Mixing and matching
76ers practiced today at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. They have four days of practice between preseason games; the next game is Tuesday at the Cleveland Cavaliers. During Friday's practice, coach Doug Collins moved Thaddeus Young to the second team. Today, Collins moved both Young and shooting guard Evan Turner to the second team. Collins has said he only has a "few spots" of the starting lineup set, along with set roles for a few bench players. A quick guess would be that Jrue Holiday, Andre Iguodala, and Elton Brand are firm in the starting lineup and combo guard Lou Williams, along with Jodie Meeks as a "wild card" off the bench, seem pretty set in their roles. "Pretty much he’s looking at a whole different bunch of options and trying to see which groups mesh together well," Young said. "That’s what we’ve been doing so far, trying to get a feel for who can play with each other and who can’t play with each other." After Friday's practice, Collins spoke with team president Rod Thorn and general manager Ed Stefanski, both of whom had watched practiced. Collins said it's important they all keep communicating and making sure they're all "seeing the same things." Right now, the Sixers are without center Spencer Hawes and big man Marreese Speights and just got back Tony Battie, who was out with right knee synovitis. "We, right now, we’re sort of like a college team, size-wise," Collins said. "That’s going to be whether or not we’re going to be able to compete is how competitive we can be on the front line." Explained Collins further: "With our certain unit out there, we have no shooting. And if you move one guy off, like I moved Evan today to the other unit to handle the ball a little bit, you lose your best rebounder." Continued Collins: "It’s going to be hard to play really small ball for a lot. You can do that in stretches. You might throw a lineup up there for 6-8 minutes to do some things, but you have to have some guys on the floor ... I say, ‘Don’t read into 'You’ve been moved to the second team.’ I am still searching, so don’t take this as, ‘You’re the reason why this is happening and I’m moving you there.’ I have to get a look at all of this now." Collins said he would be pleased if he could get 12-13 minutes a game from Battie, and that the team has already spoken with Speights about keeping his conditioning up during missed practice time. --Kate
Mixing and matching
76ers practiced today at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. They have four days of practice between preseason games; the next game is Tuesday at the Cleveland Cavaliers.