Jan 8, 2011, 6:30 PM EDT
Doug Collins, who as the picture to the right illustrates leads NBA coaches in hugs per minute, has a number of things going for him and his young team.
Jrue Holiday is taking command of the point guard position as he continues to learn how to run a team.
Andres Nocioni, a pro's pro, shook of a broken finger and insisted on playing the second half against the Bulls. The guy is tough as nails and provides a much needed veteran presence.
Jodie Meeks got things going again last game as he went 8-11 for 24 points in the Sixers win over Chicago. By in large, when Meeks plays well the 76ers play well. He's proved to be a hot/cold player thus far. When he's going good he provides a perimeter dimension to the offense.
Lastly, Lou Williams has shot 14-24 for 46 points over the last two games. Collins has mentioned how much of a luxury it is to have a guy who can score off the bench and who is able to help close out games.
The 76ers are entering a four game stretch where they'll face Detroit, Indiana, Milwaukee, and Charlotte – all winnable games. They are 12-8 over their last 20 games. They'll have a realistic opportunity to improve that mark to a pretty impressive 16-8.
It all starts tonight in Detroit where they'll face the Pistons, who are coached by former Sixer assistant John Kuester. Detroit is just 11-24, and have dropped five of their last six.
Gametime is 7:30 on Comcast SportsNet.
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