The Philadelphia 76ers are a decent team when they play close games. The Sixers have to play more close games. They’re 3-2 in games decided by three or less points.
They’ve been getting demolished in most games. They have one of the worst records (1-16) in games decided by 10 or more points.
Maybe they should play more overtime games. They have the most overtime wins to go with a great overtime record (4-1).
Close games could mean one of two things: they can win when they’re competitive or they are so bad they can’t even close out games. The latter seems like a better answer.
Their wins haven’t been impressive, especially recently when they beat a disoriented Brooklyn Nets team, an injury-depleted Los Angeles Lakers team was hobbling around, and a Denver Nuggets team who have lost eight straight games.
Having a winning record in close games also helps them prepare for the majority of their games in January as they’ll be playing many opponents with losing or similar terrible records.
Their next six of seven games are against teams looking to tank this season. The Sixers will have to start the New Year off by playing competitive even if they are competing for the right to draft Jabari Parker or Andrew Wiggins.