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Lakers in Boston to visit reeling Celtics

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Lakers’ defense, not offense, dooms 76ers

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PERCEPTION, sometimes, is a hard tag to shed.
Ask most any fan of the NBA about the Los Angeles Lakers, past
or present, and the names of high-scoring players and the memories
of their Showtime offense will flow easily.
Soon, Kobe Bryant will be tops among the point scorers ever to
wear a Lakers uniform. And he’s surrounded by fill-it-up guys like
Pau Gasol and Andrew Bynum.


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Sixers’ Iverson, Lakers’ Bryant still an intriguing matchup

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These are the moments Kobe Bryant relishes.
Philadelphia isn’t just another stop on a long Los Angeles
Lakers road trip. This includes the annual visit to Lower Merion
High, then listening to the cheering and jeering from the Wachovia
Center crowd. And this trip suddenly became a trip down memory
lane, a battle with the
76ers’ Allen Iverson.
Witness an almost mystical third quarter of what became a 99-91
Lakers victory. Iverson, 1-for-5 in the first half, went for 15
points, hitting six of seven shots from the floor. Bryant, 1-for-7
in the first half, dropped in five of seven and scored 14.


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Sixers Notes: No surprise in Philly’s greeting of Bryant

January 30th, 2010 admin

Sixers Notes
As always, the Wachovia Center’s reaction to
Kobe Bryant last night was mixed: cheers
shadowed by boos.
Last night, the
76ers played in front of a sellout
crowd because Bryant’s Los Angeles Lakers were in town.


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Lakers wear down Sixers, 99-91

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Most of the Wachovia Center’s sold-out crowd likely came for the
spectacle of Kobe Bryant’s Los Angeles Lakers more than the thrill
of a
76ers’ victory.
And that’s a good thing, because last night ended as you assumed
it might: with the Lakers defeating the
Sixers , 99-91.
The
Sixers dropped to 15-31 while Los
Angeles improved to 36-11.


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ROSTER REPORT

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ROTATION: Starters — Point guard Jrue Holiday, Shooting guard Allen Iverson, Small forward Andre Iguodala, Power forward Elton Brand, Center Samuel Dalembert. Bench — Forward Thaddeus Young, Guard Lou Williams, Guard Willie Green, Forward/Center Marreese Speights, Forward Jason Kapono, Forward/Center Jason Smith.
PLAYER NOTES:
–F Elton Brand had a season-high 26 points and 10 rebounds in Wednesday’s loss to the Bucks. Brand followed that up with 19 points, nine rebounds, three steals and three blocks against the Lakers.
“He’s showing a little bit more every day,” said Sixers coach Eddie Jordan.
–G Allen Iverson didn’t play in the final 14:14 against Milwaukee, only to be on the court for the first 22:16 of the second half versus the Lakers en route to a season-high 23 points. He didn’t come out until the game had been decided with 1:44 to go.
“I was definitely comfortable with my minutes (Friday),” said a smiling Iverson. “It helped me get my rhythm.”
–G Willie Green will receive the Good Guy Award for media cooperation from the Philadelphia Sports Writers Association at its annual banquet Feb. 1 in Cherry Hill, N.J.
MEDICAL WATCH:
–No significant injuries.


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NOTES, QUOTES

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–In 14 January games, five Sixers are averaging 13-plus points, but no player is higher than Elton Brand’s 15.3 average.
–The Sixers have had three reserves score 10-plus points in three of the last (six) seven games after it only happened once in the season’s first 39 games.
QUOTE TO NOTE: “Our interior defense was phenomenal. I don’t know how you’re going to write it or twist it, and I don’t care.” — Coach Eddie Jordan, to the Philly media after Friday’s 99-91 home loss to the Lakers.


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GETTING INSIDE

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The players, coaches and management are all disappointed with the Sixers’ record. None of them expected to be 15-31 just past the halfway point of the 2009-10 season. With almost the same roster as the group that went 41-41 and went to the playoffs for the second year in a row, the Sixers are headed for the draft lottery.
“We believe there’s talent with the team we have,” said Sixers president Ed Stefanski. “We feel at times we’re underachieving. We have to get that together.”
The Sixers’ struggles seem to have increased the chances that they’ll make a move by the Feb. 18 trade deadline. With no expiring contracts beyond minimum-salary deals, the Sixers could try to acquire a salary dump like the contract of Tracy McGrady or look for more long-term help.
One player the Sixers could offer is Andre Iguodala. Iguodala is their best all-around performer, especially at the defensive end. But he has $56 million and four years left on his contract after this year, which could make teams squeamish in this economic climate — with the salary cap/luxury tax likely to decrease again.
Still, Iguodala understands why he’s heard his name in trade rumors involving the Rockets and Suns.
“Until the next move comes and (a trade) happens or if I stay here, I need to fight through it,” Iguodala said. “My ultimate goal has always been to win here. (Stefanski’s) in a situation where he has to win and his job is on the line. If you don’t win, anything can happen, no matter whose fault it is.”
LAKERS 99, SIXERS 91: The Sixers sunk 16 games under .500 for the first time this season. They slipped to 7-16 at home by giving away far too many easy baskets to L.A. cutters. Kobe Bryant won an entertaining head-to-head battle with fellow 1996 first-round pick Allen Iverson, outscoring him 24-23, and of course, coming away with the “W.” The Sixers held a 44-36 rebounding advantage, but committed twice as many turnovers (20-12) as the Lakers.


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