Forget the sappiness that Andrew Bynum has brought to the city with his injury issues, the Sixers continue to battle hard with their young talent each night. Philadelphia has won five out of their last seven games coming into Charlotte.
The team’s most recent game against the Dallas Mavericks on Tuesday ended in dramatic fashion; with Mavs rookie, Jae Crowder missing the game-winning three pointer as the buzzer sounded. Evan Turner finished with a game-high of 22 points, along with 4 assists and 4 rebounds.
Philadelphia’s recent success is marked by the rejuvenating play coming from Jrue Holiday. The Sixers guard currently leads the team in scoring (18.5 ppg.) and assists (9.1) early in the season. His cool-under-fire demeanor as Philly’s prominent ball-handler has allowed players such as Thaddeus Young and Jason Richardson to also make a difference on offense. Most importantly, Evan Turner is showing shades of being that #2 draft prospect the Sixers hoped to get when drafting him two years ago.
With Turner averaging 13.5 points, 4.1 assists and 7.1 rebounds, the Sixers hope he’ll continue this play during this two-game road trip. The Charlotte Bobcats (7-7) have lost their last two games, but are 5-3 at home this season.
The Bobcats are led by the scoring coming from Kemba Walker and sometimes even Ramon Sessions, who’s averaging a career-high of 16.5 points this season. Ben Gordon has also been known to light a fire for the Charlotte offense, he’s coming off a 26-point performance during Wednesday’s loss to Atlanta.
Look for the Sixers to take their momentum and push the floor against a questionable defensive crew in Charlotte. Philadelphia could be the better team on paper here, but this isn’t the same Charlotte squad from last season. This contest could shape up to be a close one if Philadelphia doesn’t contain Charlotte’s scoring guards. Philadelphia will look to grab their third-straight victory barring a collapse on the defensive side of the floor.