Mar 16, 2012; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade (3) defends Philadelphia 76ers guard Evan Turner (12) during the fourth quarter at the Wells Fargo Center. The Heat defeated the Sixers 84-78. Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

Pregame: Sixers vs Heat

THE NBA IS BACK!

Phew, I can’t believe it’s here again! I’ve never been so excited to watch a team that’s going to lose 60+ games, I’m sure that excitement will die down as the losses pile on, but it’s still there.

The Sixers first matchup in the 2013 season? The 2x defending NBA Champion, Miami Heat. The Heat will be bringing their talents to the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia tonight at 7 PM. The probable starting lineup for the Sixers will go as follows:

  • PG – Michael Carter-Williams
  • SG – James Anderson
  • SF – Evan Turner
  • PF – Thaddeus Young
  • C – Spencer Hawes

Yeah…how well does that lineup stack up against LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh? Forget the rest of the pieces on the Heat, the Sixers are clearly at a disadvantage at basically every position on the floor. Team’s usually use games against powerhouse opponents to measure how good they actually are. The Sixers will use this game to measure how bad they actually are. Interesting fact? The Sixers have not won a regular season game against the Miami Heat since the addition of LeBron James, don’t count on tonight ending that streak either.

One of the more interesting story lines from this game, comes from Sixers head coach Brett Brown. As one might know, Brett Brown was an assistant with the San Antonio Spurs last year, the team that lost the NBA Finals to the Miami Heat in excruciating fashion in seven games. When asked about the matchup, Brown said:

“Everyone knows the last time I saw them it was a huge disappointment. The hangover from all that still exists a little bit.”

I’m sure Brown would love nothing more than to get some revenge against the Heat tonight, but it would almost have to be a miracle for that to happen. The Heat are playing a back-to-back, after defeating the Bulls 107-95 last night in a game that was not as close as the scoreboard indicates.

This will be the first real NBA game for No. 11 pick, Michael Carter-Williams. During the preseason, Carter-Williams had an assist-to-turnover ratio 3.10 and had more steals (15) than turnovers (10). Carter-Williams might have a tough matchup against the Heat, but it will throw him right into the fire. This season isn’t about wins, it’s about development. A loss should be expected from this match up, but it’s going to be integral to watch for breakout performances from some of the young guys like Carter-Williams, Anderson, Wroten and more.

The probable starting lineup for the Heat:

  • PG – Mario Chalmers
  • SG – Dwyane Wade
  • SF – LeBron James
  • PF – Udonis Haslem
  • C – Chris Bosh

Miami has won 15 straight against the Sixers, including sweeping the series last season, 4-0.

This is going to be a tough game, probably a great indicator of how hard this season will be. But, Sixers basketball is back, for good or for worse. I can’t wait to watch Evan Turner dribble the ball around for 30 seconds and watch Spencer Hawes hoist up three pointers all night. WOOHOO!!!!! TANKADELPHIA BABY HERE WE GO!

What will the final score be?

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