76ers Blog: Pre-Game Notes ~ 12/6/2013 @ Charlotte
12/6/2013 3:41:00 PM
The 76ers (7-12; 2nd-Atlantic Division, 9th-Eastern Conference) play the Charlotte Bobcats (8-11; 4th-Southeast Division, 8th-EC) for the first time during the regular season. The two teams met in an exhibition game back in October, with Charlotte posting a convincing 110-84 victory.
Tonight's 7:00 PM EST game marks the start of a back-to-back set for the Sixers; they host the Denver Nuggets tomorrow. The Bobcats, meanwhile, are beginning a three-game home stand. Both teams will be short-handed.
PG Michael Carter-Williams ~ Right knee (out)
C Brendan Haywood ~ Left foot stress fracture (out)
SF Michael Kidd-Gilchrist ~ Left hand fracture (out)
The 76ers will be without reigning Eastern Conference Rookie of the Month, Michael Carter-Williams. Tony Wroten will likely be the replacement for Carter-Williams, who produced a triple-double in Tuesday's double-overtime win against the Orlando Magic. Wroten has averaged 19.5 points in four games as a starter this year.
With Carter-Williams sidelined, the Sixers' depth will come into sharper focus. Two games ago, head coach Brett Brown decided to remove shooting guard James Anderson from the starting line-up, opting instead to bring him in off the bench.
"You want just solid. You don't want to feel like you're subbing, and inevitably the game's completely at risk," said Brown on Thursday. "We understand we're young. James coming in can provide some veteran type of stability. He's an instinctive, natural type of scorer. Maybe we can get a punch. In general, we want to compete, stay solid, hold the fort, build on momentum, build on all of those energy type aspects that the youth can provide."
Like the 76ers, Charlotte will be without a key, up-and-coming contributor. SF Michael Kidd-Gilchrist - the second overall selection of the 2012 NBA draft - fractured his left hand in the Bobcats' 89-82 loss at the Dallas Mavericks on Tuesday. Although Kidd-Gilchrist has has averaged 9.1 points and 5.3 rebounds, his absence will rob Charlotte of a critical defensive presence.
"That's obviously the main concern," said first-year head coach Steve Clifford during Thursday's practice session. "From the way he defended [Miami's] LeBron James twice, [Indiana's] Paul George, [Toronto's] Rudy Gay, game on the line, there's not many guys that can do what he can do physically. He's also very bright. It's bad for him, it's bad for us."
A one-on-one conversation with Sixers' guard James Anderson is linked below the image in the upper right corner of the article.