Talk about a tough spot. Here’s Elton Brand, minding his own at Sixers practice Monday, probably (can only assume, wasn’t there) marinading in the Whirlpool and dabbling in some motivational Captain Americanisms to keep the younger guys composed and focused, and he gets sideswiped by questions about Kevin Garnett popping off. Dude definitely realizes anything he says will be more scrutinized, given this Impromptu Defender Of Philly’s Honor role KG thrust him into. Meanie.

Brand handled it well.

Said Brand: (Laugh.) We’ll see our fans tomorrow. We appreciate our fans. We know they got our support and got our backs. I’m sure they’re gonna show him how fair-weather they are tomorrow.”

And now for an obligitory note: Game 6 at 8 p.m. EST at the Wells Fargo Center.

Needless to say, the timing for that kind of comment doesn’t make sense, at least not for anyone other than the ultimate villain. Probably convert the energy of the boo birds some alien super power.

Brand addressed that, too.

Said Brand: “Maybe he needs something to get him pumped up. I know they’re gonna be on him tomorrow for that. He wasn’t around all the time in Boston. They’ve been a championship-caliber team just about every year. But I know our fans support us and they’ve got our back. So I’m not worried about that.”

And, now that we’re coming up on four-and-a-half hours past a reasonable and rational life expectancy for this story’s cycle, given the trivial subject matter, neither should you.