Saturday, April 25, 2015

Wanna see some offense? Tonight should be the night.

Tonight has all the makings of an offensive shootout. Can the Sixers outscore the Rockets.

Wanna see some offense? Tonight should be the night.

Something's got to give tonight when the Sixers play at the Houston Rockets in the last game before the All-Star break.

The Rockets are one of the highest scoring teams lin the league, currently third in the league at 105.3. Over their past four games, they've averaged closer to 110.

The Sixers have lost 17-of-18 when they allow 100 or more points, the only win coming at the Phoenix Suns just after the holidays.

That 123-110 win over the Suns might be the type of game we'll see tonight. Here are some keys for the Sixers tonight:

*Get the ball inside. Houston does not have the inside defensive players to match up with the Sixers. They'll need to get the ball inside to Elton Brand, and get a big game from him.

*Get big games from the smallers, also. For defensive purposes, coach Doug Collins will have to go "small" a lot, which means plenty of Lou Williams, Evan Turner, Jodie Meeks and Jrue Holiday.

*Slow the Rockets down. Though I think it will be a high-scoring affair (defense might take a hiatus with the break looming), the Sixers obviously do better when teams stay under 100 points.


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About this blog
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 and follow him on Twitter.

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