|The Sixers somehow succeeded in making an embarrassing home loss into a non-story tonight. Their diversions: Cutting ties with a legend, a coach meltdown and a possible serious injury to their $80M power forward. Yep, that'll do the trick.|
|Elton Brand missed practice yesterday with a strained right calf (not the same leg as the Achilles injury). He said he tweaked the calf on 2/19 against San Antonio, and he's been playing hurt. He's listed as day-to-day. I say take as long as you need, then take a couple more days.|
|It's been 15 games since the Sixers changed their starting lineup, moving Brand back to PF and inserting Jrue as the starting point guard. The team is 9-6 over those 15 games, and for the most part, the starting group has done a great job. We'll take a closer look after the jump.|
|This win streak started with the Sixers talented players overcoming their asinine coach's rotations. At this point, it doesn't seem to matter who he puts on the floor. The Sixers extended their streak to five in dramatic fashion with a no-doubt-about-it butt kicking of the T-Wolves in front of hundreds of fans at the Wach.|
|Andre Iguodala has not been himself over the past three games. Whether it's the swirling trade rumors, the barbs his coach seems to enjoy throwing at him, or something deeper is anyone's guess. He's simply been marginalized in the half-court offense and it hasn't been pretty. After the jump I'm going to examine the Sixers' big three, specifically shot distribution among them.|
|All things considered, the Sixers played a pretty decent 48 minutes tonight and lost to a better team. It's as simple as that.|
|Eddie Jordan's new starting lineup only played 11:07 together in tonight's game against Indiana, but in those 11+ minutes they outscored the Pacers 24-15, after the jump we'll take a look at how they dominated, with a few words about the rest of the game as well.|
|You could look at this win as temporary stay of execution for Eddie Jordan, which is undoubtedly a horrible thing for the franchise. You could look at it as 48 minutes of possible development/evaluation down the tubes (10 minutes for Jrue, 19 minutes for Thad). I'm going to choose to look at it as a glimpse of what this team is capable of, once Eddie Jordan is gone.|
Latest comment: from JohnEMageeThe same team that thinks Iverson/Williams is a good back court?...
|There is one reason the Sixers upset the Blazers tonight in Portland. Elton Brand's unbridled aggression on the offensive end. The only thing that kept Brand from scoring 40 points was the fact that he was limited to 30 minutes of action.|
|For most of the season, I've been harping on how Eddie Jordan has failed to integrate Elton Brand in the team's half-court offense. If you've been watching, you've noticed that about 90% of Brand's touches happen at least 20 feet away from the hoop. Mostly, his shots come off dribble drives or offensive rebounds. After the jump, a few stats to back up this theory.|
|The losses just keep on coming, and each one seems worse than the last. Tonight's loss featured some of the worst defense you'll ever see. Some of the worst lineups the Sixers have ever trotted out there. A coach who has gone beyond losing his roster, he's alienated and weakened them as individuals and after the jump I'm going to blow off some steam. Make sure you check out the slideshow I put together to illustrate exactly how deplorable this defense has become.|
|A question has been lingering in the back of my mind for a couple of weeks now, and I think it's time we discussed it. Eddie Jordan has made numerous comments about how he likes Elton Brand at the five, with the second unit. His reasons, stated or otherwise, appear to be that he does not think Brand is much of a threat out on the perimeter, where he likes fours to be in his offense. Let's just accept this logic and move on. The question I have is why haven't we seen Elton Brand start at the five, with the first unit.|
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|There's nothing to do but tip your cap to the Philadelphia 76ers after they game they just played in Boston. Down 15 points, undermanned, facing a red-hot team on the road and they refused to quit. Refused to let up. Refused to lose. Easily their best game of the season. Finally, the Sixers can say they've beaten a good team.|
|Fresh off his fourth start of the season, Jrue Holiday was a hot topic at Sixers practice today. Dei Lynam has a piece including quotes from Eddie Jordan praising Jrue's offensive game, how he pushes the pace, makes the right pass and shoots decently. He also mentions Jrue's defense in passing, which isn't really shocking. Lynam reads between the lines a bit and guesses we'll be seeing Jrue in the starting lineup again tonight when the Sixers take on the Cavs. Good idea?|
Latest comment: from BrianOh yeah, these stats were through game 23, same as the stats I used in the People vs. EJ post....
|A struggling, deeply flawed team limped into the Wach last night to play another struggling, deeply flawed team. Eddie Jordan looked at the matchups and made two decisions. The first was to start Jrue Holiday and put him on Monta Ellis. A smart move that played a huge part in the quick start and eventual blowout win. The second was to bench and further alienate Elton Brand. We'll see how that one plays out.|
Latest comment: from JohnEMageeEddy Curry and Jared Jeffries are pretty unmovable ...