|The team I've always loved to hate, the Portland Trail Blazers, will invade the WFC tonight with their jumper-heavy offense. If the Sixers decide to show up, this is another one they could push into the win column.|
|Continuity, apparently, is not a cure-all in this abbreviated NBA season, or at least it wasn't on opening night for the Sixers (game capsule). The Sixers looked every bit like a team without the benefit of a full camp and preseason schedule as they bumbled their way through an ugly first quarter, then fell short in their valiant comeback attempt.|
|The Sixers were all business on Christmas, fitting in a practice in preparation for tonight's season opener in Portland. They planned another in the morning on the left coast. As a preview today, let's take a look at what the Sixers need to accomplish on the defensive end tonight.|
|No Andre Iguodala. That pretty much told the story tonight. The depleted Sixers showed a lot of heart in coming back multiple times, but Portland was just too much for Philly on the last night of their 5-game road trip and the second night of a back-to-back.|
|The Sixers survived their third-quarter collapse and bounced back in a big way to notch their second win in as many games, and their fifth on the season. They won this game with a tremendous defensive effort in the second half, and the fourth quarter in particular. Portland only scored 11 points in the fourth.|
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|Everyone's favorite "young" team with gobs of upside and an ultra-cool superstar wing as recently as a year ago, suddenly finds itself kept (barely) afloat by an aging point guard with a ton of old-man moves and moxie. This one is wrought with fun matchups, let's take a look at a few.|
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|There is one reason the Sixers upset the Blazers tonight in Portland. Elton Brand's unbridled aggression on the offensive end. The only thing that kept Brand from scoring 40 points was the fact that he was limited to 30 minutes of action.|
|If you've ever wondered why I'm not as high on the Portland Trailblazers as most of the mainstream media (who fawn all over them like a female intern in Bristol), it's probably because (a) the Sixers have won four of their past five against Portland and (b) I don't exactly see a roster that's going to defend out there. That being said, they're going to kill the Sixers tonight. Preview and game thread after the jump.|
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