The Other Side: Philadelphia 76ers
The last time Philadelphia came to Washington, on Nov. 24, Eddie Jordan's return was overshadowed by Abe Pollin's death earlier in the day. The Wizards used the emotion of the evening to propel them to a 108-107 victory. With Jordan back at Verizon Center for the last time this season, the primary story line is that the 76ers and Wizards are two of the three worst teams in the Eastern Conference.
The 76ers (7-20) have the second-worst record in the East, but they have won two of their past four games, including a 98-97 win in Boston last Friday. Here's what else you need to know about the 76ers:
1. Allen Iverson returned to Philadelphia on Dec. 7 after a brief "retirement." But after missing nearly a month, the 34-year-old Iverson is struggling to regain his old form. He's averaged 15.6 points and 4.2 assists in five games but now has to deal with the reality that he is getting older. Iverson has missed the past two games and will be out until Dec. 28 with ... arthritis in his left knee.
2. Louis Williams missed a potential game-winnng jumper as time expired in the last game. But what few knew at the time, Williams had played most of the game with a broken jaw. He will return to the starting lineup in his second game since coming back. In the five games before he was sidelined, Williams averaged 23.6 points, including 26 against the Wizards. In Williams's absence, the 76ers discovered that they might have something special in rookie Jru Holiday.
3. The 76ers have had problems with continuity as Jordan has juggled several different starting lineups. One year after the 76ers lured Elton Brand from Los Angeles with a five-year, $80-million deal, Clippers Coach Mike Dunleavy probably didn't expect to see Brand as a sixth man now. Neither did Brand.
Posted by: bulletsfan78 | December 22, 2009 6:06 PM | Report abuse
Posted by: dargregmag | December 22, 2009 6:29 PM | Report abuse
Posted by: shovetheplanet | December 22, 2009 6:34 PM | Report abuse
Posted by: dlts20 | December 22, 2009 6:47 PM | Report abuse
The comments to this entry are closed.