Sixers' three-point shots are way off the mark

Thaddeus Young, right, looks to pass the ball as Denver Nuggets forward Kenneth Faried defends during the third quarter of the Sixers' 114-102 victory in an NBA basketball game in Denver on Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014. (David Zalubowski/AP)
Thaddeus Young, right, looks to pass the ball as Denver Nuggets forward Kenneth Faried defends during the third quarter of the Sixers' 114-102 victory in an NBA basketball game in Denver on Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014. (David Zalubowski/AP)
Posted: January 21, 2014

WASHINGTON - The 76ers usually focus on defensive shortcomings in lopsided losses.

But poor shooting - particularly from beyond the three-point line - has also hurt them during their two-game losing streak.

The Sixers (13-27) made just 2 of 20 three-pointers Friday in a 101-86 setback to the Miami Heat at the Wells Fargo Center.

On Saturday, they shot 2 for 19 from long distance in a 103-78 loss to the Chicago Bulls at the United Center.

The Sixers haven't exactly been heating it up from long range. They were ranked 29th in the league with a three-point percentage of 31.7 as of Sunday.

Coach Brett Brown was asked whether three-point shooting should not be an integral part of the offense.

"We are not going to go away from that," said Brown, whose team faces the Washington Wizards in a Monday matinee at the Verizon Center. "We're 4 for 39 in the last two games. When we look at the film and back at them like [Friday night], there were only three or four that were bad shots.

"We are not walking away from this style of play."

Instead, the Sixers are dedicated to studying players' footwork and release points in an attempt to help them improve.

"This year is all about development for us," Brown said.

Thaddeus Young, who made 10 consecutive three-pointers over a 21/2-game stretch against Brooklyn, Milwaukee, and Phoenix in December, is a combined 0 for 6 in the last two games. Also failing to make a three-pointer were Michael Carter-Williams (0 for 4), Elliot Williams (0 for 3), Evan Turner (0 for 2), Lorenzo Brown (0 for 1), and Lavoy Allen (0 for 1).

Spencer Hawes (1 for 6), James Anderson (1 for 6), Tony Wroten (1 for 5), and Hollis Thompson (1 for 5) combined to make the four three-pointers.

The Sixers aren't defining themselves by three-pointers made.

"We always talk about defense," Brown said. "There are only two things that we have drilled everyone on and that is pace and paths. We need to be able to get out and move the ball."


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