2) Another snippet of good news: the Sixers friggin' stink. Their offense stinks, their defense stinks, and surprisingly, their rebounding even stinks. (Far better than ours, of course, but it stinks.) And in Jrue Holliday, the Sixers even have the one rookie point guard who rates as less effective than Curry so far. This team is basically designed to make us feel better about ourselves.
3) My personal verdict on Keith Smart's interim tenure will be decided by this game. On the one hand, we have shown more energy and teamwork under his leadership than under Nellie's, despite a more difficult schedule; on the other hand, Smart has not lifted his foot off of the suicidal smallball gas pedal, and has some annoying tendencies of his own (favoring Mikki over Randolph to a greater degree than Nellie, riding Monta even harder for no apparent reason). It's impossible to know what Smart has done on his own and what he's done under orders, and I endorse his taking over for Nellie regardless. But our performance tonight determines whether he gets a "yay" or "boo" for his ten games of understudying.
4) Keep suckin', Samuel Dalembert... you're making a Maggette/you swap more possible by the week.
5) Most of the previews of this game hype the Iverson/Monta showdown, for good reason -- as Monta's tats and minutes grow, so do the parallels. In fact, Monta is having a downright Iversonian season. The top line represents Iverson's career average per 36 minutes; the bottom line represents Monta's '09-'10 average per 36 minutes. (Forgive the awkward formatting. Forgive it.)
Simply put, Monta Ellis is not very good at being Allen Iverson. Let's hope he reverts to being Monta Ellis.
Warrior and Sixer Players To Watch: The two little fellas, natch... the spotlight is all theirs.