Thursday, March 5, 2015

Sixers face Wizards and No. 1 pick John Wall tonight

John Wall and Evan Turner, the first two picks in this year's NBA draft, will face each other tonight as the Sixers visit the Washington Wizards.

Sixers face Wizards and No. 1 pick John Wall tonight

Despite suffereing a mildly sprained right ankle on Saturday, No. 1 pick John Wall will be ready to play tonight for his winless Washington Wizards (0-2) as they host the Sixers (0-3) and No. 2 pick Evan Turner.

Both players have said that this is not a showdown between the two of them, more importantly it is a chance for their team to get its first win.

Wall was wearing a protective boot after yesterday's practice, but was moving around the court fine during the last half hour when media members were allowed to watch.

Wall is averaging 21 points thus far, and has deal nine assists in each of his first two pro games.

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Coach Doug Collins said this morning that he will stick with the starting lineup of Jrue Holiday, Andre Iguodala, Andres Nocioni, Elton Brand and Spencer Hawes. Collins said that shooting swingman Jason Kapono, who started the fisrt two games of the season before being replaced by Nocioni, might see some extended minutes as Wizards coach Flip Saunders likes to play a lot of zone. Kapono didn't get off the bench in Saturday's loss at Indianapolis.

The Sixers will host the Pacers tomorrow night.

Bob Cooney
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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.

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