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November 29 Philadelphia Daily News:
“It was a small and quick piece of advice that Elton Brand gave Thaddeus Young during Friday night’s loss to Miami. But, it was significant.
Seeing that the Heat had ancient forward Juwan Howard matched up against Young after a timeout, Brand told Young to get the ball and go to the basket. About 7 seconds into the possession, Young did just that and scored two points to trim the Miami lead to five points. Brand nodded approvingly as the two made their way down the court, and so did Sixers coach Doug Collins on the bench.
It was just two points in what turned out to be a nine-point loss, but it was a play with far bigger meaning. Collins has talked endlessly since the beginning of the season about how his team needs to communicate more, and be able to adjust on the fly. Too many of his players are introverted on the court. Though they may see something, they often wait for their coach to make an adjustment, instead of doing it themselves. Brand’s interaction with Young was one of the few times that has happened this season – at least with immediate success.
And Brand picked the right player with whom to impart his wisdom. Young has been one of the few bright spots for Collins recently. Over the past nine games, Young has averaged 14.4 points a game while shooting 60.4 percent from the floor. In Saturday’s 102-86 victory over New Jersey, he shot 5-for-7 en route to 13 points. His numbers have increased mainly because he has made a concentrated effort to take the ball to the basket and not settle for outside shots.”
November 29 Philadelphia Inquirer:
“The 76ers received a well-deserved day of rest on Sunday after a much-needed win the evening before.
Saturday’s 102-86 victory over the New Jersey Nets, in which the Sixers outscored the visitors, 36-20, in the fourth quarter, snapped a three-game losing streak. It also ended a difficult week of games, even by NBA standards.
The week began with Tuesday’s 116-114 loss in Washington, followed by Wednesday’s 106-90 defeat in Toronto. On Friday, the Sixers fell at Miami, 99-90, before returning to face a rested Nets team that had been idle since suffering an 89-83 loss at Boston on Wednesday.
“We got home at 3 in morning [from Miami] and the guys come back and play and to have that kind of fourth quarter, it was fabulous,” Sixers coach Doug Collins told reporters after Saturday’s game.”
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