The Sixers wil be without the services of Hawes and “Big Nik” again tonight vs. the Nets.

Which means that hopefully the Lavoy Allen lovefest will continue .  We know it’s only 2 games, but does Lavoy’s emergence signal the end of the Craig Brackins era in Philly — before it even got started? has a preview of tonight’s Nets at Sixers game.  The Sixers have won 8 straight against the NJN and had a +15 point margin of victory average in their 4 games from 2011-12, so we are loving the -11.5 point line that Vegas has established for the  Sixers tonight. has a host of video from today’s shootaround that previews tonight’s game, including this interview with Jrue.

According to John Finger at, you can forget those ideas about ‘Sheed coming home, but Francisco Elson will be in for a workout on Thursday

Back to Lavoy…he was a guest on’s “Lunch Break” show today.

In his latest power rankings,’s John Hollinger has the Sixers sitting pretty at #2.

Over at, the Sixers come in at #5.  Britt Robson adds, “…to effectively joust with the elite teams, the Sixers could use a go-to guy.  I’d nominate Young, their most versatile scorer.”

Also at, Dei Lynam lets us know that the Sixers are taking yoga this season.’s David Thorpe lets us know that the Sixers are “for real, but not elite“.

Brian at examines the Nets team the Sixers face tonight.

Michael Levin at writes an open letter to the before mentioned Elson.

This is nearly a week old, so we’ll let him slide just a little, but Zach Lowe has Elton Brand on his “disappointing” list for the 2011-12 season so far.

Minority owner Will Smith will be in the WFC for Friday night’s Sixers game.

Via Twitter we learn that @Jrue_Holiday11  recently watched the movie “Mr. & Mrs. Smith”.  Also via twitter we leaarn that @mindofAI9 wathced the State of the Union address closely last night.

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