Friday Gameday: Philadelphia 76ers at Charlotte Bobcats

12/05/2013 9:14 PM

12/05/2013 11:34 PM

Bobcats vs. 76ers

7 p.m., Time Warner Cable Arena

TV: SportSouth. Radio: WFNZ-AM 610

Projected Starters

Bobcats 76ers
Pos, Player Ppg Rpg Pos, Player Ppg Rpg
G, K. Walker 16.6 4.1 G, Tony Wroten 17.0 6.9
G, G. Henderson 14.5 4.9 G, H. Thompson 4.6 2.9
F, J. Taylor 8.4 2.3 F, E. Turner 21.3 6.9
F, J. McRoberts 8.4 5.2 F, T. Young 15.8 6.9
C, A. Jefferson 15.8 8.4 C, S. Hawes 16.1 10.1

Matchup to Watch

Al Jefferson vs. Spencer Hawes: Hawes is having a strong early season, but a now-healthy Jefferson is posting 20-point/10-rebound games regularly. Sensational rookie point guard Michael Carter-Williams will miss this game for the Sixers with a sore knee.

Observations

• The Bobcats give up the fewest points in the paint in the NBA, at 33.667 per game.
• Sixers forward Evan Turner could be called Evan Turnover, averaging 3.6 giveaways a game.
• Sixers center Spencer Hawes is averaging a double-double in points and rebounds, plus three assists per game.

• Jeff Taylor steps up to a bigger role now with Michael Kidd-Gilchrist hurt. Taylor hasn’t reached double figures scoring in eight games.

Tap-ins

• Ben Gordon has played in each of the past three games. He’s 4-of-16 from the field in that span.

• With Al Jefferson back healthy, Bismack Biyombo has been limited to 10 minutes in each of the past two games.

Did you know?

Jefferson has three consecutive double-doubles (averaging 19.3 points/12.2 rebounds). Gerald Wallace, traded in 2011, was the last Bobcat to string together three double-doubles.

Rick Bonnell

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