Pick your poison!
In a league built around superstars, Doug Collins has somehow managed to get the team concept through to his Philadelphia 76ers. Together, they are now reaping the benefits of success; which with one more win will include a playoff berth.
On any given night, any of the 12 man roster can take over and propel their team to victory. Wednesday night, it was Jrue Holiday with some help from Thaddeus Young.
Holiday once again showed his potential to be a premiere point guard in the NBA. He dropped 24 and and dished out 12 assists as he led the Sixers to a 108-97 win over the Houston Rockets.
The Rockets themselves seemed to be a mirror image of what the Sixers have become; a competitive team that never stops competing but with no star to rely on.
The difference is that the Sixers rotate the star role on a nightly basis and on this night it was Holiday who did it inside, outside, and in essence controlled the the pace of the entire second half.
The Sixers started out hot, making their first five shots of the game, and opened the game on a 15-6 run. Though the Rockets fought back by grabbing on to a narrow lead until the 4th quarter.
That’s when the Sixers blasted off. They started the 4th quarter on a 14-4 run and never looked back.
They were stout defensively, holding Houston to just 15 points in the 4th quarter.
Thaddeus Young was great once again off the bench as he put up 22 points and grabbed 9 rebounds. He and Lou Williams are both making the case for the 6th man of the year award. Williams scored 15 points of his own.
On a night where Evan Turner or Maurice Speights didn’t even play, the Sixers still pulled out a victory as a team.
It’s amazing what Coach Collins has done with the team concept – no egos, just team; with the reward right on the horizon.
One win on Friday night, against a lowly New Jersey Nets squad, and they are in the playoffs.
It makes 3-13 seem like a a lifetime ago.