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Thibodeau says team better prepared for 76ers

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Tom Thibodeau was critical of his team's preparation after Friday night's loss to Portland but said it was much improved Saturday.

"There's a lot of frustration," Thibodeau said, referring to the loss to the Blazers. "We didn't play well. You start there. We've got to get back to getting ready the right way and everybody doing their job. Right now, it's a lot of games in a short amout of time. There's not a lot of practice. You have to make your corrections in your walkthroughs, in your film sessions.

"Everyone on our team has good intentions. We're going about it the wrong way. Part of it is when things aren't going well we're trying to do much individually offensively, but that's also leading to frustration on defense. Our help isn't what it should be. Our on-the-ball technique isn't what it should be. We can't do that. We have to do things collectively both offensively and defensively. We can't get frustrated. There are going to be ups an downs and we have to work through things. For the most part we've done that and we need to get back to that."

Thibodeau was asked if his team settled for too many jump shots Friday.

"We're an inside-out team," Thibodeau said. "The ball has to get into the paint whether it's through the post or dribble penetration. In the fourth quarter we struggled to score. I don't mind the threes when it's inside out."

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