Sixers hoping not to get (Trail) Blazed again

Sixers hoping not to get (Trail) Blazed again
January 4, 2014, 10:15 pm
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The Trail Blazers dropped 21 threes on the Sixers at Wells Fargo Center on Dec. 14. (AP)

Portland, Ore. -- The scouting report for the Sixers on the Trail Blazers is short and to the point.

"Three-point shooters, you had better get out on them, and see you after the game," Brett Brown said with a smile.

The Blazers shoot the highest three-point percentage in the NBA (.405) and make the most threes per game (10.5).

On Dec. 14th at the Wells Fargo Center, the Sixers allowed 21 made threes by Portland, which lifted the Trail Blazers to a 139-105 blowout win.

"If you are a fan, you come in and it is 71-64 at halftime, and you say, 'Oh this is great,'" Brown said. "But I knew we were dead. Everybody was scoring too freely and they have more scorers on paper then we do. How can you not respect their lineup? They are building a championship-level program here."

The Blazers are the No. 1 scoring team in the NBA, averaging an unbelievable 109 points, an indication plenty of teams have a hard time stopping them. But Brown believes his team will be better defensively in the rematch. 

"I look back at the last game and so much of it came from effort, communication and one or two came from rules," Brown said. " We had a barrage of threes dropped on us, and so we just want to do what we do better, clean up some things, and I think you will see a better defensive team tonight and a team that understands what we have to do to compete tonight."