02/26/10 6:44 pm EST
This Friday , over-hyped blizzard edition of “Fo’ with the Foes” — Philadunkia’s advanced scouting series which with the help of an accomplished journalist from around the NBA beat or blog world, previews upcoming 76ers opponents — features tonight’s opponent the defending NBA Champion Los Angeles Lakers.
Is it wrong to root against Philadunkia’s home team? Is it even more of a basketball sin to hope that the 76ers (22-35) get their doors blown off by the Lakers tonight? Well if it is wrong, then we don’t want to be right. Here’s why…We have to figure that a blow out loss to the Lakers tonight would be the final nail in Eddie Jordan’s coffin. Numerous Sixers insiders and beat writers were proclaiming this current road trip, which ends against the Lakers tonight, as some sort of last stand for Jordan. If the Sixers did well on this trip, then Jordan holds onto his job until the end of the year. If the Sixers soil the bed on this trip then allegedly Jordan is done.
Well, if the Sixers get pummeled tonight, then the team would end this road trip 1-3 and it would not be a pretty 1-3 either. In Chicago the Sixers got simply embarrassed to the tune of a 32-point beat down. Then at Golden State, the Sixers let a 24-point 2nd half lead slip away to the pathetic Warriors only to miraculously pull the game out by the skin of their teeth. In Phoenix the next night, Jordan’s crew got worked by the Suns. Don’t be fooled by the 106-95 final score, it was never that close in the second half. The Suns ran out to a 22-point lead in the 3rd Q, thanks to all-world guard Steve Nash and his maestro-like skills at the helm of the Suns offense. Nash did not see a single tick in the 4th Q and Amare played only 2:07 in fourth, yet the Sixers never got closer then 11 points.
If you combine the above evidence with a lopsided loss to the Lakers tonight, then in our opinion Jordan’s demise would finally be sealed. Hallelujah !! We for one have been calling for his firing since right before New Year’s. So if we have to root against the Sixers tonight to rid ourselves of Eddie Jordan and begin to move the 76ers ever so slightly forward, then that’s what we’re going to do and we’ll do it with passion.
For a little more insight into the Lakers team the Sixers face tonight, we turn to our man Darius Soriano from forumblueandgold.com to answer two questions on LA from us here at Philadunkia as well as provide us with two points of analysis on this Lakers squad from an insider’s perspective.