Jan 20, 2014; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Wizards point guard John Wall (2) dribbles past Philadelphia 76ers shooting guard Elliot Williams (25) during the first half at Verizon Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

76ers' shooting woes continue in loss to Wizards


The Philadelphia 76ers lost to the Washington Wizards today, 107-99. For most of the game, the Sixers trailed by what I call the mediocre deficit. They didn’t trail enough for it to be a blow out and so you didn’t really want to turn the game off because the Sixers are known to never give up. But, they’re not close enough to make you think the Sixers could actually pull the win off. That range is 12-18 points.

Anyway, the Sixers struggled from outside once again. They couldn’t make 3-pointers and it’s alarming. Coach Brett Brown is quoted as saying that he does want the team to keep shooting. I can agree with this. Still, the past three games have been eye sores for us all.

Michael Carter-Williams had a good game. He led the team with 31 points on 13-22 shooting. He also had six rebounds, five assists, and three steals. For the Wizards, it was Bradley Beal who was close to the triple double. He had 22 points on 8-15 shooting with nine rebounds and eight assists.

The Sixers lost this game on bad shooting for the most part. The Sixers had 10 more points in the paint and even turned the ball over less. Both teams went to the line over 30 times. Sixers went 21-31 and the Wizards went 28-35. It’s tempting to say that that seven point differential was basically what determined the score but, I don’t want to go there. Both teams were missing from 3-point range. Really, they both took 18 3′s with the Wizards making five of them over the Sixers’ four.

Considering that both teams made the same amount of field goals, maybe it did come to the free throw line and that extra three pointer. While the Sixers made more points in the paint, this doesn’t necessarily mean they played well defensively. The Sixers gave up many looks that simply didn’t fall. Heck, the Sixers shot more than the Wizards from the floor. Wizards had more offensive rebounds than the Sixers though. No, the Sixers got those extra looks most likely from getting more steals and forcing more turnovers. More possessions=more shots for the most part.

Good things to take away:

  • Nobody got hurt (at least seriously).
  • MCW may have gotten out of his shooting slump with that fantastic first half.
  • Lorenzo Brown didn’t block any of his teammates’ shot attempts…from what I saw.
  • The Sixers got blown out; but, they did make a little game out of it in the end. The never give up attitude still lives on.

Overall, a decent game. Now, if you’ll excuse me, I need to pull out my shovels and salt; it would appear there’s a storm heading my way. Thanks for reading. Let me know what you thought of the game in the comments.

Tags: Bradley Beal Brett Brown Michael Carter-Williams Philadelphia 76ers Washington Wizards