The Philadelphia 76ers tried to stop the bleeding on Thursday night against the Chicago Bulls, but they were unsuccessful. They extended their losing-streak to seven games with a 93-82 loss to Chicago and continued their terrible play that they’ve “showcased” over this skid that has firmly placed them on the outside of the NBA Playoff-picture.
In their six losses before Thursday, the 76ers were averaging just 89.3 points per game, while allowing 101 per game and being out-rebounded by their opponents by 5.9 rebounds per game. Moreover, they had been shooting the ball at an abysmal 41.9 percent from the floor while allowing their opponents to shoot 49.2 percent. That’s clearly problematic.
Coming up against Chicago, another team that has had their share of recent struggles, the Sixers needed to come out strong and get on the right track. However, they came out and scored just 82 points and shot a miserable 38.8 percent from the floor and, to make matters worse, shot just 57.1 percent from the foul line. Still pouring salt on their wounds, the Bulls grabbed six more boards than them.
If there are any positives for any optimists to take away from this game, it’s that Philly was able to hold Chicago to just 38.6 percent shooting from the field. However, that might be a bit of fool’s gold as the Bulls have been struggling and don’t shoot the ball at a high percentage to begin with. The Sixers also let the Bulls get to the line 33 times in the game, a pretty clear sign of lazy and bad defense.
The road ahead for Philadelphia doesn’t look friendly as they play the Golden State Warriors on Saturday and the upward-trending Washington Wizards on Sunday. With their playoff-chances almost entirely shot, the Sixers should really focus on player-development to help their future. Otherwise, it doesn’t look like things are going to get much better for Philadelphia.