Sunday, December 21, 2014

Revenge tonight? For a lost season and an embarrassing loss a few weeks ago.

The Sixers go for win No. 27 tonight - which would match last season's total - against a Memphis Grizzlies team that had a huge comeback win at the Wells Fargo Center on January 28.

Revenge tonight? For a lost season and an embarrassing loss a few weeks ago.

The Sixers blew a big lead against the Grizzlies in the last matchup between the two teams. (Ron Cortes/Staff Photographer)
The Sixers blew a big lead against the Grizzlies in the last matchup between the two teams. (Ron Cortes/Staff Photographer)

There hasn't been another time this season in which the Sixers have been oozing with so much confidence, or as loose as an oversized pair of pants.

Winning nine of your last 12 games will do that for a team, and tonight the Sixers (26-28) will look to inch closer to that coveted .500 mark. A win tonight and tomorrow night would do that just as the team breaks for the All-Star weekend.

In that game against Memphis on January 28, the Grizzlies outscored the Sixers by 42-21 in the final quarter to pull out the win.

Here are some keys for the Sixers tonight:

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*Solve the Memphis zone. This is what gave the Sixers fits and allowed Memphis to come back in the first game. The Sixers struggled with the Grizzlies size. Making short range jumpers and challenging Memphis at the rim would help tonight.

*Get out to a good start. The Grizzlies have won 16 of their last 20 games at FedEx Forum. IT will be important for the Sixers to start strong.

*Get offensive production from starting center Spencer Hawes. Again, if Hawes can make his outside shots and force Rudy Gay and Zach Randolph away from the basket, it will go a long way in making things easier for teammates.

*Stay focused. They are playing well. They are on the road for back-to-back, winnable games. The All-Star break is calling. The Sixers need to concentrate on this game and this game only right now.h

 


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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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