Sixers' starters set for opener

As of right now, Evan Turner (left) is not set to be in the starting lineup, but Jason Kapono is, coach Doug Collins said. (Michael S. Wirtz / Staff Photographer)

Barring anything unforeseen, the Sixers' starting lineup for Wednesday's season opener against the Miami Heat is expected to be guards Jrue Holiday and Andre Igoudala, forwards Jason Kapano and Elton Brand and center Spencer Hawes, coach Doug Collins said today after practice.

No matter who the Sixers put out there, matchups problems were likely with the trio of LeBron James, Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade. The Heat opens its season tonight against Boston on TNT.

“LeBron, Wade and Bosh,” Collins said, laughing, “that’s going to be a formidable task, to say the least. The one thing about those guys is that they have great chemistry, because they played together in the \[2008 Beijing\] Olympics. So it’s not like you’ve just thrown three super-duper players together for the first time. And they’re all three very, very smart basketball players and they’re winning players. The time that it would take for them to gel would be much less. I think when you see these guys join forces, they do so to have a chance to win championships. I think they know they’ve all gotten every individual award there is, they got the gold medal in the Olympics, and so I think their next prize now is having their eyes on being NBA champions.”

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