|Samuel Dalembert is a game-time decision. The Nets horrible defense is guaranteed. Check after the jump for the stats, keys and join me in the comments during the game.|
|The Wiz are currently 27 games under .500 and sinking fast. After the jump we'll take a super-quick look at the stats, talk about what I want to see from EB and, of course, our in-game discussion.|
|It looks like the Houston Rockets will be at full strength tonight when the Sixers head to Houston. There were reports that resident lunatic Ron Artest could be out until after the All Star break, but word is that he feels fine today and he will play tonight. Check after the jump for the stats and join the in-game discussion in the comments.|
|In my breakdown of the second half I had this game as a loss. I'm going to change that prediction right now. After the jump we'll take a quick look at the stats and pick a few keys for the game. Stop by during the game for conversation in the comments section, I'll be here.|
Latest comment: from BrianI'm actually surprised I haven't seen any comments ripping Iggy for not being Chris Paul yet....
|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.|
|Tonight's game against the New York Knicks is about one thing, and one thing only. Getting back to .500. Truthfully, this team should've never fallen below, certainly not 7 games below (their low-water mark, set with the Spurs loss). Tonight, they can even the ledger after 40 games they'll be back on level ground. Win this one and then you can worry about battling for playoff position, possibly even home-court advantage.|
Latest comment: from BrianIt might help if his team won a game or two with him in the starting lineup, as well....
|Some people are calling the two-point loss in San Antonio the beginning of the Sixers' turnaround. It would be a shame to see it brought to a screeching halt when the Spurs come to the Wach tonight.|
|Fresh off our debate in the comments, Brandon Roy and LaMarcus Aldridge will march into the Wach tonight to face the Sixers. After finally putting a playoff team to sleep on the road, the Sixers will have to turn around an put down an up-and-coming team from the West on their own floor to keep the doubters at bay. A closer look after the jump.|
|Today's Sixers/Hawks game isn't going to be about how good the Sixers are. It isn't going to be about Philly trying to prove something on the road, beat a playoff-bound team at full strength. It's going to be about what this Atlanta team is made of.|
Latest comment: from PeterPatrelliAs the best president in my life time has said "What's Next?"...and that's kind of how i look at it :)...
|I'll always have that warm spot for Larry Brown, but that doesn't stop me from wanting the Sixers to mop the floor with his Bobcats team tonight. A quick look at the game after the jump.|
|The Sixers last met the Bucks, in Milwaukee, on December 17th. Going into that game, both teams were struggling about 5 games under .500. That was the night Elton Brand was lost to injury. Since Philly's 93-88 win, the teams have gone in different directions.|
|No more excuses. On their mammoth road trip, the Sixers showed signs of life, they played well enough to win a couple of those games against tough teams. But they were on the road, and they were missing Elton Brand, and they got an unlucky bounce. The buts have to stop at this point.|
Latest comment: from BrianGadzuric kills us every time. I hate that guy....
|I'm not sure if even a win will salvage the trip. Can you really be happy with a 2-4 finish? I guess under the circumstances, it would be night and day better than the alternative. Had things broken their way, the Sixers would be 2-3 on the trip right now. That game in Denver should've been a win. They've strung together at least a couple of quarters of solid basketball in all six games, but they only came away with the win they should've had. Looking at the schedule before the trip, it screamed 1-5, tonight is their last chance to defy expectations, but I just don't see it happening.|
|The Dallas Mavericks traded Devin Harris to the New Jersey Nets last season for Jason Kidd (the deal was larger than that, but those were the key pieces.) Since then, Harris has emerged as a scoring machine for the Nets while Kidd is winding down his career in Dallas. Tonight, the Sixers will look to build off their win over the Clippers, the Mavs are going for three straight after beating the Clippers on the road and the T-Wolves at home. A look at the stats and a couple of match-ups after the jump.|
|The Sixers will make their first trip to LA to face the Clippers since poaching Elton Brand from them tonight. Unfortunately, Brand won't be there. Calling the Utah game one they should have won may have been a tad optimistic, but this one absolutely has to go the Sixers' way.|