PHILADELPHIA — The Philadelphia 76ers will face the Los Angeles Lakers in their next home matchup. While the statuses of LeBron James and Anthony Davis for the game are not yet known, the Sixers will be ready to face off against one of the league's best duos. Paul Reed said after the team's pregame shootaround that when he matches up against Davis, the star big man's tendency to flop will be on his mind.
Davis, who is listed as probable to play due to a left abductor/hip spasm, is leading the NBA in blocks per game at 2.9 while averaging 22.1 points per game. Reed should see him at various points in the game as he backs up Joel Embiid. When asked what the keys are for his matchup with the eight-time All-Star, Reed said that he is making sure he plays straight up on defense.
“He is a big flopper, so make sure that I don't get in foul trouble early…Can't be too aggressive with him. He's gonna be flailing,” Reed said. “So, gotta make sure that I stay out of foul trouble.”
Reed has threatened his playing time over the years by getting in foul trouble but has improved in that area this season, averaging a career-low 7.2 fouls per 100 possessions. Although that’s still quite a bit, it's a big step in the right direction for Reed as he continues to prove his worth to the Sixers.
When asked what it's like going up against a mega-star like James, Reed said that it’s just the same as going against others like Kevin Durant. The focus for him and the Sixers, though, always has to be on execution and going for the win.
“I mean, you know, it's the same as going against a dude like KD, Giannis [Antetokounmpo], dudes that we grew up watching, looking up to,” Reed said. “It‘s always gonna be fun but at the end of the day, we still gotta handle business. We can't let that get in the way of what we gotta do.”