Sixers Shopping Brand?
Sixers president/general manager Ed Stefanski responded to an ESPN item quoting two anonymous GMs in the NBA saying that Elton Brand had been made available. "Not true," Stefanski said . . . The Jazz, with just nine players available, started Eric Maynor and Wes Matthews as its first all-rookie backcourt since Deron Williams and Andre Owens, Nov. 15, 2005. Maynor and Matthews (16) combined for 29 points on 11-for-25 shooting, 4-for-6 on three-pointers . . . Matthews is the son of Wes Matthews, who appeared in 465 games with six teams, including 14 as a Sixer in 1983-84 . . .
Carlos Boozer led the Jazz with 24 points and 12 rebounds, shooting
11-for-16. "When you have a guy out like D-Will [Williams], everybody
has to step up his game, and I thought we did that. That’s why I
thought we had a great chance to win. We set screens, we shared the
ball, we moved the ball," Boozer said. "It was fun to see us so
enthusiastic. It might have been us against the world, but we knew it
was us. It had to come from us. Ain’t nobody going to help us. We had
to help ourselves."