SLUMPING SIXERS STILL 7TH IN NBA POWER RANKINGS!
Last week: 7 SIXERS . Record: 23-12 Pace: 100.0 (19) OffRtg: 109.1 (14) DefRtg: 104.6 (6) NetRtg: +4.5 (8)
The Sixers continue to show us just how good they can be when they’re at their best … and how tough it can be for them to get to that level consistently.
They thumped the Bucks on Christmas, handing the league’s No. 1 defense its worst defensive game (121 points on 97 possessions) of the season. And then they lost two straight in Florida. In Orlando on Friday, Joel Embiid took zero shots in the restricted area for the first time in his career and the Sixers were held under a point per possession.
In Miami on Saturday, the Sixers’ starting lineup was outscored by 15 points in its 10.5 minutes and two last-minute turnovers allowed the Heat to get to their favorite time (overtime).
The Sixers are 7-10 on the road, where they’ll be for much of the next six weeks, and the Miami loss was the first of eight straight games against teams that currently have winning records. They’re 8-8 against that group, 7-2 at home and 1-6 on the road, thus far.