Sixers-Warriors: 5 things you need to know

Sixers-Warriors: 5 things you need to know

Brown says he wants the Sixers' effort to match the city

November 4, 2013, 1:45 pm
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Thaddeus Young is one of five Sixers averaging more than 11.7 points. (USA Today Images)

The Sixers (3-0) look to continue their red-hot start on Monday night when they face the Golden State Warriors (2-1).

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

Let’s take a closer look at the matchup:

1. Let the good times roll
The Sixers have turned plenty of heads in the NBA by knocking off Miami, Washington and Chicago to open the season.

They can pin their strong start mostly on their impressive output on the offensive end. The Sixers have the fourth-highest scoring average in the league at 110 points per game. That’s a massive jump from last season when the team finished tied for last in the league with 93.2 points a night.

Evan Turner (23.0), Michael Carter-Williams (20.7), Spencer Hawes (19.7), Thaddeus Young (17.3) and Tony Wroten (11.7) are all averaging double figures in scoring.

The Sixers have also been incredibly efficient from the field, shooting 51.2 percent, which ranks second in the association.

They will need to keep up that pace against a Warriors team that is averaging 112.7 points per game (second in the NBA) and shooting 52.5 percent (first in the NBA).

2. No splashing
Those stellar offensive numbers for the Warriors begin with their backcourt of Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson, also known as the “Splash Brothers.”

The guards continue to build on the names of their NBA fathers Dell Curry and Mychal Thompson by filling up the stat sheet on a nightly basis.

Thompson is averaging 25.0 points and shooting an insane 65.1 percent. Meanwhile, Curry is giving the Warriors 23.3 points a night on 56.5 percent shooting. The duo is combining for 8.3 three-pointers a game so far in 2013-14.

With power forward David Lee also averaging 20.3 points a contest, the Sixers will have their hands full on defense.

3. Take it away
One way the Sixers will try to combat all that firepower is by forcing Golden State into turnovers.

The Sixers have been able to impose their up-tempo style on each of their three opponents at times this season, which lends itself to plenty of mistakes. Opposing teams are turning the ball over 18.3 times per game against the Sixers, tied for seventh in the league.

The Warriors have actually given the ball away 19.3 times a night so far in the young season, so the Sixers should have plenty of miscues to capitalize on Monday night.

4. Back again
After spending last season with Denver following the trade for Andrew Bynum, former Sixer Andre Iguodala will return to the Wells Fargo Center with the Warriors.

Iguodala opted out of his deal in the offseason to become a free agent and signed with the Golden State.

It’s been a slow transition for the swingman so far this year. Iguodala’s averaging 8.7 points, 6.7 assists, 4.7 rebounds and 1.3 steals.

In two matchups against the Sixers last season with the Nuggets, Iguodala averaged 12.0 points, 4.0 rebounds, 4.0 assists and 4.0 turnovers.

Sixers 2008 first-round draft pick Marreese Speights also joined the Warriors in the offseason. He is averaging 6.3 points, 5.3 rebounds and shooting a miserable 31.8 percent off the bench for head coach Mark Jackson.

5. This and that
• Jason Richardson (knee), Nerlens Noel (knee), Arnett Moultrie (ankle) and Kwame Brown (hamstring) are all out for the Sixers. Harrison Barnes (foot/toe) and Jermaine O’Neal (foot) are day-to-day for the Warriors.

• The Sixers have won five straight games at home over the Warriors.

• A win would move the Sixers to 4-0, their best start since opening the 2000-01 season with a franchise-best 10-0 mark.

• The Warriors are 38 of 75 (50.6 percent) from three-point range in their first three games.