Only eight Sixers got into Sundays game at Madison Square Garden and out of that, only two bench players logged significant minutes.
Of course those two players combined for 42 points on 16-for-28 shooting and happily took on the extra time in order for coach Doug Collins to alter his rotation.
With Lou Williams going for 28 points in 28 minutes and Thad Young adding 14 in 35 minutes, Collins leaned on six players with one player shuttling in and out depending upon which Knicks players were on the floor.
Actually, with the minutes Williams and Young get each night its almost as if they are part of the starting lineup. Which would be problematic if the players were into the status of being called starters, and unable to check their egos.
I cant say enough about Thad Young and Lou Williams because they allow me to coach the way I like to coach with the responsibility they have taken in allowing me to bring them in off the bench, Collins said. If they were not happy in those situations then this wouldnt work because I would have to spend all this time trying to figure out who I was starting.
Neither Williams nor Young has started a single game this season, but Young gets the third-most minutes on the team while Williams is fourth. Of course, as they used to say about all-time Sixers great Bobby Jones, it isnt who starts the game, but who finishes it.
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