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Sixers Skid Continues, Fall to Houston

The exhausted 76ers badly need this 5-game break to recover and set themselves to win again.

The All-Star break is this week and the Sixers’ break officially starts today. The Sixers (20-14) have been impressive for most of the year, but they dropped their fifth straight game in the loss against Houston (20-14) on February 22. Fourth quarter issues have been an issue in this recent slump, as the Sixers were outscored 32-22 in the final quarter against the Rockets. Entering the break on a five-game losing streak, the Sixers don’t play until February 28 against the Detroit Pistons (11-24). From the looks of it, the break couldn’t have come at a much better time for the 76ers.

This game for the Sixers started and ended just like all the other losses: in a poorly shown way. Philadelphia managed to only put up 16 points in the opening quarter and trailed by three. The Sixers entered the second half with a four-point deficit but a solid third quarter led to a four-point lead of their own. Then, the problems resurfaced as the Sixers couldn’t hit any shots while the Rockets drained everything.

The Sixers badly need big men and can't wait until Elton Brand (right) and Spencer Hawes (left) come back from injuries after the All-Star break.

The bench managed to score after a sluggish game against the Memphis Grizzlies. Nikola Vucevic led the team with 18 points while Lou Williams and Thaddeus Young combined for 32 points. The Sixers’ starting lineup was horrific as no one managed to shoot above 50%. Evan Turner wasn’t a big factor unlike the loss against the Grizzlies, only managing to score two points. The entire Philadelphia 76ers managed to shoot 40%.

With a loss entering the second half of the season, the Sixers need to recharge their batteries during their five-game break. Hopefully, by February 28 against the Pistons, the Sixers should have a healthy Elton Brand in their starting lineup. Unfortunately, Spencer Hawes will likely miss more time with an Achilles injury. The team also has to reset their mindset entering the second half of the season. Again, the All-Star break could not have come at a better time for this worn-out Sixers team.

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Author:Curran Aiyer

Studying Finance, Business Analytics, and International Business at the Kelley School of Business, Indiana University with a minor in Spanish. Aspiring to change the world by driving education and the importance of staying informed. Looking to share my learnings and knowledge on behavioral economics and how that correlates with investing in yourself wisely. Originally from Philadelphia and trusting the process.

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