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News » Philadelphia 76ers Getting Inside 2009-11-13

Philadelphia 76ers Getting Inside 2009-11-13

Philadelphia 76ers Getting Inside 2009-11-13Playing for Eddie Jordan is even more of an adjustment than Elton Brand thought it would be.

Brand, a two-time NBA All-Star with the Clippers (2001-02, 2005-06), is having to get used to not playing much in the fourth quarter for the first time in his 11-year NBA career. He came into the season averaging 20 points, 10.1 rebounds and 38 minutes, which are far different than his 10 points, 5.6 rebounds and 27 minutes so far.

Jordan said he sees "some of" Brand the 20-and-10 guy, but not all of it.

"I look at how you play in the game," Jordan said. "It's not all about stats. Anybody can get stats and lose. There's a lot of good stat players on losing teams that, when you put them on winning teams, they're not good players, not to say that I'm talking about our guys. I'm talking about the way you play the game, how you're running the floor, how you defend. Is the fabric of our defense solid with you in the game? Is the continuity of the offense solid when you're in the game?"

After only appearing in the final period during one of the past four games, Brand is searching for a way to get back on track and return to 30-plus minutes after missing 53 and 74 games due to injury over the previous two seasons.

"I don't think I've had the opportunity to be out there and say, 'OK, let's do something different,'" Brand said. "You don't have a chance to help out."

Jordan, who anointed Andre Iguodala as the team's best player in training camp, said he's not "really worrying about (creating an issue with Brand).

"I consider our guys' feelings because I like them," Jordan said. "I want everyone to be successful and feel good, but there's a bottom line to this business. If I think the six or seven guys I rotate at the end of games give me a better chance with matchups, I'm playing those guys."

SIXERS 82, NETS 79: The Sixers outlasted undermanned New Jersey for the second time in five days. The Sixers scored the final five points to down the 0-8 Nets, who were without four starters and a total of seven players. Samuel Dalembert had a key stop on Brook Lopez with 13.9 seconds left as the Sixers held the Nets scoreless on New Jersey's final five possessions (0-for-4 with a turnover). Marreese Speights converted a crucial three-point play.

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Added: November 13, 2009


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