Kings of the court?
The Sixers return to the Wachovia Center court Monday night to try to even their record at 2-2 after blowing a 23-point lead Saturday night in Atlanta.
I was in attendance Friday night when Elton Brand and Company demolished the New York Knicks, 116-87. Brand was strong in the post and Willie Green couldn’t miss from the perimeter, but the player who most impressed was Andre Miller. The point guard did it all in the third quarter when he scored 13 points and dealt several assists, including two on consecutive fastbreaks.
Miller is a winning player and the Sixers will take his lead into the playoffs this year – and possibly contend for an Eastern Conference title in a top-heavy and better-than-it’s-been conference that’s still inferior to the West.
That said, the Sixers seem to lack a little in the “Q” department, i.e. A.I. … as in Iverson, not Iguodala. There couldn’t have been more than 10,000 in the house Friday night and while the Phillies’ parade down Broad Street certainly had something to do with it, the Sixers’ lack of a big draw also is a factor.
It’ll be interesting to see what the crowds are like as the season progresses.
Monday night’s game will be a homecoming for Kings rookie Jason Thompson. The Lenape High and Rider University product is off to a strong start, averaging 13.3 points and 7.3 rebounds in two games – both losses.
The Phils reportedly will introduce Ruben Amaro as their new GM Monday, while saying goodbye to assistant GM Mike Arbuckle, who won’t return next season. That could be a huge loss for the Phils because Arbuckle has been credited with scouting much of the Phils’ core.
Amaro seems like a nice, capable man who hopefully burned all of his Ed Wade notes and kept a binder on Pat Gillick.
Donovan McNabb throws for 346 yards and the Eagles beat Seattle 26-7. Ho-hum. Just don’t get the feeling this team ever will win anything with Andy Reid at the helms. He’s great at planning for the future, but not so good at winning now. Same goes for game preparation compared to game day.
Reid’s act in press conferences and toward the media in general always has rubbed me the wrong way.
The Flyers dropped to 4-3-3 with Sunday’s 5-4 loss to Edmonton. One question: Why are hockey won/loss records so darn complicated?
That’s it for now.