03/28/13 1:40 pm EST
The 76ers are 5-4 in their last 9 games and if they hadn’t simply given away a game in Denver last Thursday that record would be even more impressive. Collins & Co. have won 6 games overall in March – their highest monthly win total since December. There are a couple of reasons for the improved play of the Sixers over the past month, but none have been a big factor than Damien Wilkins.
The 33-year old Wilkins has had a resurgence that is reminiscent of the Jason Richardson we saw in the first month of the year. Damien’s play of late is both unexpected and more so untimely. Whether it is a case of veteran savvy coupled with intense mental fortitude or variance, DW has been managed to produce at a level far above even he likely thought possible — 18 points; 5 boards and 4 dimes last night.