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News » Philadelphia 76ers Getting Inside 2009-12-08

Philadelphia 76ers Getting Inside 2009-12-08

Philadelphia 76ers Getting Inside 2009-12-08Coach Eddie Jordan is working on incorporating Allen Iverson into the Sixers' lineup. He started Iverson and played him 38 minutes in Monday's 93-83 home loss to the Nuggets.

But while Iverson might be able to give the Sixers a boost at the offensive end, especially in the late game situations in which the Sixers have struggled this season, the Sixers' biggest problem is at the defensive end.

The Sixers continue to rank last in opponents' 3-point percentage. Foes have hit .420 of their attempts beyond the arc -- no other NBA club has allowed higher than .386. Good 3-point shooters (such as the Spurs' Matt Bonner and the Knicks' Danilo Gallinari) have had big nights against them.

So have guys like the Bobcats' Boris Diaw and Thunder's Kevin Durant. Diaw was at .300 from downtown until going 5-for-6 against the Sixers on Saturday. Durant, a .286 shooter from 3-point range, hit 5 of 7 in the previous game.

Charlotte (.305) and Oklahoma City (.321) are below-average teams on 3-pointers, yet they shot 9-for-17 (.529) and 12-for-24 (.500) vs. Philly. They are by no means the only clubs excelling against Jordan's team. Foes have hit 14-plus 3-pointers four times this season after it happened five times in all of 2008-09.

While Jordan's Wizards squads weren't good defensively, he said before the season that he thought the Sixers would be OK because they have better individual defenders than he had in Washington. Eight teams in 21 games have hit at least half of their 3-pointers against the Sixers.

"It's a disappointment to us," Jordan said. "We're disappointed that we're defending it that poorly. We're trying to get better at one scheme that's basic with the NBA. Do we try to keep changing and find out what fits our personnel?"

Iverson could create some turnovers by playing the passing lanes. But he's not known for his on-the-ball defense or for shutting down perimeter shooters.

"Someone said, 'Coach, it's not the defense -- you're just snakebitten,'" Jordan said. "I say, 'I can't believe that.'"

NUGGETS 93, SIXERS 83: The Sixers lost No. 10 in a row for the first time since dropping 12 straight from Nov. 25 to Dec. 20, 2006. They allowed Denver to go 11-for-18 from 3-point range, were outgunned 25-2 in bench scoring and had eight made free throws to 24 for the Nuggets. The Sixers haven't won since beating the Bobcats on Nov. 18. Allen Iverson scored 11 points in 38 minutes in his first game back with the Sixers.

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Added: December 8, 2009


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