The headline of Friday night’s game is simple. If the Sixers win, then they’re in the playoffs. Who would’ve thought that Philly could have been in this position after last year’s fiasco? Doug Collins has literally picked this team up off the ground by the collar and lifted them back into contention.
The New Jersey Nets have players that are capable of making the night difficult for Philadelphia. Sharpshooter, Anthony Morrow is 7th in the NBA in 3-point percentage. (42.7%) Players like Morrow kill the Sixers.
As of late, Philadelphia’s 3-point defense has been noticeably better, but that’s no reason to relax and allow Morrow to go straight for the jugular.
Deron Williams and Brook Lopez are the two obvious players that the Sixers will need to watch closely. As of right now, it looks as if Jrue Holiday will guard Williams and Spencer Hawes will face up against Lopez.
Here are the three keys to tonight’s game against game against New Jersey:
- Get out on the break and play our style of ball, not NJ’s.
- Limit 3-point damage from Morrow, Williams, and the Nets’ bench
- Control the paint: Get Spencer Hawes and Elton Brand going early, and play solid defense at the rim against Lopez.
If the Sixers can manage to succeed in these three aspects of tonight’s game, then playoffs, here we come. Here are tonight’s probable starters:
PG – Deron Williams
SG – Anthony Morrow
SF – Sasha Vujacic
PF – Kris Humphries
C – Brook Lopez
Philadelphia 76ers Starting Lineup
PG – Jrue Holiday
SG – Jodie Meeks
SF – Andre Iguodala
PF – Elton Brand
C – Spencer Hawes