Opponents are starting to figure out a way to stop the Philadelphia 76ers. The Sixers suffered their second straight loss after starting the season 3-0, and shooting has been the biggest problem in these losses.
The Washington Wizards beat the Sixers 116-102 in last night’s game.
The Sixers have allowed their opponents to shoot better in both games. They shot 33-percent from the three and 69.2-percent from the free throw line while allowing the Wizards to shoot 54.5-percent from behind the arc and 75-percent from the line. They shot slightly better from the field.
The Sixers’ struggles from the line have been their biggest downfall just like they demonstrated during the preseason. They missed eight free throws that could have made the game closer.
Aside from offensive options Spencer Hawes and Evan Turner, who have been consistent, the other options Thaddeus Young, Michael Carter-Williams and sixth-man Tony Wroten disappeared. They combined for a 12-for-38 from the field shooting 31.6-percent and 1-for-8 behind the arc.
Carter-Williams was hot during the win-streak, but he has been shooting horrendously in both loses. He has realize his role is point guard and he’ll need to take less shots if the ball’s not going in the hoop for him. He shot 12-for-42 from the field.
Coach Brett Brown will have to change his team’s defense. The zone allowed too many open looks from the Wizards.
The Sixers shot under 70-percent from the line and took more attempts than the Wizards last night. They must take care of this if they are to win close games or keep their leads. They also have to rotate the ball more and give their shooters open looks in games like these.