It’s gameday! The Philadelphia 76ers are taking on the Golden State Warriors tonight at 8:30 pm EST in Wells Fargo Center. Today’s contest will be aired on ABC, and Philadelphia station 97.5 “The Fanatic”. Also, the 76ers will wear their Statement edition jerseys, while the Warriors will have on their City edition jerseys.
A few weeks ago, Golden State bested the 76ers by a score of 116-96. However, the Sixers were without star Joel Embiid (health and safety protocols), and Tobias Harris (hip soreness). Ultimately, the Golden State Warriors are looking to sweep the 76ers 2-0 in their season series.
The Golden State Warriors have the best record in the NBA at 21-4, and are atop of the Western Conference. To boot, the Warriors are on a two-game win streak, and 8-2 in their last 10 games. Most recently, Golden State defeated the Portland Trail Blazers 104-94. What’s more, tonight’s contest vs. Philadelphia is the first in their five-game east coast road trip.
Golden State’s Steph Curry based offense remains one of the best in the NBA. To back this, the Warriors score 113.2 points per game (3rd best in the NBA), average 28.7 assists per game (best in the NBA), shoot 47.3% from the field (3rd best in the NBA), and hit 37.3% of their three-point attempts (4th best in the NBA). Most importantly, Stephen Curry leads the team, averaging 27.5 points per game, 5.5 rebounds per game, 6.3 assist per game, and has a 57.4% effective field-goal percentage.
Steph Curry is trying to make NBA history against the 76ers tonight. He’s 10 three-pointers away from setting the new record for all-time three-pointers made. NBA hall of famer Ray Allen currently has the record with 2,973 threes made. On Wednesday night, Philadelphia guard, and brother Seth Curry chimed in saying “Hopefully he makes 14 tonight and we hold him to 2 or 3 on Saturday” (quote from Rich Hofmann of The Athletic).
Steph Curry said he isn’t feeling the weight of the record chase, didn’t feel like he was pressing the other night.— Anthony Slater (@anthonyVslater) December 11, 2021
Soundbite from night practice in Philadelphia pic.twitter.com/YL7uNNpmOQ
Warriors 1:30 pm EST Injury Report
- Andre Iguodala (Questionable – Right Knee Soreness)
- Klay Thompson (Out – Right Achilles Tendon Injury Recovery)
- James Wiseman (Out – Right Knee Injury Recovery)
The Philadelphia 76ers are 14-12 on the season, and in 7th place in the Eastern Conference. Surprisingly, Philadelphia has struggled at Wells Fargo Center this year, as they’re 5-6 at home. In addition, the 76ers are 5-5 against Western Conference opponents.
On Thursday, the Sixers were dominated by the Utah Jazz 118-96. Joel Embiid led the 76ers in scoring with 19 points. However, the star center was struggling with a right abdominal injury for the majority of the game. Furthermore, head coach Doc Rivers considered not playing Embiid in the second half, but the big man said he’d be fine.
Joel Embiid appears fine after a right abdominal injury he called “pretty painful” Thursday: pic.twitter.com/cU5n5u1kkm— Noah Levick (@NoahLevick) December 11, 2021
Warriors head coach Steve Kerr had much praise for Joel Embiid last night. He stated that battling the big fella is like going up against NBA legends Patrick Ewing, or Shaquille O’Neal (via Ky Carlin of USA Today).
76ers 1:30 pm EST Injury Report
- Grant Riller (Out – Right Shoulder Soreness)
- Ben Simmons (Out – Personal Reasons)