Players to watch

76ERS: Guard Jrue Holiday

The point guard has been able to get the most quality shots for the Sixers but hasn't been able to knock them down at a good rate. Not only will he need to shoot well, he will need to do it early.

BULLS: Forward Taj Gibson

If he is able to play, and he insists he will despite rolling his right ankle in Game 5, he is the difference between the teams. If he is hindered at all, it is a huge advantage for the Sixers.

Three keys to the game

1.

The Sixers' inability to hit outside shots lends to their wanting to take the ball to the basket, which is all well and good if there are openings. When they do take the ball to the hole, they have to be successful, either getting to the foul line or converting baskets.

2.

Bulls forward Luol Deng found his outside shooting groove in Game 5, hitting key shots as the shot clock wound down. When he struggles from the outside, the Sixers can concentrate even more on their interior defense.

3.

With Thaddeus Young virtually invisible offensively this series, a bench player needs to pick up some scoring. That falls to Lou Williams, who - like almost everyone else - has struggled with his shooting in this series.

- Bob Cooney

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