If the 76ers hope to snap
their season-long losing streak, they won’t go outside the box.
It’s no secret that the Sixers
are an up-tempo team. They lead the league in pace, with 102.7 possessions per
48 minutes. They’re the only team averaging more than 100 possessions per game.
Reverting into half-court sets at this stage of the season isn’t the answer.
“If you look back and say, ‘What’s
our best environment to score?’ it’s no doubt an open court and in speed,”
Sixers coach Brett Brown said. “Amazingly we still average 100 points. You’d
think with our resumes, we could be down at the bottom, but we do it because we
turn people over and we run.
“There’s a lot of other things
we don’t do. When it becomes just a half-court game, this team has some real
issues in how do you score because of the obvious deficiencies we have.”
Those deficiencies do not
The Sixers rank fourth in the
league with 17.5 fastbreak points per game, and second by forcing opponents
into 17.0 turnovers per game. Both of those numbers are largely a byproduct of
a young team bereft of decent jumpshooters who would rather get out and ran
than play a set offensive system.
So, yes, if the Sixers have a
shot at breaking their 15-game losing streak – with their next crack at it
Saturday against visiting Utah – it’ll be through the utilization of one of
their few strengths.
“That’s one thing we want to
do is run, so we don’t get caught in that (half-court) position,” Sixers rookie
Michael Carter-Williams said. “Keep trusting the 3-point line. Keep trusting
our shooters, that they can step into it and knock down shots. We all have
confidence in each other that we’ll make the next play.”
Labels: Brett Brown, Michael Carter-Williams, pace, Utah Jazz