Game Info: 7 pm Eastern, Wells Fargo Center. Airing on CSN.
The Sixers will welcome one of the Western Conference’s elite teams Saturday night. Philadelphia is coming off a 92-83 loss in Cleveland where the Cavs shot 56 percent from three. Cleveland had four players finish in double figure points led by Jeremy Pargo’s 28. The backcourt duo of Jason Richardson and Jrue Holiday scored 22 points and “Swaggy P” Nick Young scored 13 off the bench. The Sixers were once again killed on the boards as Cleveland outrebounded them 55-39. They only turned the ball over 7 times which is below their season average.
The Thunder “roll” into Philly after losing a battle to the Celtics. Boston beat the Thunder 108-100 on Friday night. Russell Westbrook’s 26 points, 8 assists and 7 rebounds were not enough in the loss. Oklahoma City struggled from three going 6-24 and turned over the ball 16 times. Kevin Durant had his normal 29 points and Serge Ibaka was a handful inside with 17 points and 13 rebounds.
This game will be very fast paced as both teams like the push the tempo. Philadelphia must do a better job on the boards because Ibaka and Kendrick Perkins are always around the basket. They must also handle the ball better and cut down on the turnovers, because Westbrook and Durant in the open floor are a very scary combo. Evan Turner will have to take the role of trying to contain Kevin Durant, which consists on making him take tough shots and not get to the basket with ease. The combo of inconsistent rebounding and the turnover problem will probably do in the Sixers tonight.