While the BIG3’s arrival in Philadelphia will be focused on the return of hometown legends Allen Iverson and Julius “Dr. J” Erving, there are 9 former Clippers looking to make some noise. Here’s a look at some of the matchups heading into the day, made just for Clippers-faithful.
Game 1: Ghost Ballers (2-1) vs. Power (2-1)
Ricky Davis of Ghost Ballers and Cuttino Mobley of Power will both be seeking their third win of the season. Last week, Davis led Ghost Ballers to a win with 23 points, 9 rebounds, and 3 assists, while Mobley led the way for Power with 19 points, 5 rebounds, and 3 assists in a tough loss. Although Ghost Ballers fare much better in terms of average point differential (+8 vs. -9), these teams match up favorably otherwise, so expect a close game.
Corey Maggette (Power) will not be playing due to injury.
Game 2: Trilogy (3-0) vs. Ball Hogs (1-2)
Rasual Butler will be looking to help lead Ball Hogs to their second win of the season against undefeated Trilogy. Last week, Butler led the way for Ball Hogs with 19 points and 4 rebounds on stellar 7-of-12 shooting, including 3-of-6 from behind the arc. While Butler’s heroics have been helpful, it will take far more than his scoring to overcome a Trilogy team that shot 63.3% from the field and 50% from behind the arc in Week 3.
Kenyon Martin (Trilogy) will not be playing due to injury.
Game 3: Killer 3s (1-2) vs. 3-Headed Monsters (2-1)
Stephen Jackson, Chauncey Billups, Reggie Evans, and Brian Cook of Killer 3s look to stay hot against 3-Headed Monsters. Last week, Billups, Jackson, and Evans combined to score all 51 points for Killer 3s, including a 4-point shot by Billups. They did, though, only shoot 16.7% from behind the arc as a team, so look for more midrange and post play, as well as the involvement of others this week. It should also be noted that 3-Headed Monsters had a league-leading 10 assists last week (on 21 made field goals), so Killer 3s will need to disrupt ball movement whenever possible.
Game 4: 3’s Company (1-2) vs. Tri-State (0-3)
Al Thornton and Ruben Patterson of 3’s Company hope to keep Tri-State winless. Last week, Thornton and Patterson combined to score just 10 of 3’s Company’s 42 points, also combining for just 4-of-11 shooting from the field and 0-of-2 from behind the arc. Hopefully, Thornton and Patterson can both have a bounce-back week against a Tri-State team still in search for a win.
Everyone in Wells Fargo Center, though, will likely be more focused on the Philly legends matchup itself, hoping for A.I. (3’s Company) to shine, as Coach Dr. J (Tri-State) looks on from bench hoping to keep his team afloat.
Game 1 will tip off at 6:00pm (EST) at Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, PA. For those who cannot watch in-person, follow real-time updates from the BIG3 here.
All BIG3 games will be broadcast tomorrow night on Fox Sports 1 starting at 8:00pm (local time).