Following their gritty win Monday in Sacramento, Tyrese Maxey, and the Sixers will attempt to outplay the current MVP frontrunner, Steph Curry. The Sixers are currently 2-3 on the road trip, despite a multitude of absences. Yet again, the injury report will be something to monitor heading into Wednesday night. The Sixers found a way to sneak past the Kings without starters Joel Embiid, Tobias Harris, Danny Green, and Seth Curry. A result of that nature will be much more challenging against this synergistic Warriors team.
The Warriors’ Curry will successfully challenge the Sixers’ defense all night, as the 33-year old, two-time MVP is averaging 28.4 points, 6.6 assists, 5.9 rebounds, and 1.7 steals per game. Meanwhile, he is shooting 45.5% from the field and 41.1% from three on a career-high 13.1 attempts per game.
The Sixers defense will also be tasked with controlling other go-to scorers such as Jordan Poole and Andrew Wiggins. In a media availability last season, the former was asked about his role changing as he entered the G League bubble, to which he replied,
“Whatever the coaches need me to do, I’ll do. I’m that type of player, and that’s the type of player I’ve been my entire life. First and foremost, I want to go out there, and I want to win. But, you know I’m going to do everything that I can to help us do that, whether it’s shooting the ball, playmaking, being a leader, being vocal. Whatever it takes, I’m just out here trying to win some games.”Jordan Poole
This quote remains relevant today because, as Poole has taken on a more significant role with Golden State, he has stayed true to this response. The 22-year old has amassed 18.4 points, 3.2 assists, 3 rebounds, and 1.2 steals per game on 45.8% shooting from the field. The Michigan product is also attempting 8.1 threes per game, converting at a 33.3% rate.
The team’s second-leading scorer, Wiggins, is tallying 19.1 points per game while shooting 49.4% from the field. Additionally, the 26-year old wing is shooting 36.4% from three on 5.2 attempts per game. Draymond Green will continue to anchor the Warriors’ defense while also playing a key role in facilitating their offense. The 31-year old leads the team with 7.6 assists per game.
As for the visiting Sixers, second-year point guard Tyrese Maxey will have another opportunity to show out in front of a national audience. With ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reporting that this could be the Sixers’ last game without Embiid, look for Andre Drummond, in a favorable positional matchup, to have another high amount of rebounds Wednesday night.
Doc Rivers’ schemes and the Sixers’ defense will be tested against a Warriors team that averages 29.3 assists per game, which tops the league. As a result, Matisse Thybulle will have plenty of opportunities to fly around for steals against a well-spaced offense featuring frequent passing.
Tip-off is scheduled for 10:00 pm EST and will be broadcasted on ESPN along with NBC Sports Philadelphia Plus. Additionally, you can listen to the radio broadcast on 97.5 The Fanatic. Following the game in Golden State, the team will finally return home for their next game on Saturday, November 27th at 6:00 pm EST versus Minnesota. For more Sixers and other Philly sports content, visit PhillySportsNetwork.com!