Game Info: The Philadelphia 76ers will meet the Phoenix Suns on Sunday night at 6:00 pm at the Wells Fargo Center. The game can be seen on CSN and heard on 97.5 The Fanatic.
The big news out of Sixersville yesterday came when GM Tony Dileo announced that there is no timetable on the return of Andrew Bynum. Adding insult to injury, the Sixers were upended by the Oklahoma City Thunder in overtime, 116-109, thanks to 67 combined points from their dynamic duo of Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook. On the other side of the ball, Thad Young and Evan Turner each had career nights for the Sixers. Young finished with 29 points and 15 boards and was an absolute nightmare for the Thunder forwards while Turner scored 26 and handled point guard duties more than adequately while Jrue Holiday sat with foul trouble. Holiday did finish with 13 assists but scored in single digits for the first time all season.
Despite the loss, the Sixers gave fans a glimpse of what this team could be last night and gave the reigning Western Conference champs all they could handle. They hope to build off of that tonight against the Suns (6-7), who have won two straight. The Suns are led by point guard Goran Dragic, who is averaging 16.5 points and 7.4 assists per contest. Dragic is a crafty lefty who picks his spots and rarely forces the issue. In essence, he is the anti-Westbrook. His matchup with Jrue Holiday should be one to keep an eye on, especially when Jrue has the ball in his hands because Dragic is not known for his ability to keep opposing guards out of the paint. Also worth noting, Philly native Markieff Morris has started the last two games for Phoenix and has turned in his two best performances of the year, averaging 21 points on 72% from the field.
Phoenix is giving up a league worst 103.2 points per game and teams are shooting better than 47% against them. The Sixers have had trouble scoring at times this season but shouldn’t have any trouble putting the ball in the hoop against the Suns, especially if Young and Turner continue to attack.
Notes: Jason Richardson will be a game-time decision after re-injuring his ankle during last night’s loss.