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On the Road Part II, NYC

The 76ers picked up a solid road victory, their first of the season, on Sunday afternoon at Madison Square Garden. Without swingman Andre Iguodala, the backcourt of Jrue Holiday and Evan Turner looked just as good as most Sixers fans hoped when Turner was the No. 2 overall pick in the 2010 NBA Draft. Turner was making that 18-foot jumper, which he had been missing through the season's first few games.

On the Road Part II, NYC

The 76ers picked up a solid road victory, their first of the season, on Sunday afternoon at Madison Square Garden. Without swingman Andre Iguodala, the backcourt of Jrue Holiday and Evan Turner looked just as good as most Sixers fans hoped when Turner was the No. 2 overall pick in the 2010 NBA Draft. Turner was making that 18-foot jumper, which he had been missing through the season's first few games.

How much playing time, and how many opportunities, Turner receives once Iguodala returns from tendinitis of his right Achilles remains to be seen, but in talking to a few people on Sunday, they're optimistic that once Turner gets even more comfortable, he'll start to take off.

Sunday's victory can be boiled down to the fourth quarter play of reserve center Tony Battie, who played the entire fourth quarter, and the solid play of power forward Elton Brand. Of course no one wants to jump the gun here, but we hit Brand with these same questions when he was missing games during the 2008-09 season w/ his shoulder injury: Does this team just happen to mesh better without one or the other (Iguodala or Brand) not in the lineup? One game is not enough to draw a conclusion, and it's unclear whether Iguodala's injury will cause him to miss more games, but watching the production and flow of this team -- either way -- will certainly be interesting.

The Sixers are practicing today and tomorrow at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine before leaving tomorrow afternoon for Oklahoma City, which kicks off a four-game road trip that spans a week. Sixers will play at Oklahoma City, at the Dallas Mavericks, at the San Antonio Spurs, and then at the Cleveland Cavaliers.

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Iguodala misses first game since 2007
 
76ers encouraged by win over Knicks

Embedded below should be episode II of a new feature we're doing on here: On the Road. We had more questions this week, but still kept it to two because that seems like a decent length for a quick-hit video. If you e-mailed questions that weren't answered, perhaps they'll show up in later weeks. If you have a question you want answered, the submit tag is at the bottom of this post. Or you can e-mail me at kfagan@phillynews.com.

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--Kate


Each week, Kate will check in from the road and answer fan questions about the Sixers. Click here to ask Kate a question or e-mail her at kfagan@phillynews.com.

About this blog

Keith Pompey is in his first season covering the Sixers for The Inquirer after covering the Temple men’s basketball team for the past three years and Temple football the past two seasons.

Marc Narducci has served in a variety of roles with the Inquirer since beginning in 1983. He has covered the 76ers as a backup and a beat writer. In addition, Narducci has covered everything from the Super Bowl to the World Series and a lot in between.

Narducci also has a true passion for South Jersey scholastic sports, which he has covered for many years.

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