LAST SEASON, the Sixers got out to a 10-3 start before center Spencer Hawes was felled by an Achilles' injury that ultimately cost him 27 games. The team struggled without its center, who before the injury had been playing perhaps the best basketball of his pro career, shooting the ball extremely well, passing the ball with precision out of the post and rebounding the way a center should. All in all, Hawes missed 29 games (one with a back strain, another DNP-CD) and the team went 13-16 without him. In the 37 games in which he appeared, they won 22...
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