Friday, November 30, 7:00 PM (EST) at Time Warner Cable Arena, Charlotte, NC
9-6 (3rd Atlantic, 6th East)
7-7 (3rd Southeast, 9th East)
TV: Comcast SportsNet Radio: 97.5 The Fanatic FM | Live Stats
NOTE: The Comcast Network HD is now on XFinity® Channel 856
by Warren Croxton
MATCHUP TO WATCH
G-F Michael Kidd-Gilchrist vs. G-F Evan Turner
Selected second overall in the 2012 NBA Draft, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist grew up just outside of Philadelphia, in Somerdale, NJ. After a decorated high school career at basketball powerhouse St. Patrick’s (NJ), the 6-7 swingman was recruited by Kentucky head coach John Calipari. In his one season as a Wildcat, he averaged 11.9 points (49.1 FG%) and 7.4 rebounds per game en route to a National Title. Currently, the 19-year-old swingman is ranked second among NBA rookies in rebounding (6.4 RPG), second in blocks (1.4 BPG) and fourth in scoring (11.0 PPG).
For the Sixers, swingman Evan Turner has shown off theexcellent all-around game that made him the second-overall pick two drafts prior to Kidd-Gilchrist. In his last sixgames, he has averaged 16.9 points, 6.1 rebounds, and 5.0 assists, while shooting 48.9 % from the floor. The Ohio State alum is coming off a 22-point, 4-rebound, 4-assist outing in Philadelphia’s 100-98 win over Dallas on Tuesday. During the six-game stretch, he’s shot 46.1% from 10-15 feet, a marked improvement over his career mark of 40.5%. On the season, Turner is averaging 13.5 points, 7.1 rebounds, and 4.1 assists, which are all career highs.
Offensively, Kidd-Gilchrist primarily does his damage around the rim, where he’s attempted 59.0% of his shots. Despite posting very good numbers as a rookie, the Kentucky alum has struggled from mid-range, a distance from which he’s made just three of the 29 shots he’s attempted. Sixer swingman Evan Turner will look to make Kidd-Gilchrist attempt shots away from his hot spots near the basket.
Nowhere To Go But Up
After going 7-59 last season and breaking the NBA record for worst winning percentage of all time, the Charlotte Bobcats have already matched last season’s win total, just 14 games into this campaign.
A Rough Patch
After beginning the season 6-4, Charlotte has lost three of its last four, including an ugly 114-69 loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder, the worst in franchise history. In the first half of that game, the Cats were outscored 64-24 by the Thunder, the largest first-half point discrepancy since 1991. Five minutes into the second half, the score stood at 79-25. Wednesday, Ben Gordon almost singlehandedly mounted a comeback from 11 points down with under eight minutes left in a road game against the Hawks. The veteran guard scored 20 of the Bobcats’ 26 points in the final frame, but Atlanta prevailed, 94-91.
Bobcat guard Gerald Henderson was born in Caldwell, NJ, but went to high school at Episcopal Academy in Philadelphia. Last season was a break out year for the Duke alum, as he posted career highs in scoring, rebounds, assists, and shooting percentage. Unfortunately, he’s been limited to just two games this season because of a foot injury. He's not expected to play Friday night. Another Bobcat with local ties is forward Hakim Warrick, who grew up in Philadelphia and went to high school at Friends Central. He earned All-State honors as a Senior before attending Syracuse University.
LAST TIME THEY MET
3/19/2012 - Philadelphia 105, Charlotte 80
The Sixers took a one-point lead into halftime, but outscored the Bobcats 59-36 in the second en route to a 105-80 win. Philly had five scorers reach double figures in scoring, led by guard Jrue Holiday and forward Thaddeus Young, who each scored 20 points. Forward-center Spencer Hawes had a double-double, with 13 points and 11 rebounds. The Sixers shot 53.5% from the floor and 45.5% from the three-point line. Gerald Henderson led the Bobcats with 14 points.