Archive: March, 2012
Doug Collins said that Spencer Hawes won’t play tonight against the Miami Heat. Collins stated that Hawes will play instead tomorrow in Chicago.
Hawes is still coming back from a strained left Achilles tendon. He returned to action during Wednesday’s loss to Indiana after missing the previous 17 games with the injury.
“What we will do is play him tomorrow so he can play every other night and felt it could be a better rhythm for him, Saturday, Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Sunday,” Collins said before tonight’s game with the Heat at the Wells Fargo Center. “We were trying to figure out how we could best monitor the situation and from his standpoint this might help him get another day’s work in and he can get in a better rhythm.”
Even though the Miami Heat beat the 76ers in five playoff games last year and have won nine in a row in the regular season, including both meetings this year, LeBron James isn’t about to overlook the Sixers.
It was interesting that he compared them, well to the Heat, at least in one aspect.
“Just like us they are showing growth,” James said this afternoon following the Heat’s shootaround in preparation for tonight’s game against the Sixers at the Wells Fargo Center.
The Sixers had a chance Wednesday to run, and they did. They ran the Celtics out of the Wells Fargo Center, 103-71.
Boston played on tired legs, coming off consecutive overtime wins -- both at home. It was clear from early in the game the Celtics weren't in a running mood. They weren't pushing the ball to the basket. Sixers coach Doug Collins credited his defense with keeping Boston out of the paint. Let's say it was a combination of the two.
The 76ers were in a slump coming into the game, so they ran their way out of it for one night in South Philly. Evan Turner started his second straight game and played point guard ... pause to consider Jrue Holiday's new role on the team should this continue ... with a pace Boston had no interest contesting.
Here's what we learned Wednesday night: The Atlantic Division is still very much in the 76ers' hands.
It's not that the Sixers are the best team. They may be, they may not. Better than the Celtics of Garnett, Allen, Pierce and Rondo? Too close to call really, especially since it would be tough to name a fifth Celtics player in 5 seconds or less.
But this season has shown the Atlantic to be up for grabs, and the Sixers have done by far the most grabbing so far. And while it's no certainty they'll finish the job, it's a complete certainty that their chief rivals -- the Celtics and Knicks -- are in no way ready to overtake them.
The Sixers couldn't close out a win at the end in a neck-and-neck battle against the Chicago Bulls. Derrick Rose scored 35 points as the 76ers fell, 96-91. The Inquirer's John N. Mitchell reports from the Wells Fargo Center
There is no athlete more mythologized than Wilt Chamberlain is in his hometown. He could palm a 16-pound bowling ball. He could grab money off of the top of a backboard.
Here’s a fact: He was and still is the greatest statistical athlete in the history of any team sport in North American history.
Here’s another one: He is not better than Michael Jordan. Not in this era, that era or any other era yet to come.
Video: Lou Williams, Elton Brand and Andre Iguodala led the Sixers to a 105-83 victory over the Warriors on Friday night. John Mitchell of the Inquirer reports from the Wells Fargo Center.
One-time super-agent David Falk has been conspicuous in his presence around the 76ers locker room in recent days, but don’t read too much into this.
Falk, who has represented Michael Jordan and Allen Iverson in the past, just represents a few players these days, and two of them, Elton Brand and Evan Turner, happen to be Sixers.
With Turner struggling and his minutes on the wan over the last month, there was speculation that Falk – who takes up residence in suburban Washington – was in town to attempt to do a little arm-twisting with coach Doug Collins to get Turner more time and perhaps in the starting lineup.