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2018 Summer League: Wizards trifecta proves tough for 76ers

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2018 NBA Summer League - Las Vegas - Boston Celtics v Philadelphia 76ers Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images

The Philadelphia 76ers’ struggled offensively as they fell 87-75 against the Washington Wizards in a cringeworthy game. Luckily, the summer games are more focused on the players’ abilities rather than wins and losses.

For the Wizards, three particular players stole the show. Devin Robinson, Troy Brown Jr. and Thomas Bryant. Brown, the 15th overall pick out of Oregon, posted 23 points, eight rebounds and two assists at 9-of-22 shooting and 1-of-4 from the arch. Similarly, Robinson went off for 22 points and 11 assists at 8-of-10 shooting and 2-of-4 from the three. Shooting 5-of-11, Bryant notched 16 points.

Slight hope for the Sixers came in the form of Chris McCullough, who ended the evening with 20 points. He was shooting at 8-of-12 and contributed eight rebounds. Without serious support from the rest of the team, his contributions weren’t enough to walk away with a win or even an aesthetically pleasing loss, however.

Cameron Oliver brought life back in to the stadium, through two dunks within 37 seconds of each other. He ended the night with nine points and six rebounds while shooting 4-of-11.

It became strikingly obvious that something was missing in the Sixers’ play and that was Zhaire Smith and Furkan Korkmaz. While both were very much in the game, neither player had a noteworthy performance at all.

Smith recorded just two points, one rebound and three assists going 1-of-9 from the field and 0-of-2 from beyond the arc. Korkmaz was also a silent player with one single point at 0-of-9 shooting. Makes you wonder how this shooting guard was able to notch 40 points against the Celtics just a few days earlier.

With very quiet performances from Smith and Korkmaz, the Sixers ultimately were unable to gain momentum over the Wizards. As a team, they were 35.1 percent from the floor and 6-of-25 from the three.

Despite a tough series of games, Philadelphia will look ahead to the start of the Summer League Tournament which starts on Wednesday.