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The Other Side: Philadelphia 76ers


Elton's back. Let's pray that it works this time. (Photo by Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images)


The first time the Washington Wizards visited Philadelphia, the 76ers were a team in disarray -- although disarray is relative given the misery in D.C. this season. But the Sixers fired Maurice Cheeks on Dec. 13, and his replacement, Tony DiLeo led the team to a commanding 104-89 victory as Elton Brand scored a season-high 27 points.

The next time the Wizards played the 76ers a week later, Philadelphia again seemed to be in trouble because Brand had dislocated his shoulder the previous game against Milwaukee and was going to miss the next month. The 76ers then beat the Wizards at Verizon Center, 109-103, outscoring them 8-2 in the final 2 ½ minutes.

This time around, the Wizards might have a good shot at avoiding the first season sweep in six years against the 76ers because things are looking pretty rosy in Philadelphia right now. The 76ers have won nine of their past 11 games, including a 95-93 win in Houston on Wednesday, to move into the seventh spot in the Eastern Conference and they are 2-1 since Brand came back from his injury. The 76ers have rediscovered the running style that catapulted them into the playoffs last season.

Since DiLeo took over, Philadelphia is 13-8, averaging 100 points on 49.2 percent shooting and holding opponents to 97.2 points on 44.9 percent shooting. Under Cheeks, the 76ers were 9-14, averaging 93.3 points on 43.4 percent shooting while surrending 95.1 points on 45.5 percent shooting to opponents. Looks like quite an improvement, although 16 of those games under DiLeo were without Brand.

Here's what else you need to know about the Sixers as they host the Wizards tonight at Wachovia Center:

1. Andre Iguodala Is Playing Like an All-Star (Since Dec. 1)
The first month of the season, Andre Iguodala struggled mightily playing second banana to Elton Brand, with Philadelphia's attempts to force-feed Brand leaving him confused about what to do on the floor. He averaged just 13.1 points the first 17 games of the season and appeared to be regressing. But in the past 27 games, Iguodala is averaging 20.6 points. He has scored 20 or more in 13 of the past 18 games, after reaching that figure three times in the first 26. The 76ers have won the past eight games that Iguodala has scored 20 or more. Iguodala thought he should've been considered for the All Star Game. He didn't make it, but based on adjusted plus/minus figures, Iguodala is the second-best player in the NBA.

2. Elton Brand May or May Not Be on the Trading Block
Brand is having the worst season of his career and Philadelphia has a better record without him (9-7) than with him (13-15). He has come off the bench the past three games to regain his rhythm, and scored 14 points against Houston. ESPN's Chad Ford started a minor controversy this week, when he wrote in an online chat that the 76ers are having buyers remorse on the $82-million contract they handed to Elton Brand and have made him available in trade discussions. Ford later mentioned that there is a 20 percent chance that Brand would be dealt at the Feb. 19 deadline -- if Philadelphia can find a taker. But Philadelphia Daily News' Phil Jasner said the 76ers had no trade-related calls involving Brand. Brand said he ignores all the chatter.

3. Samuel Dalembert Is Bouncing Back
Dalembert also languished playing alongside Brand, but he has played some of the most spirited basketball of the season since Brand returned. Dalembert has grabbed at least 10 rebounds the past three games -- his second longest streak of double-digit games this season (four, from Dec. 20-29) -- averaging 14 rebounds per game. He is averaging 2.56 blocks over his past 18 games. Dalember had a stellar performance against Yao Ming on Wednesday, when had 13 rebounds and 4 blocked shots, including a deflection of Tracy McGrady's final shot attempt.

By Michael Lee  |  January 30, 2009; 9:08 AM ET
 
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Comments

Oh-goodie!! DeSuck is back in action tonight, the Wiz will turn this season around yet.

Posted by: closg | January 30, 2009 10:33 AM | Report abuse

This time around, the Wizards might have a good shot at avoiding the first season sweep in six years against the 76ers because things are looking pretty rosy in Philadelphia right now.

