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Punish the Feel-Good Bobcats

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It's hard to fathom exactly how the Bobcats are 7-7 this season. Their offense is terrible, their defense is below average. Their shot distribution is just crazy. Tonight, the Sixers need to attack this team and make them look like the team that lost by 45 points to the Thunder.

On the defensive end, I think the best idea might be to just stay out of the Bobcats' way. If you look at their point guard rotation's per-game numbers, they seem daunting. Kemba Walker and Ramon Sessions are averaging 33 points and 9.9 assists per game, combined. The problem is they're taking 28.7 shots and 11.5 free throws to get those 33 points. Just keep them off the line and let them shoot. Walker is shooting 22.5% from three on 2.9 attempts/game, Sessions is at 20.6% on 2.4 attempts. Go under every screen, dare these guys to shoot from the outside and they'll sink the offense.

Up front, the Bobcats starting center is out of the Hawes mold. BJ Mullens likes to shoot from the outside, and he's not very good at it. It's hard to believe there's a starting center in the league playing almost 33 minutes/game while shooting 38% from the floor.

On the offensive end, the Sixers are going to have at least one tremendous size advantage in the back court at all times. Among the starters, Jrue needs to work on Kemba in the post mercilessly. Let him back him down to the blocks with his dribble, don't send the needless pick, if they double, kick out for a three, if they don't take the eight-footer right over him. The second unit features Ben Gordon and Sessions. Turner has inches and heft on both of those guys. Put him at the point, stay big elsewhere (Nick Young and Dorrel at the 2/3 works well) and put Turner in the post.

This team has no interior presence among its bigs. When an opportunity like this presents itself, you have to take advantage. Put these guys on the blocks, it'll lead to easy shots inside, trips to the line, and kick outs for wide-open threes.

Defensive keys: Keep the PGs off the line, don't give Ben Gordon open threes.

The tip is at 7pm. This is your game thread. Enjoy!
by Brian on Nov 30 2012
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