Archive: February, 2011
Rookie Evan Turner was limited to under 13 minutes in Wednesday’s loss to Orlando due to what was called a muscle spasm. Today, Collins explained the injury further.
“The rib kind of popped out of place,” Collins said. “When it does it throws your back into spasm. It is nothing structurally down where you would have pain in your legs and all that kind of stuff. We expected him to be very sore because they popped that thing back in.”
In the locker room after Wednesday’s game, Turner said that he’d be ready to go tomorrow night when the team host’s San Antonio.
The combination of Dwight Howard's inside game and some perimeter shooting did the Sixers in Wednesday night. The Daily News' Bob Cooney reports from the Wells Fargo Center.
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There is not time to baste in the glory of what was their most impressive overall game of the season. Though the Sixers blasted the Hawks in Atlanta on Tuesday night by 34 points, they have to forget about it and deal with Dwight Howard and the Orlando Magic tonight at the Wells Fargo Center.
Here are some keys for the Sixers in tonight's game.
*Get something offensively from Spencer Hawes. If the center can make some shots from the outside, thus drawing Howard away from the basket a little bit, that could clear some space for Elton Brand. Brand has been on fire lately, averaging 26 points and shooting 67.4 percent over his last three games.
The Sixers 34-point thumping of the Atlanta Hawks was a pleasant sight indeed for Sixers' fans as the team had their most complete outing of the season in a 117-83 win at Philips Arena.
But even more pleasing had to be the way the Sixers continued to play the game even though it was pretty much out of hand at halftime.
There were very few wasted possessions on the offensive end of the floor. The defense was strong throughout. Plays were run with crispness and never did the team seem to let their foot off the gas.
At 23-27, the Sixers have six more games before the All-Star break including four on the road. It is an instrumental time for them, as they do not want to go on the break on a bad note.
It all starts tonight in Atlanta (33-18), before they host the Orlando Magic tomorrow. San Antonio comes to the Wells Fargo Center on Friday, before the Sixers head to Minneapolis, Memphis and Houston before scattering for the break.
Here are some keys to tonight's game against the Hawks:
Remember when earlier in the season there was so much talk about the resurgent New York Knicks and how Amar'e Stoudemire was bringing them back to prominence.
Well look who's knocking on New York's door for the sixth spot in the Eastern Conference standings. With Friday night's 100-98 win over the Knicks at the Wells Fargo Center, the Sixers crawled to within just two games of New York for that sixth spot, won for the sixth time in seven games and improved their home record to 16-8.
Today they'll have another chance to gain on the Knicks. Here are some keys to the game for the Sixers:
A question can barely be out of the interviewer's mouth before Doug Collins will start into his answer - an answer that usually informs for close to two or three minutes. The man simply knows so much about the game, is so entralled with statistics, that when he is questioned about something, anything, the answers come spewing out.
There is an exception, however. You want Collins to be short, almost anti-social, bring up the subject of playoffs, or what the next eight games before the All-Star break means to him and his team.
"I am looking no further than the New York Knicks," was Collins' answer both in the morning and before the game against the Knicks at the Wells Fargo Center on Friday. Though the Sixers are just three games behind the New York for the sixth playoff spot - with a home-and-home series upon them - Collins is not about to look any further than the task right before him.
If the Sixers are going to make a move for this playoff hunt thing, and if they really want to get higher than one of the bottom two seeds, then games like tonight's against the Nets are must-wins.
The Sixers have been playing very well of late, winners of four of their last five. The lone loss, of course, was a crushing collapse Friday night to the Memphis Grizzlies when they squandered a 21 point lead late in the third quarter. They will be looking for their seventh-straight win over the Nets tonight.
Here are some keys for the Sixers tonight: