By Matt Leon
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – The Sixers are on the road tonight, visiting the Dallas Mavericks down in Texas.
The Sixers stand at 12-12 after losing three straight, including a 111-98 decision against the Lakers Sunday at the Center.
“We’ve been getting away from playing Sixers style of basketball,” Forward Thaddeus Young tells KYW Newsradio. “So once we finally start to get back to that, we’ll win more games.”
Sixers guard, and leading scorer, Jrue Holiday is still being called a game-time decision because of that sprained foot that has sidelined him for the last two games. Young says when Holiday can’t go it does makes life more difficult.
“We don’t have that extra ball handler out there (to go along) with Evan (Turner),” Young says. “So it’s definitely a little bit harder to have other guys handling the basketball.”
The Sixers beat Dallas on November 27th at the Center, 100-98. The Mavericks bring an 11-13 record into this game and Young says they are forcing the issue a little bit more these days.
“They’re definitely getting in transition and running a little bit more than they have,” Young says. “They have a lot of key guys that make a lot of plays. Vince Carter and O.J. Mayo have been making all the big plays for them. So once we get those guys under control, then we’ll be fine.”
Mayo leads the Mavericks in scoring at 20.4 points a game. Carter is pouring in 12 a game off the bench.
Starting with tonight, ten of the Sixers next eleven games will be on the road and Young says this run could determine the direction the rest of the season goes.
“It could, it could, it definitely could,” Young says. “Going out on the west coast, teams are much bigger, much more physical. Like to try pound you inside the paint. We have to definitely bring our physical nature to each and every game and be ready to rock and roll every single night.”
Sixers and the Mavericks will tip-off at 8:30pm.
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