That would be the number of technical fouls "earned" by the Philadelphia 76ers, the NBA's 10th lowest total. (The Lakers, by comparison, have 61, third highest in the league.)
Yes, the Sixers, who visit Staples Center tonight (7:30 pm PT, FSN) may be suffering through a brutal 22-win season, but they're doing it with clear, cool heads and a keel so even it makes two, four, six, and eight look like odd numbers. So if the Lakers think they can capitalize on pent up frustration and goad Philly into silly T's as a strategy for victory, think again.
Fortunately, hope isn't lost. There are a few more numbers the Sixers bring to Friday night's proceedings that are a little more relevant:
97.7: Points per game (22nd in the NBA)
45.3: Field goal percentage (20)
30.25: Defensive rebounding average (22)
46.6: Opponents FG% (21)
39.7: Opponents 3-point FG (30)
-150: Season point differential (21)
There are others, and they all point to one thing: Philadelphia isn't a good team. This you knew already. As it is on most nights when the Lakers play an inferior opponent, tonight's game will be more about how the Lakers operate. Will they clean up the turnover issues plaguing them over the last two games? Will they find some rhythm offensively?
I don't worry about them dropping a potential "trap" game ahead of Sunday's critical matchup with the Nuggets, but it wouldn't hurt the Lakers to use the opportunity to get sharp, like a BCS team does against some cream puff in late September.
More odds and ends of interest and import:
Ron Artest appeared on 710 Radio's Mason and Ireland Show Thursday afternoon, talking about how the Lakers have played on the floor, and his activities on it. Specifically, the first annual Rhyme N' Reason concert, taking place tonight at the Conga Room at LA Live. Proceeds go to Haitian relief and Homeboy Industries. Ron also has a song out about Haiti, which I'll try to post if I can make the technology work. Don't hold your breath.
Speaking of Artest, it seems the man has discovered nutrition.
If you missed it, Mark Medina of the LA Times Lakers Blog has a great post up comparing Kobe Bryant to a variety of zoo animals. Very entertaining stuff.
It's always fun to reach back to days when the Sixers were an important squad, whether through music (G. Love and Special Sauce) or YouTube (what you get putting "Lakers Sixers" into the search engine).