Wednesday, January 9, 7:00 PM (EST) at Air Canada Centre, Toronto, CAN
15-21 (4th Atlantic, 9th East)
12-22 (5th Atlantic, 11th East)
TV: Comcast SportsNet Radio: 97.5 The Fanatic FM | Live Stats
MATCHUP TO WATCH
G-F DeMar DeRozan vs. G-F Evan Turner
After beginning the season 4-19, the Raptors have won eight of their last 11. Since Christmas, Toronto 3-3, with two of those losses coming at the hands of the Spurs and Thunder. During that six-game stretch, the team has gone as leading scorer DeMar DeRozan has gone. In the team’s three losses, the 6-7 swingman averaged 11.0 points on 27.8% shooting. In the team’s three wins, he averaged 25.0 points on 50.9% shooting. On the season, he's averaging career-highs in points (18.1 per game on 43.9 FG%) and rebounds (4.7 per game).
Now in his third NBA season, Evan Turner is enjoying the best year of his professional career. The 6-7 swingman out of Ohio State has seen his averages of 9.4 points, 5.8 rebounds, and 2.8 assists in 2011-12 improve to 14.0 points (43.2 FG%), 6.7 rebounds, and 4.2 assists in 2012-13. Turner will look to rebound after averaging 10.3 points on just 37.4% shooting during the team’s recent eight-game road trip.
Despite being a poor outside shooter, DeMar DeRozan has a solid midrange game – he’s converting 43.6% of his two-point jump shots on the season. He’s also an adept foul drawer. He’s fifth in the NBA in free-throw attempts from the guard position (5.1 FTA/G). For the Sixers, it will be important to keep DeRozan off the line and to make sure to limit the scoring-focused guard from hurting them in other ways.
J. CALDERON | D. DEROZAN | M. PIETRUS | A. BARGNANI | E. DAVIS
The 100 Club
The Raptors are 23rd in the NBA in points allowed (99.5 per game and are 0-16 this season when allowing 100 or more points. Unfortunately, the Sixers have hit the century mark just once in their last 10 games (103 vs. LAL on Jan. 1).
Since reassuming his role as the starting point guard of the Raptors – a position he's held for the better part of the last five seasons, Jose Calderon has averaged 11.0 points (46.8 FG%), 9.8 assists, and 3.7 rebounds through 12 games. The Raptors have won eight of those contests. Calderon is the only player in the NBA this season to have notched two separate triple-doubles.
After a 4-19 start to the season, the Raptors won eight of their next nine, improving to 12-20. During that span, they allowed just 90.4 points per contest. They've dropped each of their last two, though (vs. SAC and vs. OKC), giving up over 100 points in each game.
LAST TIME THEY MET
Raptors 98, Sixers 106 – November 20, 2012
In line with the Raptors 0-16 trend when allowing triple-digit scoring, the Sixers topped the Raptors at Wells Fargo behind 106 points, 93 of which came from five players. Nick Young led the way, scoring 23 points (7-13 FG) off the bench. Jason Richardson followed closely, nailing four threes en route to 21 points (7-14 FG). Jrue Holiday scored 19 points (9-21 FG), dished out 12 assists, and came a mere two rebounds shy of a triple-double. For the Raptors, DeMar DeRozan notched 24 points (8-18 FG), getting to the line eight times and converting seven. Andrea Bargnani added 22 (10-21 FG). Jose Calderon dished out 12 assists to go along with his 13 points (5-10).