With their 108-105 win over the Nuggets on Sunday, the Sixers finished the West Coast part of their six-game road trip with a 3-2 record. It was kind of ironic that the final win was due to the great play of the bench, because it seemed if coach Eddie Jordan had used his bench, and his starters for that matter, better in the Clippers game in Los Angeles, it might have been a 4-1 trip to the other side of the country.
Jordan's rotations have been puzzling all year, to say the least. He'll get key contributions from subs one night, then be reluctant to use them the next. He often talks about matchups being his reasoning, but why not look to make matchup problems for the other team?
Rodney Carney is the perfect example. He is one of the best athletes on the team, with very good defensive skills. He can take the ball to the basket and has shown an ability to shoot from the outside. Rarely has he given bad minutes. And he always seems to make something happen. For a team that hasn't had a lot of excitement this year, Carney would seem to be a good remedy, to start.
Jordan has to find some way to floor a team that can score and play defense at the same time. He loves bringing Elton Brand and Marreese Speights off the bench, usually at the expense of Sam Dalembert. Say what you want about Dalembert, but the team is vastly better on the defensive end when he's in the game. He certainly still commits bad fouls, and too many of them, but there's no denying his presence on the defennsive end.