Tonight the Sixers will go into the game with their fourth different starting lineup in four games. Kwame Brown, who started on Monday, left the game in the third quarter with a calf strain. He is out for tonight’s game. Starting shooting guard Jason Richardson, who sprained his ankle early in Sunday’s game after stepping on a cameraman, will be out again tonight for the Sixers. As a team, the Sixers have had some success against the Hornets recently. They have won four of their last five meetings, including their most recent matchup last year in New Orleans on January 4th in which the Sixers won 101-93.
Who to Watch: Jrue Holiday. Holiday has been the Sixers leading scorer in each of their first three games and is averaging 19.3 points per game. In addition to scoring, Holiday is also distributing the ball averaging nearly nine assists per game while grabbing an average of 3.7 rebounds per game. Entering the season, head coach Doug Collins said that this season would be crucial for Holiday’s development as a player. In a somewhat surprising move, Collins named Holiday one of the team’s captains and he has stepped up so far.
After losing by four to the San Antonio Spurs in their season opener, the Hornets have won two straight over the Jazz and Bulls, both of which were playoff teams last season. Against the Jazz, No. 1 overall pick Anthony Davis caught an elbow from teammate, and fellow first round pick, Austin Rivers. Davis suffered a concussion and did not travel with the team to Chicago. He will be out for tonight’s contest as well.
Who to Watch: Ryan Anderson. The 2011-12 Most Improved Player with the Orlando Magic has certainly made a name for himself. At 6’10”, Anderson has the body to rebound but also the shooter’s touch to stroke it from beyond the arc. With Davis out against Chicago, Anderson grabbed 13 rebounds and added 12 points of his own. Last year against the Sixers, Anderson averaged 22.3 points and 12.7 rebounds in three games. Needless to say, Anderson has hurt the Sixers in the past.
Tipoff is slated for 8:00 pm. The game can be seen on Comcast Sportsnet and ESPN. It can be heard on 97.5 The Fanatic.
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