Mike, you must mean the Wizards stand a good chance of being swept in six years by the Sixers. You can't possibly mean you think the Wizs might win tonight.

But Mike, as I look at that statement again, it dosen't make logical sense. Am I missing something?

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | January 30, 2009 10:56 AM | Report abuse

Larry,
He is being ironic, they were struggling and yet beating us and now they are thriving so maybe we win..haha. Michael and the rest of the free world knows the Wizards will continue to do what they do best...lose games.

Posted by: The_Shadow_Knows | January 30, 2009 11:11 AM | Report abuse

Potential Wizards slogans for the reaminder of the year:

Obama Supports Basketball...Shouldn't You?

Feel Better About the Economy..See the Wiz!

Finally a Winner in the DC Lottery!

Posted by: The_Shadow_Knows | January 30, 2009 11:29 AM | Report abuse

2006-2007 - "Go all in"

2007-2008 - "Ready to Rule"

2008-2009 - "He Looked Healthy to ME"

This is the one headline I'm actually expecting in a month or so....

"Washington Wizards purge medical staff after $111 million mistake."

"Oh it was his KNEE that we were supposed to check back in May? Who knew? Well, for what it's worth his elbow looks good"
- unnamed Wizards Physician


Posted by: original_mark | January 30, 2009 12:34 PM | Report abuse

"I'm delighted," Tapscott said. "Simply because he knows how to play. He knows how to play both ends. He's got veteran savvy, and he also has the type of verbal communication I like to have on the floor. He's very verbal. If you're not talking to each other on the floor, you are minimizing your chances for success. We've got too many guys who I think are afraid to speak and maybe that's because they are unsure of what to say. But again, that comes with experience, and having another experienced guy out there will help a lot."

- Ed Tapscott

And this is why he retains the title of Ed "The Waterboy Coach" Tapscott. You are 9 and 36 and you are talking about giving major minutes to a dude who has a slipped disk in his back and a bum knee. These two injuries alone will have adverse effects on your jump shot and playing defense.

Ed "The Waterboy Coach" Tapscott kills me with all of this "veterans" can do no wrong stuff. That is the whole problem with the team now. So now he is telling me because "certain young players" are not speaking out there gives him another reason to bench them??????

This dude is a joke. He would do best not to answer anymore questions about playing time for his players because the more he talks, the dumber he looks. This guy has to be learning how to coach on the fly, or he picked the wrong Coaching 101 book from the library...........

Ernie please come in and correct your mistake man before you lose the last small fraction of the Wiz base you and Abe have left.....Give Randy Ayers a shot as long as he is not going to call games like Eddie J' and The Waterboy call games.


Posted by: BulletsFever | January 30, 2009 12:59 PM | Report abuse

Why no Wizards in the D-League this year?

With Thomas, Haywood, and Blatche down, it would be nice to have a Richard Hendrix or somebody to grab some rebounds.

Is this a salary cap issue?

Posted by: ajedwardsjr | January 30, 2009 1:10 PM | Report abuse

At least this year's slogan wasn't the 2007-08 one... I think they'd have to change it then. Ready to Rule! uh yeah right!!!

Posted by: rachel216 | January 30, 2009 2:54 PM | Report abuse

At least this year's slogan wasn't the 2007-08 one... I think they'd have to change it then. Ready to Rule! uh yeah right!!!

Posted by: rachel216 | January 30, 2009 2:54 PM

So true. In fact, I don't recall there being an official slogan for this year. Does anyone? Did the organization know more earlier than suspected? Something like Gil was never expected to play this year? I love a good conspiracy theory.

Posted by: The_Shadow_Knows | January 30, 2009 3:23 PM | Report abuse

Wiz Slogan: Dumb (EJ), Dumber (ET) and Dumbest (EG).

Posted by: Izman | January 30, 2009 3:33 PM | Report abuse

Does anyone?

Character Commitment Connection.

