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Philly2Philly's NBA Playoffs Preview: Sixers vs Heat Game Two


Game 1 of the 2011 Eastern Conference playoff series between the Sixers andSixers photo: http://www.gcobb.com the Heat turned out to be a well-fought game by the Sixers despite loosing 97-89.

Doug Collins  and his team knew that in order to make any kind of run at this series, they were going have to come out very aggressive on both ends of the floor. They did just that by jumping out to an early double-digit lead in the first quarter.

Miami came battling back in the second quarter, but the Sixers never seemed to stray to far behind as Jrue Holiday and Andre Iguodala were able to contain Dwyane Wade and LeBron James  in the first half and never let either player really start to take over the ball game.

Miami continued to up their intensity in the third quarter and take over the pace of the game. If it wasn’t for the efforts of Thaddeus Young, the Sixers never would’ve been able to stage a late quarter comeback that kept the Heat on their toes for the rest of the game. A simple combination of poor free throw shooting down the stretch and a couple bad breaks on the defensive end of the floor cost the Sixers the game.

If the Sixers have any chance of winning Game 2 against Miami, they are going to need every player to step up and really be on their A-game. They need to play unselfishly make the easy shots on offense, as there is very little room for error on the defensive end of court.

Iggy and Holiday need to shut down Wade very early and keep him shut down for all four quarters of the game. If this isn’t taken seriously, Wade will just completely carve them up. If Spencer Hawes wants to even smell the court in Game 2, he needs to step up and play smart, physical basketball in the paint.

The Sixers need to get major production off the glass from him on both ends of the floor and to stay out of foul trouble. Young and Elton Brand will be key factors at their positions again. Both need to make sure those easy 15 jumpers and offensive put backs fall through the hoop. Holiday and Lou Williams must control the tempo of the game and make sure the Sixers are getting time to create plays on offense.

This playoff series is the ultimate test of character for these young Sixers. No one is giving them any chance to beat the Heat in seven games. If they stick to their game plan, takeWade out of the equation and play all four quarters, they just might shock the world and win this series. GO SIXERS!!!

Matt Schetter is one of THE biggest Sixers fans around. He is also the owner of one of THE coolest Dr. J throwback jerseys ever made!

Contact Matt at mschetter@2mg.com

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