Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Numbers from 11-game road losing streak

MIAMI - Since it is highly unlikely the 76ers (23-37) will be little more than a speed bump tonight against a Miami (45-14) team seeking to extend its franchise-best winning streak to 17 games, what better idea than to look at some of the numbers that have contributed to this extended stretch of road ineptitude by the Sixers.

Numbers from 11-game road losing streak

Sixers head coach Doug Collins. (Yong Kim/Staff Photographer)
Sixers head coach Doug Collins. (Yong Kim/Staff Photographer)

MIAMI - Since it is highly unlikely the 76ers (23-37) will be little more than a speed bump tonight against a Miami (45-14) team seeking to extend its franchise-best winning streak to 17 games, what better idea than to look at some of the numbers that have contributed to this extended stretch of road ineptitude by the Sixers.

A loss tonight for the Sixers would extend their road losing streak – already their longest since they dropped 20 straight 25 years ago - to 12.

The Sixers haven’t won away from Wells Fargo Center since a victory at the Los Angeles Lakers on Jan. 1. In the 11 road defeats since, the Sixers have averaged just 88.2 points per game while allowing an average of 99.

They have shot just 41.4 percent from the field. Meanwhile, their opponents have made 46.0 percent of their shots.

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The most alarming statistic, however, is the one that coach Doug Collins has been harping about after most games: free throws.

During this skid, the Sixers have attempted 210 free throws (152 for 210). Their opponents, meanwhile, have made 224 of 287 free throws (78.0).

However, something gives me the feeling that tonight’s game with the Heat won’t come down to attempted free throws. 

About this blog

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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