Game Night: Sixers at Pacers
Updated: March 17, 2014 (12:52pm EST)
The Sixers travel to Indianapolis looking to snap their losing skid and avenge a 101-94 home loss to the Pacers suffered on Friday.
Last Time They Met
Friday, March 14, 2014 – Pacers 101, Sixers 94
Tony Wroten Gets Starting Nod
With James Anderson (bruised thigh) out of the lineup, the Sixers will go with second-year guard Tony Wroten as their starting shooting guard. Wroten is averaging 16.8 points on 54.2% shooting over his last 10 games, all off the bench, and has averaged 18.4 points (44.0 FG%), 5.2 assists, and 4.5 rebounds in 13 starts this season.
MCW and Thad Filling Up the Stat Sheet
In the four games the Sixers played over the week, rookie point guard Michael Carter-Williams averaged 17.8 points, 9.3 rebounds, and 5.8 assists in 37.5 minutes per contest, and forward Thaddeus Young averaged 19.8 points, 7.0 rebounds, 5.3 assists, and 2.8 steals in 39.7 minutes. Young notched his sixth game with six or more steals Saturday, becoming just the fifth player to accomplish that feat since 2000.
PG Breaks out of Slump
After a four-game stretch earlier this month in which he averaged 13.5 points (40.0 FG%), 6.5 rebounds, 2.8 assists, and 1.0 steals – with the Pacers going 1-3 during that period, Paul George has emerged from his slump. Over Indiana’s last two games, both wins, he averaged 27.5 points (52.9 FG%), 6.5 assists, 6.0 rebounds, and 2.5 steals. On the season, the 23-year-old swingman is posting a career-best 22.3 points per game to go along with 6.5 rebounds, 3.5 assists, and 1.8 steals.
The Final Stretch
After Monday’s meeting with Indiana, the Sixers will have just 15 games remaining in the 2013-14 regular season. Philadelphia will play a pair of games at Wells Fargo Center Wednesday and Friday before beginning a stretch in which they play nine of their last 13 games on the road, with no consecutive games at home.
Tale of the Tape
|Category||Sixers (15-51)||Pacers (49-17)|
|PPG||Thaddeus Young – 17.7||Paul George – 22.3
|RPG||Thaddeus Young – 6.1||Lance Stephenson – 7.3|
|APG||Michael Carter-Williams – 6.2||Lance Stephenson – 5.0|
|SPG||Thaddeus Young – 2.2||Paul George – 1.8|
|BPG||Henry Sims – 0.7||Roy Hibbert – 2.4|