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76ers Frustration

I swear this team is frustrating. People may laugh but when things are clicking they can play with anyone. They've should've beaten Houston twice (without Paul, but thats still saying something), they were right there with OKC (where their trio actually showed up), Golden State up 20, and every game with Boston has been a battle.

The only team they get blown out by is Toronto and thats because Toronto's guards kill Philly. So where are the weaknesses right now, and how can this team improve.

1) Overall toughness: This team has the clutch gene. Simmons and Embiid play better than most other players (Kyrie, Lebron, Westbrook, GSW, exceptions), in that 4th quarter. But as a team on defense they turn soft. It might be due to their age (which is why seasoned veterans stars are better than them), but Embiid's own father said he didn't think Embiid was tough enough to play in the NBA (that was when he was a twig now he is a grown man), but STILL, Embiid needs to position himself better and not let guys like Aaron Baynes and Gortat wear him down. Embiid needs to body up. He's a great shot blocker, but I worry for the guy because I don't think he can pound with the big guys. He still is maturing, but his frame isn't solid enough to be banging with the big eastern europeans, and they know it. Add to that Reddick and Bayless as guards that are constantly getting outmuscled. Reddick vs. Klay Thompson is not fair. Reddick is a great role player, but when things get tough, you need to be like Boston. You need to be able to turn your defense up a level. Reddick is incapable of this. Covington (I've never liked his face it comes off too casual, I've never seen Covington get mad like Draymond), is good for a turnover and I've never seen him body up or play aggressive D when the team needs it. The Heatles had it, with Chalmers and Cole and obviously Lebron, they played Football defense in basketball. Its the ability to clamp a team down. Philly has some weak framed guys in Covington and Reddick and Bayless. They need more guys to play that football style D. Kyrie's boys can do that. Gotta play like grown men. Simmons is also too passive on defense.

2) Embiid late game double teams: any well coached team, knows to double Embiid. Jaylen Brown was helping on Embiid in his spots. What I cant' stand is, how the team isn't yelling at him to pass the darn ball. Bro, keep the ball high, stand tall when that double comes, and find the open players. Embiid's turnovers and lazy passes are killing me. Its really hurting them against quality opponents. The guy's phenomenal talented, but he has to be coached to pass out of double teams. Cleveland and Boston have both done it to him. Also this was a team "stacked" with bigmen that are all gone. Nerlens for peanuts. Jah for peanuts. Holmes has been bad. Amir Johnson looks like a shell of himself (veteran leadership my @$$), Corey Booker looked great in Brooklyn, against playoff teams he is extremely average, what happened to Corey Booker? They handled neither Nerlens nor Jah right. I'd be happy and Nerlens was okay, with being our backup center. The team got too complacent with Holmes who is really showing his lack of IQ. I would want an Aron Baynes as my backup center, not Richuan Holmes. I liked Holmes but his lack of IQ is showing now, and what happened to his jumper? I think he's lost confidence. Anyway, can someone teach Embiid how to post up properly and pass out of double teams. I'm tired of the growing pains. The very least Brett Brown can admit to is that we need a REAL big man coach on the Sixers.

3) Guards - Said it already but Reddick is soft defensively, and McConnell (who I love for his heart) and Bayless try, but are both undersized. I mean you can't throw TJ Reddick and Bayless against Toronto's guards. Fultz is starting to scare me because some videos hint his shooting remains awful. He was nice in college and I was a huge fan, but this is scaring me now. Other teams have big guards, grown men, that can defend. Justin Anderson to me has regressed. He was a solid defender but his defense has gotten significantly worse and his shot hasn't gotten any better. Meanwhile Marcus Smart makes an impact every game because he plays so hard.

The Sixers need to bring in capable defending guards ASAP. Jerryd Bayless and Gerald Wallace are NOT the type of FA the Sixers need. Jimmy Butler, Demar Derozan, someone of that caliber with the cap space they have is what they need. If Lebron is out of question (most likely), then they need to find someone of this ilk. Kyrie is the Celtics. That team is pretty bad without him and great with him. Everyone centers around him offensively. Gravity right? Well the Sixers need a guard with some gravity. You hope Fultz is the guy but even if he is, you need some tough physical guys out there.

I dont need veterans like Bayless and Amir Johnson to be leaders that can barely play. I don't need undersized hustle guys like Corey Booker, a poor man's Reggie Evans. I need guards, a PF, and a backup center with some NBA size. Give me Aron Baynes, Avery Bradley (for my bench), and a Marcus Smart type disrupter if we can't obviously get Butler (who would've been IDEAL) or Derozan.

