By Art Beitchman
With Tuesday night’s loss to the Knicks still stinging, it’s getting clearer how playing without your All-Star point guard has diminished a basketball club that won the most games in the Eastern Conference last season.
Playing without a true point guard, which the Sixers have done in the first week of NBA season, is a losing cause.
Tyrese Maxey is a good player, not a point guard, and it shows. Scoring points is a 48-minute game, and scoring droughts get you beat.
Not getting Joel Embiid the ball in good spots gets you beat.
The Sixers have a big problem to fix, but can they?
As Ben Simmons works out on his own, the 76ers need his ball-dealing skills back on the court, otherwise this problem with scoring points will continue turning a good team into a mediocre team just like that.