Brown is a gut coach. He feels the game through each and every play and reacts to it that way. The goal of the organization is to move into the new wave of analytics while also taking advantage of Brown's coaching style.
With their 101-99 win over the powerful Trail Blazers, the Sixers ended the road trip with four straight wins and improved to 12-21. There are the gut reasons why they've done it and then there are also numbers to back it up. Let's take a look:
Gut: Thaddeus Young is playing at a high level that many observers might not have known he had. There has always been a non-stop energy in his game, but now he also has added a fierceness. Add that to his ability to shoot the three-pointer with consistency and he has become an offensive force.
Analytical proof: During the four-game winning streak Young has averaged 25 points and eight rebounds and has added 14 steals.
Gut: The three-point defense has been much better. While there seemed to be a lack of communication - and maybe some effort - in how to cover the perimeter, that seems to have been resolved as of late. Switches are coming at the right time, rotations have been crisp and the overall coverage much better.
Analytical proof: Opponents have made just 27 of 107 three-pointers during this winning streak, a percentage of 25.2. When you consider only 3 weeks ago the Sixers gave up 41 threes in back-to-back games, that shows some promise.
Gut: It seems like opponents aren't getting out and running so easily on the Sixers of late, negating easy baskets in transition, especially those from the three-point line.
Analytical proof: One of the lending factors in the improved three-point defense is fewer turnovers. Before the road trip, postgame boxscores were often filled with a turnover total ranging from the high teens to low 20s. Over the past four games the team has given the ball away on an average of 13.5 per contest.
Gut: Evan Turner has turned into not only a reliable scorer but a go-to guy in the offense.
Analytical proof: Turner has averaged 23 points during the winning streak, but it has been more than just those numbers. Whenever a big basket is needed he wants the ball. Proof came Saturday against Portland. Trailing by seven midway through the fourth, when the Sixers could have just gone away quietly, Turner made a big three-pointer and then followed that with a step-back jumper to pull the Sixers within two and push them toward the surprising victory.
Gut: The team seems to be scoring inside a lot lately, with strong moves to the basket and crisp ball movement that ends with good looks at the rim or short jumpers in the lane.
Analytical proof: The Sixers, though lacking in true low-post offensive threats, have outscored their last four opponents 228-160 in the lane.
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