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Sixers Need To Rebound From Loss To Kings

Sixers must regroup after being outrebounded by 40 the past two games.

Sixers Need To Rebound From Loss To Kings

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It is the smallest of samples - two games - but the 76ers have been destroyed on the boards and one wonders if this is reason to worry. In consecutive losses to Miami and Sacramento, the Sixers have been outrebounded by 40. First it was Miami that outrebounded the Sixers by 18 and then Sacramento by 22. That is a staggering total.

Coach Doug Collins talked after Sunday's 114-111 overtime loss to Sacramento about the Kings physical front line. It only gets more physical in the playoffs and the Sixers have to show they are up to the task. The Sixers are now 3-7 when having been out rebounded by 10 or more boards this season. The surprise is that they aren't 0-10.

The Sixers don't have great size, but rebounding is also about toughness, fighting and scrapping. None of that was evident the past two games. It must have hurt even more to see former Sixer Samuel Dalembert grab 19 rebounds, a season-high. There are other things the Sixers need to work on, such as defending the three-pointer (Sacramento was 9 for 15 from beyond the arc) but the No. 1 immediate priority is for the Sixers to re-establish themselves on the boards.

There's more analysis from Marc Narducci in the postgame video report below.

Marc Narducci Inquirer Columnist
About this blog

Keith Pompey is in his first season covering the Sixers for The Inquirer after covering the Temple men’s basketball team for the past three years and Temple football the past two seasons.

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.

Narducci also has a true passion for South Jersey scholastic sports, which he has covered for many years.

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