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Old 04-20-2008, 01:31 PM   #4
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Default Re: Playoffs 1st round: Detroit vs Sixers

Found some articles about the matchup on I quoted what I found interesting and left some things off; click on the links to see the rest.

And anyways, the sixers' series starts today. Go sixers

The Back Court

Point Guard- Andre Miller vs Chauncey Billups

This match-up will be the most compelling of the series. Miller had a career year for the Sixers, averaging 17.0 points, 6.9 assists, 4.0 rebounds while shooting 49.2% from the floor. (...)For the Sixers to have success they are going to rely on Miller to do more of the same (getting teammates involved and stepping up when a bucket is needed). Their half-court offense has struggled at times, so Miller will need to assert himself as a scorer when the O can’t get it going.

Miller’s job won’t be easy though as he’ll have to contend with the Pistons best player- Chauncey Billups. Billups was named to his third All-Star Team and should certainly be in consideration for an All-NBA selection (would be his third straight). Billups and Miller have similar styles in that they both like to bully smaller guards by backing them down on the low block.(...)

It’s not as much about the percentage of field goals Miller connects on as it is about the timing of those field goals.

Shooting Guard- Willie Green vs Richard 'Rip' Hamilton


The key to guarding Hamilton will be Green’s ability to stay on him as he runs through the screens. The Sixers will also have no problem switching assignments as Miller, Green, and Andre Iguodala can all match-up with the Pistons back court, but limiting Hamilton’s open looks will be essential if the Sixers are to have success.

Small Forward- Andre Iguodala vs Tayshaun Prince


Iguodala’s opponent will be Tayshaun Prince, who is having his typical solid season. Prince will never light up a box score, but his talents can not go unmentioned. At 6-9 with a 7-2 wing span, Prince has freakish length. Combined that with his above average agility and high basketball IQ and you have one of the league’s best defenders.

(...)Although the Sixers could put Thaddeus Young on Prince to match his size, I doubt Head Coach Maurice Cheeks will want to leave him on Prince for long stretches.

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