Sunday, November 25, 6:00 PM at Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, PA
6-7 (4th Pacific, 11th West)
7-6 (3rd Atlantic, 7th East)
TV: Comcast SportsNet Radio: 97.5 The Fanatic FM | Live Stats
NOTE: Comcast SportsNet HD is now on XFinity® Channel 847
by Warren Croxton
MATCHUP TO WATCH
C Marcin Gortat vs. F-C Spencer Hawes
Becoming a starter for the first time in his career, Marcin Gortat saw career highs in scoring (15.4) and rebounds (10.0) per game last season. During his banner year, the Polish center took a smaller percentage of shots around the rim and increased his percentage of shots from 3-15 feet. As the franchise adapts to life without future hall of fame point guard Steve Nash, the offense has changed, which has affected Gortat’s output this season. The former second round draft pick is averaging 11.5 points, 9.2 rebounds per game and has the lowest shooting percentage (52.8%) of his career since his rookie season.
With the Sixers' frontcourt featuring a great deal of depth, big man Spencer Hawes has seen his minutes fluctuate, as head coach Doug Collins looks to get all of his bigs involved. In a home game against the Cavaliers last Sunday, Hawes played 28 minutes, scoring 14 points, grabbing nine rebounds, and blocking four shots; in his two games prior, he combined for just 28 total minutes. The Washington alum has shown more range this seasons than he had previously shown as a Sixer, shooting a career high 40.0% from beyond the arc. The talented 7-footer is also averaging a career highs in blocks per game (1.5) and defensive rebound percentage (23.5).
For Philadelphia’s big men, keeping Gortat away from the rim is important. He has attempted 76 of his 123 (61.8%) shots from inside the charge circle. The six-year veteran also has lowest total rebound percentage of his career (16.4%).
LAST TIME THEY MET
12/28/2011 - Philadelphia 103, Phoenix 83
The Sixers had six players score in double figures, as they cruised to a 103-83 win over the Phoenix Suns in their only meeting of the season. Thaddeus Young, Andre Iguodala and Jrue Holiday each had 15 points to lead Philadelphia in scoring. Phoenix’s starting lineup went 7-for-35 from the floor and scored just 24 of the team’s 83 points.