76ers end Road Trip with 3 Straight Losses

Philadelphia 76ers Head Coach Doug Collins watched his team struggle at the end of their 8 game road tripThe Philadelphia 76ers were riding high coming off a big victory over the Los Angeles Lakers on New Year’s Day at the Staples Center. Everything was clicking well for them until they left Los Angeles for Phoenix and the team ended the road trip losing 3 straight games. It is their longest losing streak since they lost 5 straight in the middle of December and the 76ers are looking at the wrong side of the .500 line at 15-20.

They fell short to the Suns on Wednesday by 6 but were completely blown out and dominated by the Oklahoma City Thunder and the San Antonio Spurs on the last 2 legs of the trip. Their 8 game road trip record was 2-6 and they’ve lost ground in the standings for not only the top of the Atlantic Division but the Eastern Conference. They’re currently in 4th place 2 games ahead of last place Toronto and 9 behind the top of the division which is the New York Knicks.

The erratic up and down play of the team has to be seen as somewhat terrifying for head coach Doug Collins. The lack of offense plus the lack of defense has shown it’s head more than once and it’s something so far Collins has not been able to fix. Jrue Holiday had a triple-double for the second time of his career but the rest of the offense didn’t show up in the 95-89 loss. The 76ers were in the game against the Thunder up until halftime. Then the Thunder ran away to a 109-85 victory with Nick Young leading the 76ers with a 21 point effort. Only 4 76ers were in double digits (Holiday, Dorell Wright, Young & Thaddeus Young) and Evan Turner was noticeable in playing 30 minutes while shooting 2-7 and getting 5 points.

The travel to San Antonio and at the end of the 8 game road trip must’ve really gotten to them as the Spurs jumped out to a 10 point advantage at the end of the 1st quarter and never looked back. Spencer Hawes led the way with 22 points but the team shot just 41.7% from the field and 3-17 from the three point line.

The team is out of whack on the road. They are a 6-13 away while being 9-7 at the Wells Fargo Center. In their last 15 games they’ve scored over 100 4 times (2-2 in those games). The team is also below the NBA average in everything. 26th in Points per game…20th in Rebounds per game…18th in Assists per game…they are 9th in points allowed (96.6) but they’re averaging just 92.9 points per game which if you can do the math means not many victories.

It’s obvious this team misses Andrew Bynum but right now the team isn’t playing well and they have a heavy schedule upcoming. This week they’ll face the Brooklyn Nets at home on Tuesday night, travel to Toronto and play the Raptors on on Wednesday and back home on Saturday to avenge the 125-103 blowout loss to the Houston Rockets on December 19th. In the ideal world they’ll win all 3 and move close to .500 but they ned to go at least 2-1 to get going again.

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Derek Sabato

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