Lavoy Allen back for Sixers after 4-game absence

Lavoy Allen back for Sixers after 4-game absence

Highlights: Sixers fall to Bulls, 103-78

January 18, 2014, 8:00 pm
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Lavoy Allen averages 5.1 points and 5.4 rebounds in 18.5 minutes per game this season. (USA Today Images)

CHICAGO -- After missing the past four games with a sore right calf, Lavoy Allen will return to the rotation for the Sixers.

Sixers coach Brett Brown said before tip-off that his status was still “up in the air.” But after testing it on the court beforehand, he must have felt good enough to give it a go.

The Bulls are a much different team than the one the Sixers defeated in November for their third straight win to start the season. Derrick Rose is out for the season and the Bulls traded Luol Deng earlier this month to the Cleveland Cavaliers for financial relief and future draft picks.

Even with the changes, one key member of the team is still the same: head coach Tom Thibodeau.

“From afar, I’ve always had great respect for [Tom] and I’ve known Tom for many years,” Brown said. “There’s just a defensive presence, offensive execution; they’re just really well coached. When they don’t have Luol and Derrick Rose, I still say they’re real well coached. It’s simple, they’re just missing two key, talented players.

"You still have tremendous respect for their bigs, you got tremendous respect for their energy. It’s always a physical game. You know you’re going to have to guard the post. I think there’s a real clever balance of how they pick and roll people off pin-downs and inevitably, I think their strength is their interior game. That’s where we, at times, have been weak. It has to be a team effort. It’s not like we boast big, physical, interior frontline players. We don’t. So we got our hands full in what will inevitably be a physical game, as it always is against Tom’s team."