Wednesday, February 12, 2014, 9:00PM at EnergySolutions Arena, Salt Lake City, UT
Posted: February 12, 2014
SALT LAKE CITY –– Looking to put a much-needed notch in the win column before the All-Star Break, the Sixers travel to Utah to take on the Jazz Wednesday at 9pm (EST).
Matchup to Watch
Point Guard: Michael Carter-Williams vs. Trey Burke
In a point guard rematch of last year’s NCAA Final Four meeting between Syracuse and Michigan, rookies Michael Carter-Williams and Trey Burke square off for the first time as pros. Carter-Williams leads all rookies in points (17.1), assists (6.4), rebounds (5.4), and steals (2.1), but Burke isn’t far behind. Despite missing the first 12 of the season with a finger injury, the former Michigan Wolverine is one of a handful of rookies, along with Carter-Williams, vying for Rookie of the Year honors.
On the year, Burke is averaging 12.6 points, 5.6 assists, and 3.1 rebounds per game, but his most impressive contributions aren’t those that have shown up on the stat sheet. Rather, his impact can most be seen in the win column. The Jazz began the year 1-11, but since Burke returned from a finger injury in late November, Utah is 17-22.
Carter-Williams (6’6”) has the size advantage over Burke (6’1”), and it shows when one takes a closer look at their playing styles. 40.6% of Carter-Williams’ shot attempts come from inside the restricted area, compared to just 15.8% for Burke, who attempts more than twice as many midrange jump shots than his Philadelphia counterpart. Carter-Williams gets to the free-throw line 5.4 time per game, compared to just 1.7 times per game for Burke.
When the two met in last year’s Final Four, they held one another in check offensively. The two went a combined 2-for-14 from the field for nine points. They also were awarded NBA Rookie of the Month honors in January for their respective conferences.
Scouting the Jazz
Coming in Hot
Saturday, the Jazz upset the Miami Heat, holding LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, and Chris Bosh to just 45 combined points on 14-of-39 shooting (35.9 FG%) en route to a 94-89 victory at EnergySolutions Arena. Then, on Tuesday, they traveled to Los Angeles and handed the Lakers their sixth consecutive loss, winning 96-79. The two victories came on the heels of a four-game losing skid.
After Tuesday’s win over Los Angeles, the Jazz hopped on a late-night flight back to Salt Lake City, losing an hour in the process by switching time zones. It’ll be a quick turnaround for them, as they take on the Sixers at 7pm local time (9pm eastern). The Jazz are 4-10 on the year on the back-end of back-to-backs.
|Category||Sixers (15-38)||Jazz (18-33)|
|PPG||Evan Turner – 17.4||Gordon Hayward – 16.3|
|RPG||Spencer Hawes – 8.5||Derrick Favors – 9.2|
|APG||Michael Carter-Williams – 6.4||Trey Burke – 5.5|
|SPG||Michael Carter-Williams – 2.1||Gordon Hayward – 1.4|
|BPG||Spencer Hawes – 1.2||Derrick Favors – 1.3|
Shoot-around: Brett Brown