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Sixers D puts them back in the hunt

With a new commitment to defense, Philadelphia is back in the playoff conversation

Updated: December 20, 2010, 4:36 PM ET
By Kevin Pelton | Basketball Prospectus
Philadelphia 76ersJesse D. Garrabrant/Getty ImagesDoug Collins has worked his defensive magic in Philadelphia, transforming the Sixers at that end.

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Trending Team: Philadelphia 76ers

Saturday's win over the Orlando Magic was the Sixers' eighth in their past 11 games, a run that has lifted Philadelphia's percentage points ahead of the Milwaukee Bucks for the eighth spot in the Eastern Conference. The 76ers have used a recipe that is familiar for coach Doug Collins: improvement at the defensive end of the floor.


To read how the Sixers have been revitalized on defense, plus why 3-point attempts might be tapering off around the league and what Glen Davis has started doing better than nearly everyone else in the league, you must be an ESPN Insider.