Sixers-Spurs: 5 things you need to know

Sixers-Spurs: 5 things you need to know
November 11, 2013, 2:15 pm
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Evan Turner is averaging 23.4 points through seven games. (USA Today Images)

The Sixers (4-3) are back in action on Monday night against the San Antonio Spurs (6-1).

Tipoff is set for 7 p.m. (CSN) at the Wells Fargo Center.

Here’s a closer look at the matchup:

1. Remember me?
Sixers head coach Brett Brown will face his former team for the first time since leaving in the offseason. Brown spent over a decade in the Spurs organization as an assistant coach and director of player development and was a member of three championship teams.

Brown has carried over plenty of principles he learned from Spurs coach Gregg Popovich along with perennial all-stars Tim Duncan, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili, and it’s shown in the Sixers’ surprising start to the season.

Brown won’t be the only Sixer seeking to make an impression on his old team. Starting shooting guard James Anderson was selected 20th overall by the Spurs in the 2010 draft.

2. Slow down the scoring
The Sixers’ run-and-gun style on offense has left their defense vulnerable so far this season.

The Sixers are tied for 27th in the NBA in turnovers with 19 per game and are giving up a league-worst 106.9 points a night.

That could be a dangerous combination against the efficient Spurs. The perennial power is shooting 47.1 percent from the field, which is seventh in the league.

3. Turner’s time
Evan Turner is on a tear offensively. The swingman is averaging 23.4 points through the Sixers’ first seven games, good enough for eighth in the NBA. He is also grabbing 6.7 rebounds per game and handing out 3.3 assists.

Turner has been a marksman with his midrange jump shot but, perhaps more importantly, he has been working his way to the free throw line. Turner is averaging a career-high 6.1 attempts from the charity stripe and connecting on 86 percent.

4. Injuries
Sixers center Daniel Orton (knee) missed the Sixers’ home-and-home series against the Cleveland Cavaliers and is day to day. Big men Nerlens Noel (knee), Kwame Brown (hamstring), Arnett Moultrie (ankle) and guard Jason Richardson (knee) are all out.

The Spurs have no injuries heading into Monday’s matchup.

5. This and that
• The Sixers have lost their last four games against the Spurs.

• The Spurs have won four straight games overall.

• San Antonio shot a season-high 53.9 percent in a 120-89 win over the New York Knicks on Sunday.

• Monday’s meeting will truly be a test of wills. The Sixers are fourth in the league in scoring at 105.9 points per game, while the Spurs allow a second-ranked 92.4 points a night.

• Sixers point guard Michael Carter-Williams leads all rookies in scoring with 18.4 points per game.