Sixers-Pacers: What you need to know

Sixers-Pacers: What you need to know
April 17, 2013, 3:15 pm
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Sixers vs. Pacers, 8 p.m. — CSN
Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Indianapolis

Sixers: 33-48 (tied for fourth in Atlantic; tied for ninth in East)

Pacers: 49-31 (first place in Central; third place in East)

Leading off

The season finale can’t come soon enough for the 76ers. Out of the playoffs for the first time since 2010, there are plenty changes afoot.

“It is just going to be good to get it over with,” Spencer Hawes said. “With all the expectations we had coming in and then the way the season has gone it will be nice to take the positives going forward and flush the rest of it. It was a tough year on everybody; us [and] the fans, anyone involved with the organization.”

The Sixers squad that will be out there on the floor against the playoff-bound Pacers on Wednesday night will face many changes in the next several weeks. And it will begin with coach Doug Collins, who will not return to lead the team, according to sources.

Last time out

The Sixers were dealt a 109-101 defeat in Detroit on Monday night, ending a modest two-game winning streak. Dorell Wright came off the bench to score 22 points, however, it wasn’t enough to offset a 27-point, 16-rebound effort from Greg Monroe.

The Pacers were scheduled to play on Tuesday night in Boston, but in the wake of the bombing at the marathon on Monday, the game was canceled. The Pacers haven’t played since Sunday when they took a 90-80 loss to the Knicks at Madison Square Garden.

Depending on the outcome of games on Wednesday night, the Pacers will play either Chicago or Atlanta in the first round.

Last meeting

Behind 27 points and 12 assists from Jrue Holiday and 18 points and 16 rebounds from Hawes, the Sixers surged in the fourth quarter for a 98-91 victory over the Pacers at the Wells Fargo Center on March 16.

Who’s hot

Hawes is the only player in the league averaging at least 10 points, 7.0 rebounds and one block in fewer than 28 minutes per game.

Holiday joins Chris Paul as the only players in the league averaging at least 17.0 points and 8.0 assists.

Evan Turner has 14 double-doubles this season after recording seven in his first two seasons combined.

Who’s not

Sources say =Collins will not return for a fourth season as coach of the 76ers. As a result, Collins has never coached a team more than three years during his career.

Probable starters

Sixers (last 10 games)
Thad Young (13.6 ppg, 7.3 rpg)

Evan Turner (13.7 ppg, 6.3 rpg)

Spencer Hawes (13.1 ppg, 8.1 rpg)

Damien Wilkins (10.6 ppg, 3.6 rpg)

Jrue Holiday (14.3 ppg, 5.3 apg)

Pacers (last 10 games)
Paul George (15.5 ppg, 6.1 rpg)

David West (15.5 ppg, 7.8 rpg)

Roy Hibbert (18.4 ppg, 9.7 rpg)

George Hill (12.3 ppg, 4.3 apg)

Lance Stephenson (12.2 ppg, 3.8 rpg)

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