"We want to be the kind of team they can embrace," Hawes said. On opening night, Hawes even heard chants of "MVP!" from a rowdy crowd of nearly 20,000 fans holding lofty expectations for the Sixers. Hawes was set to start at power forward alongside Bynum until the All-Star center's knee injury forced third-year coach Doug Collins to shuffle his lineup. Holiday, stating his case for a max money contract extension, was fouled on a fallaway jumper and made the free throw for a 74-70 lead.