Posted by Royce Young
If the 76ers have any visions of pushing the Miami Heat in the opening round of the playoffs, they'll need Lou Williams. And they'll need him playing at a high level.
Williams went down a couple weeks ago with pulled hamstring but according to the Philadelphia Inquirer, he practiced Tuesday and coach Doug Collins expects him to be ready for the first game of the playoffs.
"I don't think people realize - I do and our team does - Lou is our personality," Collins said. "He's our voice. He gets us into the huddles; he gets us out of the huddles. He gets the guys before the game and after the game. We missed his voice, his energy, and his personality."
Williams was a major part of maybe the best bench in the league this year. He's a steady scoring point guard that does well sharing time in the backcourt with Jrue Holiday. If Williams isn't healthy, that means Evan Turner gets bigger minutes and that's not a good thing for Philadelphia. But it sounds like he should be ready which at least helps some for the Sixers heading into the series with the Heat.