Wednesday, January 15, 2014, 7:00PM (EST) at Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, PA
Posted: January 15, 2014
Scouting The Bobcats
Playing it Safe
The Bobcats commit the fewest turnovers in the league, averaging just 12.1 per game (tied with the New York Knicks). Conversely, the Sixers force the fourth-most turnovers (16.1 per game), scoring an average of 18.3 points per game off those extra scoring opportunities. When Philadelphia and Charlotte met on December 6, the Bobcats committed nine turnovers, limiting the Sixers to just six points off of those opportunities.
Big Al Plays a Big Role
Signed by the Bobcats in the offseason, center Al Jefferson has been the deciding factor offensively in a number of Charlotte wins this year. In the 11 Bobcats victories in which he has appeared, Jefferson has averaged 21.4 points (48.5 FG%) and 4.6 free-throw attempts per game. In 19 losses, he’s averaged 15.1 points (44.5 FG%) and has gone to the line an average of just 2.6 times. In a 108-98 home win over New York on Tuesday, Jefferson had his best offensive performance as a Bobcat, scoring 35 points on 14-of-20 shooting.
After facing the Knicks at home Tuesday night, the Bobcats hopped on a flight to Philadelphia, arriving early Wednesday morning. Charlotte is 3-7 in games that come on the tail end of back to backs and 1-4 in road games that close out a back to back.
Moultrie and Allen Out; Dedmon In
Following shoot-around Wednesday morning, Sixers head coach Brett Brown provided an update on the status of injured big men Arnett Moultrie (ankle) and Lavoy Allen (calf), ruling both out for Wednesday’s game against Charlotte. Brown noted that center Dewayne Dedmon, who was signed to a 10-day contract on Tuesday, will dress and be available if needed.
Thad’s Continued Hot Streak
Over his last 10 games, forward Thaddeus Young has totaled 20 points or more seven times, reaching 30 points three times. Over the stretch, he’s averaged 21.7 points (50.9 FG%, 39.5 3P%, 80.0 FT%), 6.7 rebounds, 2.3 assists, and 2.8 steals per game.
Tale of the Tape
|Category||Bobcats (16-23)||Sixers (12-23)|
|PPG||Kemba Walker – 18.6||Evan Turner – 18.9|
|RPG||Al Jefferson – 10.0||Spencer Hawes – 8.6|
|APG||Kemba Walker – 4.8||Michael Carter-Williams – 7.0|
|SPG||Kemba Walker – 1.4||Michael Carter-Williams – 2.7|
|BPG||Al Jefferson – 1.2||Spencer Hawes – 1.5|
Sixers 88, Bobcats 105 – December 6, 2013