The streak is snapped. There are nine games remaining in Brett Brown’s inaugural season as the Sixers' head coach, including tonight’s game against the Hawks in Atlanta.
Here is the Sixers-Hawks in 3-Dei:
1. Ride the momentum
The Sixers led by as many as 32 points on Saturday night against the Pistons. Detroit shot just 39 percent and 29 percent from behind the arc. The Sixers' defense also forced 18 turnovers that they scored 25 points off.
If the Sixers take the same defensive energy into Phillips Arena they could capitalize on a Hawks team that has dropped six straight games. The Hawks have actually had three six-game losing streaks since Feb. 4 -- only the Sixers and Bucks have a lower winning percentage in that time.
Hawks' starting point guard Jeff Teague scored 33 points and had 10 assists when the Hawks hosted the Sixers in November. This season Teague averages 16.3 points and 6.8 assists.
Michael Carter-Williams did not play in that November contest, but he will tonight. MCW is coming off a 21-point, seven-rebound, four-assist performance Saturday, but maybe his best statistic was his ability to get to the foul line for 10 attempts and he made eight against the Pistons.
3. Crowd the arc
The Hawks are third in the NBA in made threes. They average 9.5 made shots from behind the arc and former Sixer Kyle Korver is responsible for three of those on average. Korver has missed the last six games because of back spasms, but did participate in this morning’s shoot around.
Korver has the highest three-point percentage in the league at 48.6 percent. Amazingly that number would actually put him 38th in overall field-goal percentage.