Thursday, July 2, 2015

The Focus Of Opening Night

Maurice Cheeks and Sam Mitchell have done their opening night homework.

The Focus Of Opening Night


This is a Sixers opening night with no surprises, at least none so far.

The starting lineup is as has been advertised: Thaddeus Young, Andre Miller, Samuel Dalembert, Elton Brand and Andre Iguodala.

The inactive list is as expected: The injured Jason Smith and rookie Marreese Speights.

Royal Ivey, serving the second leg of a three-game suspension incurred late last season as a member of the Milwaukee Bucks, isn't--by NBA rule-- in the Wachovia Center. But he does count against the active roster, leaving the team with 11 available bodies, one under the league limit.

Sixers coach Maurice Cheeks is focused on how his team performs, but says of the Raptors, ''Their main focus is Chris Bosh.''

Raptors coach Sam Mitchell doesn't expect the Sixers to vary from the running style they showed last season, but says of Elton Brand ''He's an added talent, a potential All-Star. He's a guy coming off an injury, but everyone knows what a healthy Elton Brand can do. He's a 20/10 guy.''

Historical note: Steve Javie, tonight's referee crew chief, and the veteran Tony Brothers are joined by former player Haywoode Workman in his debut. Workman becomes the third former player to turn to officiating in the league, following Bernie Fryer and Leon Wood.

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Bob Cooney has been at the Daily News for more than 20 years, working in the sports department for the past 15. This is his third season on the Sixers beat. He has covered just about everything, but mostly college basketball, where he was the La Salle beat writer for six seasons. E-mail Bob at and follow him on Twitter.

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