PORTLAND - Over the last two games, 76ers coach Doug Collins has turned to veteran point guard Royal Ivey with more consistency.
In the Sixers' win at Memphis the day after Christmas, Collins counted on Ivey to fill in for Jrue Holiday, and Ivey responded with six points, making both of his three-point shots in almost 11 minutes.
In a 96-89 loss to Golden State on Friday, Ivey logged more than 25 minutes. And while he scored just five points, Collins said that foes are going to see more of Ivey as the coach tightens his rotation.
"He brings energy and toughness that we have to have," Collins said before the Sixers faced Portland (14-14), which, like the Sixers (14-16), played Friday night. "His up-the-floor defense. What I try to do is I don't play him as a point guard offensively. I have him guard the points, and somebody else out there will handle the ball."