The Sixers practiced today at PCOM (Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine ... I love typing this acronym) before flying to Minnesota. Reggie Evans was once again limited to non-contact drills because of his bruised thumb. But both Reggie and Samuel Dalembert (sore knee) should be in action tomorrow night.
The Sixers are about to enter what should be a very good stretch against "struggling" teams. Tomorrow night they play at the Minnesota Timberwolves (1-8). The Timberwolves lost to the Oklahoma Thunder. Need I say more?
Not coincidentally, we'll have a Live Chat tomorrow afternoon at 3 p.m. I have the link. I love liking things. If you have time, click here: Sixers Chat.
Through 10 games the Sixers are 5-5. But after the Timberwolves, they play the Clippers (1-9), the Warriors (4-6), and the Bobcats (3-6). I think the Sixers should be 8-6 after this stretch. Three out of four.
Let's switch focus to Lou Williams, whom we've chatted about a lot recently, and whom I've mentioned as struggling to involve his teammates during his minutes.
(Lou signed a five-year $25 million contract during the off-season. He is shooting 35.7 percent from the field, 26.1 percent from the 3-point line, and has 20 turnovers and 17 assists, while averaging 9.3 points per game.)
Here's what Lou had to say today during practice:
“I’m in a shooting slump. I guess that’s what they call it. I’ve never been in one before. I think I got too caught up in my shot rather than creating things for my teammates ... In seasons' past, I opened things up for other people … I have to get back to that.”
Lou said he has spoken to the coaching staff this week about getting back on track.
Kudos to Lou for stepping to the plate. His breakdown skills are second to none. It'll be interesting to see how/if this translates onto the court.
Live Chat tomorrow at 3 p.m. ... from some downtown Minneapolis locale still to be determined.
Until tomorrow ...
p.s. Has anyone notice the disappearance of the distinguished photos taken by my Blackberry Curve? Yes. The Curve was returned in anticipation of the Storm. Come Friday, I should be able to post crisper, better photos with my more megapixel-ed Storm. But if the photos are still bad, remember, it's still the cell phone's fault.