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- The Bucks are attempting to open the season 3-0 on the road for the first time since winning the first four games in 2001-02.
- Probable starters for the Bucks include Brandon Jennings and Monta Ellis at guard, Ersan Ilyasova and Tobias Harris at forward and Samuel Dalembert at center.
- The last Bucks victory at Philadelphia came on April 9, 2010.
- Jennings ranks first in the NBA in steals (3.40) and currently has six straight multiple steal games, dating to the final game of last season. In the last 15 years, the longest streak any Bucks player has had of games with two or more steals is eight.
- After missing the last four games with a sprained left ankle, guard Jason Richardson would be inserted back into the 76ers starting lineup, according to coach Doug Collins.
- Meanwhile, the Sixers released an update on injured center Andrew Bynum. It’s expected that Bynum will miss an additional five weeks and possibly more while he recovers from a bone bruise on his right knee. The Sixers are cautiously optimistic that Bynum could resume basketball activities by December 10 with another one to four weeks of training and conditioning to follow.
- Sixers general manager Tony DiLeo, on Bynum: “We know that Sixers fans are eager to see Andrew Bynum play and shine in a 76ers uniform. We also know that no one is more eager to see Andrew play for the Sixers than Andrew himself. He fully realizes the key contribution he can make to the team. Hopefully, that day is coming soon.”
- Before the game, Bynum didn’t view the latest update as a step backwards. “It’s not a setback,” Bynum said. “It’s really the original plan. I’m getting better each day.”
- The Sixers returned home for this game following a 3-0 road trip.
- Sixers forward Thaddeus Young has scored at least 12 points and pulled down at least five rebounds in all six games this season.
– Andy Jasner