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Williams Embraces The Big Moment

He is a streaky shooter, providing instant offense at time and instant agida at others. What is consistent about Lou Williams is that he never shies away from the big moment.

Williams Embraces The Big Moment

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He is a streaky shooter, providing instant offense at time and instant agida at others. What is consistent about Lou Williams is that he never shies away from the big moment.

Few players embrace the chance to take the big shot when the game is on the line. You have to love the attitude if not always the results.

So it's not surprising that Williams has long forgotten missing both free throws with 6.2, sconds left in the fourth quarter and the Sixers up by three against Detroit last week. We all know how that one ended, with Detroit tying it in regulation and then winning it in OT, 112-109.

Still, as disappointed as he was, Williams is looking ahead to the next time he can be in a similar situation.

"It's over," Williams said following Thursday's practice in preparation for Friday's game at the Wells Fargo Center against the Milwaukee Bucks. "You take your beating and move on. You can't dwell on one particular game."

That is the attitude needed in the NBA, especially for a player like Williams, who can score in bunches as he did with eight points in the fourth quarter of Tuesday's 111-103 loss to the visiting Indiana Pacers.

Williams is averaging 12.4 points in 22.3 minutes off the bench. And despite bouts of inconsistency, evidenced by his shooting percentage (38.1), one question begs to be asked - which player on the Sixers would you rather have taking the big shot?

Williams has the confidence, and despite being just 24, the experience. This is his sixth NBA season.

He is far from a finished product, but when there is a game to close out, Williams won't back down.

"I have always been a guy who has thrived at taking the big shot," he said.

Williams realizes that a player needs a short memory in the NBA. Now if only a more consistent jump shot can go along with it,

 

Marc Narducci Inquirer Staff Writer
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Keith Pompey has been an Inquirer reporter since September 2004 and took over the Sixers beat in the summer of 2013 after covering Temple basketball and football for the previous three years.

Marc Narducci has served in a variety of roles with the Inquirer since beginning in 1983. He has covered the 76ers as a backup and a beat writer. In addition, Narducci has covered everything from the Super Bowl to the World Series and a lot in between.

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