Don't misunderstand Elton Brand. He didn't sign on to be a backup, but he has been accepting of lineup changes, particularly if it means ending the 76ers' 12-game losing streak. Brand came off the bench in Monday night's 117-101 victory over the road-weary Golden State Warriors, while rookie Jrue Holiday was in the starting backcourt with Allen Iverson.
Brand came off the bench for the third time this season, but seems far more likely to be a starter Wednesday night against the bigger, beefier Cleveland Cavaliers. Holiday made his sixth start, and seemed to please coach Eddie Jordan with his ability to initiate the offense and defend against Warriors star Monta Ellis. Holiday's numbers: 15 points, 7 rebounds, 6 assists, 3 steals in 38:55.
''My temperament after losing so many, I just want to win,'' Brand said. "So (Jordan) knows I'm not going to not be professional, be a detriment to the team. It works both ways.''
Brand, in fact, provided some necessary punch in the first half against the Warriors, contributing 9 points on 4-for-4 shooting plus 3 rebounds.