Lakers excited for challenge of facing draft lottery neighbor 76ers – Orange County Register

EL SEGUNDO — When the Lakers and Philadelphia 76ers square off Wednesday night at Staples Center, the game will feature two teams that haven’t seen the playoffs in a while and have spent recent years at or near the bottom of their respective Western and Eastern conference standings.

The 76ers (7-6) last made the postseason in the strike-shortened 2011-12 campaign, the Lakers in 2012-13. Both franchises appear to be on the rise, and have acquired some promising young talent, so Lakers coach Luke Walton and his players are looking forward to the matchup.

“Yeah, I think it’ll be exciting,” said Walton, whose team is 6-8. “There’s a lot of good teams out there, so it’s always exciting to get out there and play. But with young, high draft picks and teams going at each other, I think that’s always a little extra for them.”

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