The Sixers have lost two players during this past week’s action. Jason Richardson sprained his ankle and missed all of this past week and is probable to return Monday against the Bucks. Kwame Brown sprained his calf in the Knicks game and missed the rest of the weeks game. There is no news on Andrew Bynum, which is becoming a bit concerning.
The week began with an embarrassing loss to the Knicks at home. Four starters scored in double figures, but 13 turnovers and 33 percent from the field did them in as they lost 110-88. The Knicks shot the lights out, shooting 46 percent from the field and 41 percent from three. A three game road trip was just what this team needed. They began the trip in New Orleans, where they were lucky to get an Anthony Davis less Hornets. Once again they found balanced scoring as 4 starters finished in double figures in a 77-62 win. Jrue Holiday recorded a double-double with 14 points and 12 assists, as he continues to be their go to scorer. They turned the ball over way too much with 15 turnovers, a problem that they must get fixed. Next stop was a battle in Beantown. This was the first matchup between the two since last seasons Eastern Conference Semifinal. The Sixers kept their momentum as Evan Turner stole the show on this night. Turner scored 25 points and grabbed 11 rebounds and was a matchup nightmare for Celtic defenders. This 106-100 victory was a small bit of revenge for last season’s seven game series loss. The road trip wrapped up in Toronto on Saturday night. This game was won by the Sixers bench, as the combination of Spencer Hawes and “Swaggy P” Nick Young dominated the Raptors. After the first quarter Toronto lead 26-20, but the Sixers came out roaring and outscored the Raptors 32-7 in the second and went on to a 93-83 win. Philadelphia went 3-0 on the road trip and now stand at 4-2.
After frustrating home and home losses, the Sixers became a different team. They had a tremendous road trip going 3-0 for the first time since 2003. The addition of Dorrell Wright into the starting lineup has been tremendous as he is averaging 13 points and 7 rebounds a game. If Jason Richardson returns Monday, it will be interesting to see if Coach Collins puts him back in the starting lineup or brings him on the bench. The one major problem with this team right now is the turnovers. They are averaging double figure turnovers a game and must cut down if they want to beat good teams. That being said, this team is starting to come together and will only improve once Andrew Bynum comes into the picture.