Doug Collins Doing It Again
By Kevin K
Doug Collins has been known as some type of a miracle worker when it comes to basketball organizations. Collins' coaching career included three full seasons in Chicago, two-and-a-half in Detroit and two in Washington, all in which he made into Championship teams.
Currently Collins is working with the 76ers and he is doing a great job with it. The 76ers currently sit at 7th in the Eastern Conference and have 6 wins in their last 7 games (not including Sundays game vs the Knicks).
The Sixers have played good basketball as of late and are deserving of some more attention than they have been getting as of late. The have a good core of young players like Jrue Holiday, Thaddeus Young, Jodie Meeks, and rookie Evan Turner (who is starting to get more playing time as of late). Add them in with the veteran Elton Brand, who is finally playing the way the 76ers need him to play after signing a big contract a few years ago.
The Sixers still have some weaknesses in their game, but the team is starting to play smart, work hard, and play defense. They are starting to listen more to the game plan of Doug Collins and their energy is showing that.
The 76ers may not be a serious contender for the NBA Championship, but they do continue to play strong basketball and should get more attention from Philly Phans, including me.
SIXERS RUN PAST PACERS FOR FIRST WIN
By Damian S
The Sixers entered Wednesday nights game searching for their first win after starting off to a slow 0-4. They got that win. The Sixers bounced back from a gut wrenching overtime loss to the Washington Wizards last night to come out on top 101-75 against the Indiana Pacers. This is the second time the 76ers have played the Pacers in this early season. The prior match the Pacers dealt a loss to the Sixers defeating them 99-86 in Indiana's home opener.
Tonight we got a sneak peak at what the Sixers can do. It is still early in the season and this team is full of young talent that when they gel could really develop into a contender. However tonight, the veteran Elton Brand carried a majority of the load. Brand lead the team in points and rebounds with 25 and 12 respectively. It was a strong team effort across the board. Rookie Evan Turner had 12 points, 6 rebounds, 3 assists and a steal in tonights win. He is starting to look more comfortable on the court even though he had 3 turnovers tonight. However he is a rookie and people need to remember that he will continue to learn as the season progresses. Andre Iguodala showed up big over his 40 minutes defensively with 4 blocks and 9 rebounds. The bench contributed to 41 of the Sixers 101 points. This was also the first win under new head coach Doug Collins who left the game due to vertigo like dizzy spells. His Sixers already had it locked up for their coach though not letting up.
The teams next game is Friday against the 1-3 Cleveland Cavaliers. It should be a good match up for this young team. As Turner develops off the bench if the Sixers can continue to share the ball and play like a team like they did tonight, they could surprise a lot of us. Only time will tell though. As they say, take it one game at a time. I'll take tonight's win, that's for sure.
By Kevin K
The 76ers announced today the signing of first round pick, Evan Turner.
Turner was the second overall pick to the 76ers and is very excited to play for the team.
You can follow Evan Turner on Twitter (@thekidet)