Thursday, November 19, 2009

Brand New Day

"I'm going to find something good to make him mad Friday" quipped Lou Williams. The Sixers outlasted the B’Cats 86-84 at home last nite.

Charlotte Bobcats' Gerald Wallace and Philadelphia 76ers' Elton Brand and Rodney Carney, from bottom, struggle for a loose ball in the second half of an NBA basketball game, Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2009, in Philadelphia. Philadelphia won 86-84. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

So Elton Brand shows signs of life just a day after I was ready to give ‘em up for dead. His performance last nite was undeniable his best as a Sixer. 42 Minutes, 19 Points, 11 boards (7 Offensive), 3 steals and 6 blocks. I found the 6 blocks to be most impressive. He was getting physical. Something he isn’t known for … Something this team has sorely lacked thus far. So maybe Brand won’t be such a disappointment. Let’s give it 10 more games.

But it is still a concern that it took the final seconds to beat a woeful team like Charlotte. The Bobcat scored 25 points off of 19 turnovers. There was something wrong with the official scorer which only tallied 12 TOs for the Sixers.  They gave back the ball on back to back possessions several times. Which kept the Bobcats in the game despite their lack of team play and the ball hog that is the newly acquired Stephen Jackson.

When they weren’t turning the ball over they were bricking shots or whining to the refs. Carney was a bright spot. I give Jordon some credit for choosing him to be 1st off the bench in the absence of Speights. Carney went 2-4 from the 3 point line for 10 points and the +15 +/- was the best for any player that clocked in.

I supposed it would be too much to ask for a win Friday over the Grizzles. Another bottom feeder. We seem to play down to their level. (sigh) No AI for the Grizzles anymore. I may not go down tomorrow.

Brand breaks out as Sixers edge Bobcats

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