Opponents Are Going Off on the Sixers

Posted by: C. Smith
11/19/13 2:39 pm EST

brownisoWe all knew that this was going to be a rebuilding year for the 76ers franchise and that the most important thing for this season was to keep an eye on the big picture.  A lottery selection in the 2014 NBA Draft, cap space for the summer of 2014 and beyond as well as the development of the Sixers young roster are the items we should be focusing on during the #WinlessforWiggins campaign.

Still, as a dedicated hoop head it’s hard for me not to notice the small things as the ‘season of the tank’ progresses.

On the positive side, I have absolutely witnessed some flashes of solid and exciting play from the Sixers.

However, on the other side of that coin is  a disturbing trend I have noticed in the seven defeats the Sixers have suffered.

In case you had not noticed, in those 7 L’s, opposing teams are setting all sorts of records and individual “bests” against Philadunkia’s home team.

In the 76ers seven losses this year, opponents have set a significant number of team records or personal best numbers.

Here’s a look at exactly what has been done by the opposition in those 7 games against the 76ers:


Warriors 110, 76ers 90

— Andre Iguodala scored 27 of his 32 points in the first half, nailing a career-high seven triples.

— Stephen Curry had 18 points, 12 assists and 10 rebounds for his second career triple-double.  Curry had only two turnovers after entering the game vs. the Sixers with a League-high average of 6.3 per game.

Wizards 116, 76ers 102

— Washingtons got off to a blazing start in this game.  The Wizards scored 21 points in the game’s first 4:11 and 39 in the 1st Q — the latter a season high — and never trailed.  The Wizards hit six 3-pointers in the period and finished 18-of-33 from deep.  The 18 3-pointers on 33 attempts set a franchise record.

— The 18 threes tied a floor / building record.  Seattle had 18 at the Wells Fargo Center on Nov. 16, 2004.

— Wiz point man John Wall scored 24 points on a career-best five 3-pointers.

Cleveland 127, 76ers 125 (OT)

— Kyrie Irving was simply ridiculous in this game and scored what was at the time a season-high 39 points for Irving.  Since that night Kyrie hung 41 on the Wizards.

— The Cavs who average 92.4 ppg. scored a season high 127 points in this one.  I realize it was an OT game, but still…the Cavs put up 23 more points than their next highest point total of the young season — 104 vs. MIL back on November 6th.

Spurs 109, 76ers 85

— 24 points is the second largest margin of victory for the Spurs this year.  They beat the Knicks by 31.

— If you remember this game, than you will recall that Patty Mills’ came off the bench and gave the Spurs a huge lift.  His 10 points and a season high four steals got the Spurs rolling in this one.

— The Spurs had more 3-pointers (13) than free throws attempted (11).  The 13 made 3’s is a season high for the Spurs.

— A season high six players scored in double figures for San Antonio.

Hawks 113, 76ers 103 

— Jeff Teague took over this game thanks to his dribble drive action on the Atlanta pick-n-rolls in their half-court sets.  Teague had a career-high 33 points and 10 assists.

— DeMarre Carroll finished with a career-high 21 points for Atlanta.  Carroll also set a career high with four made 3s.

Pelicans 135, 76ers 103

— Anthony Davis was on his way to what might have been a memorable — and unusual — statistical line before he came out for good with more than three minutes still left in the 3rd Q.  Davis had 13 points, nine rebounds and a career-high eight blocks.  Had Davis grabbed one more rebound and blocked two more shots, he would have become the first player in the 26-year history of the Pelicans / Hornets franchise to have blocks make up part of a triple-double.

— Ryan Anderson scored 26 points- hitting six 3-pointers — in his return from a broken toe that sidelined him for New Orleans’ first nine games.  He scored 14 points in his first 14 minutes.  If you break that stretch down further you’ll see that he scored 10 of those points in a span of 2:30.  I have to assume that at least the latter stat (or both) is some sort of record for Anderson.

— The Pelicans scored a season best 135 points in this contest.  That’s well above their 2nd best point total of the year of 105 and a 30+ spot more than their 100.7 ppg. average.  They racked up 67 points in the 1st half — also a season high.

Mavericks 97, 76ers 94

— With 24 points on 14 shots in addition to a season-high 10 assists, Monta Ellis carried Dallas to a W last night.  For a lead guard, the shoot-first Ellis couldn’t spell “dime” if you spotted him the D-I-M (career 4.7 apg.), but against the Sixers he handed out 10 assists.

— The 11 blocks for Dallas set a new season high.  Prior to the game the Mavericks were tied with Washington for 26th in the League with an average of 4.1 blocks per game.



ESPN Stats & Information as well as basketball-reference.com supplied much of the the data for this post.


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3 Responses to “Opponents Are Going Off on the Sixers”

  1. Alex
    19. November 2013 at 23:36

    You have pointed to important issues with Sixers in your article. “In case you had not noticed, in those 7 L’s, opposing teams are setting all sorts of records and individual “bests” against Philadunkia’s home team. In the 76ers seven losses this year, opponents have set a significant number of team records or personal best numbers.” Since you did not analyze and provided a reason, I will try o put my two cents in.
    First, this is the characteristic of any sports team in transition. I would say this is basically a characteristics of any team like a technology or a business group in transition. What is happening here is that the variance of the score and other meaningful measures is very high (statistically speaking). One night they may kill an elite team like Miami, Chicago, or even Huston while another night they loose to an average team like NO by 40 points, allowing their opponents to record career highs. I expect the variance will shrink from both ends by all star break. This means they may not loose to anyone by 40 but they may also not be able to get wines against elite or good teams that often. However, I expect that the average will be the same (50 or more losses this year) regardless of what the variance is. Therefore, I do not see this as a trend but rather a different measure of improvements (other than just winning record) for teams in transition. Once they manage to get the variance under control, they will be able to move the winning average up hopefully next season. That will be done with new talent, teaching and development.
    On another subject, I have watched Brett Brown in a few post game interviews. Sixers really hit the jackpot after post Larry Brown Turmoil. It does not matter if sixers get Wiggins, but they are building a great system that will ensure them a continuing success in coming years. Just watch San Antonio.

  2. Brooke
    20. November 2013 at 09:12


    I agree with what you say about Brown and his post game interviews. They have been tremendous. However, during the game he has gotten exposed a number of times. Of particular concern for me is philosophy on guarding the perimeter. That has to change as these days NBA teams have too many players who can hit the 3-ball. In 2013-14, you can not leave guys WIDE open on the outside. Additionally he has do a better job with his lineup rotations. Too often the “second unit” he puts on the floor has no offensive fire power. Part of that is because this roster is NOT deep and talented, but it also has to do with the combos Brown chooses to run out on the floor. Allen, Anderson, Morris, Thompson & Davies should never be on the floor as a unit. FYI…The Sixers reserves were a -41 vs. the Mavs.

    His overall system is solid, but he needs to make some tweaks to his game time philosophies if he wants to stay in this League as a HC for a long time.

  3. Alex
    20. November 2013 at 23:13

    Sometimes I feel he is trying to create something out of nothing. I hope Brown and the youngsters learn how to deal with the emotional aspects of loosing and try not to get frustrated too much.

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