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News » Philadelphia 76ers Getting Inside 2009-11-21

Philadelphia 76ers Getting Inside 2009-11-21

Philadelphia 76ers Getting Inside 2009-11-21Rodney Carney had his chance and did something with it. He scored 10 points in a season-high 31 minutes during Wednesday's 86-84 win over the Bobcats.

Before the Charlotte game, Carney had played more than 13 minutes only one time -- and that was 17 in the season-opening blowout loss at Orlando. He had scored 17 points combined in the eight previous games.

"I like what he gives us," said Sixers coach Eddie Jordan. "He gives us good matchups with twos, threes and some small fours. He's tough enough that he doesn't back down, and he's as athletic as anybody we have. And he can make a three(-pointer). To be a threat out there and knock one down helps us."

Carney's versatility and ability to defend are perhaps his biggest strengths. That Jordan called on him for the full fourth quarter vs. the Bobcats after he played the last 9:38 against the Bulls in the game before shows that he trusts Carney at crunch time.

"Offensively, I can get my shot," Carney said. "Defensively, I can lock down. He puts me in there and tells me to be strong."

Carney followed that up with a bench-high seven points in 22 minutes during Friday's 102-97 loss to the Grizzlies. Carney hit a baseline 3-pointer the first time he touched the ball and had five points in four second-quarter minutes. He was slowed by a sprained right wrist suffered late in the Charlotte win; it kept him from scrimmaging during Thursday's practice.

GRIZZLIES 102, SIXERS 97: The Sixers didn't rebound the ball. Consequently, they didn't win. Memphis handled Philly 48-28 on the boards, including 27-11 in the second half. The Sixers dropped to 1-6 when they trail going into the fourth quarter.

Sixers coach Eddie Jordan criticized his team for not playing together, especially after intermission.

"There were two different teams out there," Jordan said. "One team (Memphis) rallied around each other and the other team (Philly) fragmented. I'm not going to sugarcoat it. We had five individuals on the floor. It's a game we could've won if we'd have had some camaraderie and positive energy."

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Added: November 21, 2009


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