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Wednesday, March 12, 2014, 7:00PM (EST) at Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, PA
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by Max Rappaport, Sixers.com
Posted: March 12, 2014

After a 123-110 road loss to the New York Knicks Monday, the Sixers return to Wells Fargo Center for a stretch of three straight home games beginning Wednesday night against the Sacramento Kings. 

Matchup to Watch
PG: Michael Carter-Williams vs. Isaiah Thomas

Monday night, Michael Carter-Williams notched his second career triple-double, finishing with 23 points (8/12 FG), 13 rebounds, and 10 assists and becoming the fastest player since David Robinson in 1989-90 to attain two triple-doubles (both did so in 51 career games). Carter-Williams leads all rookies in points (16.9), assists (6.3), rebounds (5.5), and steals (2.0) per game. 

He’ll square off against Isaiah Thomas, Mr. Irrelevant in 2011 (the last player selected in that year’s draft). Thomas has been one of the more successful players from the class, ranking fourth in total points (3,151) and third in total assists (988) amongst his peers. This season has been the most successful of the University of Washington alum’s career, with averages of 20.4 points and 6.3 assists in 34.7 minutes per game. After putting together a 30-game stretch during which he failed to score 20 points just six times, Thomas hasn’t hit 20 in any of his last three outings, combining for 43 points on 14-of-42 shooting.

In Wednesday’s point guard matchup, Carter-Williams holds a nine-inch height advantage over Thomas. You read that correctly… nine inches. At 6’6”, Carter-Williams is one of the tallest point guards in the league and at 5’9” Thomas is the NBA’s only starter other than Denver’s Ty Lawson (5’11”) listed at under six feet tall.

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Teach Me How to Boogie 
Now in his fourth NBA season, center DeMarcus Cousins has become a force on the offensive end of the floor, averaging career highs of 22.2 points, 11.7 rebounds, and 2.8 assists. He’s shooting 48.8% from the floor, also a career high, and is getting to the free-throw line 8.9 times per contest. The last time the Sixers and Kings met, a 113-104 Philadelphia win on January 2 in Sacramento, the 6’11”, 270-pound Kentucky product scored 33 points (10/16 FG) and grabbed 14 rebounds.

The Gauntlet
Wednesday’s game against the Sixers marks the fifth game of a seven-game Kings road trip. It’s also their third game in four nights and falls on the second night of a back-to-back. On Tuesday night, Sacramento fell to the Pistons in Detroit 99-89

Not Bad, Thad
In eight games since the NBA Trade Deadline on February 20, Thaddeus Young has averaged 20.6 points, 5.6 rebounds, 4.3 assists, and 2.9 steals per game.

Projected Starters
Sixers: Carter-Williams | Thomspon | J. Anderson | T. Young | Sims
Kings: Thomas | McLeMore | Gay | Thompson | Cousins

Tale of the Tape

Category Kings (22-42) Sixers (15-48)
PPG DeMarcus Cousins –22.4 Thaddeus Young – 17.6
RPG DeMarcus Cousins – 11.6 Thaddeus Young – 6.1
APG Isaiah Thomas – 6.3 Michael Carter-Williams – 6.3
SPG DeMarcus Cousins –1.5 Thaddeus Young – 2.2
BPG DeMarcus Cousins – 1.2 Michael Carter-Williams – 0.7