The Sixers will again be short at the center position tonight as both starter Spencer Hawes (Achilles' strain) and Nikola Vucevic (quad) will be out. It is the fifth-straight missed game for Hawes and second straight for Vucevic.
"Neither one of them are ready to play yet," said coach Doug Collins at this morning's shootaround. "I don't know how much they've improved. Both are still a little ways away from playing."
With the shorthandedness, Collins again implored to his team this morning the importance of having a good attitude heading into the game. That and limiting Nets point guard Deron Williams.
"Basically everything on their team goes through Deron Williams," said Collins. "They get the ball in his hands the majority of the game. He's going to get in the post, he's going to penetrate, he's going to get into pick and rolls, get in the open court and they use the "three" as a big part of what they do.