May 16, 2012
Spencer Hawes one day will consider following a certain right-wing right tackle into elected office. In 2010, Jon Runyan parlayed his fame as an Eagle into a congressional seat in New Jersey -- a tack Hawes can see taking: "If the opportunity presents itself ... " For now, Hawes, 24, will just play center for the Sixers as they seek their first title in almost 30 years. He said he has a hard time finding informed debates with his less civic-minded peers in the NBA. "They don't last very long.
March 31, 2011
76ers Notes Keep your eye on the 76ers' inside rotation. Starting center Spencer Hawes has gone from a late-game bench ornament to quite effective in the game's final minutes. At the end of Monday night's victory over the Chicago Bulls, Hawes nailed a trio of important jump shots and scored 14 points, his fourth consecutive game in double-digit scoring. "You always want to be in down the stretch, and you always have faith you can do it," Hawes said before Wednesday's 108-97 victory against the Houston Rockets.
March 17, 2012 |
CHICAGO - When the Chicago Bulls play without reigning MVP Derrick Rose, as they did last night against the 76ers at the United Center due to a strained right groin, they become very much like last night's opponent. Like the Sixers all season, the Bulls didn't have a go-to player when baskets are needed, a true superstar who can carry a team on any given night. The Sixers are used to playing the team game they need in order to produce wins, though you wouldn't have known it last night.
February 5, 2012 |
ATLANTA - When 76ers center Spencer Hawes bounded into the locker room after warm-ups, it was pretty clear that he was going to play against the Hawks Saturday night. "Survey says, I'm good," said Hawes, who missed the last 10 games with a strained Achilles tendon. Hawes has missed 11 games this season - one game was with a lower-back strain. In the 12 games he had appeared in before Saturday, all of them starts, Hawes averaged 10.4 points and 8.8 rebounds. Without Hawes on the floor, the Sixers offense has struggled.
January 29, 2012 |
Thaddeus Young said he was not 100 percent in Friday's 89-72 win over the Charlotte Bobcats, but it was hard to believe it by the performance of the fifth-year 76ers forward. During Wednesday's 97-90 overtime loss to the New Jersey Nets, Young suffered a lower back injury but did return to the game. On Friday he had 10 points, shot 5 for 7 from the field, and had four rebounds and no turnovers in just over 24 minutes. "It still bothers me and I am not completely 100 percent, but I will go out there, keep playing and keep getting treatment and hopefully it will get better as we progress and time goes on," Young said before Saturday's game at the Wells Fargo Center against the Detroit Pistons.
February 12, 2012 |
CLEVELAND - With Sixers center Spencer Hawes skipping this three-game road trip to rest his strained left Achilles tendon, Sixers coach Doug Collins said that he would most likely start rookie Lavoy Allen at center over the next three games and bring fellow rookie Nik Vucevic in with the second unit. "We'll give Lavoy a look tonight and then play Nik with Thad [Young] and those guys," Collins said before Saturday's game against Cleveland. Collins said that his coaching staff thought that it might be better if Vucevic comes in with the reserves.
May 2, 2012 |
PLAYERS TO WATCH SIXERS: Evan Turner: It looks like Turner will be in the starting lineup. And it seems that that he will be assigned to guard point guard C.J. Watson. If he can do a good job, play tight offensively and lend some rebounding help, it could go a long way in helping the Sixers entertain thoughts of an upset. BULLS: Rip Hamilton: Hamilton scored 19 points on just seven shots in Game 1 by running around and through a myriad of picks set by teammates. Jrue Holiday will have the defensive assignment at the start, and he'll have to make it harder for Hamilton to get where he wants.
January 11, 2012 |
Coach Doug Collins gave a one-word reply when asked whether he was surprised at the way rookie center Nikola Vucevic had performed in the 76ers' last three games. "No," Collins said. Then he elaborated. "I fell in love with him the first time I saw the kid," Collins said of the 7-foot, 240-pounder whom the Sixers drafted with the 16th overall pick last year. "He's really ball-friendly. He knows how to play, and the guys on the team like him and trust him. The coaches like him and trust him. "That's why Rod Thorn and I were praying on draft night that that guy was going to be there for us," Collins said.
January 21, 2012 |
Spencer Hawes missed the 76ers game Friday against the Atlanta Hawks with a left Achilles strain, and he also won't play Saturday in Miami against the Heat. Sixers coach Doug Collins said before Friday's game at the Wells Fargo Center that Hawes would be out against Miami. Friday was the second consecutive game Hawes missed with the injury. "We've got to be very careful with this," Collins said. "This is an injury that if you come back too soon, you can be right back to where you were.