Balanced Scoring from Starting Five Key to Philadelphia 76ers Streak
The Philadelphia 76ers have compiled their first three-game win streak since Jan. 30 to Feb. 4, when they defeated the Washington Wizards, Sacramento Kings and Orlando Magic, all at home. This current streak has come against the eighth-seeded Milwaukee Bucks, a rare road win against the Cleveland Cavaliers, and a second win in a back-to-back against the lowly Charlotte Bobcats.
If there is one thing to credit the three-game run to, it would be the balanced scoring among the starting five. In all three games, the Sixers had at least four players in double figures, including all five starters in two of the three games. Jrue Holiday and Damien Wilkins led the way in the first game with 18 points apiece. The last two have been Evan Turner’s time, with 23 against the Cavs and 22 against the Bobcats.
Granted, these three wins haven’t come against the strongest competition, but it is good to see all five starters making shots and spacing the floor.
During this streak, four players are averaging at least 15 points per game (Turner, Thaddues Young, Holiday and Spencer Hawes). The reason this team is on the outside looking in on the Eastern Conference playoff picture is because they have only been able to put this together for three games. Consistency has been what has crippled this team all year.
Even though this is more than likely too little too late (six games behind the Bucks for eighth place in the East), it is encouraging to see that this group of guys has the capability of giving you that kind of production on a nightly basis.
Consistent play like this from guys like Turner and Hawes down the stretch will be huge for their confidence next season. A guaranteed 13-18 points a game from each of the core four players mentioned above would be huge for this team going forward into next year. There is no reason that they should not be able to make the playoffs next year with this type of production, plus any free agents they bring in.
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