By Matt Leon
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – After beating the Bucks on Wednesday night at the Center, the Sixers take to the road on Friday, visiting the Cleveland Cavaliers.
While they are still 15 games under .500 and seven games out of a playoff spot with 11 games left to play, the Sixers are playing better basketball as of late. They have won two out of three and are 5-4 in their last nine. All-Star guard Jrue Holiday says they are aware in the locker room that they have raised their level a notch or two.
“Definitely, you can kind of feel it on the court, too,” Holiday tells KYW Newsradio. “A lot of positive things are happening, a lot of good things. Just being out there, the ball moving, everybody getting good shots. It feels good.”
So why have things improved?
“Some of it could’ve been the line-up,” Holiday says. “I think some of it could have been just feeling like you’re down at the bottom with the rocks and the only way you can go now is up. Really, just try to stay positive and when we’re out there on the court, just play really well as a team.”
It has been a real struggle for Cleveland here this season. They are just 22-48 and they bring a six-game losing streak into tonight’s game.
“They’re a scoring team definitely, especially when you don’t pressure them,” Holiday says. I think when you pressure them, they’re a little bit more stagnant. But I don’t think their record shows how good of a team they really are. They have a lot of young guys with a lot of energy and even though Kyrie (Irving) and (Dion) Waiters (are) out, they still have a pretty good squad.”
These two teams have split two meetings this season, each winning a November match-up at home.
The Sixers and the Cavaliers tip-off at 7:30pm Friday night.
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