Archive: December, 2012
INDIANAPOLIS – Jrue Holiday is out for Friday’s game in Indianapolis (11-11) and there is a possibility that the 76ers (12-10) will be without their best player for more than one game.
Holiday was diagnosed with a sprained left foot on Thursday. With Holiday out of the lineup, the Sixers will start Evan Turner at the point along with Jason Richardson, Nick Young, Thad Young and Kwame Brown.
“I’m hoping that it’s not going to be anything long-term,” Sixers coach Doug Collins said at the team’s shootaround this morning. “Jrue is too valuable to us. I’m not going to get him out there and he’s not 100 percent. What usually happens is a guy gets out there and he’s not 100 percent and he usually gets out there and starts running differently. All of a sudden he’s got back spasms, rolls and ankle something like that. We’re going to be very cautious with him.”
Video: The Philadelphia 76ers struggled from the free-throw line in a 96-89 loss to the Chicago Bulls on Wednesday night. The Philadelphia Inquirer's John Mitchell broke down the loss after the game.
The reason 76ers coach Doug Collins said of Spencer Hawes following his 15-point, eight-rebound game, “God, I wish I could bottle Spencer tonight” is rather obvious.
When Hawes plays well this season, the Sixers (12-9) usually win.
Headed into Wednesday’s game with Chicago the Sixers are 6-0 when Hawes scores in double figures. Over the past four games, Hawes is averaging 10.3 points, 7.3 rebounds and a pair of blocks. This season Hawes is averaging 7.6 points and 5.5 rebounds.
According to Skip Bayless of ESPN, there’s really no reason for the 76ers to await anxiously the results of Andrew Bynum’s Dec. 20 checkup.
Bayless, one of the hosts on ESPN’s “First Take,” said on Tuesday’s show that the Sixers were the suckers in the four-team trade that landed Dwight Howard with the foundering Los Angeles Lakers.
“I spoke the other day to a very reliable Sixers source - I spoke to somebody I trust - who told me and confirmed to me Andrew Bynum’s knees are shot,” Bayless said. “We’re talking about beyond repair, progressive arthritis, deep degeneration, unfixable.
Maalik Wayns admits that the head injury he suffered in the final game of the preseason had him scared.
“It lasted a couple of weeks and I didn’t know what it was,” Wayns said of the headaches that followed. “I didn’t have a concussion but I was having headaches and feeling sleepy.
“You don’t want a lingering head injury, that’s the worst,” Wayns said following the team’s practice on Thursday.” Especially when they can’t find out what’s wrong with you. You keep getting these headaches. I’m thankful that I’m not getting them anymore.”
One of the areas where the 76ers knew that losing Andre Iguodala would be problematic was defense along the perimeter.
In their 105-88 loss to Minnesota, the Timberwolves hit a Sixers opponent season-high tying 13 three-pointers (52 percent). What’ so scary about that is that the Timberwolves, until Tuesday, had been the poster boys for rancid outside shooting, having made less than 29 percent (a league low) of their three-pointers.
The Sixers have given up 10 made threes five times already this season after doing so just five times all of last season. In their eight losses, opponents are averaging 8.8 made three-point baskets (on 43.2 percent shooting). In the Sixers’ 10 wins they are allowing just 5.3 made threes (32.0 percent).
Video: Doug Collins and Thaddeus Young talk about facing Kevin Love as they prepare for the Timberwolves.
For video of Spencer Hawes talking to the media, click here.