Sixers-Warriors preview: Brett Brown's group looking to improve transition defense
Transition defense will be a big factor on whether the Sixers stand a chance against the defending champs. The Warriors scored 32 fast-break points in the teams' first meeting of the season.
Golden State Warriors (11-4) at 76ers (8-6)
Saturday at 7:30 p.m., Wells Fargo Center
The Sixers must play better transition defense than they did in a 21-point loss to the Golden State Warriors on Nov. 11. The Warriors scored 32 fast-break points in the teams' first meeting of the season. The Sixers must also do a better job trying to defend Kevin Durant, who scored 29 points in three quarters of action in the first game.
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33 Robert Covington SF 6-9 16.5 ppg. 1.50 spg
9 Dario Saric PF 6-10 9.6 ppg. 5.3 rpg.
21 Joel Embiid C 7-2 23.0 ppg. 11.2 rpg.
17 JJ Redick SG 6-4 14.8 ppg. 4.1 apg.
25 Ben Simmons PG 6-10 17.8 ppg. 9.2 rpg.
Coach: Brett Brown (fifth season, 83-259)
Injury report: Markelle Fultz (right shoulder scapular muscle imbalance, out); Justin Anderson (left shin splits, out); Nik Stauskas (sprained right ankle, out); Jerryd Bayles (left wrist bruise, TBD).
34 Kevin Durant SF 6-11 24.8 ppg 7.1 rpg.
23 Draymond Green PF 6-7 10.9 ppg. 7.7 rpg.
27 Zaza Pachulia C 6-11 4.1 ppg. 5.1 rpg.
11 Klay Thompson SG 6-7 20.1 ppg. 4.1 rpg.
30 Steph Curry PG 6-3 24.0 ppg. 6.6 apg.
Coach: Steve Kerr (fourth season, 218-43)
Injury report: None
Head to head
The Sixers hold a 165-149 series advantage. However, the Warriors have won nine straight and 10 of the last 11 series meetings.
Monday 7 p.m., at Wells Fargo Center, Utah Jazz vs. Sixers
Wednesday: 7 p.m., at Wells Fargo Center, Portland Trail Blazers vs. Sixers
Friday: 7 p.m., at Wells Fargo Center, Orlando Magic vs. Sixers
Nov. 27: 7 p.m., at Wells Fargo Center, Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Sixers
Nov. 29: 7 p.m., at Wells Fargo Center, Washington Wizards vs. Sixers