Jan 2, 2014; Sacramento, CA, USA; Philadelphia 76ers power forward Thaddeus Young (21) takes a shot over Sacramento Kings power forward Jason Thompson (34) during the second quarter at Sleep Train Arena. Mandatory Credit: Ed Szczepanski-USA TODAY Sports

Pregame: King James Comes To Philadelphia


The only time I want the Sixers to win games this season is against the Heat. Because, frankly, who doesn’t hate the Heat?

Miami comes into this game currently on a season high three-game losing streak. If the Heat lose to the Sixers, the four-game losing streak will be the longest of the “Big Three” era.

The Heat are undermanned coming into this contest, as it looks like Chris “Birdman” Andersen and Mario Chalmers are doubtful for tonight’s game. Who knows if Dwyane Wade plays, Spolestra seems to be giving him the Tim Duncan treatment this season.

Here are the probable starters, thanks to Keith Pompey of Philly.com for this:

PROBABLE STARTERS

SIXERS (13-25)

12 Evan Turner F 6-7 19.0 ppg. 6.3 rpg

21 Thaddeus Young F 6-8 17.6 ppg. 6.6 rpg.

00 Spencer Hawes C 7-1 14.4 ppg 8.7 rpg.

9  James Anderson G 6-6 9.9 ppg. 1.6 apg.

1 Michael Carter-Williams G 6-6 17.6 ppg. 2.59 spg.

HEAT (27-11)

6 LeBron James F 6-8 25.9 ppg. 6.5 apg.

31 Shane Battier F 6-8 4.3 ppg. 1.8 rpg.

1  Chris Bosh C 6-11 15.7 ppg. 6.7 rpg.

3 Dwyane Wade G 6-4 19.2 ppg. 4.8 apg.

30 Norris Cole  G 6-2 7.6 ppg. 3.2 apg.

One interesting fact is that Greg Oden might see more game action tonight. Oden scored six points and grabbed two rebounds in eight minutes of game action on Wednesday for Miami.

Well all remember opening night, when the Sixers shocked the Heat for a 114-110 victory. The Heat had won the 15 previous meetings against the Sixers, so that was very welcomed. Things have changed a lot since then, but it’s nothing that we didn’t expect.

Michael Carter-Williams had one of the best NBA debuts in NBA history during this first victory against the Heat, let’s see how he plays tonight.

Of course, I’m excited to watch DeWayne Dedmon. On Wednesday against Charlotte, he looked great getting up and down the court and grabbed a good amount of rebounds. He brings a ton of energy to the court and I would imagine the Sixers would sign him to another 10-day contract. Anything is better than BRANDON DAVIES.

Regardless of who is playing for the Heat, we know LeBron James will be there. Having the best basketball player in the universe gives you a huge advantage. I don’t think the Sixers will win this game, it will probably be a blowout. With Moultrie and Allen still out, it looks like BRANDON DAVIES will see the court. That is never a good sign.

At least this will probably be an exciting game to watch.

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