The Sixers will go for a season sweep against Charlotte tonight. Their third game this season against the Bobcats, and second in the past four days, sees the Sixers up against a tough scheduling quirk, which is not an unfamiliar feeling.
The Sixers squeaked out a win over Charlotte on Monday afternoon, so the script should be simple to follow. Hopefully, they'll improve upon it. Three tangible things they need to do differently in this one:
- Guard Boris Diaw - His triple-double on Monday was an embarassment. I have no idea why this guy looks like Magic Johnson when he plays the Sixers, but someone needs to put a stop to if.
- Box out Kwame Brown - Brown had 15 points and 16 boards on Monday. Someone faceguard him or something. Keep him off the glass. When Kwame is dominating a game on the inside, it might be time to rethink your strategy, or in the Sixers' case, your personnel choices.
- Include Jrue - The kid did a great job defensively, but was a bystander far too much when he was on the floor. It definitely took a toll on his game. Jrue shot 3/14 from the floor for his 10 points. I'd get him started early with post-up of DJ Augustin. If that play is there all night, keep going to it.
So yet another back-to-back for the Sixers. This time, Charlotte is well-rested and looking for payback after losing a nail-biter to Philly on Monday.
Prediction: PHI 85, CHA 90
I've been impressed with the Sixers resiliency. It seems like they bounce back from crushing defeats quickly, but when you add the fact that the game is on the road, Charlotte had yesterday off and the Sixers tough overtime loss last night, I don't think this is a win.
The tip is at 7pm, game thread 90 minutes prior. Also, Derek Bodner and I will host an episode of SixersBeat after the game (10pm), so don't go anywhere after the game. Details will be posted immediately after the final buzzer.