Philly is going to make the playoffs and will maybe play Boston first round. What they need to do is simple. They can hang with Boston, they need to stop turning the ball over late, get a big man coach, teach Embiid how to post up closer to the basket by using his hips, and help him recognize double teams. And his team, for real, needs to move for him while he is dboule teamed to get the ball out of his hands rather than watch him. Those other 4 HAVE to move. Hopefully Fultz takes care of this because he can get open and break down a Defense on his own. But the other undersized guards needs to move to get open. The guards don't really have much of a role or are still figuring it out with Simmons and Embiid, but that is coaching. And turning it up on defense, this team needs someone tenacious.

This offseason I wanted Lonnie Walker with the Lakers (but htat might go back to Boston), he might still be available for Philly's own pick around 15. Lonnie Walker would be a nice guard next to Markelle with some size. That way you have two 6'5'' guards. I want to sign a legit defending guard (Avery Bradley would be nice), and I want a legit 4 and backup 5. So long see ya to Amir Johnson and Corey Booker.

Come on Colangelo, you brought Jerryd Bayless, Gerald Henderson, Sergio Rodriguez, old ass Amir Johnson, and undersized Reddick to play here. We need legit Free Agents now. I'm not asking for Paul George even though he'd be nice...I just want some normal sized NBA players that play hard.

Sorry, I'm done. Did I mention can we teach Embiid to recognize a double team, and teach this team how to get open for him?


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Give them time!!! Yes they

Give them time!!! Yes they have talent but they are so dam young. To expect them to be are super team with their main guys aged 19, 20 and 23 (who has barely played) is unfair, if in 2 years time they still struggle then I'd be frustrated and worry about their potential.

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Agreed time

This season was all about trying to get to the playoffs. I think they are doing that. No need to make any moves now. I would think they try t get Markell healed and back play the season out then make a move or two in the offseason.

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They should be tougher on

They should be tougher on Embiid. It seems like he's really being pampered by the staff. First of all, he's never practiced once during the season. If I'm a role player on that team, I'd be pissed that this guy gets to rest on back-to-backs AND is allowed by the coaching staff not to practice. It starting to sound like superstar treatment for me.

Second, to your point, he isn't being accountable for his turnovers and lazy passes. He gives up like 3 possessions a game through dumb passes, but he knows his coach won't yank him out of the game, so he keeps n doing it. He also gives up around 2-3 rip-through turnovers where he coughs the ball up because refs won't call a foul. Eventually, biigs will learn how to guard that and just put their hands up while defending.

Also, you don't miss like 5 games due to "back tightness". Cmon now. Embiid did say himself he could play through it. I get there being extra careful, but there comes a time you have to just unleash your star player.

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Embiid turns the ball over

Embiid turns the ball over like three times in the final five minutes of a game.

If the Sixers have a lead late in games the other team will either foul Simmons intentionally or lately what I have seen is teams will just play normal defense and wait for Philly to turn it over. They can blow an eight point lead with 1:20 left in the game...easy

Embiid, Simmons, Saric are all young. TJ does what he can given his limitations and JJ is probably trying to cover too many deficiencies by trying to dribble drive when he cant get open looks. The rest of this team is full of idiots. We have a bunch of low IQ players running around out of position(Holmes) with surprised looks on their faces(Roco).

The other problem is we take waaayyy to many 3's. The problem isnt getting open looks its taking smart shots at the right time in the possession, when someone is under the basket for an offensive board or when someone can cover your man defensively so he isnt already across half court when you release your shot. All the coaching in the world can't fix stupid...and the Sixers have a lot of that.

Roxas, this wasn't directed at your comment. I was responding to Embiid's turnovers and ended up going off the rails...again.

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Problem is

They gave him a max. contract. Now they are concerned he could have a season ending injury. Or even career ending.

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Young teams miss free throws

Young teams miss free throws and turn the ball over. This is basketball. Give them time.

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"Come on Colangelo, you

"Come on Colangelo, you brought Jerryd Bayless, Gerald Henderson, Sergio Rodriguez, old ass Amir Johnson, and undersized Reddick to play here. We need legit Free Agents now. I'm not asking for Paul George even though he'd be nice...I just want some normal sized NBA players that play hard."

Well, at least the Robert Covington extension is looking good. $60 million for a guy who has one or two good games a month is all part of the process.

Also, five years is way too soon to assess Brett Brown's ability to coach. You have to weight until year eight, at least. Anyone can turn a 21 point lead into a 19 point deficit.

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That's my kind of sarcasm. No

That's my kind of sarcasm. No idea why you have negs right now...plus 1

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I negged BTPH because I didnt

I negged BTPH because I didnt understand the sarcasm. Just kinda confused me.

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