Monday, February 10, 2014, 10:30PM at Oracle Arena, Oakland, California
Posted: February 10, 2014
SAN FRANCISCO –– Looking to get back on track after a 123-78 loss to the Clippers in Los Angeles Sunday night, the Sixers (15-37) travel to Oakland to take on the Golden State Warriors (30-21). The game is the team’s second-to-last contest before the All-Star Break.
Scouting the Warriors
When talking about the Golden State Warriors, the primary topic of conversation is always the team’s three-point prowess, led by the sharpshooting backcourt duo of Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson. On the season, Curry and Thompson rank first and second in the league in made threes, with 161 and 149 respectively. Curry’s averaging career highs in points (24.6) and assists (9.1) per game while shooting 45.9% from the field and 40.4% from beyond the arc. Thompson, too, is enjoying a career year, averaging 18.6 points per game on 43.4% from the field and 41.0% from beyond the three-point line.
Battered Big Men
David Lee and Andrew Bogut, the Warriors’ frontcourt starters, have missed the team’s last two games. Officially, the statuses of Lee (left shoulder sprain/left hip strain) and Bogut (left shoulder inflammation) for Monday’s game against the Sixers are both “yet to be determined.” The physically imposing duo help make Golden State the league’s second-best rebounding team. In the absence of Lee and Bogut, Draymond Green and Jermaine O’Neal have started for the Warriors at power forward and center.
Turning it Over
The Warriors rank second in the league in turnovers committed per game (15.8). Conversely, the Sixers rank second in the league in turnovers forced per game (16.1). Over Philadelphia’s last three games, though, they’ve forced just 13.3 per game (22nd).
|Category||Sixers (15-36)||Warriors (30-21)|
|PPG||Evan Turner – 17.5||Stephen Curry – 24.6|
|RPG||Spencer Hawes – 8.6||Andrew Bogut – 10.7|
|APG||Michael Carter-Williams – 6.5||Stephen Curry – 9.1|
|SPG||Michael Carter-Williams – 2.2||Stephen Curry – 1.8|
|BPG||Spencer Hawes – 1.3||Andrew Bogut – 1.9|