Give and Go: Can Sixers fix road struggles?

Give and Go: Can Sixers fix road struggles?

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December 15, 2013, 6:00 pm
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The Sixers are just 1-10 on the road this season, the NBA's worst mark. (USA Today Images)

Each week, we'll ask questions about the Sixers to our resident basketball analysts and see what they have to say.
 
Running the Give and Go this week are CSNPhilly.com columnist John Gonzalez, CSNPhilly.com producer/reporter Matt Haughton and CSN anchor Amy Fadool.
 
What’s biggest reason for the Sixers’ road struggles?
 
Gonzalez: Defense. The Sixers average the most offensive possessions of any team in the NBA. That means lots of running and points in transition, but it also means the other teams frequently play the same style against you -- and usually do it better. The Sixers have the fifth-worst defensive rating in the NBA. They also don't defend the three well. At all. The Sixers give up 10.1 three-pointers per game, the most in the NBA.
 
Haughton: Execution. While the Sixers’ formula is pretty straightforward by now -- fast and exciting on offense, sloppy and painful on defense -- a lot of their issues away from home seem to come down to a lack of simple execution. Often there is a turnover (they lead the league with 17.9 per game) or a lapse on defense at critical times that has caused the team to continually suffer defeat on the road.
 
Fadool: I don’t know if I can put my finger on the exact reason why the Sixers haven’t fared well away from the Wells Fargo Center. On paper, I think the easy answer is that it’s a young team that hasn’t quite come together at this point. Playing on the road is sometimes more about chemistry than it is about game planning the specific opponent, and that’s where the Sixers lack the depth. There are guys who are holdovers from last season, but it’s a whole new game plan, some new starting pieces and a new head coach. So having all three may not be the best recipe for early success on the road, but I don’t think it will continue. The Sixers should figure out how to play together away from home and Brett Brown will have them all on the same page as the season progresses, which should lead to more road wins.