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Without any doubts, Philadelphia 76ers front office is hoping that Elton Brand's return will push the 76ers over the top, possibly competing for home-court advantage down the stretch. Thus, Andre Iguodala and company will make their way to New York to take on the undersized Knicks on Saturday at 11 p.m. GMT.

 

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Since New York Knicks efforts to move Eddy Curry and Jared Jeffries in the off-season remained fruitless, they were forced to offer one-year contracts to Nate Robinson and David Lee to avoid compromising their cap space in 2010. Either way, the team of Mike D'Antoni is still counting on the development of Danilo Gallinari and eight overall pick Jordan Hill who could help the Knicks in 2009-10. That said, neither player looked particularly impressive during the preseason as they failed to show any consistency on either end of the floor.

 

In contrast, the Philadelphia 76ers had a fairly quiet off-season and are content with the return of Elton Brand into the lineup. Missing almost the entire 2008-09 season, former All-Star Elton Brand will provide coach Eddie Jordan with a low-post option they sorely missed last year. Nonetheless, it is possible that it will take the team some time to adjust their playing style to more half-court sets instead of focusing on pushing the ball up the floor in transition. Considering said circumstances, the 76ers might have the slightly better team but should not underestimate David Lee and the Knicks. New York on the other hand will have to keep their defensive breakdowns to a minimum and work hard to keep Elton Brand and Samuel Dalembert off the boards.

 

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Tags: Philadelphia, 76ers, New York Knicks, Danilo Gallinari, Elton Brand, David Lee, Samuel Dalembert
Posted: 7th February 2011

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