There’s a lot of pressure playing for Philadelphia. Because expectations are always high, players know when they’re not performing. One thing that can really upset a Sixers fan is turning the ball over.
In their 108-102 loss to the Brooklyn Nets on Monday, the Sixers tied their season-high for turnovers in a game with 26. It was the third time this season the Sixers recorded 26 turnovers in one game.
If that number seems unfathomable, it’s for good reason.
Going back to the 2000-2001 season, only three other teams — the 2002-03 Cavaliers, 2002-03 Nuggets, and 2010-11 Timberwolves — have committed that many turnovers in three times in a season.
The Sixers know their turnovers are a big problem and getting to be a historically big problem. Brett Brown has come to anticipate the questions: Why does this happen? How do you fix it?
“It is a lack of focus,” Brown said. “It is an imbalance of taking an [attacking], running mentality and dealing with it responsibly. They are gaggers because you are just so vulnerable in transition defense when it is obviously an odd-numbered break. It is a 5-on-3, it’s a 4-on-2 every single time coming at you.”
“I have to do a better job getting these guys to respect the ball [and] care for the ball better, while still encouraging attack and pass. So that’s the plan.”
The Sixers turned the ball over nine times in the first quarter and were outscored by eight points. They turned it over 10 times in the third quarter and were outscored by 10 points.
It’s a tough way to go about trying to win games. Now the Sixers have to face the Boston Celtics tonight at the Wells Fargo Center.
The Sixers committed a season-low 10 turnovers against Boston last week. In the three games since — all losses — they have totaled 64 turnovers.
The Sixers left Boston with a 95-94 win, but one player was missing – Star PG Rajon Rondo.
In order for the Sixers to find success with Rondo on the court they are going to have need support. Last season the Sixers faced Boston in a home-and-home on back-to-back nights. Rondo on the first night had a triple-double with 16 points, 14 assists and 13 rebounds. He came back the next night with seven points, 11 assists and nine rebounds.
Taking care of the ball is a must and it requires the focus of the entire team. There are five Sixers averaging at least two turnovers per game, with Michael Carter-Williams having the highest average at 3.41.
It will be a tough game for MCW who needs to not only protect the ball, but watch out for Rondo’s triple-double threat.
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