Doug Collins says Jrue Holiday will be one of top 5 point guards

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Hey, Jrue. No pressure.

Thumbnail image for jrue_holiday_rodrigue_beaubois.jpgTalking with the media today, new Philadelphia 76ers coach Doug Collins spoke with more bombast than he ever did as a color analyst. Here are the tweets from our own Adam Levitan or Rotoworld who was there.

Doug Collins says he thinks jrue holiday will be a top-5 pg in nba a year from now. Said iguodala will play 2 and 3.

Collins doesn’t seem high on Evan Turner, also said wants iguodala to be less of a scorer — play role he played on national team

I love Jrue Holiday and his potential. Really do. And if you said he could be a top 15 guy, I’m good with that. He may be. Top five… no. He’s going to get the chance to lead this team and run more, which is all good. The Sixers need him to step forward. Still, top 15 a good goal.

Iggy as a more selective shooter will be a good thing — if others pick up the scoring load. That means Holiday and Andres Nocioni and Thaddeus Young and — dare we say it — Elton Brand. If not, you’re going to need those points from Iggy. Which he will get more efficiently if you run the ball.

And by the way, nobody who watched Evan Turner struggle though Summer League is high on him. But you got to play him, you got to find out. Baptism by fire. You’ve got to count on him for something, because missing out on the No. 2 pick in the draft is a big setback. Give Turner a chance; let’s see what he can do.

Marquese Chriss blocks Bobby Portis, who gets testy (video)

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Bobby Portis didn’t enjoy getting blocked by Marquese Chriss. And Portis sure didn’t appreciate how Chriss fell on him.

But it was all worth it (for me, at least) just to see the Bulls forward make a face that reminded me of this:

Dwyane Wade with dagger dunk to seal Bulls win vs. Suns (VIDEO)

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The time off during the All-Star break did Dwyane Wade some good.

The Bulls guard turned back the clock on Friday night, leading the Bulls with 23 points and topping it off with this dunk that proved to be the dagger, sealing a Chicago win. The Suns were convinced Wade was going to run the shot clock way down before making his move and they lollygagged into position — so he just blew past everyone for the poster slam.

The Bulls won 128-121. Devin Booker led the Suns with 27.

DeMarre Carroll shoves Isaiah Thomas to ground on break, tempers flare

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Atlanta’s DeMarre Carroll picked up a deserved flagrant for this foul.

With a couple of minutes left to go in the second quarter, Isaiah Thomas made the steal when DeMar DeRozan lost the ball on a drive, and Thomas was off to the races. Trying to prevent a lay-up, Carroll decided to foul Thomas far from the basket, but did so with a forearm shove that sent Thomas sprawling on the ground.

Thomas got up and had words, as did Jae Crowder.

Carroll got a flagrant and a technical, Thomas and Crowder each picked up technicals for jumping in.

Seth Curry puts up career high 31 against Timberwolves (VIDEO)

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When Stephen Curry wore a headband through the All-Star Game last weekend, West coach Steve Kerr jokingly called him “Seth” all night.

Dallas’ Seth Curry came out of the week-long break playing like an All-Star. He dropped 31 on the Minnesota Timberwolves Friday night, a career high for him. He hit 13-of-17 from the field, including three from beyond the arc, but did a lot of his damage in the midrange.

It wasn’t enough, the Timberwolves got a comfortable 97-84 win behind 27 points from Andrew Wiggins and 26 from Karl-Anthony Towns. Nerlens Noel was not yet with his new team in time to play for the Mavs in this game.