This Friday 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 defending NBA Champions, the Los Angeles Lakers.
What would you like us to say about tonight’s game against the World Champion Lakers? We all know that the 76ers have little shot at winning this one and it’s just a matter of how bad the Lakers want to beat us tonight. It doesn’t matter that this is game 6 of an eight game road trip for the Lakers. It doesn’t matter that Ron Artest is hurt and playing the worst basketball of his career. It doesn’t matter that the Lakers as a team are not playing their best ball right now (3-2 on this road trip; 7-5 over their last 12 games) . Nor does it matter that Kobe has a broken finger on his hand that is causing issues with his shot. The Lakers are simply a much, much better team all-around and despite all of the above “problems” LA should win this game easily.
The Sixers one sliver of hope is the NBA’s version of the trap game theory. The Lakers have a highly anticipated game at Boston on Sunday afternoon that will be broadcast to a national television audience. So there is a slim chance that the Lakers could be looking past the lowly Sixers and ahead to their statement game against Boston on Sunday. Maybe the Sixers get very lucky and LA totally sleep walks through this game and we can steal one, but it’s doubtful and here’s why…
Let’s pretend that by some miracle the Lakers sleep walk through the first quarter of the game and the Sixers are keeping this one close. The moment the boos start raining down on Kobe from the Wachovia Center seats, the Lower Merion product is going to flip the switch, become “The Black Mamba”, hang a 40-spot on the Sixers terrible defense and carry his squad to the W. Kobe lives to be heckled and booed — it motivates him. He also loves sticking it the Philly fans every chance he gets. This long-shot hypothetical situation would be just another opportunity for him to “cut out their hearts” down at the Wach and he would relish every second of it. He’s Jordan-esque like that.
For a little more insight into the Lakers team the Sixers face tonight, we turn to our man Kurt Helin from forumblueandgold.com to answer two questions on LA from us here at Philadunkia as well as provide us with two points of analysis on this Lakers squad from an insider’s perspective.