Rant-O-Matic: Previewing Philadelphia 76ers vs. New Orleans Hornets, San Antonio Spurs vs. Los Angeles Clippers

Here’s the latest edition of Rant-O-Matic for November 7, 2012:

Philadelphia 76ers vs. New Orleans Hornets 

After a surprise first-round upset over the Chicago Bulls last year in the playoffs, expectations were high for the 76ers entering the 2012-13 season, but this year hasn’t gotten off the way they would have liked it to as they’ve dropped two-straight games following an opening night win over the Denver Nuggets. To make things even more complicated, Philadelphia has been hit with the injury bug between Andrew Bynum, Jason Richardson, and Kwame Brown.

As for the Hornets, they’ve been dealing with some rookie injuries of their own as Anthony Davis is expected to miss his second-straight start after suffering a concussion against the Utah Jazz over the weekend. Either way, New Orleans deserves credit for their surprise 2-1 start considering this seemed like another rebuilding year for a team still recovering from the Chris Paul trade.

San Antonio Spurs vs. Los Angeles Clippers

The Spurs are off to a 4-0 start for the first time in franchise history and look to pick up their fifth win of the season against the Clippers–who were swept by San Antonio in the second round of the playoffs last season.

One of the main reasons why the Spurs have gotten off to a hot start is because of future Hall of Famer Tim Duncan–who is averaging over 19 points and 10 rebounds so far this season. If the Clippers have any chance of beating the San Antonio and ending their two-game losing skid on Wednesday, they’ll need another big game from Paul as the point guard is averaging over 18 points and 11 assists so far over the first four games.

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