This 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 key upcoming 76ers games – features tonight’s opponent, the Milwaukee Bucks who lost 5 of 6 on their recent homestand and are the worst team in the NBA (technically speaking).
After the jump, I’ll look a Fo’ key items for tonight’s game. Additionally, we’ll get a little more insight into this Milwaukee team the Sixers face tonight from our colleague K L Chouinard at bucksketball.com, as KL will answer Fo’ questions on his Bucks from us here at Philadunkia.
Here are Fo’ key items I will be watching for tonight…
1) Thad: Thad played angry vs. the Mavs on Friday night in his first game as the #1 option for the 76ers. He posted 30 points on a career high 29 FGAs. He also had 7 steals, 13 boards and 6 dimes as part of a historic stat line — according to the Elias Sports Bureau, the only other player in NBA history to reach all of those numbers in a single game was Hakeem Olajuwon against Seattle on March 10, 1987, with 38 points, 17 rebounds, seven steals and six assists. I’ll be interested to see how Thad plays and what his body language is like in Game #2 of his stint as the Sixers lone ranger.
2) The Scoreboard: The 76ers (110.7 ppg. allowed — 3oth) and the Bucks (101.9 ppg. allowed — 23rd) are two of the worst defensive teams in the League, so it’s a lock that the few people who attend the game tonight will be getting free Big Macs.
3) Arnett Moultrie – Proof of Life: I realize that Arnett Moultrie (5 games this season) is still trying to get the rust off his NBA game, but IMO he has looked completely lost in his return to action with the 76ers. Tonight I’d like to see him play with more energy, finish at the rim strong and play some solid defense. Moultrie needs to show me that he actually has a pulse, because so far it doesn’t look like he cares at all. In fact #5 has looked rather Lavoy Allen-ish so far in his return and that’s not a compliment.
4) Adam Silver’s Head Exploding: Somewhere at the League offices in NYC or at his mansion, Adam Silver will catch parts of this game on TV tonight and be embarrassed at the product he witnesses. He’s stated publicly that he doesn’t believe the 76ers are “tanking” this season. However, I’d like to hear what his inner voice has to say if the Sixers take a L to the Bucks tonight.
Q&A with K L Chouinard at bucksketball.com:
Philadunkia: What did you think of the Bucks trade deadline deal?
K L Chouinard at bucksketball.com: The trade helped the Bucks shed the one salary that they absolutely did not want on the books for next season: Gary Neal’s. In addition, Jeff Adrien, a muscular rebounder, and Ramon Sessions, a dribble-driver, fit two of the Bucks’ biggest needs — albeit for fewer than 30 games.
Philadunkia: What, if any, positives did you see from the Bucks while they dropped five of six on their last homestand?
K L Chouinard at bucksketball.com: One of the few positives was the play of guard Brandon Knight. Since moving Nate Wolters into the starting point guard job, the Bucks have gotten solid production from both guard spots.
Philadunkia: How “sprained” is Caron Butler’s right ankle? (Sarcasm everywhere here as Butler is rumored to be a target for the Miami Heat if he gets a buyout from MIL.)
K L Chouinard at bucksketball.com: I have no idea. Butler has been directly responsible for three of the Bucks’ wins this season when he’s gotten ridiculously hot from outside. Other than that, he’s been terrible, especially on defense. The Bucks are better off when he’s missing games and his playing time is getting distributed among wings like Khris Middleton and Giannis Antetokounmpo.
Philadunkia: What’s one thing that the Sixers need to watch out for tonight vs. the Bucks?
K L Chouinard at bucksketball.com: The tank. Beware the hard, heavy tank.
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