Posted by: C. Smith
03/16/11 3:12 pm EST
This slumping 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 surging Los Angeles Clippers.
Yup, that’s not a misprint. We said “surging” and Clippers in the same sentence. Even though the Clip-joint is 1-2 in their last three games, they are 5-2 in their last seven runs and have played much, much better in recent weeks. That recent run of solid play includes an 11-2 record in their last 13 games at the Staples Center. Meanwhile our Sixers are officially in their first slump of 2011 having lost two straight and 3-of-their-last-4 games. In addition to some match up problems and injuries, the fact that this game features two teams trending in opposite directions is another reason why we don’t like the Sixers chances tonight.
Obviously the Clippers will present some problems for the Sixers on the interior. Unless we can restrict Blake “The Poster Child” Griffin to shooting jumpers, he is going to be a nightmare to deal with tonight. Frankly we don’t see any of the Sixer bigs being able to guard him in half-court or keep up with him on the break, so you can book him for 20 & 10 tonight. Plus his last game at Memphis may have been his worst all year, so he’ll be extra motivated to wipe that disaster from the memory of every SportsCenter viewer. Combine that extra incentive with the fact that Griffin must be licking his chops over tonight’s match up with a visibly tiring (and reportedly injured) Elton Brand and the sky is the limit for Blake tonight. The Sixers will probably also have problems with the Clips other bigs as well. Keeping 7-footer DeAndre Jordan off the boards (7 rpg.) will be a big hurdle for the Sixers as will controlling Chris Kaman (12 & 7 per) when he is in the game.
Also, is it me or does Mo Williams always give the Sixers fits, no matter what team he is on?
A tired and slumping Sixers team that faces matchup issues inside and on the perimeter leads us to believe the Sixers losing streak extends to three games tonight. As always we hope and pray we are wrong.
For a little more insight into the Clippers team the Sixers face tonight, we turn to our man Breene Murphy at clipperblog.com to answer two questions on his Los Angeles team from us here at Philadunkia as well as provide us with two points of analysis on this Clips squad from an insider’s perspective.