Friday, January 24, 2014, 7:00PM (EST) at Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, PA
Posted: January 24, 2014
Fresh off a 110-106 victory over the Knicks at Madison Square Garden, the Sixers (14-28) return to Wells Fargo Center Friday to face the Atlantic Division-leading Raptors (21-20).
Scouting The Raptors
On December 9, in the midst of a five-game losing streak, and sitting at 6-12 on the season, the Toronto Raptors completed a trade that send Rudy Gay, Aaron Gray, and Quincy Acy to Sacramento in exchange for John Salmons, Greivis Vasquez, Patrick Patterson, and Chuck Hayes. Since the trade, the Raptors are 15-8 and now hold a 2.5-game lead in the Atlantic Division.
Benefitting from Extra Looks
In the absence of Gay, who averaged 19.5 points per game during his 51-game tenure north of the border, second-year swingman Terrence Ross has seen his minutes, and production, increase. Ross averaged 6.2 points in 18.4 minutes per game over the first 18 games of this season, but in 23 appearances (22 starts) since the trade, he’s averaged 11.6 points in 29.6 minutes per game.
Swingman DeMar DeRozan has quietly become one of the NBA’s most consistent scoring threats. Averaging 21.8 points per game this season (good for 11th-best in the league), he’s failed to hit double-digit points just once this season – he’s also reached 20 points 23 times, has topped 30 on four occasions, and scored a career-high 40 points in a win over the Dallas Mavericks on Wednesday. Over his last three games, he’s averaging 29.3 points (50.7 FG%), 5.0 rebounds, and 4.0 assists.
ET's Big Game at The Garden
Evan Turner scored a career-high 34 points in Wednesday's win over the Knicks at Madison Square Garden. It was his second 30-point game this season and his 24th scoring 20 points or more.
Another Busy Week
For the third consecutive week, the Sixers will participate in a Friday-Saturday back-to-back. It’s also the second consecutive week in which Philadelphia will have a stretch of three games in four nights – Wednesday vs. NYK, Friday vs. TOR, and Saturday vs. OKC.
MCW’s Historic Numbers
Another week, another mind-boggling statistical note involving point guard Michael Carter-Williams. The rookie is averaging 17.5 PPG, 6.7 APG, 5.9 RPG, and 2.5 SPG through 31 games this year. The last player to hit those marks through an entire season was Michael Jordan in 1988-89.
Tale of the Tape
|Category||Raptors (21-20)||Sixers (14-28)|
|PPG||DeMar DeRozan – 21.8||Evan Turner – 18.7|
|RPG||Jonas Valanciunas – 8.4||Spencer Hawes – 8.7|
|APG||Kyle Lowry – 7.3||Michael Carter-Williams – 6.7|
|SPG||Kyle Lowry – 1.6||Michael Carter-Williams – 2.5|
|BPG||Rudy Gay – 1.3||Spencer Hawes – 1.4|