This rainy Tuesday 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 run and gun Golden State Warriors.
After the 76ers solid win over San Antonio and then the debacle in Chicago that resulted in one of the worst Ls of the season, we’re not sure what to write about this game against Golden State. One thing is for sure, tonight’s contest will set defense in the NBA back 30 years. The Warriors are the worst defensive squad in the League, giving up an average of 110.7 points per night. Of course our Sixers are not that solid on the defensive end either – 100.2 ppg. (14th in the NBA). Eddie Jordan is probably foaming at the mouth, anticipating the opportunity this game presents for him to flex his offensive genius and play a chess match with Don Nelson, another head coach who has little respect for the defensive end of the floor. So hold on to your seats Philadunkia nation and get ready to see ridiculous lineups and substitutions with no regard for defense all night long.
It’s so hard to build any real excitement about this game tonight as the Warriors are awful and the 76ers stink. One thing we will be watching with some interest is how the Sixers backcourt players — Jrue Holiday, Louis Williams and hopefully Willie Green (GTD) — match up with the trio of lethal guards from the GSW. One could argue that Stephen Curry (24.3 ppg. in his last 7), Monta Ellis (25.6 ppg. in his last 6) and CJ Watson (21.6 ppg. in his last 5) are three of the hottest back court players in the League right now, so the Sixers guards will have their hands full.
To win this game the Sixers have to get the ball inside and we don’t mean a couple of times each half either. We mean pound it inside all night where the Warriors are suspect on defense as bigs Andris Biedrins and Chris Hunter provide little resistance for opponents. The winning formula for the Sixers is that simple – call Elton’s number on the blocks all night. Get Sammy some touches as well. Let Mo Speights get a few looks in the post. We’d even run a bunch of iso post ups for Iguodala. If Jordan attempts to match the Warriors fire power from outside and lets the tempo of teh game get too quick, the Sixers will suffer another L
For a little more insight into the Warriors team the Sixers face tonight, we turn to our man Rasheed Malek from warriorsworld.net to answer two questions on Golden State from us here at Philadunkia as well as provide us with two points of analysis on this GSW squad from an insider’s perspective.
Philadunkia : The GSW are 3-2 in their last five and in both loses (at LAL and vs. the Jazz) they put in what we thought were decent efforts and kept the scores respectable. So is this a sign of life and real hope for the future from the Warriors or just a quick up-tick in another lost season?
Rasheed Malek @ warriorsworld.net : No, this is not a sign of life or a sign of a team taking steps in the right direction. The Warriors system is such that will allow them stay in a game especially at home where they play significantly better than on the road. Teams come in not taking the Warriors serious or get caught up in Nellie’s gimmick lineups and the next thing you know the Warriors are running them out the gym.
The team is vastly lacking in talent and entertainment value where as even in the past though they lacked talent they were entertaining. The Warriors are reaching towards an attitude of indifference from their fans as everyone is tired of the lackadaisical front office moves and general ineptitude throughout the franchise.
Philadunkia : How real is the beef between Monta Ellis and Steph Curry? If it is real, where do you stand on how it should be solved?
Rasheed Malek @ warriorsworld.net : Is it a real beef? I wouldn’t go that far, it’s more prevalent in the minds of fans than it is between the two. I think they both realize that the team won’t be successful with both in the back-court and one will be dealt, with Monta being the most likely candidate. There also might be some resentment towards Curry from Monta as he sees everyone praising Curry with love and affection while he gets the blame or criticism. With that being said, the Warriors have absolutely no excuse for rejecting the proposed deal which would have sent Monta to Memphis in exchange for OJ Mayo and Hasheem Thabeet.
Two Points of Analysisfrom Rasheed Malek @ warriorsworld.net :
1. 3rd Quarters – The Warriors have struggled mightily all season in the 3rd quarter and that is a recipe for failure. When they come out strong in the 3rd they usually do well.
2. Rebounding– Warriors are comically bad on the boards with only Andris Biedrins really doing work. If the Warriors rebound the ball, they stand a better chance to win, Ronny Turiaf, Anthony Tolliver and co. all have to chip in and help out.