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.
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.