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More Sixers injury woes? Holiday to have MRI on foot.

Dec 13, 2012, 1:40 PM EDT

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Haven’t the basketball gods already had enough fun with Sixers, dealt the enough of an injury woe for one season in the knees of Andrew Bynum?

Apparently not.

After racking up some heavy minutes recently, Jrue Holiday is getting an MRI on his sore foot and it sounds like he could miss at least the Friday game and maybe more, reports CSNPhilly.com.

Holiday did not practice Thursday and remains questionable for Friday night’s game in Indianapolis because of soreness in the longitudinal arch of his left foot. Holiday had X-rays taken, which came back negative for a fracture. However, Holiday was still awaiting the results of an MRI on Thursday afternoon.

Holiday has taken on the role as the fulcrum of the offense with no Bynum and has had by far his best year — 18.6 points per game on 45.1 percent shooting overall, while dishing out 8.9 assists per game. All of those are career highs. He has a PER of 18.2.

The Sixers are 12-10 and playing over their head, winning more games than their point differential would suggest. They are still defending fairly well, but their offense is 24th in the NBA in points per possession. And without Holiday that would be far worse.

They can’t really afford to be without him for a while, too.

  1. sgtr0c - Dec 13, 2012 at 2:07 PM

    They have been playing above themselves since D Collins came in. Yet for a years we (me too) have been saying they are playing better then they are. Time we accept it, I guess…

  2. phillyphannn83 - Dec 13, 2012 at 2:29 PM

    See, Kurt, all the poking at us you’ve been doing trying to get a reaction regarding Bynum was just foolish. NOW we’re really worried!! We can go without Bynum for awhile, you’ve seen that, but Jrue? no way, now were in trouble! MRI better com back negative!!

  3. 00maltliquor - Dec 13, 2012 at 2:41 PM

    That’s bad. Real bad news. PG is the only position that team has zero depth in. They may have the leagues worst backup PG in Royal Ivey and nothing else. Jrue has been playing at All-Star level this year. It would be a major bummer if he missed too many games. Hopefully this is nothing.

  4. willardj - Dec 13, 2012 at 3:43 PM

    Jrue has been carrying this team without Bynum, Iggy, Brand, or Lou. Forget about Evan Turner stepping up crap. He’s playing a little bit better, but he’s simply playing more minutes which makes it look like he’s playing better. Thad, Jrue, and J-rich have been this team’s big 3 so far.

    • dko83 - Dec 13, 2012 at 4:11 PM

      Completely agree. Holiday fouled out the other night and ET started running the show, turned into a one-on-one chuck fest. Doesn’t bode well for Philly.

      • tcclark - Dec 13, 2012 at 4:16 PM

        You mean the night he “chucked” in the game winner?

      • dko83 - Dec 13, 2012 at 4:19 PM

        Yes, that is the night I’m referring to. Enjoy those regular season Ws, it is all you will have this year.

      • tcclark - Dec 13, 2012 at 4:51 PM

        Thank you so much. I never realized you were a fortune teller. I was about to waste the entire season watching to see how things played out, but now i don’t have too. Tell me, does Andrew Bynum come back from injury? If so, when? How does he play? do we sign him to a long term deal? God I have so many questions for you. I’m so sorry for doubting you. You clearly know what’s going to happen. You should’ve warned those Bulls fans about Derrick Roses injury last year. Maybe they wouldn’t have talked so much crap last year if you had.

      • dko83 - Dec 13, 2012 at 5:08 PM

        Glad to see you appreciate my fortune telling abilities. *looks into crystal ball. Yes, Andrew Bynum comes back, and sinks the entire franchise… Not even I could see the D Rose injury coming. I saw him sitting those final minutes of garbage time in that win.

      • thesixersbench - Dec 13, 2012 at 5:28 PM

        I love the smell of bitterness in the evening.

    • tcclark - Dec 13, 2012 at 4:15 PM

      I completely disagree. Evan is playing with confidence, taking jump shots, attacking the rim, and not getting discouraged when he misses a shot. These are major steps. He’s also become a leader in the locker room and hit a big game winner in overtime against the Celtics. He still has work to do, but give the man credit. One play last night really showed me that Evan has matured as a player. It was in the 4th quarter i believe. He walked the ball up the court and went to the left side. The right side was overloaded and the defense had their backs turned to turner. He read the D, saw there was no one looking on the help side, blew by Jimmy Butler, drove the lane, and got an easy layup. It didn’t look like much, but the Old Evan Turner would have dribbled up the court initiated the offense and passed the ball as soon as he could.

  5. tcclark - Dec 13, 2012 at 4:22 PM

    They can survive a few games without Holiday. Turner will take over the point and Dorell Wright will probably come in to play the 3, although don’t be surprised id JRich takes the 3 spot and Nick Young plays the two. Either way, the Sixers will have a significant height advantage over anyone else, with no player in the starting line-up being shorter than 6’6. Maalik Wayns should get some more minutes, which I’m looking forward to. He looks good when he gets an opportunity to play. I think if we give him time, he could develop much like Lou Williams did except he’s much better defensively. The guy that needs to get more time while Jrue is out though, is Spencer Hawes. He’s been in a funk, but I think DC needs to put him in the starting line-up. He’s improved his rebounding recently, but we need his offense without jrue in the line-up. He and Evan can run the Pick and Pop and if Spence can start dropping those 18 footers he loves so much, than we can make it work. If not, we are going to need Wright and Swaggy P to find their shots.

  6. phillyphannn83 - Dec 14, 2012 at 3:03 PM

    *WHEW* just a sprain!

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