Posted by: C. Smith
03/28/11 3:05 pm EST
This Monday 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 foe, the Chicago Bulls, who are arguably the hottest team in the NBA.
This is going to be an interesting game to watch tonight as it is match up of teams going in completely opposite directions. On one hand, the Bulls are absolutely rolling right now and have their sights set on the #1 seed in the East. Meanwhile, Philadunkia’s home team has struggled of late – losing 2 in a row and 3 of their last four. To be honest the Sixers have played solidly from tip-off to final horn in only one game (W at ATL) since the big home win over Boston on March 11th.
If it wasn’t for the fact that the Knicks can’t do anything correctly right now, the Sixers would be clinging to the 8 seed instead of sitting comfortably as the 6th seed. Hopefully Collins can pull a rabbit out of his hat and help this team put together a complete game tonight, because the 7-6 will need it to down the Bull in Chi-town.
From an X&Os standpoint, we think the Sixers are in a lot of trouble tonight. First, the Bulls feature All-Star Derrick Rose, one of the best scoring point men in the League. We know that starting Sixers point guard Jrue Holiday is a defensive standout, but even Holiday will have a lot of trouble containing the MVP candidate. In the Sixers 105-99 win over Chicago back in January, Rose lit the Sixers up for 27 & 9 assists and he did it on 8 of 21 shooting from the field.