Friday, December 13, 7:00PM (EST) at Air Canada Centre, Toronto, Canada
TV: Comcast SportsNet | Radio: 97.5 The Fanatic FM
Posted: December 13, 2013
TORONTO –– The Sixers (7-16) travel north of the border Friday to take on the Raptors (7-13) in Toronto. It’s the second meeting between the two teams this season, but the first at the Air Canada Centre.
Scouting the Raptors
Last weekend, first-year Raptors General Manager Masai Ujiri hooked up with Sacramento Kings General Manager Pete D'Alessandro to complete perhaps the biggest trade so far this season. In the deal, Toronto sent Rudy Gay, Quincy Acy, and Aaron Gray to Sacramento in return for Greivis Vasquez, John Salmons, Chuck Hayes, and Patrick Patterson.
The 26-year-old Vasquez, Salmons, and Patterson are expected to appear in Friday’s game.
Terrence Ross Taking Advantage of Minutes Increase
After averaging 18.4 minutes per contest for the Raptors through the first 18 games of the 2013-14 season, second-year swingman Terrence Ross has logged 66 combined minutes over the team’s last two games, scoring 25 points and going 6-of-12 from beyond the arc. Ross started his first game of the season Tuesday against San Antonio and is expected to do so again Friday against the Sixers.
Amir Johnson’s Hot Stretch
Since scoring zero points in a season-low 14 minutes against the Denver Nuggets on December 1, forward Amir Johnson has bounced back in a big way. If you disregard that game against the Nuggets, he’s averaging 22.3 points (73.6 FG%), 9.0 rebounds, and 1.8 blocks per game in the month of December. Over his last two, he’s scored 51 points on 23-of-28 shooting.
MCW To Miss Fifth Straight
Head coach Brett Brown told members of the media Friday morning that rookie point guard Michael Carter-Williams will miss his fifth straight game due to right knee soreness.
• Over the Sixers’ last two games, forward Thaddeus Young has averaged 16.0 points on 51.7% shooting after averaging 11.5 points on 37.5% shooting in the two games prior.
• Wednesday night, center Spencer Hawes hit four three-pointers against the Timberwolves. It was the most threes made by a Sixers seven-footer in a single game since Manute Bol (7’7”) hit six against the Phoenix Sund on March 3, 1993.
• Rookie Hollis Thompson is shooting 54.3% from the floor in six games as a starter and 48.9% on the year, good for second-best among all rookies.
Tale of the Tape
|PPG||Evan Turner – 20.3||DeMar DeRozan – 21.5|
|RPG||Spencer Hawes – 9.5||Jonas Valanciunas – 7.5|
|APG||Michael Carter-Williams – 7.3||Kyle Lowry – 6.7|
|SPG||Michael Carter-Williams – 3.1||Kyle Lowry – 1.8|
|BPG||Spencer Hawes – 1.6||Rudy Gay – 1.3|
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