Like just about every team the Sixers have faced this season, the Chicago Bulls will be without some key players tonight when they visit the Welss Fargo Center.
Chicago (18-5) will have to play without forward Luol Deng (15.9 points, 7.5 rebound), who is out with an injured left wrist and guard Rip Hamilton (14.2 points), who is nursing a sore right thigh.
The Sixers will be without starting center Spencer Hawes, who is missing his ninth-straight game with a strained left Achilles. Whe asked, again, when Hawes might be able to return, Collins sympathetically said the decision is up to Hawes.
"You're talking to a guy who, as a player, was questioned about pain threshold," said Collins. "So I went out and tried to play with two broken feet and it ended my career. So I'm very sympathetic to injury. I will never question that."
Before the game, Hawes was doing full-court wind sprints for trainer Jesse Wright. He has been amping up the amount of activity lately, playing a lot of two-on-two and three-on-three. If the games were only halfcourt, Hawes said, he'd be fine. But it's getting up on his toes and making the cuts and re-jumps that is still hard for him.
More to come