Almost 24 hours ago, the Sixers swept the Wizards 132-115 with Rookie guard, Landry Shamat, breaking the franchise record for most 3’s made by a rookie in a game. Well, the team looked different once they stepped into the Capital One Arena tonight. Last night, the Sixers won by 17 in Wells Fargo Arena; but at Capital One Arena, they lose by 17, what a coincidence.
This game should’ve been an easy win to add to the winning column; when you just slaughtered them a day ago. But no, the Sixers weren’t awake enough to let the sub-par team run through them.
Again, it’s concerning to see that we only had three players to contribute almost 70% of the team’s points. I know sharpshooter JJ Reddick wasn’t playing due to lower back tightness, but we shouldn’t be this bad at shooting. Furkan Korkmaz had a good night with 16 points (5-10 FG 4-8 3pt) but we need players like Muscala and Chandler to stop underproducing the 6-7ppg in these types of games. The Sixers bench put up 12 points to the Wizards 51 points.
Besides the 7 turnovers, Joel Embiid had a good night with 35 points on 11/17 shooting and making 12 of 14 on the line, Butler shot wasn’t there with the 39% of the field goals he made. Ben struggled with 15 points, 10 rebounds, and 7 turnovers. In all, the team gave up the ball 24 times.
Wizards All-Star, Bradley Beal, dominated the Sixers defense by dropping 34 points, with 55% being 3’s. Not only Beal, but Otto Porter Jr. had himself a night with 23 points and 6 rebounds.
The shooting was non-existent tonight as the team went 8-27 (29.6%) from 3 and 37-86 (43%) in total. Whereas, the Wizards produced 47-87 (54%) from the field and 13-27 (48.1%) from downtown.
This is the Sixers 9th straight loss in DC, which ties up with the same amount the team losses they have on OKC’s home turf. This game is going to haunt them when it comes to April where they could’ve, would’ve, should’ve won with this match-up. I hope this is a wake-up call before it’s too late to lose come the springtime. The four-game winning streak was snapped tonight making the team 9-12 on the road.
Although the team loss tonight, it was great to hear Eagles fan’s as the E-A-G-L-E-S chant broke out in tonight’s game.
The Sixers return to South Philly tomorrow to face Trey Young and the Atlanta Hawks with the possibility of Carter’s last game in Philadelphia. This should be a team-win to erase tonight’s performance. In addition, the Sixers have to start looking ahead as they have to face teams like Houston, San Antonio, LA Lakers, and Golden State starting a week from Friday.
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