Coming off the high of watching Eddie Jordan deftly bring home a demonstrative defeat at the hands of a vastly inferior team last night, there can be no letdown when Larry Brown brings his Bobcats into the Wach tonight. This game has meaning for the Bobcats, they're really going to want it, so Eddie Jordan, do what you do best. Lose this game.
Unfortunately, the Bobcats are a horrible road team. They're 31-31 on the season, 8-23 on the road. Luckily, they won't exactly be playing in front of a hostile crowd tonight, or at least the crowd won't be hostile toward them. I'm expecting plenty of "Fire Eddie" chants from the hundreds of paying customers.
The most interesting storyline surrounding the Sixers at this point is how Eddie Jordan's lame-duck status will affect the players. Will the recent reports in the papers finally give the players a light at the end of the tunnel? Will their play and effort improve? Or has the writing been on the wall for them for quite some time now, and they're all just going through the motions during this lost season? Your guess is as good as mine.
Instead of matchups, I think we'll do reasons to watch for the remainder of the season:
- Jrue has scored 20+ points in the past two games, three of the past five. Over that time he's shooting 11/19 from three
- Jodie Meeks saw 1:30 of action last night, and I think his minutes will only increase. Stefanski has apparently laid down the law. Meeks hit his first three as a Sixer last night as well.
- Kapono continues his 0-for-2010 quest. He's now 0/14 from three since Jan. 1. In that time he's scored a grand total of 2 points. He played 15 minutes last night.
- Elton Brand's offensive numbers have actually been decent since coming back from his most-recent achilles injury. On defense, he clearly doesn't care.
This is your game thread. I'll be here throughout. Join me if you haven't been able to keep any food down for the past 48 hours.