76ers Blog: Warriors Are Believers in Sixers
11/4/2013 1:49:00 PM
'They never give up, really.' - Stephen Curry
Some pretty decent storylines will lend a nice backdrop to the 76ers' (3-0) match-up with the Golden State Warriors (2-1). The game tips off at 7:00 PM from the Wells Fargo Center, as the Sixers continue their four-game home stand.
First, the Sixers will try to achieve their best start in nearly 15 years. They last began a schedule with four consecutive victories during the 2000-2001 season, when Allen Iverson helped the team win its first 10 games.
Also tonight, Andre Iguodala - drafted by the Sixers 9th overall in the 2004 NBA Draft - will make his second appearance in Philadelphia since departing town via an August 2012 trade to the Denver Nuggets. That transaction was part of the four-team deal that fetched the Sixers Andrew Bynum and Jason Richardson. Iguodala first returned to the Wells Fargo Center on Halloween of last year, which was the Sixers' opening night; he scored 11 points (5-13 FG / 0-4 3FG) and committed 4 turnovers in that game.
'Everything started here, gave me an opportunity to establish myself as an NBA player, starting off defensively. Once some changes came, showcasing my offensive talents,' said Iguodala (pictured at this morning's shoot-around), a one-time NBA All-Star with the Sixers who was shipped from Denver to Golden State this off-season. 'I've got close friends on the team. Just wishing the best for those guys, and hoping everything goes well.'
Iguodala has started all three of the Warriors' games so far; he has been held to single-digit scoring totals twice, but produced a double-double against the Los Angeles Clippers.
A third item worth following tonight is the point guard match-up between Sixers' rookie Michael Carter-Williams and Golden State's Stephen Curry. Carter-Williams - averaging 20.7 points, 4.7 rebounds, 9.0 assists, and an NBA-best 4.3 steals per game - has been a vital component to the Sixers' success, while Curry - a season ago - directed the Warriors to the NBA playoffs for just the second time in the span of 19 years.
According to former NBA Rookie of the Year point guard and current Golden State head coach Mark Jackson, Carter-Williams is a 'big time talent.' 'His size, he's shooting the ball much better than he did in college. I liked him in college, and he's out to an outstanding start in his career.'
Curry credited Carter-Williams for sparking the 76ers' come-from-behind wins over Miami, Washington, and Chicago. Curry said, 'They never give up, really. For us, it's going to be a tough task to get a win. We want to be that first time that gives them a loss on their home court.'
Coverage of tonight's game between the Sixers and Warriors begins at 6:50 PM on 97.5 FM The Fanatic.
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