11/24/09 4:29 pm EST
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 upcoming 76ers opponents — features tonight’s opponent and Eddie Jordan’s former team, the Washington Wizards. This trip to the District of Columbia is the second game of a three game road trip for the Sixers.
We feel like we’re writing this a lot lately, but the Wizards much like the 76ers have struggled mightily here at the start of the 2009-10 season and a lot of ills that have plagued the Sixers are hurting the Wizards efforts early on this year. The Wiz struggles have mostly been associated with poor shooting (43% from the field), adjustments to a new coach and new roles for key players. Sound familiar?
This is going to be a tough game for the Sixers to win. Yes the Wizards are a mess and there is some infighting going on in the locker room, but Washington is athletic, potentially they can score from outside, the team certainly has a great set of bigs (Haywood & AJ) to compliment their perimeter shooting once that gets going and they also have a go to player for clutch moments in Gilbert Arenas. Plus they are familiar with Eddie Jordan’s Princeton offense. If you can even call what the Sixers have been running in the half-court offense a form of the Princeton offense. It’s more like the adopted kid brother that nobody likes to Pete Carrill’s version of this “read-and-react” offensive scheme. So the Wizards present a load of problems for the defensively challenged Sixers. Still the Sixers showed signs of turning the corner against Cleveland and dare we hope possibly getting this season back on track. So, there is a glimmer of hope that the Sixers can steal one down in the nation’s capital tonight
For a little more insight into the Wizards team the Sixers face tonight, we turn to our man Kyle Weidie from the Wiz faithful blog truthaboutit.net .