Three-point shooting still an issue for Sixers

Three-point shooting still an issue for Sixers

January 20, 2014, 8:00 pm
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Thaddeus Young was 0 for 2 from three-point range in Monday's 107-99 loss to the Wizards. (USA Today Images)

WASHINGTON -- From a statistical standpoint, the Sixers are an interesting group. They are the No. 1 team in the NBA in pace, average the second-most points in the paint behind Detroit with 51.2 per game, and the Sixers do that without an imposing front line.

But then there is their three-point shooting. On the season, the Sixers are second-to-last in three-point field goal percentage (32). But over the last three games -- all losses -- that number has dropped drastically.

The Sixers are a combined 8 for 57 from deep in their last three games, including 4 for 18 in their 107-99 loss to the Wizards Monday (see Instant Replay).

“We have to find other ways to get in that rhythm,” James Anderson said after the game. “I mean, maybe somebody can hit a couple and that becomes contagious. Eventually we’ll snap out of it.

“And you definitely can’t get hesitant to take the three if it is open. All of them have been good shots for the most part, but haven’t been going in. A lot of them have been in and out, it's just the way it goes sometimes.”

Anderson didn’t take one three Monday, but he is a 31 percent shooter from beyond the arc on the season.

“There is only one way out, right,” Evan Turner said, hinting they have to keep firing three-point shots.

Like Anderson, Turner had no threes against the Wizards. After shooting 38 percent from long distance in December, Turner’s three-point field goal percentage has dipped to 30 percent in January.

The Sixers set the lowest three-point field goal percentage over a three-game stretch when a team shoots at least 50 threes in 1996 with 13 percent.

Brett Brown’s squad was on pace to equal its own franchise record until Hollis Thompson made a three with 11.8 seconds remaining. It was the final bucket of the game.