The Sixers were scheduled to practice at 11 a.m. this morning at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, but the gym was quiet until about noon.
That's because they team met for that amount of time to talk about the problems that happened during Wednesday's 108-104 overtime loss to the Denver Nuggets. It was the first home loss of the season for the Sixers and dropped them to 10-4 overall.
"We had a meeting of the minds, a little pow-wow just to make sure everybody’s on the same page and to avoid slippage," said guard Lou Williams. "Just to make sure everybody is on the same page. When you lose a game I think it’s important for everybody to sit down and say “OK, are we all right?” just make sure everybody’s on the same page. That was basically it. We had a players’ only meeting just to make sure everybody was happy. Make sure we continue to push forward."
It shows how far this team has come lately that one loss caused a meeting which at first included the coaches, then was players' only for the last 10 minutes or so.
"This is the most success we’ve had in a long time and we’re not planning on letting that go," said Williams. "We can’t afford to lose three or four in a row based on guys not being able to talk out small little things. We lost one, we consider that a losing streak in our building, so we just had to talk it out."
Also, starting center Spencer Hawes was still hurting with a strained Achilles'. Unless he improves dramatically, it would appear he is very iffy for tomorrow's home game against Atlanta and maybe even Saturday's game in Miami.
More to come.
Also, check out our earlier post on the Sixers' bench, when ranks among the NBA's best.