Sixers routed by Bulls, lose 3 players to injury

Sixers routed by Bulls, lose 3 players to injury

Brown updates injuries to Wroten, Anderson and Davies

January 19, 2014, 12:00 am
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Brandon Davies (pictured with the ball) was one of three Sixers injured in a 103-78 loss to the Bulls on Saturday night. (USA Today Images)


CHICAGO -- Another double-digit defeat.

The Sixers have now lost six of their last seven games, the latest a 103-78 thrashing Saturday by the Chicago Bulls, by an average of 18.2 points. Each loss has been by at least 10 points.

After their second lopsided loss in as many nights -- they fell by 15 Friday to Miami -- Sixers coach Brett Brown stressed that the focal point going into Washington on Monday will be what it has been on all season long.

“It’s always defense,” Brown said. “Anything we ever talk about is defense and then we’ll mention something about running and sharing. It’s always about defense and the only two things we really talk about and have drilled in our first year are pace and pass. We want to get out and run and share the ball, and I thought that we didn’t do a good job at either tonight. Some of that was generated because we just had a hard time getting stops.”

The Bulls shot 48 percent for the game and held the Sixers to just 35 percent shooting as Chicago’s defense deflated any confidence that might have been on the horizon. The Sixers were also outrebounded 52-42 and outscored 25-12 on the fast break (see Instant Replay).

The Sixers are last in the league in points allowed, giving up 110.2 per night. Making matters worse lately is their cold shooting.

Even with the Sixers next to last in three-point percentage as a team (31.7), they should be better than 4 for 39 from beyond the arc their last two games. They've simply missed opportunities on kick-outs and pick-and-pops.

“We just have to hit them, obviously,” Evan Turner said. “Even if we shoot terribly, it would help. We’re shooting poorly.”

Brown also stressed that he doesn’t mind the threes if they’re not bad threes, as this year is all about development.

“We invest time, put in so much time. I’m not going to walk away from that,” he said. “We’re going to continue to develop and teach shooting techniques, looking at flights of balls and their hands and feet. We’re going to dedicate time so that we can flush people out and assess who we want to keep. This year is about development and so that’s what we want to do. We want to try and uncover people that have a chance.”

Compounding the current bad stretch for the Sixers is more injuries. Lavoy Allen returned to the rotation after missing the previous four games with an injured calf, but they lost Tony Wroten, who suffered a sprained right ankle in the second quarter. James Anderson was kneed in the back and Brandon Davies dislocated his right pinky. Brown said each of the three are listed as day to day, but Wroten could be out for longer once he’s re-evaluated.

“It’s just part of the deal that we all knew could happen,” Brown said. “Like I’ve said so many times, we experience highs and lows. It’s part of the nature of our first year trying to build this program. If the bench gets depleted through these injuries, in some ways, that hurts us because they slowly were creating an identity for themselves.”