Pregame: Sixers vs Cavaliers

Nov 8, 2013; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia 76ers guard Evan Turner (12) celebrates during the fourth quarter against the Cleveland Cavaliers at Wells Fargo Center. The Sixers defeated the Cavaliers 94-79. Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

Whew! Did you see that game last night? It was great. I laughed at the crowd as they let Bynum know how they felt. It was a good night.

And so, both teams caught a plane and are heading over to Cleveland for round two. Do I expect the Sixers to win? Nah. Most of back to back meetings between teams end up split unless one team is absolutely better than the other. It’s hard to beat a team multiple times in a short period. Even looking at the Wizards. Sixers took care of business. Then, Wizards came back swinging. When stuff is fresh in your mind, well, that’s why NBA playoffs are home to “anything can happen.”

That’s the biggest reason why I’m giving this game to the Cavs. However, last night’s game showed something that I think we can agree on: Sixers play with passion. They were fighting for lots of loose balls. They have a scrappy style in them. Ya gotta love it, baby! Sixers do that again, and they should be able to pull in another win.

Kyrie Irving is legit. And I expect him to play better than last night. Part of it was great defense on him but, he’s probably going to start the game aggressive. Look out, MCW, because this could be your biggest test yet. Sixers also need to capitalize on defensive rebounding. Cavs got too many of those last night. And, when you defend well only to give them another chance, it can hurt. But, they got in passing lanes and caused havoc on the Cavs so it’s not like they were able to take full advantage of the extra possessions.

I doubt Hawes has a block party like that again. Still, a lot of great blockers in league history have mentioned that just presence and reputation can play mind games with the offensive player. He’s always looking over his shoulder because he doesn’t want to get blocked. I don’t think Hawes has that level of defensive reputation like Mutombo, but I’m sure the Cavs took note of last night’s game.

Keeping this all in mind, I still have to go with the Cavs. It’ll be another good game though. It better be, darn it!

Game is on CSN and starts at 7:30 pm. Can’t watch? Listen in on 97.5 FM. I know there’s been a couple of times I was running late to catch the game but I listened to it on the way home. Good stuff. Heck, you can listen to it while watching if you want something different than Marc and Malik. Hit the comments for your pregame thoughts and even last night’s game.

The real question though: Is Evan Turner going to wear that headband again?

Topics: Cleveland Cavaliers, Philadelphia 76ers

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