Holiday out tonight, maybe longer

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Jrue Holiday scored a career-high 33 points against the Suns. (Yong Kim/Staff Photographer)

INDIANAPOLIS – Jrue Holiday is out for Friday’s game in Indianapolis (11-11) and there is a possibility that the 76ers (12-10) will be without their best player for more than one game.

Holiday was diagnosed with a sprained left foot on Thursday. With Holiday out of the lineup, the Sixers will start Evan Turner at the point along with Jason Richardson, Nick Young, Thad Young and Kwame Brown.

“I’m hoping that it’s not going to be anything long-term,” Sixers coach Doug Collins said at the team’s shootaround this morning. “Jrue is too valuable to us. I’m not going to get him out there and he’s not 100 percent. What usually happens is a guy gets out there and he’s not 100 percent and he usually gets out there and starts running differently. All of a sudden he’s got back spasms, rolls and ankle something like that. We’re going to be very cautious with him.”

The Sixers next game is Sunday against the struggling soap opera that is the Los Angeles Lakers.  

This will be a good opportunity for Evan Turner to do what he likes to do most: be on the ball.

“We’re going to take a look at it,” Collins said. “If they get up the floor and try to pressure us we might have to try and get another ball-handler on the floor and try and help. Whether it be with Dorell (Wright) or Maalik (Wayns) they might have to be out there a little more.”

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