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Old 04-20-2008, 01:32 PM   #5
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Default Re: Playoffs 1st round: Detroit vs Sixers

The Front-court

Power Forward- Reggie Evans/Thaddeus Young vs Antonio McDyess

Weíll list both Evans and Young, because at some point in the series, there is a chance Head Coach Maurice Cheeks is going to give a start to both players. (...)

Reggie Evans has been a source of energy for the Sixers all season long. Cheeks has given free reign to Evans, allowing him to trap and press over all 90 feet of the court. (...) Although Reggieís defense gives the Sixers an edge, his offense might set them back. You wonít see the Sixers post Evans much, and if you see him take a jumper let alone make one, chalk it up as free points.

Thatís where Thaddeus Young steps up to the plate. Young will give the Sixers some offensive fire power from the four position. He has become very crafty around the rim, and has shown the ability to step back and hit jumpers. Young also gives the Sixers an injection of energy. Most power forwards canít stay with him on the break, so look for the Sixers to run with Young leaking out into the open court as much as possible when he is on the floor. Young can also hold on his own on the glass, averaging 4.2 rpg.

Their opponent will be the veteran Antonio McDyess. (...) McDyess wonít play with his back to the basket much, but has a deadly mid-range jumper. The Pistons will look to drive and kick to him if his man leaves him open. McDyess has always been a solid defender, and leads the Pistons in rebounding this season (8.6 rpg), so donít look for any lapses at that end of the floor either.

Center- Samuel Dalembert vs Rasheed Wallace

(...) Sammy has become a force in the paint- rebounding, dunking, and blocking shots. (...) He became one of the Sixers best one-on-one defenders, not needing his teammates to help double-team guys in the low post. That ability allowed the Sixers to stay at home on their primary assignment, and in turn helped the defense improve dramatically.

At 6-10 Rasheed can bang with the best of them on the low block, and has no problem stepping outside and knocking down threes. He is an extraordinary defender, rarely leaving his feet, yet always keeping his hands high in position to block shots. He can rebound and is one of the leagues better passing big-men, not to mention he is the emotional spark for this Pistons team. Chauncey Billups has gone on record saying that when Rasheed is playing well, no one can stop him. The question has never been how good Wallace is, but rather when he will turn it on.
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