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Holiday (foot) to miss fourth straight game; Wayns to make first career start

by Max Rappaport, Sixers.com
Posted: December 19, 2013

HOUSTON -– Guard Jrue Holiday has missed the Sixers' last three games with a sprain of the longitudinal arch in his left foot; now, he will miss his fourth, as the Sixers take on the Rockets in Houston Wednesday night.

Prior to Wednesday's game, head coach Doug Collins stressed the importance of being patient with his young floor general.

"When a player tells me they're hurt, they're hurt," he said. "I know Jrue wants to play more than anybody... But there's no way in the world that we're going to be 'short-term foolish' [and play him before he's ready]."

Collins noted that Holiday told him earlier in the day that his foot was feeling better, adding that if all goes well, he could possibly make his return Friday night at home against the Atlanta Hawks.

As frustrating as it is for the fourth-year point man to not be out on the floor helping his team during a particularly rough patch of games, he understands that he mustn't rush himself back onto the court.

"It's tricky, because I feel like we can win a lot of games (with me playing) and I feel like I can help my team," said Holiday. "At the same time, I think your foot is probably one of the most important parts [of your body when you play basketball]. I'm going to try to get back as quick as possible."

Maalik Wayns Makes Starting Debut

With Holiday out, head coach Doug Collins has decided to start rookie Maalik Wayns at the point guard position, with Evan Turner, Jason Richardson, Thaddeus Young, and Kwame Brown filling out the other four spots. It will be the Villanova alum's first career start. Collins had started guard Nick Young in each of the team's last three games.

Updated: 6:40 PM, December 19, 2012