Philadelphia 76ers' Offense Lives And Dies With 3-Point Shooting

By Alan Gung
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The Philadelphia 76ers can’t blame Friday night’s blowout loss to the Miami Heat on defense. Surprisingly, it was their offense that hurt them.

Playing the Heat, who were looking for redemption after getting shocked in their season opener, the Sixers could’t seem to get it together. Every game seems like struggle to play with a well-balanced attack as one game they’ll focus on one area such as defense, then slack on their strengths such as scoring.

The Sixers particularly have a problem with their jumpers. They were 31-of-84 from the field and 2-of-20 from three-point range in the 101-86 loss to the Heat. They took too many outside shots.

The starting lineup was 0-for-10 from three-point range and their bench wasn’t any better. Part of the issue has been a lack of ball rotation. Point guard Michael Carter-Williams led the Sixers with only four assists.

Shot selection is the other problem plaguing their offense. Even in Wednesday night’s 95-92 win, they settled for too many outside shots. The Sixers were 6-of-15 on threes with Spencer Hawes taking the brunt of their outside shots by shooting 3-for-6.

But for most of their losses this season, three-point shooting has been the cause. They have shot under 35 percent from behind the arc in their last four losses.

The Sixers will have to find a way to get their big men to score inside. Hawes and Thaddeus Young tend to settle for jumpers rather than using their size to their advantage. Both players combined for 8-for-27 on Friday night.

Perhaps a lack of point guards has an effect on their ball rotation. Until they have decent backup for Carter-Williams, the Sixers will continue to take bad shots.

Alan Gung is a Philadelphia 76ers writer for Follow him on Twitter @AlanGung, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.


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