The review begins with some disappointing news, as two Sixers will not be on the court for a while. Jason Richardson is expected to have knee surgery and will be done for the season. Thaddeus Young strained his hamstring and will miss a minimum of three weeks. Both of these players were starters and Young was the energy of this team on the floor. As far as the Andrew Bynum situation goes, he is beginning to do on court work and is getting closer to a return in either late February or early March.
This past week the Sixers enjoyed the second portion of their 8-game home stand. They began the week with a spectacular defense effort as they beat the Orlando Magic 78-61. Spencer Hawes led the way with 21 points and 14 rebounds. Jrue Holiday had an impressive game with 13 points and 14 assists. Not only did the defense limit the Magic to 61 points, but the Magic only shot 34 percent from the field. The Sixers tried to match Orlando’s futility in their next contest against the Pacers, losing 88-69. Jrue Holiday’s 19 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists were the only bright spot on the night. Philly shot 34 percent from the field, 25 percent from three and turned the ball over 15 times in a horrific game. The Sixers took advantage of another bad team coming into their building as they beat Charlotte 87-76. Lavoy Allen stole the show with a career high 22 rebounds and 14 points. Evan Turner, who’s name has been mentioned as being shopped at the deadline, had 16 points and 10 rebounds. Philadelphia out-rebounded the Bobcats 60 to 40 and Charlotte shot 30 percent from the field and a horrendous 12 percent from three. The Sixers are 22-28, 10 1/2 back in the Atlantic and are 3 games back of the 8th spot in the Eastern Conference.