|You can choose whichever platitude makes you happy: Throwing the baby out with the bathwater. Cutting off your nose to spite your face. They all apply to the Elton Brand trade rumors we've all been hearing. After the jump I'll give you my take on the situation.|
|In the first half, the Sixers turned the ball over 14 times. They allowed Houston to grab 9 offensive rebounds, a rate of 33%. Thad Young grabbed two rebounds the entire half. The Sixers were held to 18 points in the second quarter. It was almost an unwatchable half of basketball. The only highlights came from Elton Brand, who blocked 6 shots. How, you may ask, did a start like that turn into the biggest win of the season (thus far)? Check after the jump for the answer.|
|It's funny, to find out how the Sixers are playing a casual fan doesn't have to watch the games, check the box scores, listen to the WIP or read the Inquirer. All he' has to do is check the comments section right here. If the Sixers are playing well, the conversation will veer toward under-appreciated players, smart coaching moves and playoff seeding. If they're playing poorly, it's mostly trade rumors and no one is safe.|
|Now that Elton Brand is back on the floor, I feel we're running out of time to state our case against Willie Green staying in the starting lineup when EB is ready to go 30 minutes per. This post will be short on words, heavy on stats. After the jump you'll find what I believe is an extremely compelling argument for burying Green on the end of the bench and running with a starting lineup of Sam, EB, Thad, Iggy and Miller.|
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|If you're going to pick one area of the game to be horrible at against the Knicks, three-point defense is probably the only one that could kill you. The Sixers played with fire tonight and nearly lost a home game they absolutely couldn't afford to lose.|
|Elton Brand's suit will be hanging in his locker at 7p.m. when the Knicks and Sixers tip it off at the Wach. After the jump we'll talk about Brand's return and take a quick look at the stats.|
|Part three of our first half review will feature the most hotly-debated players on the team. When Elton Brand returns, this group should see a big shakedown in minute distribution. It's anyone's guess as to how that will affect the production of these guys. After the jump, we'll take a look at the splits for the Sixers' power forwards and centers, see who's been a second-half warrior in the past and make the case for more minutes for a certain rook.|
|Tom Moore has the scoop. After practice today, coach DiLeo talked about his plan for assimilating Brand back into the rotation and style of the team.|
|There's a deadline looming. Strike that. Instead, I'm going to look at this as the beginning. A fresh start to do this the right way. Of course, I'm talking about Elton Brand's return to the Sixers' lineup, which will probably happen either Friday or Saturday night. After the jump I'll give my plan for working him back into the rotation and back into the flow of the team.|
|The AP has a quick hit on Elton Brand's recovery. He says everything is going according to schedule and he should be back in two weeks. He'll start practicing with the team next week.|
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|Let's assume Elton Brand really will be out for only a month. What will the team do without him? What should they do? What will this season look like when he comes back? After the jump we'll try our best...|
|Elton Brand will miss one month with a fracture and a tear in his right shoulder, no surgery will be performed. To me, one month sounds overly-optimistic, but let's go with that number for now. I'll be back a little later with analysis of the news.|
|I just received an e-mail from someone in the Sixers organization a couple of minutes ago. Elton Brand will have an MRI tonight, results probably tomorrow. I'm going to interject my own personal history with this injury. I'm not a doctor, this is just my experience with a dislocated shoulder.|
|If you haven't heard, the Sixers were dealt a potentially deadly blow in the third quarter tonight. Elton Brand went down with a dislocated shoulder. I'll have more on that later, for now, let's talk about this come-from-behind win and how the bench carried the Sixers to the win.|