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A Pre-game Look at the Philadelphia 76ers and Phoenix Suns

December 27th, 2013 at 8:57 PM
By Ryan White

The Philadelphia 76ers will face the Phoenix Suns on their home turf this Saturday, 9 p.m. (EST) at the US Airways Center. So what strategy will help them win? Better defense, more fast break points and defend the three point line.

To do this, the 76ers need to run with the ball, create easy shots and not turn the ball over. They will also need Evan Turner to step up his leadership role and keep his players on point.

The 76ers still rank last in points allowed for the league. Michael Carter-Williams and Turner have to protect the backcourt, steal the ball more and prevent the Suns from scoring.

In addition, small forward Tony Wroten has to explode in the Suns quicker backcourt and shooting guard James Anderson, not just add to the 76ers points, but play defense too.

The Suns come more than ready for the challenge. Their defensive may be average but they make up in offense. They are among the top 10 NBA teams in points per game and rank with the top five in three-point shooting.

Forwards Miles Plumlee and Markieff Morris may cause trouble in the frontcourt by defending the paint and preventing low post scoring.

Starting guards Goran Dragic and Eric Bledsoe, each averaging over 18 points per game, contribute to the back-court woes.

The 76ers have to come with the defense and shut down the Suns’ offense, or easily loose by triple digits.


Tags: Basketball, NBA, Philadelphia, Philadelphia 76ers

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