While swingman Andre Iguodala looks to for the tendonitis in his right Achilles' to heal enough for him to get back on the court, forward Thaddeus Young has seen some healing in his game.
Young, who took a major step back last season after two promising seasons, has seemed more like the player fans were hoping for lately as he's averaged more than 17 points over his last five games, including a team-high 23 in Friday's win over Milwaukee.
Collins has done a very good job recently of getting Young on the floor when he can exploit mismatches. In Friday's win against Milwaukee, Young went for a team-high 23 points.
"The preference is to take advantage of a mismatch," Young said after Sunday's practice at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. "If there's a mismatch at the four (power forwar), then I want to take advantage of that. If there's a mismatch at the three (small forward), then let's take advantage of that. Friday night I pretty much played half the game at the three and half the game at the four. It wasn't so much about mismatches. We had a couple of guys in foul trouble and we had to fill in some spots and I think we did a great job of that."
Recently, Young has been doing a good job of taking the ball to the basket as opposed to settling for jump shots.
"The other night we swung the ball to him and we had gone a little dead," said Collins. "He shot - I'm not sure if it was a three or an on on-the-line two. I looked at him and said 'Thad, that is not what we want. Make a play.' The next time down the floor he caught the ball, he drove, dropped it off to a guy and he made an eight-foot jump shot. I said, 'That's what I'm talking about.'"
Just curious: Anyone check out NBA TV today for Allen Iverson's game in Turkey. My schedule prevented me from seeing any of it. How did AI look? How does the competition look? Just curious.