Monday, January 21, 7:00 PM (EST) at Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, PA
32-11 (1st Southwest, 3rd West)
17-23 (4th Atlantic, 9th East)
TV: TNT Radio: 97.5 The Fanatic FM | Live Stats
THE ENEMY: T. PARKER | D. GREEN | K. LEONARD | T. DUNCAN | T. SPLITTER
MATCHUP TO WATCH
G Jrue Holiday vs. G Tony Parker
Updated: 2:22 PM, January 20, 2013
For the better part of the last decade, Tony Parker has been the glue that has held the Spurs together.
Acting as an on-court extension of the Spurs' legendary head coach, Gregg Popovich, the 6-2 point guard out of France has averaged 17.0 points (49.3 FG%) and 6.0 assists per game over his twelve-year NBA career, winning three championships along the way.
Parker's play has, in many ways, gotten better with age. This season, he's averaging 19.7 points (51.9 FG%) and 7.3 assists. Over his last five games, Parker has been especially impressive, pacing at 23.0 points (52.9 FG%) and 8.4 assists a night.
With guard Manu Ginobili nursing a hamstring strain and Tim Duncan a healthy scratch (rest) Saturday against the Hawks, the 30-year-old Parker led the way, scoring 10 of his 23 points in the final eight minutes of the 98-93 road victory.
Trying to hold Parker in check Monday will be Jrue Holiday, whose play this season has been nothing short of remarkable. On the year, the 22-year-old point guard is averaging 19.4 points (46.2 FG%), 9.0 assists, 4.2 rebounds, and 1.2 steals per game. He's the only player in the league averaging at least 19 points and nine assists this season; only 16 players have ever done so (min. 50 games played) and only two have done it in the last 10 years (Chris Paul and Deron Williams).
Overall, the UCLA-alum has the third-highest combined average of points, rebounds, and assists of any player in the Eastern Conference this season.
In his last three games, Holiday has posted MVP-caliber numbers, averaging 30.7 points (54.8 FG%, 50.0 3P%), 11.3 assists, 4.3 rebounds, and 3.7 steals in 40.2 minutes per night. The Sixers are 2-1 in those games.
Tony Parker is a very tough player to defend, because he shoots over 45.0% from every spot on the floor, with the exception of above-the-break three-point shots.
When the Sixers and Spurs met on January 5 in San Antonio, Parker scored 20 (8-16 FG) and dished out five assists. 14 of those points came off of layups (5-of-6) and free throws (4-of-5), so keeping him out of the paint will be important.
LAST TIME THEY MET
Sixers 86, Spurs 109 – January 5, 2013