Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Looking at the Sixers' Slides

Seeing how the Sixers' 6-12 slide compares to their 3-13 start last season.

Looking at the Sixers' Slides

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On the surface, the Sixers' recent 6-12 slide looks a lot like their 3-13 start to last season.

Statistically, it's not even close. Statistically, it looks more like they are 12-6 over their last 18 games, rather than 6-12.

Consider, over the last 18 games:

♦ The Sixers are outscoring their opponents 1639-1597.

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♦ They are holding opponents to 41.6% shooting from the floor.

♦ They are also out-rebounding, out-assisting and out-stealing foes.

♦ The Sixers' scoring is way down (to 91.06) from over 98 a game during the previous season and a half.

♦ Sixers opponents are committing 3.5 less fouls per game than the Sixers.

Here are how the statistics for the Sixers and their opponents break down over those two periods, as well as their 95 regular season games (record: 58-37) that separated them:

Oct. 27, 2010
Nov. 26, 2010
Nov. 27, 2010
Feb. 13, 2012
Feb. 15, 2012
March 21,2012
Sixers W-L (Pct.) 3-13 (.188) 58-37 (.611) 6-12 (.333)
   Statistics: Sixers    Opp. Sixers    Opp. Sixers    Opp.
Points/Game 97.56 101.81 98.31 93.52 91.06 88.72
   Margin/Game -4.25 +4.79 +2.34
   FG Pct. 45.3% 44.7%       46.2% 44.2%       43.5% 41.6%   
   3-Pt. FG Pct. 36.0% 32.4% 36.4% 33.2% 33.7% 33.5%
   FT Pct. 75.1% 80.2% 76.1% 75.0% 76.3% 77.0%
Rebounds/Game 41.44 42.75 42.18 43.14 44.39 43.39
   Off. Reb/Game       10.56 10.50 10.08 11.00 12.11 10.83
Assists/Game 21.81 20.75 22.73 20.69 21.00 18.61
Steals/Game   7.75   8.13   7.77   6.45   8.67   5.72
Turnovers/Game 14.63 14.25 11.12 13.40 11.00 13.06
Blocks/Game   4.75   5.00   4.36   4.49   5.50   5.39
PF/Games 23.63 20.13 18.19 18.09 18.22 14.56
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