Doc Rivers needs a new way to play

As things stand now, Philadelphia 76ers is an average NBA team.

Gone are the days when the team could take on any enemy and put everything into a four-man game in Game 7 at the end of the rule. Unfortunately, the team couldn’t even run ahead for best record in the East anymore, even if their effectiveness dried up after games slowed at the end of a contention period.

No, regardless of whether the Sixers win or lose any given game, their current point difference, 26, is the worst they’ve recorded since their comeback 2016-17, when the team’s win-loss ratio is 34.1% which is not so good.

Could that turn around in the not-too-distant future? Sure, but it will take a couple of arbitrage wins to even hit 2019-20’s 174 point spread, let alone 2020-21 402, ranked 10th all-time in franchise history.

But before the Philadelphia 76ers can start racking up points and get back to winning, they need to end tight matches with a W next to the final score instead of an L. For that to happen, Doc Rivers really needed to come up with a new eight-second offensive play to get points across the board after making a first-half save, as the Sixers’ zero-point defender appeared to be inactive.

The Philadelphia 76ers need a better late game plan, stats.

All right, let me set the stage.

After the defense counterattack, a 3-point brick shot Kelly Oubre, Joel Embiid and the Philadelphia 76ers tied everything at 119-all with a 19-foot high jump. The Charlotte Hornets called for a timeout, Doc Rivers sub in Georges Niang for Seth Curry – this was just a defensive upgrade – and, after lowering the clock to 11 seconds, Mile Bridge missed a 3 back step from 27 feet and gave the Sixers one last chance to win the game outright.

Unsurprisingly, Rivers called up the clock and plotted a play to go out of line with W. Surprisingly, the playstyle he drew was very similar to the play used compared to Boston’s. Celtics, resulting in the clock running out without taking a shot.

In that particular play, coming into a game where the entire rotation was working at maximum efficiency for the first time in weeks, Niang hit the ball on target. Tobias Harris. What makes that particular play unusual is not necessarily Harris being on the field or deciding to let Ninag take the ball. No, the really weird part was that Philly chose not to have a point guard on the field and instead tasked Harris with getting the ball into the paint for Embiid, which ultimately didn’t happen.

In Charlotte, the Sixers once again chose not to have a position defender on court, although this time it involved more Tyrese Maxey present outside with a non-COVID illness rather than a strange decision by the coach to have an extra shooter on the field. This time around, play actually turned out a bit better, possibly because the Hornets didn’t have a Horford-class defender in their squad, but in the end, Embiid had the ball well outside the box and had to receive a brace. . -teamed jump shot in hopes of becoming a hero.

The ball almost went inside? Yes, but that has more to do with Embiid scoring a respectable 41.3 percent from the 10-16 range during the season than that effort being a particularly high percentage look.

Now approved, the Sixers were finally able to get out of “free basketball” with a win, and Embiid, who says he’s not back to 100% health yet, is back in the high-scoring game his best of the season, but only one thing happened to Charlotte in the final five minutes of the regulation, where Embiid scored all three of the team’s three goals, we’ll talk about a result very different.

So what can the Sixers do to fix these problems? Well, why not put the ball in the hands of Tyrese Maxey in such a play and give him the ball in a driveway or put the burden on Embiid’s shoulders to get a shot with a much higher percentage of it. within three feet of the basket, where “Process” scored 73.7% of his shots and drew what part of his fouls? Worst case scenario, the Sixers still fail to convert, but hey, they’ll at least try to throw closer to the basket.

Fool me once; ashamed of you. Trick me twice; Shame on me.

One day, maybe the Philadelphia 76ers will return to their previous run. Maybe the team will do a transaction – for CJ McCollum or the other way – bring in some talent and end up having the perfect partner for Joel Embiid in the late game two-player game. But until then, Doc Rivers must put his players in better positions to succeed, especially when the clock is down to one digit of seconds and the point difference is only one. Doc Rivers needs a new way to play


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