Apr 04, 2012; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Toronto Raptors forward Linas Kleiza (11) is defended by Philadelphia 76ers guard Evan Turner (12) during the fourth quarter at the Wells Fargo Center. The Raptors defeated the Sixers 99-78. Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

Philadelphia 76ers VS Toronto Raptors: Preview

Game info: 7pm Wells Fargo Center. Airing on CSN

The Sixers will look to stay in the playoff race as they welcome the Toronto Raptors into the Wells Fargo Center on Friday night.

The Sixers are coming off of a loss to the Toronto Raptors on January 9th where Demar Derozan has continued to improve and scored 19 points for Toronto.

Toronto has improved since former number one overall pick, Andrea Bargnani was sidelined with an injury, and Jose Caulderon is one of a few players who have stepped up. He has always been a good shooter but he is learning to play better with the players around him.

Kyle Lowry has been in and out for most of the year with injuries, but when he is on the court he is a threat to score.

The Sixers desperately need to become consistent if they want to have any chance of making the playoffs, even when Andrew Bynum returns. The Sixers haven’t won back to back games since the end of November. The Sixers are not a good team without Andrew Bynum, but there is absolutely no excuse for losing to teams like the Hornets and Raptors.

The Sixers need to go out on the fast break more and find easy baskets. We all know their half court offense is terrible, so they need to push the ball up the floor and have a sense of urgency.

In addition any advantages they have they need to take advantage of. If Thad Young is being guarded by someone he is quicker than, he needs to drive to the basket instead of settling for jumpshots.

In the past few games Damien Wilkins and Royal Ivey have seen more playing time than Nick Young. However, in the 4th quarter against the game against New Orleans, Nick showed that we need his spark on offense.

The Raptors are improving, but this is a game the Sixers desperately need to win.

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