by Kyle Sullivan
Following a hard fought battle against the Indiana Pacers in which the Sixers fell 99-90 at Bankers Life Fieldhouse, the Sixers host the Chicago Bulls Wednesday in the first of six remaining home regular season games.
Matchup to Watch
PF: Carlos Boozer vs. Thaddeus Young
In the two teams’ last matchup in Chicago, a 103-78 Bulls win on January 18, Thaddeus Young posted 12 points, four rebounds, and two assists in 29 minutes on the court. His primary assignment on the defensive end, Carlos Boozer, finished with 15 points and 13 rebounds in 28 minutes. Wednesday night, Thaddeus Young will look to limit Boozer’s effectiveness on the glass, where he is averaging 8.4 rebounds per game on the year and 11.5 per meeting with the Sixers this season.
In Monday’s game against the Pacers, Young led Philadlephia 23 points on 9-of-19 shooting while also notching five rebounds. Boozer had 12 points on 5-of-13 shooting and also grabbed 11 rebounds for Chicago in a 97-85 loss to the Thunder, also on Monday.
On the season, Young is averaging 17.8 points, 6.1 rebounds, 2.3 assists, and 2.2 steals per game game. Boozer is averaging 14.0 points, 8.4 rebounds, 1.5 assists, and 0.7 steals a game.
That's a Three-ball!
In Monday night's game against the Pacers, swingman Hollis Thompson had a hot hand, finishing with 17 points on 6-of-7 shooting, including a season-best 4-of-4 outing from behind the arc; it was his ninth “flawless” performance from long range this season. Over his last five games, Thompson is shooting an even 50.0% from three-point land, and on the season, he’s shooting 36.4% from deep, fifth amongt rookies.
Every Rose Has Its Thorn
Since winning NBA MVP honors in 2011, Chicago point guard Derrick Rose has been hit with the injury bug. After fighting various maladies throughout the 2011-12 season, Rose tore his ACL in the first game of a first-round meeting with the Sixers in the 2012 Playoffs. After missing the entire 2012-13 season, Rose returned early this year, only suffer a meniscus tear in his other knee against the Trail Blazers on November 22; he hasn’t played since.
In Rose’s absence, center Joakim Noah has taken the reigns as Chicago’s leader, propelling the Bulls to a 31-25 record in the absence of their start point guard. On the season, Noah is averaging 12.3 points, 11.3 rebounds, and 5.0 assists per game, putting him on pace to join Wilt Chamberlain, Bill Russell, Alvan Adams, Kareem Abdul Jabbar, Dave Cowens, Jeff Ruland, and Bill Walton as the only centers to ever top 12 points, 11 rebounds, and five assists per game.
Philadelphia: Carter-Williams | Wroten | Thompson | T. Young | Sims
Chicago: Hinrich | Butler | Dunleavy | Boozer | Noah
Tale of the Tape
|Category||Bulls (37-30)||Sixers (15-52)|
|PPG||D.J. Augustin – 14.1||Thaddeus Young – 17.8|
|RPG||Joakim Noah – 11.3||Thaddeus Young – 6.1|
|APG||D.J. Augustin – 5.1||Michael Carter-Williams – 6.2|
|SPG||Jimmy Butler – 2.0||Thaddeus Young – 2.2|
|BPG||Joakim Noah – 1.5||Michael Carter-Williams – 0.7|