NBA Preview from The Sports Network
Thursday, February 5th (All times eastern)
Indiana Pacers (19-30) at Philadelphia 76ers (23-24), 7:00 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Philadelphia 76ers will try to recover from a last- second loss to the defending champion Boston Celtics Thursday when they resume a seven-game homestand versus the Indiana Pacers at the Wachovia Center.
The Sixers dropped a 100-99 decision to the Celtics on Tuesday after Ray Allen buried a three-pointer with five-tenths of a second remaining on the clock to lead Boston to its 12th straight win.
Andre Iguodala led the 76ers with 22 points, six rebounds and six assists, while Andre Miller added 21 points and seven assists for Philadelphia, which fell to 1-2 on the homestand and 13-11 as the host this season. Samuel Dalembert notched a season-high 14 points with seven boards in defeat.
Philly will also welcome Miami, Phoenix and Memphis to the Wachovia Center.
In injury news for the Sixers, marquess free-agent signee Elton Brand was shut down for the season on Thursday afternoon, according to the Philadelphia Daily News.
Brand is expected to have right shoulder surgery as early as Monday. He originally dislocated the shoulder on December 17 when he hit the floor hard after being upended by Milwaukee's Luc Mbah a Moute. Brand, who signed a five- year, $80 million contract on July 9 with the Sixers, averaged 13.8 points and 8.8 rebounds per game this season.
Meanwhile, Indiana just went 2-2 on a four-game homestand and will try to put the brakes on a six-game road losing streak this evening.
In Tuesday's 116-111 loss versus Minnesota, Danny Granger had 28 points and five boards in the Pacers' second loss in a row and eighth in 14 tries. Troy Murphy added 17 points and 12 rebounds for Indiana, which got 20 points out of Mike Dunleavy in the loss.
The 2008-09 season series between Indiana and Philadelphia is tied at 1-1, but the Pacers have won eight of the last 11 meetings. Indiana has won three straight and five of its last six trips to the City of Brotherly Love.
02/05 16:20:26 ET