October 10 Philadelphia Inquirer:
“Every third play, the 76ers make you believe this year could be different.
A backdoor slash by combo guard Lou Williams, a curl jumper by big man Marreese Speights, a steal and score by rookie Evan Turner.
But the plays between are stagnant, dribble-heavy, drenched in the mediocrity that permeated last season.
On Saturday afternoon at the Prudential Center, the Sixers lost to the New Jersey Nets, 90-89. They occasionally appeared to be improved, but the Nets made a trio of three-pointers in the final 12.5 seconds.
“We did so many good things,” said Sixers coach Doug Collins, whose team is 0-3 in the preseason. “I’m disappointed for the guys we didn’t win.”
Without injured center Spencer Hawes, Collins started a small unit of point guard Jrue Holiday, shooting guard Turner, small forward Andre Iguodala, power forward Thaddeus Young, and center Elton Brand.
“If you look at the first and third quarters, that group really played well together, so that was very, very encouraging,” Collins said.”
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