Pacers lose Stephenson, 76ers lose 2 players
The Philadelphia 76rs will play Friday night at Indiana without
leading scorer Jrue Holiday.
Coach Doug Collins is hoping it isn’t much longer.
Holiday, who started the first 22 games this season and is
averaging 18.4 points, has a sprained right foot, and Collins
acknowledged he was holding him out so the injury doesn’t get
”We’re erring on the side of caution,” Collins said. ”I don’t
want him out there playing on one foot and getting back spasms of
something because he’s playing on one foot. … I’m hoping it’s
going to be a few days is what I’m saying.”
The 76ers (12-10) aren’t just losing a scorer. Holiday also
leads the team in minutes and assists.
Without him, the 76ers will let Evan Turner play the point and
start Dorell Wright for only the fifth time this season.
Collins knows his team is facing a major challenge by playing
one of the NBA’s top scoring defenses without its best player.
”We’ve got to be able to get into our offense,” he said. ”I
expect the Pacers to pressure us tonight. We’ve lost our best
penetrator, who re3ally creates a lot of shots. So with Jrue out,
we’re going to find some ways to manufacture points.”
Philadelphia also will play without guard Royal Ivey, who has a
strained right groin, and Collins acknowledged that center Kwame
Brown still needs to lose some weight to reach his potential.
The good news for the 76ers is that the Pacers (11-11) also will
Starting guard Lance Stephenson is out with a right ankle
injury. He’s been averaging 7.3 points and 3.1 rebounds this season
and will be replaced by Gerald Green.
Pacers coach Frank Vogel said it’s possible Stephenson could
return Saturday when the Pacers play at Detroit.
”What they told me was that he can’t go today,” Vogel said,
referring to the team doctors. ”But he’s got a body that heals
Indiana’s top player, Danny Granger, still hasn’t played this
season because of patellar tendinitis in his left knee.