Posted by: jones-y | January 30, 2009 3:39 PM | Report abuse

And not to discriminate, here's one for the bloggers:

Contrary (DCMan88), Contrarian (Jones-y), Contra Bellum Omnium Omnes (Kalo_rama)

Posted by: Izman | January 30, 2009 3:42 PM | Report abuse

And not to discriminate, here's one for the bloggers:

Contrary (DCMan88), Contrarian (Jones-y), Contra Bellum Omnium Omnes (Kalo_rama)

Posted by: Izman | January 30, 2009 3:42 PM

woah had to google that one...

Posted by: yukiwith2us | January 30, 2009 4:13 PM | Report abuse

Not bad!

Here's mine:

Nearsighted (cj658), Shortsighted (bulletsfan78, bford1kb, etc.), and 'Can You See Me Now?' (Izman)

Posted by: jones-y | January 30, 2009 4:29 PM | Report abuse

What the Wizards need to do is draft David Neal out of the University of Maryland. Neal is a local guy (Alexandria, VA), and would be a good fit. We lack a decent center, and Neal would help fill that void. I sure hope Ernie is reading this.

Posted by: cj658 | January 30, 2009 4:48 PM | Report abuse

As Mike Wise pointed out,

“Some have even deigned to say that calling Haywood “Brenda” is disrespectful to every hardworking American woman named Brenda.”

Posted by: cj658 | January 30, 2009 4:52 PM | Report abuse

More brenda bashing. Why you ask? Because I will never stop until every Wizard fan realizes that he is a garbo center, and we NEED Thabeet:

A lot of you love to harp on his stats from last season. Stats?? Brenda leads the Wizards in fights with teammates and gutless reactions to losses. Seriously, his hustle stats (steals, rebounds, blocks, etc.) are pretty pathetic for a 7′0″, 270lbs center.

Posted by: cj658 | January 30, 2009 4:55 PM | Report abuse

Does anyone?

Character Commitment Connection.

Posted by: jones-y | January 30, 2009 3:39 PM

Ahhh...that's right. Thanks jones-y!

Posted by: The_Shadow_Knows | January 30, 2009 5:15 PM | Report abuse

So what are everyone's thoughts on David Neal from UMD, I think he'll be a mid first round pick.

Posted by: cj658 | January 30, 2009 5:22 PM | Report abuse

I think Neal Pert was a pretty good drummer, in his time. Neal Schon was a pretty good guitarist, but again, that was a while back. David Neal - I don't know. That's about it.

Posted by: ajedwardsjr | January 30, 2009 5:31 PM | Report abuse

there is no excuse to have javale playing less than half the game right now

Posted by: bford1kb | January 30, 2009 5:53 PM | Report abuse

Why don't the Wiz take a run at trying to get Brand?

Posted by: larryn703 | January 30, 2009 6:02 PM | Report abuse

I think Neal Pert was a pretty good drummer, in his time. Neal Schon was a pretty good guitarist, but again, that was a while back. David Neal - I don't know. That's about it.

Posted by: ajedwardsjr | January 30, 2009 5:31 PM

Neal Adams was a fine illustrator, Neal McDonough is a talented character actor, Neil Patrick Harris was Doogie Houser, MD.

Posted by: kalo_rama | January 30, 2009 6:07 PM | Report abuse

Neal Adams was a fine illustrator, Neal McDonough is a talented character actor, Neil Patrick Harris was Doogie Houser, MD.

Posted by: kalo_rama | January 30, 2009 6:07 PM

Holy S&*%...you just dropped Neal Adams. I met him when I was just a child and still have great appreciation for his work. Made my night Kal.

Posted by: The_Shadow_Knows | January 30, 2009 6:50 PM | Report abuse

Darius Songaila 32 minutes, 1 rebound.

You gotta love it.


Tapscott is the worst coach in this team's history and that includes Leonard Hamilton. He oughtta be fired immediately.

Posted by: original_mark | January 30, 2009 9:52 PM | Report abuse

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