Nine days ago, the Sixers mopped the floor with Sacramento, in Sacramento. The 22-point difference when the final buzzer sounded wasn't indicative of how badly the Sixers outclassed the Kings. The same thing needs to happen this afternoon.
Sacto is coming off a big win in Indy. Tyreke Evans was back on the court, though not back in the starting lineup. DeMarcus Cousins put up solid numbers and limited his fouls + turnovers to six.
Sacramento does have some talent, and even though their talented players are much more likely to hurt the team, there's always the chance the stars will align and they'll have decent games on the same day. If that happens, well, it should only be a 10-point win for the Sixers.
I haven't heard anything either way, but you have to believe Doug Collins is giving serious consideration to sitting Andre Iguodala down for this one. It's not an open and shut case, by any means, considering he looked worse after the long layoff than he did with only a single day off between Atlanta and Miami. Plus, nothing is a given in this league. The Sixers should handle the Kings easily, but it's when you start thinking things are going to be easy that you wind up giving a win away.
On the other hand, if Iguodala does play, the odds are he won't play on Monday night in Chicago. At this point of the season, a win is a win, but clearly the Chicago game is going to be a much more formidable task. If you rest Iguodala vs. Sacto, then he's got fresh legs in Chicago the following night and you save some wear and tear. If it was up to me, I'd probably rest him today and cross my fingers that the rest of the guys can get the job done against the lowly Kings.
I'm not sure what Tyreke Evans has looked like since coming back from myriad injuries, but if he's at or near 100%, keeping him out of the lane has to be the defense's primary focus when he's on the floor. He didn't start against Indy. Keep Dalembert and Cousins off the offensive glass, keep a hand in Marcus Thornton's face, make him drive. That should pretty much take care of it. I'd also enjoy seeing a game where a mediocre PG doesn't set a career high in points against the Sixers.
- PG: Jrue Holiday vs. Beno Udrih
- SG: Jodie Meeks vs. Marcus Thornton
- SF: Andre Iguodala (until further notice) vs. Fransisco Garcia
- PF: Elton Brand vs. DeMarcus Cousins
- C: Spencer Hawes vs. Samuel Dalembert
It would be huge to blow Sacto out, again, and be able to rest the core 7 for most of the fourth, but the win is really the only thing that matters. If they choose to play Iguodala, I probably won't be pissed. A win is a win is a win.
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