Setting the Table: Philadelphia 76ers (Game 25)

Posted by Bryan Gutierrez on December 18, 2012 under Previews | Read the First Comment

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The Dallas Mavericks (11-13) host the Philadelphia 76ers (12-12) in a rare home game on Tuesday night. Someone’s streak will end by the end of the evening. Both teams are on a three-game losing streak. Whoever loses the game will have their first four-game losing streak of the season. Dallas goes into the game with a record of 5-0 against Eastern Conference teams at home.

For Philadelphia, the game against Dallas begins a stretch where they will play 10 of their next 11 on the road, including a season-high eight straight from 12/23 through 1/5. It is also the first part of a back-to-back for Philadelphia as the go to play Houston on 12/19. With the brutal schedule that looms for the Mavericks, this is a game that they must get at all costs.

Here are the notes for the game between the Mavericks and the Sixers.

Series Notes:

The Sixers snapped a three-game losing streak against the Mavericks with a 100-98 win at home on 11/27/12. Chris Kaman (20), Shawn Marion (17), Elton Brand (17), Vince Carter (15), Darren Collison (12) and O.J. Mayo (11) all scored in double figures for Dallas in the loss. Despite the loss on 11/27/12, the Mavericks have still won 10 of the last 13 overall meetings between the two teams. The Mavericks have won six straight and eight of the last nine meetings with the Sixers in Dallas. The Sixers’ last win in Dallas came on 1/29/05 (Philadelphia won 93-89).

The two teams met once in 2011-12 (at Philadelphia on 2/17/12) and the Mavericks recorded an 82-75 victory. Dirk Nowitzki (who misses him?) recorded game highs of 28 points and 12 rebounds for Dallas in the win on 2/17/12. He went 8-for-11 from the field in the second half and scored 24 of his 28 points after intermission, equaling the amount of points scored by the entire Sixers’ team in the final 24 minutes. Over the previous 15 seasons, only three other players had scored as many points as the opposing team in a half: Tracy McGrady on 3/9/03 (outscored Denver 37-32 in first half), Kobe Bryant on 1/22/06 (outscored Toronto 55-41 in second half) and Dwyane Wade on 11/10/09 (outscored Washington 29-27 in second half). Dominique Jones (12) and Vince Carter (10) were the only players that scored in double figures for the Mavericks in the win on 2/17/12.

It’s a Small World:

Mavericks forward Elton Brand played four seasons with the Sixers from 2008-12 and averaged 13.3 points, 7.4 rebounds, 1.3 blocks, 1.0 steals and 31.5 minutes in 246 games (221 starts) with Philadelphia. Mavericks guard Darren Collison and Sixers guard Jrue Holiday started all 35 games for the UCLA Bruins in 2008-09. Collison was named to the All-Pac 10 team that year and Holiday was named to the Pac-10 All-Freshman team. Sixers guard Jason Richardson and Mavericks guard Derek Fisher were teammates on the Golden State Warriors for two seasons from 2004-06. Fisher and Sixers center Andrew Bynum were teammates on the L.A. Lakers for four-and-a-half seasons from 2007-12, and won back-to-back NBA championships together in 2009 and 2010.

Mavericks forward Brandan Wright and Sixers guard Dorell Wright were teammates on the Warriors for the first half of the 2010-11 season. Wright (Nashville) and Sixers forward Thaddeus Young (Memphis) both grew up in Tennessee. Sixers center Kwame Brown (Glynn Academy in Brunswick, Ga.), Mavericks center Bernard James (Windsor Forest HS in Savannah, Ga.) and Mavericks forward Jae Crowder (Villa Rica HS in Villa Rica, Ga.) all attended high school in Georgia. Mavericks assistant coach Jim O’Brien was the head coach of the Sixers in 2004-05 and led Philadelphia to a 43-39 (.524) record and a postseason appearance that year.

Three Keys:

1. PROTECT THE BALL. This has been the same key for the last few games. There’s no point in trying to change the priority right now.

2. Ride…Fisher? Derek Fisher tallied a season-high 20 points to go along with four assists and two steals before fouling out in 29 minutes at Minnesota on 12/15. It was the first time he scored 20-plus points in a game since 12/20/08 at Orlando (27 points). He seems to be continuing to get into a good groove within the system. The Mavericks need more points and less turnovers. Fisher seems to be able to help out in that area.

3. Don’t fall behind going into the fourth quarter. Philadelphia is 11-0 when leading at the start of the fourth quarter this season (33-6 in 2011-12) and 1-12 when tied or trailing through three quarters (2-25 in 2011-12). The Mavericks are 1-12 this season when they are trailing at the start of the fourth quarter. In addition, Philadelphia is 3-0 in games decided by four or fewer points this season after going 1-8 in 2011-12.

Bryan Gutierrez writes about sportsmen. He is a contributing writer for Mavs.com. Bryan also attended Ball So Hard University. You can follow him on Twitter @BallinWithBryan.

  • dirk?

    When is dirk back?