Down Goes Elton Brand

Perhaps surprisingly, Philadelphia has won both games under Tony DiLeo, the front office chap who took over for Mo Cheeks on Saturday. The competition, of course, matters -- the marks were Washington and on Wednesday night, the Bucks. But it's one step forward, two steps back for the Sixers, as Elton Brand left Wednesday's game with a dislocated shoulder.

Brand will have an MRI today, so there's word yet on how long the Sixers will miss E.B. For what it's worth, Dwyane Wade suffered a dislocated shoulder in he 2006-07 season, and missed about six weeks. Unlike Wade, Brand did not require a wheelchair to get off the court.

Brand has been average to date in Philly, but average still makes him the best Sixer. Considering the biggest adjustment DiLeo will be trying to make over the next months is implementing Brand into the oddly talented mix of old Sixers -- the hurdle just going to be delayed until February or whenever. That puts off the date we can hope to see a jelling Philadelphia team even further.

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