Doug Collins: Sixers need 'positive energy'

Doug Collins: Sixers need 'positive energy'

March 2, 2013, 3:45 pm
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The Sixers could use some good karma; they have lost seven straight games -- their longest losing streak since 2009 when they dropped 12 in a row from Nov. 20 to Dec. 11. They snapped that streak with a win at home against the Golden State Warriors.

The Warriors come to town tonight having lost three straight, including last night's 94-86 loss to the Celtics.

Doug Collins continues to preach to his players that playing with effort and focus are the pillars to turning a corner with their record and their season.

"Right now our thing is to get our guys ready and give them a game plan to win," Collins said. "I have been very pleased with our guys' effort other than the Orlando game; I thought that was a blip on the radar screen. My big thing right now is we have to keep the energy level up. We have to keep the spirits up.

"This is new territory for me," Collins admitted. "Most of the teams I coached have come down to the wire to get in the playoffs or fighting for something and I want our guys to keep fighting and battling. We have to keep positive energy. We have to keep guys feeling good about themselves."

The coach knows what he needs to do and wants to do, but with 26 games remaining and his team 12 games below .500, carrying out his intentions may be far harder.

"Losing is tough, it is very very tough, " Collins stressed. "It wears on everybody. So we talked about giving ourselves a chance every night. Obviously we have key people that have to play well for us and our efficiency has to be better."

The Warriors beat the Sixers in Oakland earlier this season 96-89. Stephen Curry was returning from injury and scored just 11 points -- his sixth lowest total this season.

Curry had a measly 25 points in Boston Friday; measly being an appropriate adjective because the sharp shooter had scored 54 points at Madison Square Garden two nights earlier, including a franchise record 11 made threes on 13 attempts. It was an eye-catching performance despite the Warriors losing.

"He is what makes them go," Thaddeus Young said. "He was impressive. I watched a little of that game. He was absolutely amazing. It was crazy to see those numbers go up. Hopefully we can keep him under control and he doesn't get anywhere near that."

Young went on to warn that Curry has company when it comes to putting up numbers, which Collins warned as well.

"They can really score that ball. Stephen Curry put on a show the other night," Collins said. "Klay Thompson can really score that ball. They have a couple insider players that can really cause problems. They are one of the surprise teams this year. Mark Jackson has done a tremendous job with them."

Curry said he had 110 unread text messages after that 54-point game.

The Sixers will not have Nick Young tonight. The starting two guard has a sprained left ankle. Royal Ivey will get the nod in Young's place as well as the defensive assignment of slowing down Curry.