76ers pre-game

*Just saw Thad ... he's playing tonight. And he said he Tweeted about it earlier. Maybe I need to be on Twitter more often.

Here at the Wachovia Center for tonight's game between the 76ers and Utah Jazz, set for a 7 p.m. tip (okay, more like 7:12).

Sixers small forward Thaddeus Young is still a game-time decision with that left shoulder/neck muscle spasm. Guess we won't know about Young until the Sixers have to release they're list about 60 minutes before tip-off. As soon as they release the info, I'll Tweet it, so follow here: Deep Sixer.

The Jazz, 3-5, will be without point guard Deron Williams, who is not with the team for personal reasons. Also out is Kyle Korver, with that knee injury, and C.J. Miles, who had left thumb surgery. So the Jazz, like the New Jersey Nets before them, are hurting. Of course, they have a lot more pieces remaining: Carlos Boozer, Mehmet Okur, Paul Millsap.

Also interesting tonight will be rookie point guard Eric Maynor, who is Utah's probable starter and also a draft pick behind Sixers' rookie point guard Jrue Holiday. Always a fun comparison, although Maynor will likely play a lot of minutes, Holiday limited minutes.

Same story lines tonight that have been revolving around this team for the last 10 days or so: The play, and playing time, of power forward Elton Brand ... the shooting of Young (if he plays). He definitely appeared to find his groove in the first half of the New Jersey game ... the rotation (who will be the first guard off the bench) ... and, also fun to watch, second-year big man Marreese Speights who has been pretty amazing through eight games this season.

Realistically, although it's been easy to point out the early-season flaws of this team -- especially because it seemed like they might actually come out of the gate playing better -- there are so many issues that Eddie Jordan still seems to be working through (rotation, Brand, second guard, certain scoring options), that until those things become solidified -- assuming it happens in the next 10 games -- we don't really know how good this team will/can play.

More later, after pre-game availability ...