Game Night: Sixers @ Bulls
Thursday, February 28, 8:00 PM (EST) at United Center, Chicago, IL
22-33 (4th Atlantic, 9th East)
32-25 (2nd Central, 6th East)
TV: TNT Radio: 97.5 The Fanatic FM | Live Stats
THE ENEMY: K. HINRICH | R. HAMILTON | L. DENG | C. BOOZER | J. NOAH
by Liz Sim
MATCHUP TO WATCH
F Carlos Boozer vs. F Thaddeus Young
Philadelphia will have its hands full fighting for rebounds with Carlos Boozer, the 266-pound frontcourt mate of All-Star center Joakim Noah. While Chicago ranks 24th in field-goal percentage (43.7 FG%), the tandem of Boozer and Noah are all about scooping up missed opportunities. Averaging 9.3 rebounds per game this season, he and Noah combine for 21.0 a game.
However, Boozer struggled against the Sixers when the two teams met on December 1, when he tallied just five points and six rebounds. The former Blue Devil is a threat to go off for a big game on any given night, though. Coming off a 27-point game against Cleveland Tuesday, head coach Doug Collins will certainly not overlook the 31-year-old Boozer.
Since returning from a Grade 1 left hamstring strain that sidelined him for six games, Thaddeus Young has been his usual, high-energy self. Averaging 9.5 points, 10.0 rebounds, and 3.5 steals in the two games since his return, his offensive rhythm is still not fully back, but his contributions on the defensive end have been palpable.
Logging 36 minutes against the Knicks in his first game back and 34 against the Magic Tuesday, it's safe to say that the injury will not limit Young's ability to log big minutes for a Sixers team that can use his aggressive style and heady pick-and-roll defense.
MEETINGS THIS SEASON
Sixers 88, Bulls 93 – December 1, 2012
Seen as the marker game for the Sixers' decline this season, the then 10-6 Sixers fell to Chicago 93-88 on the road, snapping a three-game winning streak and staining a 4-2 road record. Since the team's hot start, Philly has won just 12 of its last 39 games, and only two more on the road. Thaddeus Young notched 22 points, seven rebounds, four steals, and four assists, while Jrue Holiday led all Sixers with 23 points.
Bulls 96, Sixers 89 – December 12, 2012
In the game, the Bulls' Luol Deng scored 10 of his 19 points in the fourth quarter, and Joakim Noah led Chicago with a 21-point performance. Holiday also had a game-high 26 points to go along with nine assists. Evan Turner tallied 19 points, and Thad 13.