On Friday, Collins said he felt "better than I've felt in a long time." He said he spent the team's day off Thursday at a rehabilitation center.
"I feel great," Collins said. "I do, I feel really good. I got a good day's rest and I think we're starting to get to the bottom of this."
Sixers guard Lou Williams
is averaging a team-high 18.0 points per game, shooting 46.2 percent from the field, 47.4 percent from three-point distance, and 89.2 percent from the foul line.
Before Friday night's game, Williams was weary of discussing his strong start, citing the superstition of jinxing good play by discussing its merits.
"I don't really want to talk about it, because the last game I did interviews, four in a row about free-throw shooting, and then I only shot two," Williams explained.
Entering Wednesday night's game against Indiana, Williams had taken 35 free throws through four games - about the same as the rest of the team combined. Against the Pacers, Williams was 2 for 2.
Former Sixers guard Allen Iverson
, who signed last week to play for Turkish club Besiktas, missed his flight to Istanbul on Friday evening.
Iverson signed a two-year, $4 million contract.
On Friday night, Ismail Senol of NBA TV Turkey tweeted the following: "Besiktas Cola Turka's Allen Iverson missed his flight to Istanbul and his arrival delayed to Monday."
Sixers swingman Andre Iguodala
, who has a strained right Achilles tendon, did not return to Friday's game at the start of the second half. Iguodala played 18 minutes in the first half, finishing with seven points, four assists, and two rebounds. In his place, Collins started the second half with rookie Evan Turner
. Iguodala played until the final buzzer of the half, even taking the team's final shot with 2.9 seconds remaining. He will undergo an MRI on Saturday.
Out of action
Forward Craig Brackins
and guard Jodie Meeks
remained on the Sixers' inactive list, where they have been all season.
- Kate Fagan