Josh Richardson left the first quarter of last night’s game with a strained hamstring, forcing Brett Brown to tweak his rotations further beyond the absence of Joel Embiid. At times last night we saw lineups that featured five starters on the floor, with James Ennis barely playing and Trey Burke left on the bench entirely.
Down two starters and playing on the road against a good team, the Sixers just didn’t have enough juice on either end of the floor. We could probably end the recap right there, but it would make for a pretty short read.
So let’s talk about three pointers. The Sixers took 46 last night, which was a season high. They hit 18, which amounts to 39%, a very good number that sits four percentage points above the league average. If you look at their two pointers, they shot just 14-38, which amounts to just 37%.
Parse those two numbers separately, and the Sixers scored 54 points on 18 three point makes and 28 points on 14 two-point makes, which looks good analytically and explains to you why so many teams favor the three ball in the modern day NBA. It’s just a more efficient shot.
But basketball can’t be parsed down to a spread sheet, and regardless of Embiid’s availability, I personally think 46 three pointers is way too many for the Sixers for the following reasons: