January 31 Philadelphia Inquirer:
“RESILIENT. IT’S the one word that 76ers coach Doug Collins has used more than any other this season when describing his young team.
Hell knows they’ve had more than a few opportunities this season to show their resiliency, most recently last night against the Denver Nuggets. Of the bizarre losses the Sixers have suffered this season – and there have been many – Friday night’s against Memphis was the zaniest when they blew a 21-point lead with 15 minutes remaining.
Collins said before the game that he expected his group to bounce back once again, and put the Memphis loss out to the curb.
Then the Nuggets started dropping threes the way Tiger Woods used to drop pressure putts. While Denver deposited its first seven treys on its way to a nine-point lead in the first quarter, it didn’t seem that “resilient” was going to be a word used by Collins in his postgame press conference.
But despite the Nuggets’ three-point barrage in the first quarter and despite the humiliating loss on Friday, the Sixers bounced back in a big way at the Wells Fargo Center last night, fighting their way to a workmanlike, 110-99 win and improving to 21-26.
“The team I’ve known I’ve had all year showed up once again today and that’s a team that’s incredibly resilient, professional, hard-working, competitive and one that really cares,” Collins said.
“When we lose it’s not because we don’t want to make the effort to win, we just can’t get it done. But it’s not because the guys in that locker room don’t want to do it every single night.””
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