Pressure point: Sixers growing up on the fly

The Sixers dropped a close Game 1, 92-91, in Boston over the weekend.

Experience. Growth. Closing out quarters.

Those were the things Doug Collins was preaching the day after his Sixers lost a tight Game 1 to the Celtics.

It was a game a veteran team thrives in. It was also a game that a young one learns from. The Sixers led by eight points with 9:17 to go in the fourth quarter, then watched Boston go on a 20-5 run.

“This Celtics team is a championship team,” Collins said. “These guys are [Rajon] Rondo and [Kevin] Garnett and Ray Allen and Paul Pierce, this is the core of a team that has won championships, and a lot of games. And coming down the stretch, they were sharper — and we have to do better.”

Collins spent some time in the film room with his team, going over that fourth-quarter lapse. Then, they took to the practice court. The biggest challenge for them is learning how to play under pressure.

“You can’t get that in a film session,” Collins said. “You got to get out here on the court, you got to feel the heat, you got to feel the fans, you’re on an opposing court … you got the Celtics, you got the Sixers … all these things. It’s [the experience] invaluable.”

The Celtics, meanwhile, took yesterday off. Coach Doc Rivers is trying to keep his dinged-up squad as fresh as possible since the schedule-makers did him no favors. The Sixers and Celtics will play three games in five days.

“I couldn’t have prescribed a worse solution for us, at least,” Rivers said. “I don’t know about Philly, but for us, I was very surprised by that.”

Those old legs certainly didn’t look it in Game 1. And the Sixers understand that age doesn’t matter. To beat Boston, they need to play smarter.

“We’re young. But even though they may be old, they know how to play,” Evan Turner said. “They play at their own pace, so you can’t really worry about the age or anything, but who’s the tougher team.”

What to watch …


1. Fresh paint.
Doug Collins said Kevin Garnett played one of the best games he’s ever seen the 35-year-old play in Game 1. Garnett exploded for a season-high 29 points (11 rebounds) and controlled the paint. The Sixers know they can’t pound it inside, but they must find a way to disrupt Garnett.

2. On Holiday. The Sixers can’t win with Jrue Holiday playing like he did Saturday night. The point guard was just 3-of-13 from the field (eight points) and had no answer defensively for Boston maestro Rajon Rondo.

3. Going small. It was Boston’s small lineup that fueled its fourth-quarter flurry in Game 1. The Sixers usually thrive when opponents go small, with Thad Young causing match-up problems. However, the versatile forward rolled his ankle and missed the third quarter. Young said he’ll be “fine” for Game 2.
 metro/mg


News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
National

Call of Duty hoaxer blamed for $100K SWAT…

A heavilly-armed SWAT team and an army of police officers stormed a Long Island home fearing a grisly double homicide – only to find it…

National

Minnie Driver tweets naked celebrity snap to 'shut…

Actress Minnie Driver has responded to bitchy critics who sniped about her bikini body by Tweeting a naked picture of herself. The 44-year-old star of…

National

American middle classes no longer world's richest (guess…

America's middle classes are no longer the richest in the world – having been overtaken in the wealth stakes by their Canadian counterparts. For almost…

Local

Judge holds Amber Hellesten for trial on murder…

Amber Hellesten turns 16 next Wednesday, April 30. It could be her first of many birthdays behind bars.

Television

John Turturro tags in for Robert De Niro…

The cast of the courtroom drama miniseries has undergone yet another shift. Following Robert De Niro's exit, the cable network has brought in John Turturro…

Television

TV watch list, Tuesday, April 22: 'Glee,' 'Agents…

'Glee' Rachel makes her Broadway debut in "Funny Girl." Remember when she was just a high school drama nerd? FOX, 8PM 'Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.'…

The Word

Lindsay Lohan's big, drunk interview

Lindsay Lohan appears to be completely off the wagon now, if Kode magazine's chronicle of her trip to Coachella is any indication. According to the…

The Word

What we learned from the premiere of 'True…

Does watching someone's marriage implode make for great TV? The show runners at "True Tori" think Tori Spelling's heartbreak is hot stuff indeed.

NHL

Lundqvist, Rangers take control as Flyers falter in…

Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist turned away 31 Flyers shots to give the Blueshirts the series edge with a 4-1 victory Tuesday nigh

MLB

MLB Power Rankings: Brewers best in baseball, Dodgers,…

MLB Power Rankings: Brewers best in baseball, Dodgers, Cardinals, Yankees surge. The A's, Braves, Rangers, Giants and Rockies are also in the top 10.

NBA

Breaking down the Sixers top draft options

With the NBA Playoffs now in full force, there’s only one thing on the mind of Sixers fans at the moment -- the 2014 NBA Draft Lottery.

MLB

Metro one-on-one: Q&A with Phillies centerfielder Ben Revere

Charlie Manuel used to say that the Phillies go as Jimmy Rollins goes. Well, Ryne Sandberg might have a new Phillies catalyst, Ben Revere, in his midst.

Wellbeing

How to burn off all that Easter candy

Sorry to be a buzzkill, but you can't eat chocolate eggs and Jelly Bellys forever.

Food

Powdered alcohol: 5 things to know about 'Palcohol'

What's the deal with powdered alcohol? Here's what you need to know about Palcohol.

Travel

Travel hacks: 6 tips on living out of…

Lynne Martin shares her travel hacks on living out of just two suitcases.

Wellbeing

Tough Mudder pro gives tips on conquering a…

Learn hacks from head designer Nolan Kombol.