Wednesday, April 3, 7:00 PM at Time Warner Cable Arena, Charlotte, NC
30-43 (4th Atlantic, 9th East)
17-57 (5th Southeast, 15th East)
TV: The Comcast Network Radio: 97.5 The Fanatic FM | Live Stats
THE ENEMY: K. WALKER | G. HENDERSON | M. KIDD-GILCHRIST | J. MCROBERTS | B. BIYOMBO
Updated: 4:23 PM, April 2, 2013
With the recent signing of forward Justin Holiday, older brother of All-Star point guard Jrue Holiday, the Sixers now have just the 11th pair of teammate brothers in NBA history. Despite the infrequency with which these familial pairings occur, there are currently three sets of teammate brothers in the league – the Holidays, Ben and Tyler Hansbrough (IND), and twins Marcus and Markieff Morris (PHX). This is the first season in which there have been multiple sets of teammate brothers in the league at one time.
It Comes In Fours
After meeting Saturday at Wells Fargo Center, the Sixers and Bobcats will face off for the second time in four days, this time at Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte. With a win, the Sixers would complete a 4-0 season sweep of the Bobcats and would also string together their first four-game win streak of the season.
The game kicks off a four-game road swing (@CHA, @ATL, @MIA, @BKN) that begins with three games in four days.
Sharing Is Caring
Over their last three games, the Sixers are third in the league in assists, averaging 27.3 per game (one spot ahead of San Antonio, at 25.0). Perhaps what is most impressive about that fact is that the team’s leading set-up man, Jrue Holiday (8.5 assists per game), has averaged only 7.0 per helpers a night during that stretch.
Saturday against the Bobcats, five Sixers logged at least three assists. The night prior, against the Cavaliers, four Sixers notched at least four. In the game before that, when the team hosted the Milwaukee Bucks on March 27, five Sixers had at least four assists.
In the game prior to those three, a 107-91 road loss to the Jazz, the Sixers logged just nine assists as a team, with Dorell Wright leading the team with four; no other Sixer had more than one.
Sixers-Cats This Season
• Through three meetings in 2012-13, the Sixers are averaging 97.0 points on 48.0% shooting, while the Bobcats are averaging 88.7 ppg on 42.1% shooting. Both teams are averaging 10.7 turnovers per game.
• Philly had 27 free-throw attempts in the teams’ March 30 meeting after having just 20 in their first two games against Charlotte combined.
• In three meetings this season, swingman Evan Turner has averaged 21.0 points (54.3 FG%) and 9.0 rebounds. Forward Thaddeus Young is averaging 15.0 points (56.5 FG%) and 8.5 rebounds.
• Guard-forward Gerald Henderson is averaging 16.0 points in two games played, but is shooting just 40.0% from the floor. Point guard Kemba Walker is averaging 11.7 points per game on 38.2% shooting.
• Since going scoreless on 0-of-9 shooting with four rebounds against the Warriors on March 2, center Spencer Hawes is averaging 15.1 points (53.5 FG%) and 10.0 rebounds over his last 16 games. He’s scored 10+ points in nine straight games, the longest such streak of his career.
• Swingman Damien Wilkins has started 12 straight games for the Sixers, averaging 31.7 minutes; he averaged 11.1 minutes through his first 40 games as a Sixer, all as a reserve. Philly is 7-5 since Wilkins’ insertion into the starting lineup. He’s averaged 13.0 points on 53.5 shooting over that stretch.
• Evan Turner has averaged 22.5 points (54.8 FG%), 10.0 rebounds, and 3.5 assists over his last two games after averaging just 9.3 points (39.7 FG%), 4.0 rebounds, and 3.3 assists in the 12 games prior.