Sixers off target from the line

(Elise Amendola/AP)
(Elise Amendola/AP)
Posted: February 01, 2014

The 76ers got a confidence boost after Wednesday's much-needed victory over the Boston Celtics.

Foul shooting, however, remains a glaring weakness.

The Sixers made just 14 of 25 (56 percent) of their foul shots in their 95-94 victory at TD Garden. Their free-throw percentage of 71.1 for the season ranks 28th out of the league's 30 teams.

"We've got to finish off those free throws and make it easy on us," said Evan Turner, whose squad snapped a three-game skid. "Coach [Brett] Brown, when he took the job, was kind of a sandy blonde. But now he's a gray-haired man.

"You know, we can't ruin his time."

The Sixers have shown glimpses that they could become a solid foul-shooting team, making 25 of 26 in Monday's 124-113 loss to the Phoenix Suns.

They might have to shoot something similar to that in order to be competitive Friday night against the Atlanta Hawks at the Wells Fargo Center.

The Hawks (23-21) defeated the Sixers, 113-103, Nov. 13 at Philips Arena in Atlanta.

Back then, Atlanta point guard Jeff Teague scored 23 of his game-high 33 points in the second half. Teague, who is battling a sprained right ankle, is listed as day to day after missing the Hawks' previous two games.

This game will also mark a return to Philadelphia for four former Sixers: Lou Williams, Elton Brand, Kyle Korver, and Shelvin Mack.

Williams, a reserve guard, was selected in the second round of the 2005 draft by the Sixers. He spent seven seasons in Philadelphia before signing a free-agent contract with the Hawks in 2012.

Brand signed a five-year contract with the Sixers in 2008. The Sixers released him after four seasons, using the NBA's amnesty clause. The power forward, in his 15th season, played last season with the Dallas Mavericks before signing with Atlanta in the offseason.

Korver was selected in the second round of the 2003 draft by the New Jersey Nets and traded to the Sixers on draft night.

The guard/forward was traded to the Utah Jazz in 2007. He went on to play for the Jazz and then the Chicago Bulls before being traded to the Hawks in 2012. Korver's 113 consecutive games with at least one three-pointer is an NBA record.

Mack, a third-year guard, signed a 10-day contract with the Sixers last season.


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