Sixers-Bobcats: What you need to know

Sixers-Bobcats: What you need to know
February 9, 2013, 11:00 am
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Sixers vs. Bobcats, 8 p.m. — CSN
Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia

Records
Sixers: 21-27 (Fourth in Atlantic Division, ninth in Eastern Conference)

Bobcats: 11-38 (Fifth in Southeast Division, 15th in Eastern Conference)

Previous games
The Sixers were denied a season-high fourth straight win for the fourth time this season after falling to the Indiana Pacers, 88-69, on Wednesday night. Jrue Holiday scored a game-high 19 points, but shot just 7 of 22 from the field. The Sixers' 69 points was their fewest in a game since a 96-67 loss to the Nets on April 5, 2009.

After blowing a 20-point second-half lead in a 100-93 loss to the Los Angeles Lakers on Friday, the Bobcats have now dropped 33 of their last 37 games. Byron Mullens and Gerald Henderson each had 20 points for Charlotte, which has lost six consecutive contests.

Who's hot
Holiday is averaging 22.1 points, 9.2 assists and 4.4 rebounds over his past 11 games. The 6-foot-4 point guard has played 40-plus minutes in each of the past five games and ranks eighth in the NBA in mpg (38.5).

Nick Young, who has started the last six games, has averaged 15.8 points with just six turnovers since being re-inserted into the Sixers' starting lineup. However, Young is just 2-for-14 from three-point range in his last three contests.

Who's not
Evan Turner continues to struggle for the Sixers. He has scored a total of 20 points on 25.7 percent shooting over his past four contests. In perhaps his worst game of the season, Turner went 1-for-10 from the field and finished with just two points in Wednesday's loss to the Pacers.

Head-to-head
The Sixers have won four straight and six of their last seven games against Charlotte. In their last meeting, the Sixers topped the Bobcats, 104-98, on Nov. 30.

Did you know?
Holiday is on pace to become just the second player in franchise history to average at least 15 points, eight assists and four rebounds per game in a season. Wilt Chamberlain accomplished that feat in 1967-68, averaging 24.3 points, 23.8 rebounds and eight assists per contest.

Injuries
Sixers: Jason Richardson will undergo season-ending knee surgery next week to repair a hole in the cartilage of his ailing left knee. He is expected to be out between nine and 12 months.

Andrew Bynum (bilateral knee bone bruises) remains sidelined.

Thad Young suffered a Grade 1 left hamstring strain in Monday's win over the Orlando Magic and will be out for three weeks.

Bobcats: Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, who suffered a concussion last Saturday against the Houston Rocket, returned to Charlotte in Friday's loss to the Lakers. He scored four points and grabbed 10 rebounds in 25 minutes.

Sound off
How concerned are you by Turner's current slump?

The Associated Press contributed to this report.