Inside the Scope: Golden State Warriors x Philadelphia 76ers
- Tip Off: 4:00 PM PT
- Television: NBA TV
Philadelphia 76ers Team Profile
- Offensive Efficiency: 98.5 (27th in NBA)
- Defensive Efficiency: 102.4 (12th in NBA)
- Points: Jrue Holiday, 19.1 PPG
- Rebounds: Thaddeus Young, 7.5 RPG
- Assists: Jrue Holiday, 8.6 APG
- Steals: Thaddeus Young, 1.6 SPG
- Blocks: Spencer Hawes, 1.3 BPG
- Field Goal Percentage: Thaddeus Young, 51.3% FG
- 3-point Field Goal Percentage: Jeremy Pargo, 51.3% 3PT FG
Scope the Opposition: Hoop 76.
Preview: Doug Collins nearly set the internet on fire Tuesday night after losing to the Orlando Magic at home by double digits. The Philadelphia 76ers’ (22-34) head coach entertained the masses with a 10-minute rant in which he essentially absolved himself of all the blame for a bad season and placed it all on the shoulders of his players.
As a result of Collins’ tirade, there have been numerous articles written specifically about what went wrong with the 76ers this year.
One of the most obvious reasons for the team’s underwhelming play can be traced directly to the knees of one Andrew Bynum. His inability to suit up this season has made it incredibly difficult for a Philadelphia team built around the big man’s talents to compete against mediocre teams.
Tom Haberstroh of ESPN.com did a great job of looking at the Sixers’ scheme (Insider) as a whole and the issues that come along with it. In addition, he questioned the wisdom in cutting Elton Brand loose and allowing Lou Williams to walk last summer.
Also, Grantland’s Zach Lowe provided basketball fans this week with an in-depth look at the Philadelphia 76ers. Indeed, he looked at Collins’ strategies as well as the roster decisions from last season and how the sum of it all has affected the team’s direction.
Instead of going with the normal preview format, I strongly suggest you get familiar with these terrific pieces of writing to get an idea of what to expect from Philly today when they square off against the Golden State Warriors (33-26).
This will be the Dubs’ final game of their five-game road trip and they will be trying to put an end to their current three-game losing streak.
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