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First Round Matchups: The Power Forwards

I will not pin all of the team's playoff hopes on the shoulders of a 20-year old sophmore but I will say this: this is the most unpredictable matchup in this series.

The main difference between this year and last is that Thad has started to emerge as a better scorer and the everyone, little by little, is starting to recognize that. Last season we saw the potential for him to be a 20 PPG scorer and before his injury he looked like he was about to become that guy.

Orlando are really going to clamp down on the two Andres. It is imperative that Young is as close to 100% as possible and to be honest, I've seen nothing in the past 2 games to suggest that he is below 95% health. Lewis' tedinitis is going to be a factor. He has less chance of keeping up with Thad now and Thad will be the key to breaking the zone that every team definitely will employ against the poor-shooting Sixers.

Thad's 49.5% from the field this season is unreal considering that he has become the best 3-point option barring little-used subs Donyell Marshall and Kareem Rush. This team has not since such an efficient scorer since its glory days and the stage is set for Young to become the star of this team.

If he can somehow elevate his game and score more than 20 PPG in this series it will give us hope.

I can't state enough how much I'm looking forward to seeing Thad on this stage. I really feel like it's going to be a coming out party for Thad among not only the casual Sixers fans, but national basketball fans as well.

Tom Moore on Apr 18 at 9:42

I agree that Young must score 18-20 a game for the Sixers to have a chance. Like to see the Sixers run some plays for him, maybe even a two-man game with Miller.

Fully agree that this is the cardinal matchup. Thad can't have a tendency to help down or off of Lewis, which he frequently likes to do. I sense that Van Gundy will try to post Lewis up on Thad often, attempting to exploit Thad's lack of post defense.

Like I said on the the other post, every time Lewis shoots Thad has to run past him. If his misses become dunks for Thad it will give Lewis something to think about, and will help create distension in the form of SVG yelling at his players... hopefully hurting shooting percentages.

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