76ers practiced today from about 10-1 at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. They got back from their two-game Canadian swing early this morning and they play the New Jersey Nets tomorrow night at the Wachovia Center.
We watched about the last 30 minutes of practice, all scrimmaging. Guard Royal Ivey joined forwards Rodney Carney and Stromile Swift on the sidelines: all have strained left hamstrings. All are listed as day-to-day though from watching Carney on the sidelines (the bike, etc.), he does not look like he will be playing tomorrow or anytime relatively soon. He looked a little gimpy.
Since we didn't travel to Canada, today was the first change to talk with coach Eddie Jordan about how things went. Jordan said the No. 1 issue going forward was keeping the tempo and pace of the game, especially with the offense. He said he felt the second game against the Toronto Raptors, the team walked the ball upcourt too much and didn't get into the offense quick enough. That's primarily what they worked on yesterday ... getting into the offense in 5 or 6 seconds instead of maybe 10 or 11.
I'm not going to try to assess what happened in those first two preseason games considering I wasn't there, nor were the games on TV. I know the team had a lot of turnovers, but that's to be expected with this new read-and-react offense.