

Marrone: “Obviously it hurts. It hurts me, it hurts the guys in that room, I hurt for them, I hurt for our fans. It’s tough. It’s a tough one. I thought that there were a lot of good things that happened on that field today. Defensively, they did a heck of a job. We knew coming in that this team scored a lot of points off turnovers. They had 17 off of turnovers. Even offensively there was some good things that happened and at the end of the day, it’s so close from being a good football team in this league. You saw it, they’re an 8-0 football team, 9-0 now and we’re 3-6. When it’s time to make the plays you have to make the plays and we didn’t do that. It hurts because we’ve got great fans, great people, guys play hard. They work their asses off during the week. Excuse me; they work their butts off during the week. We work hard as coaches and you get on that field and this one hurts.

This one hurts. I’m not going to stand here and say we should’ve won the game because obviously we didn’t, but it hurt and I think the swing, everyone knows the point in the game was that drive coming out of half. We went right down the field, C.J. did a nice job, made a great run and we get down there and we don’t punch it in on goal line. We get a penalty on the pass play first and then we don’t punch it in with a goal line formation. We go to the next formation; in the field it was a play that was working for us well during the game. It’s part of it if there is an all out pressure we do pull it and have the ability to throw it. They were in all out, in cover zero and the guy comes off of Stevie Johnson, just comes off of him and doesn’t cover him. Was standing right there when we’re throwing the ball in the slot. Even they knew exactly what we were doing or it was just unbelievable. I haven’t seen a lot of that; I’ve seen it a couple times down the field. We wound up throwing a pick and not only did we throw a pick, we threw a pick six, so the guy takes it all the way back. Then we have a fumble. We hit T.J. Graham and he drops the ball and they take it and they wind up scoring. Not even giving the defense a chance to get out there and play.”

Q: Is it hard for you to fathom that you can outgain them, win time of possession, etc. and end up losing by 10?

A: Yeah. Turnovers. It always comes down to that first.

Q: You seem particularly frustrated?

A: I’m definitely frustrated. I am. Guys work hard all week, they bust their butt and the fans come and then they do a great job and we have a chance to really get a good score and a good lead in this game and we do a great job to get down there. We earn ourselves a drive to get down there and we can’t finish it.

Q: Is there a part of you that is saying I would love to take a shot at them with my starting quarterback?

A: Here’s how I feel. I’d love to see our team with everybody healthy going out there and playing. Maybe that is unrealistic, but I would love to see our football team together, practicing together, playing together and maybe that’s an unrealistic approach in this league, but I would really love to see the football together and how good we can be.

Q: Did Jeff Tuel meet your expectations?

A: Yes. I don’t know, I have high expectations. If I put a guy out there, it’s my responsibility to put a guy out there that can win. Did Jeff play well enough for us to win? At times. At times he didn’t. I think you could say that about a lot of people.

Q: Was Thad (Lewis) close at all?

A: No.

Q: Can you evaluate Jeff Tuel’s performance today?

A: Yeah, I thought he had a couple drops; some guys dropped some balls on him. Obviously he wasn’t rattled when he went out there. He threw the poor pass that was the interception. He went out there and did the best he could, so we appreciate that.