The Sixers had a convincing win over the Knicks on Saturday, but their success, or lack thereof, at the charity stripe was worrisome (see story).
So what worked? Doug Collins' strategy to shakeup the lineup as the Sixers solved their first-quarter woes for at least one game (see story).
Bad news for Boston on Sunday: Rajon Rondo has suffered a torn ACL and will be out for the rest of the season (see story).
Here's some other notes from around the league on Sunday:
Toronto favors moving Lowry over Calderon
According to CBS Sports, via ProBasketballTalk, the Toronto Raptors say they would rather trade Kyle Lowry than Jose Calderon.
Lowry has reportedly not made many friends on the Raptors' roster and seems not to fit in with Toronto’s philosophy of play. Possible destinations for Lowry include Dallas and the Atlanta, which just lost Lou Williams to a torn ACL.
Lowry, a point guard for Villanova from 2004-06, was drafted by the Grizzlies with the 26th pick in the 2006 NBA Draft. This season Lowry is averaging 13.5 points, 4.5 rebounds and 5.8 assists per game. Calderon is putting up 11.1 points, 2.3 rebounds and 7.4 assists per contest.
Jackson angry over foul
Toward the end of the Phoenix-San Antonio game on Saturday, the Spurs’ Manu Ginobili went up for a layup and the Suns’ Shannon Brown smacked him in the face, seemingly inadvertently, and picked up a flagrant-two foul.
Players on both teams agreed the foul was accidental, but San Antonio's Stephen Jackson had a little more to say about the issue.
“I know Shannon Brown,” Jackson told Paul Coro of the Arizona Republic, per ProBasketballTalk. “He doesn’t play like that. Obviously, if it was anybody else, I probably would have knocked him out.”
It was not the first time Jackson threatened his fellow NBA peers. On Dec. 8th, Jackson threatened Oklahoma City’s Serge Ibaka on Twitter when Ibaka and Metta World Peace got tangled up trying to get a rebound. Jackson was fined $25,000 for the tweet.
Bosh boasts he's a Hall of Famer
According to Fox Sports Florida, via ProBasketballTalk, Chris Bosh claims he is already a lock for the Basketball Hall of Fame.
"Hell, yeah, of course. I've been a Hall of Famer like four years ago," Bosh boasted. "And I say that very serious, though. I've talked about it before with my friends."
Over his 10 years in the league, Bosh has been to multiple NBA Finals, winning one, and has a career average of 19.7 points and 9.0 rebounds per game. Those stats don't necessarily look impressive by themselves, but the real kicker is Bosh’s All-Star game appearances: He's been to eight.
Every player who has made eight or more All-Star games has made the Hall of Fame, except Larry Foust.
In that sense, the odds seem to be in Bosh’s favor, but not everybody is sold, including Miami’s assistant coach and Hall of Famer Bob McAdoo.
“It’s hard to say," McAdoo said. "You don't know the credentials they're looking for. A lot of times, you never know. It's still too early."