Tuesday, November 20, 7:00 PM at Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, PA
3-7 (5th Atlantic, 11th East)
6-4 (3rd Atlantic, 5th East)
TV: Comcast SportsNet Radio: 97.5 The Fanatic FM | Live Stats
NOTE: Comcast SportsNet HD is now on XFinity® Channel 847
by Alex Schiappacasse
MATCHUP TO WATCH:
G-F DeMar DeRozan vs. G-F Evan Turner
Swingman DeMar DeRozan is coming off a 2011-2012 campaign in which he was second on his team in scoring (16.7 points per game). Now in his fourth year with the Raptors, the USC alum is off to a hot start, leading Toronto in scoring (19.0 points per game). DeRozan scored 19 against the Sixers when the two teams met on November 10. He followed that game up with one of the top performances in the NBA this season, a 37-point eight-rebound, six-assist effort in triple-overtime against the Jazz on November 12.
Evan Turner is coming off one of his better all-around games of this season, a 19-point, nine-assist, six-rebound performance in a win over the Cavaliers Sunday. The 6-7 swingman is one of five players in the NBA to currently average at least 10 points, six rebounds, and four assists (LeBron James, Kevin Durant, Marc Gasol, and Joakim Noah are the others), as he currently holds averages 11.5 points, 7.4 rebounds, and 4.0 assists. In the Sixers’ six wins this season, Turner has averaged over 36 minutes a night, while averaging 13.7 points (46.5 FG%), 7.8 rebounds, and 3.5 assists per game. Turner notched eight points, 12 rebounds, and four assists when his team faced the Raptors on November 10.
DeMar DeRozan is shooting just 33.0% on non-restricted area shots inside the paint and 26.3% from beyond the arc. Preventing the 6-7 slasher from getting around the basket and forcing him to finish with finesse when he drives will help limit his effectiveness.
Going For Gold
The Toronto Raptors have three players on their roster who participated in the 2012 Olympics. Jonas Valanciunas and Linas Klezia played for Lithuania, while Jose Calderon represented Spain. Andrea Bargnani was born in Italy, but decided not to compete in this summer's Olympic games. Valanciunas appeared in four games and averaged 8.0 points and 4.0 rebounds per game. His teammate, Linas Kleiza played in six games and averaged 13.8 points and 6.3 rebounds. Jose Calderon played in eight games for Spain, averaging 7.0 points and 2.5 assists per contest.
Playing It Safe
Despite mediocre numbers in most statistical categories, Toronto head coach Dwane Casey has done a great job of instilling in his players an appreciation for protecting the basketball. The Raptors rank second in the league in turnovers, committing just 13.2 per game. Conversely, they force 16.5 turnovers per game. There is not one player on the Raptors who turns the ball over more than 2.5 times per game.
Toronto has given up over 105 points in four of the five road games that they have played, losing each. The Raptors are 1-4 on the road this season, scoring 91.0 points per game and giving up 100.6 to their opponents in those games.
LAST TIME THEY MET
11/10/2012 - Sixers 93, Raptors 83
Nick Young, Thaddeus Young, and Jrue Holiday paved the way for the Sixers in a 93-83 road win, each scoring 16 points to cap off a 3-0 road trip. The Sixers had a total of five players in double figures, with Dorell Wright and Spencer Hawes joining the aforementioned three. Hawes recorded a double-double, coming off the bench to score 12 points and pull down 10 rebounds. The Sixers bench was marvelous, outscoring the Raptors bench 38 to 12. The Leading scorer for the Raptors was Andrea Bargnani with 23 points.