Saturday, January 31, 2015

Keys for the Sixers vs. Pelicans

The Sixers play the New Orleans Pelicans tonight and for the first time in many games may have a full roster with which to play. Spencer Hawes, who has missed the past two games with a tweaked left knee, said at shootaround this morning that his knee feels good and he hopes to be able to play. Tony Wroten, who has been battling a back strain which also cost him two games, could be back in the lineup tonight as well.

Keys for the Sixers vs. Pelicans

Pelicans guard Jrue Holiday. (Danny Johnston/AP)
Pelicans guard Jrue Holiday. (Danny Johnston/AP)

The Sixers play the New Orleans Pelicans tonight and for the first time in many games may have a full roster with which to play. Spencer Hawes, who has missed the past two games with a tweaked left knee, said at shootaround this morning that his knee feels good and he hopes to be able to play. Tony Wroten, who has been battling a back strain which also cost him two games, could be back in the lineup tonight as well.

Here’s a look at some keys for the Sixers tonight.

*Get the ball into Anthony Davis: The Pelicans’ big man is a terrific shot blocker but mostly does it when off the ball. The Sixers need to take the ball right at him and then either look for a quick pass off or take it up strong into him.

*Keep Jrue Holiday in check: The former Sixers All-Star returns to Philly for the first time since his draft-night trade to New Orleans. Holiday has a habit of playing really well in games that have special meaning to him. This one certainly does.

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*Get out on Ryan Anderson: The Sixers haven’t done a very good job this season of getting out on three-point shooters and Anderson is one of the best in the league. He usually has very good games against the Sixers, so they will have to be especially aware of him tonight.

*Keep Thaddeus Young involved: Playing his first game on Wednesday since being away from the team due to the death of his nephew, Young poured in a team-high 26 points. When Young is active around the basket, it seems as if this team plays with a lot more fluidity on the offensive end.

 

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Bob Cooney
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Bob Cooney has been at the Daily News for more than 20 years, working in the sports department for the past 15. This is his third season on the Sixers beat. He has covered just about everything, but mostly college basketball, where he was the La Salle beat writer for six seasons. E-mail Bob at cooneyb@phillynews.com and follow him on Twitter.

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