|The Sixers road trip continues tonight in Dallas against a Mavs team riding a two-game win streak. The Mavs beat Boston, on the road, then took a measure of revenge against Grizzlies who handed Dirk and Co. their first loss of the season. Can the Sixers turn in another good effort against a playoff team? Will that effort translate into a concrete win this time, rather than just a moral victory? Let's look at the matchups:|
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|Outgunned and down their best player, the Sixers went into Oklahoma City tonight prohibitive underdogs. They limped out with their sixth loss in eight games, but the guys who suited up deserve to board their charter flight to Dallas with their heads held high.|
|Cleveland shocked the world in their opener. First, the mighty Celtics downed LeBron James and his Miami Heat. Then the LeBron-less Cavs took down the Celtics. Dan Gilbert popped some champagne, Cleveland rejoiced. It was a fairy tale. Since that epic first game of the season, Cleveland has been pretty much what they are, a bad basketball team.|
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|It's a shame, really, that a thrashing like that only counts for one win. The Sixers dominated every facet of their resounding 101-75 win over the Pacers last night, unfortunately, Doug Collins wasn't around to see the time run off the clock as hundreds of fans celebrated.|
|If this was a potential playoff season for the Sixers, this is the type of game I'd look back on when they fell one game short. I'm not sure snake-bit is a strong enough adjective to describe these players, this roster, this franchise. Cursed? Would that be more apt? A heavily-contested Cartier Martin three with 0.4 seconds left in regulation to send it to overtime. Unbelievable.|
|Through three games, Elton Brand has been a force. Not in the 25+ points/game way he was a force back in his Clippers days, but statistically, he's been a beast. It's not hidden production, either. Brand has clearly been the best big on the roster, which isn't saying much, but more than that, he's been a legitimate rebounder and interior defender. Can he keep it up for the entire season? That may not be the important question.|
|The Philadelphia 76ers are worth the price of admission. There's no doubt about that statement right now. When they're bad, and they've had some horrible stretches in the first two games, it's like watching a trainwreck. Their glaring weakness is laid bare on nearly every play. Doug Collins is helpless to stop it. But when they're good, they're electric. We had a taste of both in tonight's 104-101 loss to the Atlanta Hawks.|
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|The last time the CBA was renegotiated, in 2005, a free pass was created for negligent owners. Basically, each team which was over the luxury tax was allowed to cut one player and remove their figure from their luxury tax bill. They still had to pay the player, but as far as luxury tax calculations were concerned, he disappeared immediately. After the jump, let's play a game about the possible strike next summer.|
|We're now deep into the rotation with our Early Predictions series. Today we'll tackle Elton Brand. Bounce-back season or slaloming down the backside of his prime with no brakes.|
|When we talk about the Sixers' frontcourt on the defensive end of the floor, well, it's mostly a hypothetical discussion. We're forced to choose between believing that Spencer Hawes, Jason Smith, Marreese Speights, Thad Young or some combination thereof will miraculously learn to defend in a way they've shown no propensity to in their first combined 10 years in the league and hooking our wagon to the hope that Elton Brand can turn back into the player he was before the Achilles injury. I'd say the latter is much more likely.|
|I'm convinced Chad Ford is out of his mind. He continues to beat the drum that the Sixers are likely to trade the #2 pick (a) because Turner doesn't fit with Iguodala and (b) because other teams are interested in moving up and (c) because Doug Collins is in a "win now" situation. Let's throw some cold water on Ford's faulty logic after the jump.|
|Ed Stefanski's masterstroke, Elton Brand, is fodder for the fourth installment in the Feelings On series. Discuss after the jump.|
|I have a simple question for you guys after the jump. It's an either or situation and its one of the few where I honestly couldn't tell you where I stand.|
|Outside of a handful of games this season, Elton Brand has not been the player we were expecting when he signed his $80M contract to join the 76ers two summers ago. He has not lived up to his contract, he has not been an impact player on either end of the floor, for the most part. He has been a disappointment on any scale. All of that is true. It's also true that they have almost no chance to win games when he isn't playing.|