This Friday 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 Atlanta Hawks.
Given the horrific play of the 76ers for 90% of the last two months and the fact that they’ve had no idea how to “Protect this House” in 2009-10 (3rd worst home record in the League), we were tempted to quickly write down tonight’s game against the Atlanta Hawks as a blow out loss and move on. However, the win in Milwaukee on Wednesday night highlighted a trend with this struggling Sixers team. For some reason they frequently rise up against “elite”, playoff-bound teams, and give them a good game or even pull out the occasional upset. In addition to the shocking win two nights ago at Milwaukee, the Sixers played decently but lost to Orlando on Monday and put in “spirited” efforts earlier this month against Cleveland and Boston. Back in February, they beat the Spurs and gave the Lakers all they could handle before going down in the final ticks.
So we don’t expect the Sixers to get embarrassed tonight, but we still think a W is out of the question. We know their defense is not good enough to stop the talented and deep Hawks who feature the scorerslike Joe Johnson, Josh Smith, Jamal Crawford, Al Horford, Marvin Williams and Jeff Teague. Additionally, Philadunkia’s home team doesn’t have enough firepower to go toe-to-toe with the Hawks offense in a shoot out style game. So after further consideration, our original instinct was probably correct, tonight the Sixers are going to take another L and inch closer to the 4th spot in 2010 NBA Lotter, but they’ll do it gracefully.
For a little more insight into the Hawks team the Sixers face tonight, we turn to our man Bret LaGree from hoopinionblog.com to answer two questions on Atlanta from us here at Philadunkia as well as provide us with two points of analysis on his Hawks squad from an insider’s perspective.