October 14 Philadelphia Inquirer:
“Two weeks and exactly two preseason games remain before the 76ers start writing this season in ink, not pencil.
They might need just a little longer.
On Wednesday night at the Air Canada Centre, the Sixers sprinkled stretches of winning basketball with stretches of losing basketball, eventually falling to the Toronto Raptors, 119-116, in double overtime.
Sixers point guard Jrue Holiday missed a long three-pointer at regulation’s buzzer, Toronto’s DeMar DeRozan missed a free throw with 1.8 seconds remaining in the first overtime, and the Sixers’ Lou Williams missed a three-pointer at the end of the second overtime.
The Sixers dropped to 1-4 in the preseason. They will open the regular season Oct. 27 against the Miami Heat.
Is it enough time?
“No, no, no, come on now,” Sixers coach Doug Collins said minutes afterward. “Hopefully we’re going to be better in December than we are in November. That’s what we’re trying to do. . . . I just don’t want there to be slippage.”
Two weeks ago, Collins said his team would be at its best when scoring was distributed throughout the lineup, and when a high percentage of buckets were assisted.
By game’s end on Wednesday, the Sixers had played 12 players, and 12 had scored. Six players finished in double figures: Holiday (18 points, 11 rebounds, 12 assists), Evan Turner, (13 points, 12 rebounds), Craig Brackins (15 points), Jodie Meeks (12 points), Elton Brand (12 points), and Lou Williams (10 points).”
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