Sunday, August 30, 2015

Beating The Clippers

At this point, I would never say a win over the struggling Los Angeles Clippers means nothing. Because, at this point, a win over any team means something. But we all know the 76ers can't dwell on this victory. I imagine even the Sixers know this isn't a victory to build upon, but rather a one-day reprieve before facing two very difficult Texas teams: The Dallas Mavericks and San Antonio Spurs.

Beating The Clippers

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At this point, I would never say a win over the struggling Los Angeles Clippers means nothing. Because, at this point, a win over any team means something. But we all know the 76ers can't dwell on this victory. I imagine even the Sixers know this isn't a victory to build upon, but rather a one-day reprieve before facing two very difficult Texas teams: The Dallas Mavericks and San Antonio Spurs.

Let's look quickly at a few points that I think will impact this team going forward.

1.) Samuel Dalembert. We've heard both coaches -- Mo Cheeks and Tony DiLeo -- say that Sam's dwindling minutes are the result of something other than his play. In last night's case, it was quick fouls. But Sam only finished with four fouls. And still he played only 13 minutes. Furthermore, how many times are we going to see Sammy pick up two quick fouls? I realize the Sixers have Theo Ratliff, Marreese Speights, etc. that they can plug into the center spot, but I've just never seen a competitive player be okay -- game after game -- with picking up fouls that give the coach a reason to put him on the bench. Doesn't make sense.

2.) Lou Williams. He didn't play exceptionally well last night, 3 for 10, but he made a very important baseline jumper with just under two minutes left. Here's the question we pose: What Sixers do you want to have the ball if you need a shot created and made? My answer is Lou. Right now, Willie Green isn't making enough shots. I understand that the Sixers like to bring Lou's energy off the bench, but, at this point, it's not as if the Sixers have a perfectly-mixed chemistry. Do something different. Start Lou at shooting guard. Heck, it's the New Year. Time for change.

3.) Three-point shooting. Still worst in the NBA. And with a worse percentage than last-season's NBA-worst percentage. Going into last night's game, the Sixers were shooting 29.5 percent from beyond the arc. Last night they finished 1 for 9 (Thank you Royal Ivey for making that one three-pointer). It's to the point where it's not just "Sixers aren't an outside shooting team" as if this were a conscious decision to be a bad shooting team ... as if there are more important things in the game of basketball than putting the ball through the hoop. There aren't.

Sixers have today off from practice, then fly to Dallas for tomorrow night's game.

--Kate

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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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