Dec 20, 2013; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia 76ers center Spencer Hawes (00) reacts to being called for a travel during the second quarter against the Brooklyn Nets at the Wells Fargo Center. Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

Defense Continues To Struggle For The Sixers

Dec 21, 2013; Milwaukee, WI, USA; Milwaukee Bucks guard Brandon Knight (11) takes a shot against Philadelphia 76ers guard Michael Carter-Williams (1) in the 3rd quarter at BMO Harris Bradley Center. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports

From an incredible 3-0 start to the season, to now 20 losses on the board, the Philadelphia 76ers have hit rock bottom. And the main reason for those twenty losses is frustrating defense.

Head coach Brett Brown said,

“I think defensively we struggled, whether it is the three or the two. That’s a big number to give up, and I thought our defense was the problem. Anything we do defensively has to be done as a group. We don’t boast all-star caliber type defenders. As a group, our only hope of playing some semblance of NBA defense is by committee. When different pieces go missing or it is not a collective toughness and focus, then we are vulnerable. And at times, we were vulnerable tonight. Trying to find 48 minutes of defense has been a problem.”

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The Sixers have allowed 100 + points in 25 games this season. That’s absolutely unacceptable. Especially when you are letting the Milwaukee Bucks of all teams put 116 points on the board. The Sixers are allowing way too many open shots, especially way too many open threes, and this poor defense is costing them winnable ball games.

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