Saturday, March 16, 7:30 PM (EST) at Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, PA
40-25 (1st Central, 2nd East)
24-40 (5th Atlantic, 10th East)
TV: NBA TV & Comcast SportsNet Radio: 97.5 The Fanatic FM | Live Stats
THE ENEMY: G. HILL | L. STEPHENSON | P. GEORGE | D. WEST | R. HIBBERT
Updated: 10:56 AM, March 16, 2013
MATCHUP TO WATCH
F David West vs. F Thaddeus Young
The veteran leader of an Indiana Pacers team that currently holds the second-best record in the Eastern Conference, David West has been his usual, consistent self this season. Averaging 17.3 points (49.1 FG%), 7.8 rebounds, and 3.0 assists per game, he's skilled around the basket, but can also step out and shoot out to just inside the three-point line with consistency. Considered a throwback player because of his combination of size (6-9, 240) and skill, the 10-year veteran has attempted 41.1% of his shots from midrange, where he converts at an impressive 47.8% clip. Since the All-Star break, the Xavier alum has experienced a slight bump in efficiency, averaging 17.8 points, 8.5 rebounds, and 3.5 assists, while shooting 53.0% from the field.
Thaddeus Young is arguably playing the best basketball of his NBA career since the break. Young missed the first two post-break contests because of a hamstring injury he suffered on February 4, but returned February 24 against the New York Knicks. In that game, he scored 11 points, grabbed 10 boards and notched four steals. That double-double performance was his 12th of the season. In the 10 games since then, he's notched five, including one in each of his last three games. Since returning from injury, he's averaging 16.5 points (54.2 FG%), 9.7 rebounds, and 2.2 steals.
QUOTABLES & NOTABLES
F-C Arnett Moultrie
...on facing defensive-minded Pacers
"You just have to be efficient. We have to run our offense the right way, push the ball, and just play at our own pace." MORE
...on Indiana's rebounding prowess
"David West is pretty physical, and, of course, the big fellow down low, Roy Hibbert, is pretty physical as well. (But), I look forward to every game, so it's nothing different playing against (Indiana)." MORE
G Jrue Holiday
...on Indiana's strengths
"They're very physical, especially defensively. I think they're all very cohesive. The way they play on defense, you can tell they're talking and communicating, (and that's part of the reason) their record is so good." MORE
HC Doug Collins
...on whether or not Indiana is a team that is successful despite lacking top-end talent
"Well, Paul George is pretty good. He's really, really elevated his game to be a top-flight player. David West is having a great year, George Hill is playing very, very well, and Hibbert fits in nicely with that team." MORE
In first two meetings this season
• Pacers are averaging 91.5 points on 42.1% shooting while Sixers are averaging 77.0 ppg on 38.6% FGs… Philly is shooting 5-of-20 from downtown.
• Indiana has made 36 free throws (52 FTA) while Philly has attempted just 23… Pacers are outrebounding the Sixers by 6.5 rpg.
• Jrue Holiday missed the first game but had 19 points on 2/6… Evan Turner is averaging 12.0 ppg (38.5% FGs) and 9.5 rpg… T. Young: 41.7% FGs.
• Paul George is averaging 21.5 points and has more 3FGM (6) than the Sixers (5)… Roy Hibbert is averaging 18.5 ppg, 13.5 rpg and 3.00 bpg.