Thursday, September 18, 2014
Inquirer Daily News

Subs likely to play big role again tonight for Sixers

The subs for the Sixers have been a big difference so far in the 2-2 series. It could be more of the same tonight in Game 5 at TD Garden against the Celtics.

Subs likely to play big role again tonight for Sixers

 

Lou Williams has rarely seen a shooting opportunity that he didn't like, so it was a little strange to read the boxscore after Friday's improbable 92-83 win by the Sixers over the Celtics and see that Williams had dealt eight assists. More in that game than almost any other this season, Williams was content in letting the game come to him and making the extra pass to a more open teammate. None of those passes were more crucial than the one he made to Andre Iguodala on the wing with 36.9 seconds left. Iguodala drained the shot, giving the Sixers an 88-83 lead and cementing a win that tied the series at 2-2. Game 5 is tonight at 7 p.m. in Boston.

 

"I was just playing, just feeling the game out and it was just one of those things where you start making play after play and you're standing in the corner and it just starts happening."

 

What has happened almost all season for the Sixers is them getting a decided advantage when their subs enter the game. Friday night they owned the court, outscoring the Boston reserves by 44-12.

 

"I just think we've been aggressive, we're deeper and we have four or five guys who can play the guard position where they really have only (Rajon) Rondo and (Avery) Bradley," Williams said. "Everybody else are basically three's, with the exception of Ray Allen. I just think we've had some success with keeping guys fresh, keeping some guys on the court."

 

One reserve who will probably see more than the close-to 33 minutes he played on Friday is Lavoy Allen. Coach Doug Collins loves the defense Allen has played on Kevin Garnett and will be looking for more of it tonight.

 

"I have to get Lavoy into the game a little bit sooner," said Doug Collins. "Just because he can guard Kevin as much as possible and then when Doc (Rivers) takes him out maybe I can take Lavoy out and then come back with him. It's not like Lavoy is the K.G. stopper or anything, but he is a guy who puts some strength on him and does a pretty good job with him."

 

Bob Cooney
About this blog
Bob Cooney has been at the Daily News for more than 20 years, working in the sports department for the past 15. This is his third season on the Sixers beat. He has covered just about everything, but mostly college basketball, where he was the La Salle beat writer for six seasons. E-mail Bob at cooneyb@phillynews.com and follow him on Twitter.

Bob Cooney
Latest Videos:
Also on Philly.com:
Stay Connected