12/03/10 2:52 pm EST
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 red hot Atlanta Hawks.
The 76ers are riding a two-game winning streak (their 1st of the year) as they head to “Hot ‘lanta” to face a Hawks team that is on a four game winning streak.
On the 76ers side of things, this game is all about Evan Turner for us. Now that Turner has been “benched”, we will be very anxious to see how the kid handles the return to the pine. According to every scouting report we read before the 2010 NBA Draft, Turner has a high basketball IQ and is mentally tough, so hopefully he understands the demotion and will not be shaken by this move. But you never know how a player, especially a rookie, will react to losing his starting spot until it actually goes down.
When he does get in the game, Turner must be aggressive and get some buckets against Jamal Crawford who on his best day is a mediocre defender. Turner’s recent struggles are scary — 1.4 ppg. in his last four runs – and this game presents a solid opportunity for him to get back on track.
The big story out of Atlanta this week is that All-Star guard and leading scorer Joe Johnson will miss several weeks of action with an injury to his shooting elbow that required surgery on Thursday. However, Philadunkia nation should not start jumping up and down with visions of an upset because of that news.