The Sixers host the 10-4 Orlando Magic this evening and the game is on ESPN for all of you displaced Philly fans to enjoy. Former St. Joe's great, Jameer Nelson, is listed as day-to-day and will likely be out of the line up. Jameer will be replaced by the old and young combo of Anthony Johnson and Courtney Lee. One large man who will certainly be in the line up is Dwight Howard who is off to another great year averaging 20.9 points, 13.4 boards, and 4.1 blocks per game.
The Sixers continue to hover at the .500 mark and are struggling to find their identity, especially on the offensive end. They look great one night when they're defense sparks a nice running game and follow that up with super poor performances against the Bobcats and Timberwolves of the world.
Brand's point production has fallen from what the Sixers had hoped they'd get out of him this season but Andre Iguodala's drop in production is perhaps more troubling.
The ninth overall pick in the 2004 draft looked to be on the verge of
becoming a star last season, leading Philadelphia with 19.9 ppg on 45.6
percent shooting. He's averaging 13.4 points and shooting 39.8 percent
Tip off for the Sixers is at 7:30.
Sixers head coach Brett Brown is in Australia this week, where he has accused longtime friend and former Australian men's national team assistant coach Shane Heal of defrauding him of $750,000, according to the Australian Associated Press.
Brown invested $250,000 into each of three companies for which Heal was the sole director. Brown wasn't given a legal title regarding the companies and didn't know the specifics of how the money would be used.
"I assumed that the money was going to be used for what Shane told me it was going to be used for," Brown said. "Because it was a friend that I had for 25 years."
Heal was charged last year by the Australian Securities and Investments Commission following an investigation relating to alleged misconduct in 2008, 2009 and 2010, according to the AAP.
The sides return to court in Brisbane on July 20.
Heal played in the NBA for the Minnesota Timberwolves in 1996-97 and was with the San Antonio Spurs in 2003.
A day after going 0 for 5 with five strikeouts, Odubel Herrera is leading off for the Phillies in their series opener Friday night against the Reds (see game notes).
It's the first time Herrera is leading off since last Aug. 19, a span of 84 games.
Cesar Hernandez gets the night off. He's been dealing with a groin pull for 10 days, manager Pete Mackanin said Friday.
Andres Blanco bats second and plays second.
Maikel Franco is back in the six-hole after going 1 for 5 with two strikeouts in the cleanup spot Thursday. Tommy Joseph bats fourth and Michael Saunders fifth.
Cameron Rupp, who walked three times in Thursday's win over the Rockies, catches Aaron Nola and bats seventh.
1. Odubel Herrera, CF
2. Andres Blanco, 2B
3. Aaron Altherr, LF
4. Tommy Joseph, 1B
5. Michael Saunders, RF
6. Maikel Franco, 3B
7. Cameron Rupp, C
8. Freddy Galvis, SS
9. Aaron Nola, P