03/07/12 9:57 am EST
What do Kobe, Durant, D-Rose, Dirk, D-Wade and Chris Paul all have in common? They’re all NBA ‘closers’ — players who make big plays towards the end of the game. These guys have the ability to put a team on their shoulders and carry that squad to victory through sheer will and killer instinct. Or, at least that’s how the narrative goes. Not every player in the League owns the skills and killer instinct to be a ‘closer’ – LeBron James apparently can not fill this role. But, most concerning for us is that despite Louis Williams’ best efforts, it seems the current Sixers roster lacks anyone with enough talent and killer instinct to ‘close’ a game.
It has become evident that the 76ers have some major issues in the fourth quarter, which are indicative in their poor record in close games — 28 in games decided by 5 points or less & 2-12 in games decided by 7 points or less. These issues bring some questions about the team’s future.