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Al Jefferson’s Defense vs. 76ers in Second Night of Back-to-Back Proves Costly for Bobcats

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With the grueling 82-game NBA schedule, one of the things that almost every team in the league struggles with is back-to-back games. From the top of the league to the NBA’s bottom-feeders, that second night of a back-to-back is more than likely going to be an ugly showing and a tough one to grab a victory in.

While the Charlotte Bobcats have been the superior of the Philadelphia 76ers this season, playing them on a second night of a back-to-back didn’t work in their favor on Wednesday night. The Bobcats looked sluggish outside of Al Jefferson and Kemba Walker’s offense. Ultimately, the Bobcats took a step back in their quest to get to .500, falling 95-92 to the Sixers.

Charlotte’s chances were effectively ended at the end of regulation when Thaddeus Young got open on the left wing and buried a triple to give Philly the lead and the eventual win. However, it was partially the Bobcats’, namely Jefferson’s, defense on the outside shot that cost them this game.

Obviously the final play where Josh McRoberts hesitated in his rotation and let Young get open was detrimental to their efforts and the Sixers weren’t hoisting up a ton of long-range attempts as they only hit six threes on the evening. However, three of those six makes came from Spencer Hawes, who pretty much exploited a tired and relatively poor defender in Jefferson all night. Jefferson was slow to rotate and seemed to not respect Hawes’ shooting ability all night and he paid for it.

Jefferson has made strides as a defender since coming to Charlotte, but the Sixers provide a blueprint for exploiting his shortcomings as a defender. Sure, it was on the second night of a back-to-back like I’ve said, but Jefferson isn’t the swiftest moving man in the game when he’s fresh either. Jefferson struggles defending big men like Hawes that can stretch the floor. Luckily for him, those types of players aren’t exceptionally common, but it’s something Charlotte has to keep an eye on going forward.

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Cody Williamsis a Senior Writer with Rant Sports. Follow Cody on Twitter @TheSizzle20, add him on Google and like his Facebook page.

With the grueling 82-game NBA schedule, one of the things that almost every team in the league struggles with is back-to-back games. From the top of the league to the NBA’s bottom-feeders, that second night of a back-to-back is more than likely going to be an ugly showing and a tough one to grab a victory in.

While the Charlotte Bobcats have been the superior of the Philadelphia 76ers this season, playing them on a second night of a back-to-back didn’t work in their favor on Wednesday night. The Bobcats looked sluggish outside of Al Jefferson and Kemba Walker’s offense. Ultimately, the Bobcats took a step back in their quest to get to .500, falling 95-92 to the Sixers.

Charlotte’s chances were effectively ended at the end of regulation when Thaddeus Young got open on the left wing and buried a triple to give Philly the lead and the eventual win. However, it was partially the Bobcats’, namely Jefferson’s, defense on the outside shot that cost them this game.

Obviously the final play where Josh McRoberts hesitated in his rotation and let Young get open was detrimental to their efforts and the Sixers weren’t hoisting up a ton of long-range attempts as they only hit six threes on the evening. However, three of those six makes came from Spencer Hawes, who pretty much exploited a tired and relatively poor defender in Jefferson all night. Jefferson was slow to rotate and seemed to not respect Hawes’ shooting ability all night and he paid for it.

Jefferson has made strides as a defender since coming to Charlotte, but the Sixers provide a blueprint for exploiting his shortcomings as a defender. Sure, it was on the second night of a back-to-back like I’ve said, but Jefferson isn’t the swiftest moving man in the game when he’s fresh either. Jefferson struggles defending big men like Hawes that can stretch the floor. Luckily for him, those types of players aren’t exceptionally common, but it’s something Charlotte has to keep an eye on going forward.

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