MMPG: Team of the Week
Don't rush, Elton. Take your time, big fella. If you feel any soreness in your shoulder, just shut it down and rest. The Philadelphia 76ers haven't exactly said that to Elton Brand, but there is no doubt that they have thought about it several times during this season-high seven-game winning streak, which has them back at .500 (20-20) for the first time since the team started the season 7-7.
Brand is expected to return soon from his dislocated right shoulder, possibly this afternoon against Dallas. On the night he got hurt, Philadelphia went on to defeat the Milwaukee Bucks, 93-88. But after winning in Washington two nights later, the 76ers lost six of their next eight games. They haven't lost since San Antonio's Tony Parker beat them with a last-second shot on Jan. 3.
The 76ers won three games last week, defeating Western Conference contenders Portland and San Antonio at home, and then beating the Knicks in New York. Philadelphia has figured out how to win without Brand -- by using the same formula that got them to the playoffs last season (running the floor, making aggressive drives to the hoop and pushing the tempo). The 76ers have scored 100 or more points in six of the past seven games, after reaching triple digits just 10 times in their first 33. They are 9-6 without Brand -- but the 76ers still don't know how to win with their huge $82 million investment. Andre Iguodala, who struggled playing alongside Brand, has fueled the recent surge by scoring 20 or more points in 11 of the past 14 games.
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