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News » Sixers still looking for a big win

Sixers still looking for a big win

Sixers still looking for a big win The 76ers' record, while not overwhelming by any means, is deceptive.

After Wednesday night's 86-84 win over the Charlotte Bobcats, coach Eddie Jordan joked about beating someone other than the New Jersey Nets or New York Knicks.

But really, the 3-8 Bobcats aren't much better.

The Sixers' five wins are against teams that have a combined record of 11-32, which includes the 6-3 record of the upstart Milwaukee Bucks.

Tonight, the 5-6 Sixers play the 3-8 Memphis Grizzlies at the Wachovia Center.

At the beginning of the season, tonight's game looked like one to circle: Memphis had signed former Sixers all-star Allen Iverson to a one-year contract. But on Monday, after a preseason injury and much less playing time than he desired, Iverson and the Grizzlies "parted ways." He cleared waivers yesterday and is now a free agent.

So, tonight's Sixers game becomes just another one against a struggling NBA opponent.

Entering last night, the combined record of teams that have beaten the Sixers was 44-25.

At yesterday's practice at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, Jordan said there are up to 15 games each season against "gold star" opponents, games that teams point to as big-time wins.

Through 11 games, the Sixers have none of those.

"There are 12 to 15 games out there that you'd like to win because of the people you're playing against," Jordan said. "Those teams have showed us that we have to get physical and play better: the Bostons, the Orlandos, the Utahs."

On Wednesday night, power forward Elton Brand (19 points, 11 rebounds) and reserve swingman Rodney Carney looked to be Jordan's solution to filling the void left when the team's fourth-leading scorer, backup big man Marreese Speights, went down with a partially torn knee ligament.

Carney ailing. Carney played 31 minutes and scored 10 points against Charlotte after scoring only 17 points in the previous eight games.

He played some of the game with a sprained right wrist.

"Offensively I can make shots, but defensively, I lock down and I didn't really have any mistakes," said Carney, who was limited in practice yesterday by his sore wrist. "And I think that proved to [Jordan that] he can count on me in different situations of the game coming out. I guess I did a great job."

Because of his sore wrist, which he hurt in the first half, the Sixers have listed Carney as "probable." He said it was painful to snap his wrist down on his jumper - he was 2 for 4 on three-pointers against Charlotte - but seemed confident he would play tonight.

"I like what he gives us," Jordan said of Carney. "He gives us good matchups with [shooting guards and forwards]. And he has an edge about himself where he's tough enough that he doesn't back down, and certainly he's as athletic a guy as we have. And he can make a three. To be a threat out there and knock one down helps us."

Contact staff writer Kate Fagan at 856-779-3844 or kfagan@phillynews.com.

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Added: November 20, 2009


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