Game Time : 7pm @ Wells Fargo Center
Radio: 97.5 Fanatic
The Sixers are just as unpredictable as this winter weather as of late. One night the team looks lost and in all sorts of disarray, and other nights such as Saturday night against the New York Knicks the team plays like the team of the early 2000’s. Just in case you missed it, the Sixers beat the New York Knicks 80-97. Jrue Holiday led all scorers with 35 points. First game after being named to the All-Star reserves and he is proving why it was not a miscue.
Tonight the Sixers look to follow up by playing a team they have previously defeated on their west coast road trip earlier in the season. The Memphis Grizzlies come to town in what should be a pretty good match up for both squads. Memphis , who is 5-5 over their last ten games is right in the middle of the pack out west. The Sixers how ever are still looking for their identity. They are in the midst of an eight game home stand and are looking to gain ground at the halfway point of the season. With the strong possibility of the return of Andrew Bynum looming in the near future, the team is in a real important make or break part of the season. Memphis is no easy task though. Yes the Sixers did beat them on the road back in December 99-89, but that team did not have Rudy Gay. Gay is one of Memphis’ top scorers and can quickly take over a game if he gets hot early. Another thing the Sixers must do to win is limit the inside force known as Zach Randolph. He can easily post a double-double with sub par inside play especially against a team like the Sixers who have trouble rebounding the basketball. Jrue Holiday should be able to take on Mike Conley Jr. who remains day to day coming off an ankle injury which is limiting his quickness.
Overall I believe the fire the Sixers had on Saturday can once again propel them to a W. Jrue once again will have to step up and continue to lead, that is unless Evan Turner wants to relish the play of earlier in the season where the Sixers were 10-6 through the first month of the season and help out offensively.
Bottom Line: On this home stand the Sixers must win as many games as possible to get back on track going in to the All-Star break. This is one of those key games against a quality opponent to build momentum on.