Opportunity doesn't come around often in the NBA. Usually when a ballplayer finds himself benched, he stays benched.
Fortunately for Doug Collins and the Sixers on Wednesday night at the Wells Fargo Center, the coach's doghouse has an escape hatch. After all, three players that have yo-yoed in and out of the rotation this season all came through in the Sixers' gritty, 92-84 victory over the Washington Wizards (see Instant Replay).
Though Jrue Holiday led the way with 21 points (on 22 shots), the big lift came from Nick Young, Lavoy Allen and Dorell Wright, three players that have racked up a few DNPs or bounced out of the starting lineup only to come back with a strong performance.
On Wednesday, Young dropped in 18 points in 36 minutes with three three-pointers, while Allen came off the bench to score 14 points in 22 minutes and Wright pitched in with seven points, seven boards and five assists.
With veterans Jason Richardson and Damien Wilkins away from the team, the Sixers needed every ounce of production for the trio.
"Really, those guys, I had to thank them for their professionalism. It's very easy for guys who have been in this league for a long time like that just to pack it in and neither one of those guys did that and I'm incredibly appreciative of that. This is a tough business and when you've got seven wings that you're trying to get time and to try to mix and match to get everyone in there, it's tough."
Just two weeks ago, Young fund himself out of Collins' rotation with seemingly no hope to get back in. He took a DNP in a win over Houston and then sat out for the first three quarters against New Orleans before checking in for the final quarter to score 14 points on nine shots.
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