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November 30 Philadelphia Inquirer:
“In the last week, rookie guard Evan Turner has the same number of points as 76ers teammate Craig Brackins, who is packing his bags for an assignment in the D-League.
Turner and Brackins are the Sixers’ only rookies, although expectations for Brackins, who is considered a long-shot work in progress, aren’t even in the same league as those for Turner, the No. 2 overall pick in the 2010 NBA draft.
In the last three games, Turner is 2 for 10 with six points and six rebounds in a total of 62 minutes. In that same time, Brackins is 3 for 7 with six points and a rebound in 10 minutes.
On Tuesday night against the Portland Trail Blazers, Turner will remain in the Sixers‘ starting lineup at the Wells Fargo Center. Brackins will be unpacking his bags in Springfield, Mass., where he begins a 10-day, five-game assignment with the Springfield Armor of the NBA Development League.
“We’re hoping he can go get some game time and see how much he’s improved,” Sixers coach Doug Collins said of Brackins. “We’re excited that he can go play.”
Collins said that the team is allowed to send Brackins to the D-League exactly three times and that the Sixers already have pinpointed three occasions, encompassing 16 D-League games, where they will do so.
“I’m excited about it,” said Brackins, who starred at Iowa State. “Get a little run, work on my other stuff that I’ve been working on and get some time. . . . Coach has been telling me to just go out there and do what you do, work on defense, work on rebounding, ’cause they know I can score. So those are some of the things I’m going to be focused on more than anything.”
After showing bursts of the talent that made him the draft’s second selection out of Ohio State, Turner has been almost nonexistent in the last handful of games. Since grabbing 12 rebounds against the Toronto Raptors on Nov. 17, Turner has not finished a game with more than three rebounds.
“Evan’s rebounding is down,” Collins said. “A big part of Evan’s game is rebounding the ball, and then he has the ball to push it up the floor.””
November 30 Philadelphia Daily News:
“On sweltering summer days, you’ll often hear people say, “It’s not the heat, it’s the humidity.”
A variation of that phrase might apply to the Sixers: “It’s not the effort, it’s the stupidity.”
Too many times there are palm-raising, “what-the-heck” plays that lead to disheartening losses. It is addressed during games and practices. But the one other phrase that comes to mind is, “You can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make him drink.”
Toward the end of practice yesterday at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, the second team was beating the firsts by five and had the ball with 19 seconds left. Inexplicably, Marreese Speights tried to bull his way to the basket, running through Spencer Hawes in the process and creating a turnover. Coach Doug Collins stopped the action and berated his team for mindless play.
Then came a disciplinary running drill.
“We lost a little focus and made some critical mistakes there that I had to stop and talk about,” said Collins, whose team won its fourth game on Saturday over the New Jersey Nets and will face the Portland Trail Blazers tonight at the Wells Fargo Center.
“We had to burn a timeout because a guy didn’t come back and help [first team], and then we tried to score when the shot clock was turned off and we got a turnover [Speights].
“Just little things, and that’s what I told our guys. I reiterated that we haven’t won a game yet by single digits. Every game that we have won has been double-digits.”
Collins then pointed out that the Nets won a two-point game on Sunday over Portland on a three-pointer by Devin Harris.
“That’s eventually the kind of games that we’re going to have to win,” he said, “and that’s why we’re doing situational stuff here at the end of practice, to get guys aware of that shot clock and what it means.”
Until then, the teaching continues.”
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