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.
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.