Is Collins Messing with Players' Psyche?

Is Collins Messing with Players' Psyche?

One of the best NBA analysts in recent memory keeps saying things that convince me the Bulls have gotten inside the heads of the 76ers.

His name is Doug Collins.

The more the 76ers coach with the gift of gab talks, the less I believe his team can close out this series Thursday night in Game 6 at Wells Fargo Center.

Collins' moves on the bench have shown smarts but choice words from the podium have lacked savvy — and not just when he made us wonder if HIPAA laws apply to old friends by divulging John Paxson's heart procedure.

Collins planted the first seed of doubt after the 76ers took a 3-1 series lead in the Eastern Conference quarterfinals when he described how associate head coach Michael Curry addressed the team at his behest. Like Rip Hamilton of the Bulls, Curry played on the 2003 Pistons team that overcame a 3-1 playoff deficit to oust the Magic. I can see the Bulls rallying around that example but the 76ers?

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