The 76ers start the 12-13 season by giving a farewell to basically their former franchise star Andre Iguodala at 7pm.
Game info: 7pm on CSN at the Wells Fargo Center. NBA League Pass has their regular free preview of the first week of the season.
Injuries: Andrew Bynum for the Sixers, Wilson Chandler – Left Hip. Probable. Danilo Gallinari– Left Ankle Sprain, Day to Day. Julyan Stone– Right Hip. Out.
So the Sixers are playing their first game of the season as well as the Nuggets. A special thing: Sixers should be debuting their blue alternate jersey’s. And going against a team that has a main color of blue should blend in nicely in Philly.
1) Stop the offense. The Nuggets are a powerhouse for scoring under coach Karl’s system. The Sixers will have their hands full defensively. Nuggets have a nice blend of shooters and penetraters to present a balanced attack. Ty Lawson is definitely someone to keep an eye on. He’s one of the fastest and quickest players I’ve seen and I’ve seen Iverson in his full prime. Get in the passing lanes. In reference to the preseason games, the Nuggets had 20 turnovers per game. That’s a lot. Would that carry into the regular season? Who knows? Sixers have been known as one of the best defensive teams in the league but again the Sixers are pretty much a new team and it’s hard to predict exactly how well the Sixers will play defensively.
2) Rebound the ball. It’s a simple statement but the Nuggets are the best offensive rebounding team, at least in the preseason. So, when the Nuggets miss, Sixers better prevent those second chance buckets. It really hurts when you play great defense for 23.9 seconds, forcing the offensive player to jack up a terrible shot, but then allowing an easy put-back. Just demoralizing.
3) Keep shooting. Sixers need to shoot, shoot, shoot. Nick Young, Jason Richardson, and Dorell Wright are guys who can shoot. The big issue is dealing with Iguodala. Iguodala can and will shut down whoever he chooses. But, one of the biggest strengths the Sixers have is 3 point shooting.
There’s more to winning but those are 3 things to keep an eye on.
Prediction(s): I actually think that fans will give Iguodala a warm welcome. I also think Iguodala gets the last laugh as the Sixers fall to the Nuggets in their season opener.
This is it. The Sixers’ season starts here. Why even ask if you’re excited? I know you are. Tip-off can’t come soon enough!