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Taking a closer look at the 76ers

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Taking a closer look at the 76ers

With the Bulls set to welcome the Philadelphia 76ers to town to kick off the playoffs Saturday, let's take a closer look at the team from the City of Brotherly Love:

2011-12 Record: 35-31

Coach: Doug Collins

Eastern Conference Seed: 8

Record against Bulls: 1-2

--Feb. 1: Sixers win 98-82
--Mar. 4: Bulls win 96-91
--Mar. 17: Bulls win 89-80

Leading scorer: Lou Williams -- 14.9 ppg

Leading rebounder: Spencer Hawes -- 7.3 rpg
Projected Starting Five:

PG: Jrue Holiday (13.5 ppg, 4.5 apg)
SG: Jodie Meeks (8.3 ppg, 2.5 rpg)
SF: Andre Iguodala (12.4 ppg, 6.1 rpg, 5.5 apg)
PF: Elton Brand (11 ppg, 7.2 rpg)
C: Nikola Vucevic (5.5 ppg, 4.7 rpg)

Notes:

--Vucevic has gotten the majority of the starts at center lately, but Spencer Hawes has gotten the most minutes there. Hawes began the year in the starting lineup and surprised many with his stellar play, averaging close to a double-double before back and Achilles injuries knocked him out for all but two games from mid-January to mid-March. Hawes is averaging a career-high 7.3 rebounds per game and 1.3 blocks per game.

--Doug Collins coached the Bulls from 1986-87 through 1988-89 with a record of 137-109 in the three seasons. He was a graduate from Illinois State University in Normal, Ill., where the Redbirds' home court is named after him. The 76ers made him the first overall pick in the 1973 NBA Draft.

--The Sixers' win in Philadelphia on Feb. 1 by 16 tied for the second-largest margin of defeat for the Bulls this season.

--Though the Sixers are 1-2 against the Bulls, they actually led point differential 269-267 thanks to the 16-point win.

--Philadelphia backup guard Evan Turner is a Chicago product. The Oak Park native went to St. Joseph's in Westchester. The versatile swingman started 19 games this season, averaging 9.4 points, 5.8 rebounds and 2.7 assists per game.

Cubs Talk Podcast: Ned Colletti interview

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Cubs Talk Podcast: Ned Colletti interview

On the latest Cubs Talk Podcast, David Kaplan talks with former Cubs front office executive and Dodgers GM Ned Colletti on how to fix a major league roster, when to deal a player who is heading into free agency, and more

01:30 How he moved from MLB to being a scout in the NHL

04:30 How to fix a major league roster

06:40 On building the roster when other teams know your weaknesses

09:30 When to deal a player who is facing free agency

11:30 Balancing trying to win now vs. building a team for a sustained run

14:30 On how a GM can't depend only on signing a big free agent

18:00 On his time with the Cubs in the 1980s

19:45 On how a GM deals with Scott Boras

22:00 On how a GM deals with talk radio and the media

26:00 On how he almost got CC Sabathia on the Dodgers for 2008 playoff run

28:00 On how not trading for Ryan Dempster helped bring Kyle Hendricks to the Cubs

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White Sox Talk Podcast: Everything we learned from Rick Hahn at the G.M. Meetings

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White Sox Talk Podcast: Everything we learned from Rick Hahn at the G.M. Meetings

Chuck Garfien speaks with Vinnie Duber who is covering the G.M. Meetings in Arizona where Rick Hahn spoke with the media for the first time in the offseason.

Why Vinnie's big takeaway is "don't take anything off the table" this offseason for the White Sox (1:45), Hahn talks about signing premium free agents and the Machado experience (6:00), weighing defense vs. hitting for who they get to play right field (9:10), would they move Yoan Moncada from third base if they signed a certain free agent?(11:45), where are things with Jose Abreu (21:00) and more.

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