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News » Philadelphia 76ers Getting Inside 2009-11-06

Philadelphia 76ers Getting Inside 2009-11-06

Philadelphia 76ers Getting Inside 2009-11-06Jrue Holiday wants to play. But he's only 19 and he has some catching up to do before he becomes a part of coach Eddie Jordan's regular rotation.

Holiday, the No. 17 pick in June's draft, has appeared in two of the Sixers' first four games. He had a driving bucket in the closing seconds of the third quarter to highlight his 6-1/2 minutes on the floor against the Milwaukee Bucks, then had five points and three assists in 13 scoreless minutes versus the Boston Celtics.

Interestingly, Holiday has played in both games at the Wachovia Center and not in the two road contests.

"It definitely is tough," said Holiday, 19. "I just want Coach to throw me into the water and let me play and make mistakes. At this point, (though,) we're a playoff-caliber team. There's no room for mistakes. I guess practice is the best way for me to get more comfortable and make mistakes until I get better."

Holiday impressed the Sixers with his aggressive defense, all-around abilities and relative maturity in summer league play, averaging 8.6 points and 3.0 assists in five games at the Orlando Pro Summer League, and informal scrimmages. But he still has a lot to learn, especially with the Princeton offense, from his older and more experienced teammates.

"He's going to be a terrific player," Jordan said. "He's got some rookie jitters that he has to get through. He's going through some rookie pains, man."

CELTICS 105, SIXERS 74: The Sixers came into the game leading the league in scoring, but they hadn't faced a defense anything like Boston's. Philly shot just .363, including .063 (1-for-16) from three-point land, and barely scored half of Saturday night's total (141 in overtime against the Knicks). They also didn't defend well on the perimeter, as evidenced by the Celtics' 14 threes on 20 attempts. The 74 points were 25 below their previous high.

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Added: November 6, 2009


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