Friday, February 12, 2016

Sixers set to open preseason tonight

New coach, the number two pick in the draft and plenty of new faces will take the court tonight in Roanoke, Va., as the Sixers open their preseason.

Sixers set to open preseason tonight


Coach Doug Collins named his starting five for tonight's preseason game, and as expected, it will be Jrue Holiday, Andre Iguodala, Thad Young, Elton Brand and Spencer Hawes.

Andres Nocioni (ankle), James Florence (hamstring) and Tony Battie (knee) will not play due to injuries, and Collins said that Jodie Meeks will also sit "because there's not enough time to give to everyone." Collins said Meeks will start tomorrow night when the Sixers travel to Manchester, N.H., to face the Boston Celtics.

Collins said that Iguodala and Brand would get a lot of playing time tonight, then probably sit out tomorrow. Rookie Evan Turner said in the locker room prior to the game that he wasn't nervous, just anxious to get out on the court and play in a game. His goal is "not to make the other four guys on the court look bad," he said with a laugh.

Collins said that he was particularly interested in the play of Marreese Speights, whom he said played extremely well the past two days in practice.

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