Tonight marks the 76ers last game over their eight game homestand. They have been very successful so far going 5-2 at home over the span. Defense has been the key to their rest success as the Sixers have held their opponent to fewer than 90 points in each of their past five games. Tonight they welcome the Clippers to town with whom they have found a ton of success against over the years. The 76ers are 67-49 all time against Los Angeles and 42-15 against them in Philadelphia. The Sixers have only faced the Clippers once since they acquired Chris Paul . The Clippers won that game 78-77 almost a year ago to the day (2/10/12). The Sixers were only able to force seven turnovers in that game.
Who to Watch: Nick Young. Young has started seven straight games and appears to be the 76ers starting shooting guard for the rest of the season as it was announced last week that Jason Richardson would miss the remainder of the season due to knee surgery. Young is averaging 14.6 points per game as a starter but has struggled recently. In his last two games, Young is only averaging 7.0 points per game while shooting 28.6% from the field. Over his last four games, he is just 2-for-19 from three-point range. His play must improve if the Sixers are going to be successful.
The Clippers are playing the best basketball the franchise has ever seen. Their 36-17 start is the best 53 game start in franchise history. One of the reasons Los Angeles is playing so well is that they are closing games out. They have held the lead after the first quarter 29 times this season and are an incredible 27-2 (.931) in those games. Jamal Crawford, who is a strong candidate for the Sixth Man of the Year award, is third in the NBA in total points in the fourth quarter with 328. WHe trails only Kobe Bryant and Kevin Durant in that category. Expect a lot of throw downs tonight as Blake Griffin (122) and DeAndre Jordan (113) lead the league in dunks this season.
Who to Watch: Blake Griffin. Griffin is coming off of a strong effort yesterday against the New York Knicks yesterday. Griffin had 17 points and 12 rebounds Sunday. It was his 21st double-double of the year. In his last 16 games he is 69-for-96 (71.9%) from the free throw line which makes him a dangerous player to foul in the low post. He was voted to his third straight All-Star team and it is his second time being named a starter.
Tipoff is slated for 7:00 pm at the Wells Fargo Center. Tickets are still available. The game can be seen on The Comcast Network and heard on 97.5 The Fanatic.
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