Following the Fo’ with the Foes interview Philadunkia did with Mike Kurylo, I thought it might be a good idea to do a similar interview with a Philadunkia Blogger. Below is the transcript of my talk with Carey Smith of Philadunkia. Especially noteworthy: he says Philadunkia fans notice similarities between their team and ours regarding one of the main problems Knicks fans have been complaining about recently…
Knickerblogger: Knicks fans were quick to point to Elton Brand’s explosion for a season-high point total on Thursday as yet another example of our poor interior defense. Are we not giving Brand enough credit, or was his outburst a big surprise to you as well?
Philadunkia: 33 points is a huge point total for Elton Brand, but Brand is having a great year in my opinion. The most likely reason seems to be that he’s finally healthy. He’s had 17 double-doubles and has been averaging around a 15/9, 15/10, on the seasons. Collins is calling his number a lot more this year, so that helps too. Overall I just think that he’s getting a lot more touches and is finally healthy. Again, 33 points is a big point total, but he’s having a great year.
Knickerblogger: Before last game, some were worried that Jrue Holiday’s quickness would be a big problem for the Knicks guards. However, he ended up being a non-factor, going 2-8 from the floor and posting the lowest plus-minus on the 76er’s at -12. Should we expect a bounce-back game from him on Sunday?
Philadunkia: I was shocked by his performance. Before the game, I thought he should have no problem with Ray Felton guarding him. He’s a strong, fast guy who is quick with the ball, so for him to play that poorly coming off his first career trible-double… I was shocked. I liked that Collins didn’t put him back out there in the fourth quarter just because the lineup that was in was playing well, with Williams and Iguodala… Evan Turner was playing really well too. I definitely expect a bounce-back game from him on Sunday. One thing that is troubling- Jrue is generally an excellent defender, but we’re in a stretch of about 5 games where the person he’s guarding has had a really, really good game, and I don’t know why that is. Hopefully Jrue can figure out whatever’s been hurting him on D recently.
Philadunkia Insider Point #1: Doug Collins has been a savior for this organization. Brand, Iguodala, and Williams have all played pretty well, but Collins is the main force behind them playing well. Collins brought them back from 3-13- when the season really could have been lost- and has them all on the same page now. He’s the number one reason why now it’s turned around. As it stands right now, we’re probably gonna make the playoffs, and he deserves all the credit. Eddie Jordan was a debacle. How he didn’t get fired last January was a mystery to me. But basically, while you can look over all the areas we’ve improved our numbers and statistics throughout this period of better play, I’d attribute it all to Collins.
Philadunkia Insider Point #2: Some people have been impressed by Lou Williams’ point totals, but at Philadunkia we don’t like Lou Williams. His efficiency is awful, he takes bad shot all the time, and he doesn’t distribute the ball well. He may be a great instant offense, 6th-man-type-guy, but no way should he be seeing 30 minutes a night.
(Lou Williams last shot during the fourth quarter of the previous game then came up. What Carey had to say may be familiar to some Knicks fans…)
Philadunkia: Oh, our execution at the end of the game is horrible. Williams’ shot at the end of the game is completely typical of how the offense runs late. Guys hoist up off-balance, fadeaway jumpers, instead of driving to the rim and either getting a foul call or laying it in. Really frustrating.