Who: Philadelphia 76ers vs. Charlotte Bobcats
What: NBA Basketball – 76ers Home Game
When: 7:00 PM ET
Where: Live at Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, PA
|Philadelphia||12-25||98.1 (25)||106.2 (27)||102.4 (1)|
|Charlotte||16-23||97.5 (28)||101.1 (8)||94.9 (23)|
Philadelphia: Lavoy Allen (OUT), Arnett Moultrie (OUT), Nerlens Noel (OUT), Jason Richardson (OUT)
Charlotte: Jeff Taylor (OUT), Brendan Haywood (OUT)
|PG||Michael Carter-Williams||Kemba Walker|
|SG||James Anderson||Gerald Henderson|
|SF||Evan Turner||Michael Kidd-Gilchrist|
|PF||Thaddeus Young||Josh McRoberts|
|C||Spencer Hawes||Al Jefferson|
|6th Man||Tony Wroten||Ramon Sessions|
- For starters today, Carey Smith of Philadunkia asked me to participate in their preview for tonight’s game in Philly and threw some good Bobcats questions my way — check it out here.
- Michael Kidd-Gilchrist returned to the lineup last night and added the defensive presence that this team has missed so dearly since he was injured in early December. Last night, with MKG in the lineup the team had a defensive rating of 99.1 — without him on the floor, the team was 113.0. So yeah, nice to have him back.
- Let’s give Gerald Henderson a shout-out — in the month of January (7 games), Hendo is averaging 18.6 PPG, 48.9 FG% + 45.5 3FG%.
- The next two games are extremely important for Charlotte – they’re both road games, but also against two eastern conference bottom feeders, Philadelphia and Orlando. The Bobcats haven’t been terrible on the road this season, going 7-12 so far, and two straight W’s on this quick east coast road trip would have them sitting pretty again in the playoff hunt.
- Rick Bonnell of The Charlotte Observer tweeted last night that Al Jefferson may require surgery in the off-season to clean up his right ankle that will have built up some serious scar tissue by season’s end. Speaking of Jefferson, he had a season high 35 points on 14-20 shooting from the floor last night in Charlotte’s victory over the Knicks.
- The Bobcats get a shot at the fastest team in basketball tonight, according to the PACE factor. The Sixers use 102.1 possessions per game — Michael Carter-Williams leads the charge to Philly’s up-tempo attack. Although the Sixers like to play fast, they’re not extremely efficient at scoring on the break – 18.7% of their possessions end up being in transition, but Philly only scores 1-point per transition possession + shoots just 51.8% — that’s good for 30th in the league.
- Steve Clifford preaches transition defense consistently, and has since day 1, so I’d be surprised to see this Bobcats team squander too many fast-break points tonight to their opponent.
- Philadelphia turns the ball over on 14.9% of their total possessions – 26th in the league. Charlotte had only 5 turnovers last night – a season best. The turnover category will definitely be something to watch tonight + will play a key role in the outcome of the game.