NEWARK - About 45 minutes before the 76ers were set to play a crucial game against the New Jersey Nets Tuesday at the Prudential Center, Sixers coach Doug Collins announced that he was removing guard Evan Turner and center Spencer Hawes from the starting lineup and replacing them with Jodie Meeks and rookie Nik Vucevic, respectively.
“We are going to change the lineup. As I said before that lineup has not been playing well together and it’s not anybody’s fault,” Collins said. “When I changed it before, Jodie had not done anything. But we had lost some games and I changed it to see how it was going to work. I said after the Orlando game that if I didn’t like what I was seeing I was going to just make some changes.
“I’m hoping that Evan and Spencer and Lou and Thad will be a really good group together,” Collins said.