The Sixers had their second practice session of the day Sunday evening. Jrue Holiday did not participate for precautionary reasons after feeling pain in his left Achilles. The team listed him as day-to-day with a strained Achilles tendon.
The slightest tweak to a key player had the coach, as well as Holiday, throwing up the red flag.
Coach was saying how there are 66 games, Holiday explained. It seems so unrealistic, that is not supposed to happen. I dont think anybodys body should be able to withstand that pounding and flying. You fly and you cant sleep at night - there is so much going on so I appreciate Coach doing that (sitting him for the session).
And so Holiday rode the stationary bike and watched his teammates get up and down the floor.
In his absence, Evan Turner was left to be the lone ball handler on the blue squad in a scrimmage. It did not go well.
That team was supposed to have two ball handlers in Evan and Jrue. They were supposed to play together tonight, Associate Head Coach Michael Curry said after practice. But we sat Jrue out for precautionary reasons and that team was left with one ball handler. We wanted to give (Xavier) Silas a chance to run the point and play a lot of minutes for the other team. We easily could have switched him over to have two ball handlers on the blue team. We gave Evan a chance to have it in his hands the whole time and he will be fine.
Most of the off-season was spent talking about Turners improved shot. He believes it is better. But his shot was not on display Sunday night: his skills running an offense were. Turner does have a decent handle, but that does not mean he is a point guard.
That said, the true point guard of this squad believed Turners Sunday night struggles had nothing to do with his ability and everything to do with hitting a wall.
I think it really was fatigue mentally, Holiday said. Just because he has been running up and down so much. I mean, I have done it a million times where I get tired and say just whatever. I bring the ball up and say lets just get whatever.
He added: It is tough when he is the only ball handler on our team when we have four or five and they were all on the other team, Holiday said, absolutely having his teammates back. I wish I was out there and I told him after that I apologize because it would have been a different game.
Instead, as Coach Collins said, the blue squad never got in sync.
The team will have one afternoon practice on Monday. Friday is their first preseason game at Washington.
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