Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Five Keys vs. Blazers

Sixers face a former teammate and the Portland Trail Blazers tonight at the Wells Fargo Center.

Five Keys vs. Blazers

Jrue Holiday and the Sixers take on the Trail Blazers tonight ( Steven M. Falk / Staff Photographer ).
Jrue Holiday and the Sixers take on the Trail Blazers tonight ( Steven M. Falk / Staff Photographer ).

The Sixers will look to win consecutive games for the first time this season when they face Andre Miller and the Portland Trail Blazers. How can the Sixers get that coveted second-straight win? Here's five ways that might do it.

1. Contain Miller's penetration. The definition of a wiley veteran, Miller is fantastic at getting to the hoop and scoring or dishing out to open teammates. He is great at creating contact around the hoop, mostly with a devestating pump fake. Whoever is covering him must keep Miller in front and limit drives to the hoop.

2. Get out to a a fast start. Too many times this season the Sixers will use a ton of energy in the middle of the game trying to come back from a large deficit. Then when they do get close, there's little gas left to drive home the win.

3. Get a good performance from rookie Evan Turner. The guard has struggled in his past three games, scoring just six points. More importantly, he hasn't gotten involved in other areas. Usually when he is rebounding, other parts of his game are better.

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4. Rebound. Portland is not a very good shooting team. But if  you give any team in the league second opportunities, they'll score.

5. Get continued good effort from bench. Thaddeus Young has been playing his basketball in a long time, and for the most part the bench has provided a nice spark. It will be needed again tonight.

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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