It’s gameday! The Philadelphia 76ers will rematch the Charlotte Hornets tonight at 7:00 pm EST in the Spectrum Center. Also, this game is meant to be broadcasted on NBC Sports Philadelphia, and local station 97.5 “The Fanatic”. Additionally, Charlotte plans to wear their icon jersey and Philadelphia will have on their statement jerseys. Tonight’s contest is the second to last meeting between these teams. Most importantly, if the 76ers were to win, they’d secure the season series against Charlotte.
The Charlotte Hornets are 14-12 on the season, and have the 7th seed in the Eastern Conference.
On Monday, the Hornets suffered a 127-124 overtime loss from the Philadelphia 76ers. Nonetheless, Kelly Oubre Jr. had a spectacular performance of 35 points, 4 steals, and shot 54.2% from the field on 24 shot attempts. Despite being undermanned, Charlotte put up a tremendous fight against the 76ers. Furthermore, Oubre Jr. backed this by stating “Obviously, definitely wanted to win. But just taking the good out of it, young guys stepped up today. I feel that we were able to just compete with one of the best teams in the East and showing proof. We’ll see them again on Wednesday, so I think it was a good learning lesson for us” (quote from Roderick Boone of The Charlotte Observer).
Once again, Charlotte will be short-handed tonight vs. the 76ers because of health and safety protocols. To specify, LaMelo Ball, Jalen McDaniels, Mason Plumlee, Terry Rozier, and Ish Smith are sidelined.
All in all, the Charlotte Hornets are severely undermanned, and they’re at risk of losing 15 consecutive games to the Philadelphia 76ers.
Hornets 5:30 am EST Injury Report:
- LaMelo Ball (Out – Health and Safety Protocols)
- Jalen McDaniels (Out – Health and Safety Protocols)
- Mason Plumlee (Out – Health and Safety Protocols)
- Terry Rozier (Out – Health and Safety Protocols)
- Ish Smith (Out – Health and Safety Protocols)
The Philadelphia 76ers possess a 13-11 record, and are in 6th place in the Eastern Conference. Fortunately, the Sixers are on a needed two-game winning streak. In addition, tonight’s rematch against the Charlotte Hornets is the last contest of their three-game road swing. In this road trip, Philadelphia is 2-0, and they aspire to be undefeated in these few games.
Luckily, the 76ers got a surprisingly difficult overtime win over the Hornets 127-124. Above all, star Joel Embiid dominated Charlotte’s defense, and carried Philadelphia offensively. Statistically, Embiid led the team with 43 points, 15 rebounds, 7 assists, and shot 75% from the field on 20 shot attempts. To boot, guard Shake Milton commented on the big man’s elite performance: “It’s not even surprising at this point. The things he’s able to do – it’s unreal – To be that big and have the skills that he has” (quote from Lauren Rosen of the Philadelphia 76ers).
Joel Embiid scored or assisted on every made field goal the 76ers had in the last 10 minutes of last night's win pic.twitter.com/UHMvPcf964— Matt ⚔️ (@Sixers_Matt) December 7, 2021
Notably, starting point guard Tyrese Maxey missed Monday’s game vs. Charlotte because of a non-covid illness. One can theorize that this is the same illness forward Tobias Harris suffered from. Regardless, the sophomore guard is listed as questionable for tonight’s game.
Today’s game is the first part of a back-to-back for the 76ers. After this contest, they’ll fly back to Philadelphia to face the Utah Jazz. Consequently, the Sixers may be more focused on Thursday’s matchup, and that could affect their effort vs. Charlotte.
76ers 5:30 am EST Injury Report:
- Tyrese Maxey (Questionable – Illness)
- Grant Riller (Out – Right Shoulder Soreness)
- Ben Simmons (Out – Personal Reasons)