03/12/10 4:47 pm EST
This Friday, ‘ How many will a rested Lebron hit for tonight? ‘, 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 foes the Cleveland Cavaliers.
What would you like us to say about tonight’s game against the 50-win Lebrons? Philadunkia’s home team has lost seven of their last eight and played like absolute dogs in three of their last five games. Additionally, the Sixers have also been outscored by an average of 15.3 points in losing their last three runs at the Wachovia Center. On Wednesday night against the Charlotte Bobcats the Sixers hit rock bottom nd gave their most pathetic effort of this very sorry season. They gave up 37 points in the 1st quarter, trailed by as many as 29 for a minute, then several players quit trying at all in the 3rd, they ended up losing lost by 15 and got booed by the home crowd. In short, this one tonight against the East leading Cavaliers isn’t going to be close or pretty to watch.
However if you want to make this game remotely interesting, we suggest you take the Cavs, lay the 7 points, then sit back and watch the cash roll in.
For a little more insight into the Cavs team the Sixers face tonight, we turn to our man John Krolik from cavstheblog.com to answer two questions on the Cavaliers from us here at Philadunkia as well as provide us with two points of analysis on this Cleveland squad from an insider’s perspective.
Philadunkia : Between Delonte’s personal problems, Mo’s injury, bringing Antwan Jamison in at the deadline, then Lebron’s injury, now Jamison’s injury and of course Big Z missing a month of action because of his buyout in Washington, the Cavs lineup / rotations has seen numerous changes this year. It hasn’t seemed to slow them down during the regular season, but once completely assembled and healthy, will your Cavs have enough time to gel before the post season in order to make a title run?
John Krolik @ cavstheblog.com : Every team deals with injuries and problems during the regular season. A team almost never goes into the playoffs 100% — if anything, dealing with all these changes and problems could help keep the Cavs hungry and focused during the postseason. In a perfect world, the Cavs wouldn’t have had any of these problems, but almost every team deals with stuff like this. Last season, the Lakers won a championship with their starting center being a non-factor due to injury. The Cavs might have to pull off a similar feat, but them’s the breaks.
Philadunkia : The Sixers are having a horrific year and about two weeks ago they finally quit on this season. However, one thing we have to give them credit for is that they have played their best games against the NBA’s elite teams like LAL, Dallas, Celtics, San Antonio, PHX and the Cavs back in November. So are you worried about this one tonight?
John Krolik @ cavstheblog.com : Every game terrifies me. The 76ers have great athletes on their team, and that’s why they’re capable of playing with any team in the league even as they struggle. If the 6ers can use their athleticism to bother the Cavs on the perimeter and get some easy baskets on the break, they can definitely make this one a game.
Two Points of Analysis from John Krolik @ cavstheblog.com :
1) Cleveland taken the first two games of the season over Philadelphia with Lebron hitting for an average of 34.0 points and 8.0 assists. The Cavs have now won seven of eight over the Sixers and taken the last six in Philadelphia. None of that is good news for the Sixers which own the league’s third-worst home record at 10-20.
2) Since their 3-game losing streak in mid-February, the Cavs have won 7 of 8 and are 1-1 without Lebron in that stretch. During Lebron’s week off they lost at Milwaukee and then won at home vs. the Spurs.