At the very least, Elton Brand keeps things in perspective. Now into his 13th season in the NBA, the Sixers' veteran power forward doesn't need the superficial things to make him happy. For instance, once there was a time where he was expected to shoot the ball 20 times a night, score 25 points and grab 10 rebounds.

For Brand, that was an average night.

This year those days are few and far between. This season Brand has topped 20 points just once in 23 games and has scored fewer than 10 points nine times. And you know what? That's fine by Brand.

"I don't have that ego," Brand said a few weeks back. "I have the drive to win and do the best I can, but if I see someone else doing something well, I want to win the ballgame, watch from the bench and go home and go to sleep. That's what I want to do."

As a result, the Sixers were 8-0 in games where Brand scored less than 10 points headed into Friday night's game against the Miami Heat at the Center. Afterwards, the Sixers were 0-1 in games in which Brand did not score.