5 Reasons For Philadelphia 76ers’ Current Win Streak
5 Reasons For Sixers' Four Game Winning Streak
The Philadelphia 76ers took the basketball world by storm, racing out of the gate to a 3-0 record. From there, it was pretty much a struggle for this young Sixers team. When the team took off on a six game road trip, nobody thought it would be the remedy for a struggling team to turn it around, especially a team that had lost 11 straight after winning their opener on the road.
But after dropping their first two on the trip a running that losing streak to 13, the Sixers began to turn it on and get things going. They started it off with a win against the injury depleted Los Angeles Lakers. They followed it up with wins on back-to-back nights against the struggling Denver Nuggets and the Sacramento Kings. But the icing on the cake came last night when they were able to beat one of the best teams in the NBA in the Portland Trailblazers. It was just the Blazers' fourth loss at home this year, and the Sixers raced out to a fast start before overcoming some late mental lapses and getting a stop at the buzzer to steal the victory.
Now, the Sixers head into a stretch of their schedule with five of their next six games at home and four of them against teams with a record under .500. With the Philadelphia Eagles now eliminated from the postseason, this sports city needs something to root for and the Sixers are only two games out of a playoff spot in the abysmal Eastern Conference at the moment.
Even with the lack of depth that this team possesses, they are over .500 on the season when their four best players all suit up and right now, Thaddeus Young, Evan Turner, Spencer Hawes and Michael Carter-Williams are keeping this team relevant, with some help from a few others. Here are five reasons this team found their groove on the west coast and are on an absolute tear right now.
5. Protecting the Ball
This team is also on the offensive end. They have a league worst 17.2 turnovers per game, largely because of the frantic pace they play with. But during the streak, they are only turning the ball over 13.3 times per game. This team is starting to click and play much better, which will either make them fun to watch or make them all trade candidates.
4. Brett Brown's In-Game Coaching
Brett Brown has done a great job as a first year coach with a very weak roster, but it has shown even more in the past four games with his in game management. Michael Carter-Williams and Spencer Hawes have not been very strong during the streak, especially Carter-Williams. He has played out of control on offense and forced way too many shots. Brown has done a good job of playing the hot hand down the stretch rather than automatically going with the starters. He has used Tony Wroten and Lavoy Allen a lot in the fourth quarter, and he should be praised for knowing when to push the right buttons with his prized rookie.
The major turnaround has been on the defensive end of the floor. The team is starting to form continuity and trust each other out there, which has really paid off. During the streak, they are only surrendering 102.3 points per game, which is way down compared to their league worst 110.6 points per game allowed on the season. They are helping each other on the defensive end and contesting all shots, which has helped greatly.
2. Evan Turner
Evan Turner came back after missing one game with a sore knee and has looked sharp during this four game stretch, finishing at the rim at all. His numbers are 23 points, 7.3 rebounds and 4.5 assists, but the two most important are only two turnovers per and 47.4 percent shooting. Turner, along with Thaddeus Young, are both playing at All-Star level at the moment, and that has led to the team's recent surge.
1. Thaddeus Young
Ever since trade rumors have swirled around Thaddeus Young, he has turned into an absolute beast and put the Sixers on his back, especially during this four game streak. He is averaging 25 points, eight rebounds and almost four steals per game in the past four, and continues to be the emotional leader on the floor and the heart and soul of this team. His importance cannot be stressed enough.