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Sixers lose to Suns

If you're a Sixers fan, it has to be maddening watching the team allow good three-point shooting teams stand behind the arc and many times let fly without much pressure.

Sixers lose to Suns

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If you're a Sixers fan, it has to be maddening watching the team allow good three-point shooting teams stand behind the arc and many times let fly without much pressure.

Monday night, Phoenix entered the game shooting 46.5 percent from beyond the arc. That all starts with point guard Steve Nash, who still, at 36, is one of the best point guards in the league. Still, adjustments have to be made, and Eddie Jordan's team doesn't seem to be doing it all that well.

Against Orlando on opening night, the Sixers allowed the Magic to drill 16 treys, in 29 attempts. Then in a 31-point loss to Boston, the Celtics made 14-of-20 and Monday Phoenix made 15-of-30. Jordan and some of the players have said that they are helping too much on defense and not getting back to the shooters. Fair enough, that is the way you're taught defense at an early age. But when good three-point shooting teams are on the floor with you, the priority has to be to stay on the shooters.

The Sixers did show some good signs last night, particularly staying close to a team that is in the upper echelon in the league. They got good minutes from rookie Jrue Holiday and Marreese Speights (20 points) again had a solid game.

Questions still surround this team. The coach and the players say it is a long process before it will all come together. Basically, Sixers fans, they are asking for your patience, which we all know isn't exactly a virtue Philly fans own.

Bob Cooney
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Bob Cooney has been at the Daily News for more than 20 years, working in the sports department for the past 15. This is his third season on the Sixers beat. He has covered just about everything, but mostly college basketball, where he was the La Salle beat writer for six seasons. E-mail Bob at cooneyb@phillynews.com and follow him on Twitter.

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