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Sport 76ers fall apart on the road — again

07:15  02 february  2020
07:15  02 february  2020 Source:   bostonglobe.com

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The 76 ers lost Game 3 to the Celtics on Saturday in overtime, 101-98, falling to an 0-3 series deficit that no team has ever overcome in NBA history. The Sixers just fell apart . Crunch time is defined as the final five minutes of regulation or overtime in a game that is being decided by five or fewer points.

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Fifty games into the season and Philadelphia 76ers coach Brett Brown is finding himself fielding questions about his team’s maddening inconsistency.

a person holding a green ball: Celtics forward Jayson Tatum flushes down a monster dunk over 76ers forward Al Horford as the Celtics jumed out to a 22-8  run in the first seven minutes of the first quarter.© BARRY CHIN Celtics forward Jayson Tatum flushes down a monster dunk over 76ers forward Al Horford as the Celtics jumed out to a 22-8 run in the first seven minutes of the first quarter.

Philadelphia entered Saturday’s showdown against the Celtics with a 9-16 road record. Al Horford still hasn’t gained comfort in the offense. Ben Simmons is an All-Star (but mostly refuses to shoot), and Joel Embiid’s numbers are down from last season.

Still, the 76ers already had three wins over the Celtics, all of them convincing and they are still a primary threat to Boston, Milwaukee, Miami, and Indiana in the playoffs. But the 76ers entered Saturday sixth in the East as the playoff race begins to take shape, and an early postseason exit could cost Brown his job.

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Stubhub: Buy or Sell 76 ers Tickets. by MAX RAPPAPORT. br> The Sixers conclude the 2011-12 season with five games on the road . It is a fitting end to a tumultuous Sixers regular season that began on December 26 of last year with a five-game road trip.

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Hard to envision the Bucks coughing up a 6½-game lead, so there is a five-team race for the No. 2 seed and two home playoff rounds. That may be critical to the 76ers, who have the best home record in the NBA.

But what about the road? Philadelphia is 17th in the NBA in opponent’s field goal percentage on the road. They are 25th in scoring on the road and 3-point field goal percentage.

There is a sense of urgency in Philadelphia because the success of the post-Process has not lasted that long. There is a concern that despite the wealth of talent, the addition of Horford on a $109 million deal and coming close to the conference finals last season, it would all crumble if they don’t solve their recurring road issues.

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“We have had an erratic season,” Brown said. “We come out quite good against Milwaukee, have a great game against the Lakers, as an example or what we’ve done with Boston and then you poke yourself in the eye against Atlanta [on Thursday]. Give Atlanta credit, but it’s a game we should have won. And so to me, it’s going to go back to Ground Zero of how we play defense.”

In the first seven minutes Saturday, the 76ers looked lethargic and uninterested, missing 8 of 12 shots and allowing the Celtics, without Kemba Walker, to race out to a 22-8 lead before losing, 116-95.

The Sixers’ road performances have been confounding. The 76ers can no longer blame pressure or inexperience. They were within a Kawhi Leonard four-bounce-on-the-rim shot from making the Eastern Conference finals.

They were fully expected to compete with the Bucks for the top seed, so the fact they are hovering at sixth with such a poor road record is disappointing.

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In a virtual replay of a game just five days ago, the 76 ers came out flat on defense against a playoff-racing Orlando Magic team. Orlando's first half offense, fueled by a lackluster defensive effort by everyone on the Sixers, was the story of the game. It's unfair to single out one person on the Sixers

“It’s a question that haunts us,” Brown said. “It could be as simple as if you drilled down and looked at our shooting percentage from the 3-point line, it’s dramatically different. And so to render it that we just miss shots, I’m not going to do that. I’ll go right back to defense. I think that the intensity, the 48-minute mind-set, the intensity to play defense the way we can play defense, I think it’s watered down too much.

“I don’t think we play as good of defense that we need to for as long as we need to.”

Horford’s 3-point shooting numbers are down and he has admitted it has been difficult finding comfort in the offense. The former Celtic was depended on to score in the post and perimeter in Boston. But the 76ers have Embiid in the paint and no real 3-point threat, leaving Horford to take contested threes, especially with Simmons unable to draw any defensive attention outside the paint.

It’s been a difficult fit for Horford, who is hoping his best basketball will occur down the stretch.

“Coming in with the Sixers, we had similar expectations [as last season with the Celtics],” he said. “Making sure to keep the group together as much as we can. I think that’s important. As a team we’ve been up and down at times and we want to get on a roll.

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About “ On the Road Again ”. Willie Nelson starred as an aging rocker in the film Honeysuckle Rose. While on an airplane flight, he was asked to write a song about ‘being on the road ’ for the film by director Jerry Schatzberg and executive producer Sydney Pollack, so he grabbed a barf bag and

Stubhub: Buy or Sell 76 ers Tickets. WASHINGTON –– The last time the Sixers traveled to Washington, D.C., for a Martin Luther King Day matinee on January 20, Philadelphia suffered a 111-76 loss at the hands of a then-streaking Wizards team.

“We’ve struggled all year with the road. I don’t think our focus is where it needs to be on the road. It’s something that we’ve been harping on more recently about us keeping that throughout the game and having those lapses, so [Saturday] is going to be a great challenge for us. I expect the group to be focused.”

The first half Saturday was a glaring example of the 76ers road problems. The Celtics seemed determined not to allow the 76ers to sweep the season series. For as many issues as Philadelphia has had against the rest of the league, they were flawless against Boston before Saturday, even beating the Celtics without Embiid last month at Wells Fargo Center.

“The fact you have the Celtics, Miami, and Milwaukee, royalty in the east, legitimate playoff battle ground stuff, we’re gonna learn what’s going on in the next few games,” Brown said. “It’s a great opportunity to get a reality stick to see what we have to do and do better.”

Gary Washburn can be reached at gwashburn@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @GwashburnGlobe.

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