FanPost

Close games are the Sixers REAL problem.

Last night's win over the Celtics was great. They were catching us in the division, and we showed up to put them away. I am still concerned for the team and our prospects for the rest of the season.

We are now 23-17. What worries me is this was our 19th 10+ point win (and our 11th 20+ point win). That means we are 4-17 when not winning by double digits. Obviously, in the 19 wins, we played well and often had bad opponents (DET and WAS a few times). However, in the other 21 games, we have not played that well. In a few of the losses (think MIA twice, ORL once), we have stunk. In some of the others, we should have won, led some, but lost (MIL the other night, the NJN OT loss). If you take the MIA (-20/-21), ORL (-16), SAS (-10), and MEM (-13) losses out as bad games, we are 4-12 when we are between +9/-9 as a result. So, when the game's result is in question (+9/-9), we rarely come out on top. 4 out of 16 is a (.250) winning percentage. That is atrocious.

The main reason this is a concern is because come playoff time, there won't be DET, WSH, etc. to beat up on. It will be MIA, ORL, CHI every night. The way we played against CHI recently was close, but if we only win every other time, even at home, a playoff series can be over in 5 games. MIA is a team that seems to handle us. CHI and ORL are beatable, but clearly ORL more than CHI. No matter the opponents come playoff time, something must be changed to win close games, or the second season will end quickly for us.

I will concede that some may argue that we will return to the mean, and the close games will even out by season's end. For a team that has lost 8 of 11 and is 4-12 in +9 thru -9 games, this is a major issue.

Can the Sixers right the ship in close games? Are we too young? Too balanced? What can we do to fix this problem?

A user-created LB joint. The Liberty Ballers staff does not contribute to FanPosts.

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join Liberty Ballers

You must be a member of Liberty Ballers to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Liberty Ballers. You should read them.

Join Liberty Ballers

You must be a member of Liberty Ballers to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Liberty Ballers. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_9347_tracker