Doug Collins has pulled the trigger on a lineup change, Andres Nocioni will slide in at the three sending Jason Kapono to (the end of) the bench. Here are your matchups:
- PG: Jrue Holiday vs. Darren Collison
- SG: Andre Iguodala vs. Mike Dunleavy
- SF: Andres Nocioni vs. Danny Granger
- PF: Elton Brand vs. Josh McRoberts
- C: Spencer Hawes vs. Roy Hibbert
I get why Nocioni was named the starter, he earned it with his play last night. My only question is why Collins thought good play from Nocioni was worthy of the promotion when excellent play from Evan Turner in game one earned him absolutely nothing for game two. Turner was much better in the opener than Nocioni was in game two, yet Turner was the 4th man off the bench the following game against Atlanta. Food for thought.
This game is going to be a huge test for the Sixers. They've shown a resilience in the first two games, and unbelievable energy, but they were playing at home, against very good teams. It's easy to get up for those games. I want to see them bring that kind of energy against a lesser team. If they can do that consistently, they may be better record-wise than I thought.
The short turnaround is going to be a huge test for Elton Brand. He's been very, very good through the first two games, let's see how he holds up tonight.
The tip is at 8pm. I'll be right here wondering how Indy scored 104 against Charlotte last night. Join me for the game thread.