Monday, November 5, 7:00 PM at Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, PA
TV: Comcast SportsNet Radio: 97.5 The Fanatic FM | Live Stats
NOTE: Comcast SportsNet HD is now on XFinity® Channel 847
by Warren Croxton and Max Rappaport
LAST TIME THEY MET:
An Opportunity To Rebound
It was just one day ago that the Sixers faced off against the New York Knicks in a Sunday matinee contest. Losing 84-100 to their division rivals, Philly will be looking for payback, as they come home for the final game of their home-and-home series with New York.
Guard Jrue Holiday went 5-of-6 from long range and scored 27, but it was Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony, notching the same number of points, who left Madison Square Garden with a “W”. Swingman Evan Turner logged a double-double, with 11 points and 11 rebounds and forward Thaddeus Young added 16 points.
MATCHUP TO WATCH:
G Raymond Felton vs. G Jrue Holiday
Jrue Holiday made things tough for Raymond Felton yesterday, holding him to 11 points, and, more importantly, to zero assists. The Knicks’ starting point guard turned the ball over four times and allowed Holiday to rack up a game-high 27 points.
The former fifth-overall pick Felton struggled last season, as a member of the Portland Trailblazers. His scoring dropped to 11.4 points per game, a career low, while his shooting percentage (40.7% FG) was his lowest since the 2008-09 season.
With both teams featuring a powerful offensive attack, it will be important for each team’s starting point guard to get off to a good start. Look for Felton to find Carmelo Anthony, New York’s leading scorer and Holiday to find the open shooters on the wing.
Carmelo Anthony and Tyson Chandler were both members of the 2012 US Men’s Basketball team that won a gold medal this summer. Anthony was second on the team in, scoring 16.3 points per game and shooting 53.5 percent from the floor. Anthony was also a member of the 2008 Olympic Gold Medal team.
Chandler averaged 4.0 points and 4.0 rebounds per game during the Americans’ Gold Medal run. Team USA averaged 115.5 points per game and held their opponents to a paltry 83.4 points per game. In the Gold Medal game, the Americans defeated a Spanish team that featured the Pau and Marc Gasol, Serge Ibaka, Rudy Fernandez, and Jose Calderon by a margin of 107-100.