Doug Collins has a nasty habit of getting down on himself and his players when the situation (inevitably) turns sour. He seemed to hit that point with his Philadelphia 76ers when NBA insider Ric Bucher reported that Collins has been closely monitoring the play of rookie Moe Harkless, who was traded to the Orlando Magic as part of the deal that brought Andrew Bynum to the City of Brotherly Love.
For once, Collins didn't need to check the box score to see how Orlando's bounty was faring. He needed only to look up and see his Sixers stumbling and losing against the Magic, 98-84, to get a better sense of what might've been.
Harkless registered a modest line of 10 points (on 3-of-4 shooting), four rebounds, two assists and a steal. Nikola Vucevic, who was essentially a throw-in from Philly's end in the Dwight Howard deal, gobbled up 19 boards to go along with 12 points and a block. Arron Afflalo, Orlando's biggest catch (albeit by way of the Denver Nuggets), led all scorers with 16 points, in addition to seven assists, six rebounds and one steal he chipped in.
As for the Sixers, they shot a miserable 39.5 percent from the field against one of the NBA's worst defenses. All told, Philly has now dropped a season high six straight games (and seven of eight) to fall five games back of the Milwaukee Bucks (more on them later) in the race for the eighth seed in the East.
Just another reason for the notoriously sensitive Collins to be upset with his current club.