Howard Smith-US PRESSWIRE
The Philadelphia 76ers are hanging out above .500 even without their injured superstar Andrew Bynum, as Jrue Holiday is having a career year early.
The Philadelphia 76ers still don't have Andrew Bynum and might not for a while, but they're weathering the storm and looking like a pretty tough out heading into a Tuesday night matchup with the Dallas Mavericks.
A loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers without Kyrie Irving was no fun, but the Sixers bounced back in a strong outing against the Oklahoma City Thunder, losing in overtime before a win over the Phoenix Suns on Jrue Holiday's career night. The point guard has a tendency to have off nights - for example, six points against the Thunder - and when he does, the team needs a lot to go right to get wins without a superstar. But Holiday was on point Sunday, dropping 33 points with 13 assists to add to his impressive averages of 18.6 and 9.2 in the early going behind 42.1 percent shooting from long range. He's been the reason for much of the team's early success, as the team sits at 8-6, tied with the Boston Celtics for third in the Atlantic Division.
Next up for Philadelphia are the Mavs, who sit at .500 despite the absence of Dirk Nowitzki. O.J. Mayo has had a ridiculous season, shooting over 50 percent from deep while averaging 21.5 points, and Vince Carter and Chris Kaman have shown they can still contribute in big ways for a decent NBA team.
Here's the upcoming schedule for Philly, as well as the national schedule for the league:
Monday, November 26, New York Knicks vs. Brooklyn Nets, 7 p.m., TNT
Tuesday, November 27: Dallas Mavericks vs. Philadelphia 76ers, CSN-Philadelphia
Wednesday, November 28: Brooklyn Nets vs. Boston Celtics, 7:30 p.m., NBATV
Houston Rockets vs. Oklahoma City Thunder, 8 p.m., NBATV
Minnesota Timberwolves vs. Los Angeles Clippers, 10:30 p.m., NBATV
Thursday, November 29: San Antonio Spurs vs. Oklahoma City Thunder, 8 p.m., TNT
Denver Nuggets vs. Golden State Warriors, 10:30 p.m., TNT