Ashley Fox: You've got to remember that Jrue Holiday is only 20 years old. He will not turn 21 until June. He is young, so boyish that when he claims his favorite drink is a Shirley Temple with a cherry, you believe him.
Ashley Fox: Doug Collins' grandchildren were together for the biggest moment of their grandfather's triumphant return to Philadelphia. It was a win few people thought the 76ers would get. But Collins knew they could.
Ashley Fox: Given the disparity of talent between the two rosters, the 76ers had to play a complete game to have a chance to beat the Heat on Thursday. They could ill afford a single mental lapse, a dry spell, or a missed defensive assignment.
Ashley Fox: This is as close as you will ever hear a coach come to throwing in the towel, and Doug Collins' honesty is simply a reflection of the obvious. Right now, the 76ers are simply a young team trying to get better.
Ashley Fox: Despite the 97-89 loss to the Heat in Game 1, the Sixers walked away thinking they had found their best defensive matchup. They only need a little more offense to make this a series.
Ashley Fox: Doug Collins could not have asked for a better start. If his young 76ers were nervous or jittery on Saturday for Game 1 of their first-round playoff series against the star-studded Heat, they did not show it, not even a little.
Ashley Fox: It is an impossible choice: Michael Jordan or Magic Johnson. There is no wrong answer. When Doug Collins, as astute a basketball observer as there is in the game, looks at LeBron James, there is no question which former great he sees.
Ashley Fox: The beauty of the Sixers is that they are the sum of their parts. The downside is they lack a bona fide superstar. This is not breaking news, but Dwight Howard made it even more clear last night.
Ashley Fox: Three of the 76ers' five starters have never been to the playoffs. How in the world are they going to react? Nothing in the regular season can begin to provide a clue for head coach Doug Collins.
Ashley Fox: The always-optimistic Anthony Robles became an NCAA wrestling champion at 125 pounds, beating the Division I reigning champion in that weight class, Matt McDonough of Iowa, at the Wells Fargo Center on Saturday.
Ashley Fox: Corey Fisher is a playground legend, but he has disappeared lately. The talented Villanova guard has been dogged by tendinitis in his knee and the weight of his own exorbitant expectations.
Ashley Fox: Here is the sell Jay Wright has made to his Villanova team over the last couple of days: The losing streak is over. That is in the past.
Ashley Fox: The worst has happened. The union has decertified and has filed an antitrust lawsuit in the name of three of the NFL's biggest stars. It is football Armageddon.
Ashley Fox: Jay Wright has not lost his team. The players are still trying, still hustling, still playing hard. They have not quit, not on Wright or the season or each other.
Ashley Fox: This is the end for Villanova. The Wildcats will hear their name called on Selection Sunday, most likely as a double-digit seed, but the NCAA tournament will be merely a formality. Villanova's season is over. Its confidence is in tatters.
Ashley Fox covers the NFL for The Inquirer.