The bad news: The Sixers face off against the Knicks for the second time
in as many days and games today, a team that's 2-0 with a +36 scoring
margin, +16 of which came against the Sixers themselves yesterday
afternoon in New York. The good news: Tonight, the Sixers finally, at
long last, welcome back their once-projected starting center, their
big-ticket off-season acquisition, their man in the middle who has long
been riding the pine with injury as the Sixers and their fans anxiously
await his return.
That's right: Kwame Brown is starting at center for the Philadelphia 76ers tonight.
Jason Richardson likely out with his rolled ankle, Evan Turner slides
down to the two, Dorell Wright plugs in at the three, and with Lavoy
Allen having struggled somewhat in his two starts at the pivot thusfar
this season, Kwame will take his first bow, starting or otherwise, for
the Liberty Ballers tonight as their top center. Kwame missed the
Sixers' pre-season with a calf injury, but finally appears good to go
tonight. Andrew Bynum? We'll see him when we see him.
could certainly use some help on defense against this high-powered
Knicks offense, though the problem of what to do about Carmelo Anthony—a
problem that Thaddeus Young certainly came nowhere near solving
yesterday, and which Kwame seems unlikely to help with much—will likely
continue to vex the 76ers. At the least, we can hope the Sixers give the
Knicks more of a showing on the other end, where they've yet to eclipse
85 points in two games, with rotation wings Evan Turner (25% FG), Nick
Young (26%) and Dorell Wright (35%) all struggling badly with their shot to start the season.
Sixers will need help from those guys, at the very least to take the
burden of Jrue Holiday, the team's one effective offensive player
thusfar this season (non-Hawes division). With averages of 20.5 points
and nine assists a game, Jrue's off to a very strong start in Year One
of his four-year extension, but he's not gonna hand out double-digit
dimes (as he did in game one) or sink five threes (as he did in game
two) every night, and with J-Rich out indefinitely, Evan, Dorell and
Nick are gonna have to do a big job picking up the slack. And if Spence
wanted to stay out of foul trouble and give us another Game One-type
offensive performance, that would be similarly appreciated.
tip from the WFC. It's certainly not too late to derail this early
Dream Season that the Knicks are having—what's a New York team without a
little early-season dysfunction, anyway? In Kwame We Trust.