Pregame: Sixers vs Bobcats

Feb 09, 2013; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia 76ers guard Evan Turner (12) is defended by Charlotte Bobcats guard Ben Gordon (8) during the fourth quarter at the Wells Fargo Center. The Sixers defeated the Bobcats 87-76. Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

The Sixers will continue with their preseason schedule today with a tilt against the Charlotte Bobcats.

Injury Report:

  • Kwame Brown is doubtful with a strained right calf.
  • Arnett Moultrie is out.
  • Nerlens Noel is out.

Nothing surprising on the injury report. However, I am curious to how Kwame Brown strained his right calf…the world may never know!

The probable starting lineup hasn’t changed: Michael Carter-Williams and James Anderson at the guard positions, Evan Turner and Thaddeus Young at the forward spots, and Spencer Hawes as the center. Tony Wroten is slated as the 6th man for the Sixers. Wroten has had a tough time the past two games, scoring a total of 5 points on 1-11 shooting. Hopefully we can see some sort of production from Wroten that made him a first-round pick, not the guy that left his jump-shot in Mem…okay he just does not have one.

*UPDATE: Per Keith Pompey, Evan Turner, Thaddeus Young, and Spencer Hawes will NOT play today. Hollis Thompson, Royce White and Lavoy Allen will be starting instead.

Newly acquired center Daniel Orton practiced with the team yesterday and will play today. “It’s obvious we need some height and some bulk. And that he provides,” Sixers coach Brett Brown said after practice. “It’s just a matter of time to see where we can slot him.” Orton is expected to run the floor and rebound for the Sixers, something they need heavily. In the Sixers blow out loss to the Nets, they lost the rebounding battle 54-31. Orton should come in and help immediately in that area.

One bright spot for the Sixers this preseason has been Evan Turner, yes Evan Turner. He has no more excuses this season to explain why he isn’t dominating. So far, Turner is averaging a team high 19.8 PPG this preseason. One facet of his game that is improved is his aggressiveness. Turner has been to the charity stripe 10+ times twice already in the preseason, he only reached this mark once during his first three seasons. He’s averaging 7.8 FTA per game this preseason, after averaging only 2.5 FTA per game all of last season.

Another light that’s been flickering on for the Sixers is rookie Michael Carter-Williams. Even though he had three turnovers against Brooklyn after only committing one turnover in the first three games, he still as an assist-to-turnover ratio of 5.00 this preseason with 20 assists and 4 turnovers.

The probable starting lineup for the Bobcats is: PG Kemba Walker, G Gerald Henderson, SF Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, PF Josh McRoberts, C Bismack Biyombo. The Bobcats and Sixers are both relatively young teams, so this will be a good test for both teams. Although neither is looking to contend this season, it’s still good to see how two similar teams stack up against eachother.

This game will be played at 11 A.M. and will be available on the radio at 97.5 FM The Fanatic

So, the biggest question is what Sixers team will fans see play today? The one that lost to 30 to Brooklyn, or the one that contended to the last minute with powerhouse Oklahoma City?

What do you guys think?

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Topics: 76ers, Arnett Moultrie, Michael Carter-Williams, Philadelphia 76ers, Sixers, Thaddeus Young

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