The Sixers will play host to the struggling Los Angeles Lakers tonight at the WFC. Kobe, Dwight and Co. currently sit at a deceptive 10-14 on the year, but their point differential (+2.3) tells a different story. They're dangerous, but disorganized with a PG to run the show. The Sixers, unfortunately, may also be without their starting PG. Jrue is listed as a game-time decision.
Well, Spencer, Lavoy, Kwame and Moultrie will have a chance to show their true worth tonight...six fouls each. Use them early and often whenever Dwight catches the ball in the paint.
Offensively, the Lakers have a ton of offensive weapons, without a PG to run the system to set them up. Pressure the ball, hope you can keep them from getting into their sets. When they do, they're probably going to score. I'm expecting Gasol to follow in Roy Hibbert's footsteps and wake from his slumber on that end of the floor against the Sixers front court. I assume Richardson will get the Kobe assignment, which probably isn't too much of a mismatch. Kobe's more of a heady player these days.
On the offensive end, if Jrue is back, he'll have a mismatch. If not, Turner will probably draw a crossmatch at the point, which isn't in his favor.
No matter who plays, the Sixers come into this game with a shaky defense, a poor offense and at best the fourth player on the floor. I'm not quite feeling optimistic.
The tip is at 6pm. This is your game thread. I'll be here throughout. Join me if you're out of your walking boot and looking to attack.