Finally, on Wednesday night in Toronto, the 76ers (3-5) played like everyone thought they would play. Elton Brand had 25 points, Andre Iguodala was one rebound short of a triple-double, Andre Miller drove to the hoop and finished, consistently. Willie Green came off the bench and scored 17 points and had nine -- NINE -- assists.
Even with the win, there were pieces missing. Thaddeus Young scored only seven points, Samuel Dalembert had only two points. Lou Williams, who routinely scores in double figures, was in the single digits.
Yesterday, the Sixers canceled their practice that was supposed to be held something like 40 minutes outside of Toronto and flew to Indianapolis.
That brings us to tonight's game: Sixers vs. Pacers.
Sure, it was great to see the team play well on Wednesday, but what parts of that effort will they carryover to tonight? Sixers head coach Maurice Cheeks said he felt like the energy difference was on the defensive end, which then spurred progress on offense. I can buy that. Toronto shot 5 of 21 from the 3-point line. While that might have been a poor shooting performance, I'm sure the Sixers like to think it was because they contested more shots. Sixers also scored 19 points in transition.
This afternoon at 3, from some wonderful Indianapolis coffee shop (read: Starbucks), we'll hold a Live Chat. If you have a few moments on this Friday, click here: Sixers Chat.
Up for discussion:
1.) Which team can we expect tonight against the Pacers?
2.) To where -- oh where -- has Samuel Dalembert gone? I don't pin this blame completely on Dalembert.
3.) What one thing MUST the Sixers do tonight to win?
See you at 3 ...