Nov 18, 2012; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia 76ers guard Evan Turner (12) is defended by Cleveland Cavaliers guard Dion Waiters (3) during the third quarter at the Wachovia Center. The Sixers defeated the Cavaliers 86-79. Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

Pregame: Sixers vs Cavailers


Well, here we are again.

The Sixers will face the Cavailers tonight in another preseason tune up. Last time the Sixers hit the floor, they were hit pretty hard by the Charlotte Bobcats. Yeah, I know. It was painful. Evan Turner, Thaddeus Young and Spencer Hawes sat that game out, but are back in the probable starting lineup tonight. The probable starting lineup for the Sixers is: PG Michael Carter-Williams, SG James Anderson, SF Evan Turner, PF Thaddeus Young, C Spencer Hawes. After scoring only 28 points in the first half vs the Bobcats, the Sixers will look to come out and put some points up on the board.

This will be a homecoming of sorts for one Evan Turner, who played his college ball at The Ohio State University. Turner has been on a tear this preseason averaging a team high 19.8 points on 46.6 percent shooting. Turner will be having the team over for dinner before the game at his house in Columbus. Surely Turner will have a home crowd in the seats, so expect him to show out to impress them.

All eyes should be on the continued development of Michael Carter-Williams. He has an assist-to-turnover ratio of 3.57 this preseason and has almost as many steals (6) as turnovers (7).

The opponent tonight for the Sixers is the Cleveland Cavailers. The probable starters are: PG Kyrie Irving, SG Dion Waiters, SF Earl Clark, PF Tristan Thompson, C Anderson Varejao. One player to watch coming off the bench for the Cavs, is No. 1 overall pick Anthony Bennett. Bennett is coming off an 11 point, 10 rebound performance in 26 minutes in the Cavs last game vs Indiana. The Cavs have been a solid team in the rebounding category, so it will be interesting to see the Spencer Hawes and Anderson Varejao matchup in the paint.

Coach Brett Brown said it’s the time in the preseason to start tightening up the rotation, so expect to see a lineup more comparable to one that will be out in the regular season. We will see who earned playing time and who will be riding the pine. Coach Brown was also extremely vocal about Evan Turner’s leadership and work ethic this preseason. Maybe Evan Turner will finally break out this season? He almost has no other choice.

Do  the Sixers bounce back with a victory?

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