Could you blame Sixers coach Brett Brown if he just threw up his hands and walked off the stage at some point this season? Gregg Popovich wouldn’t.
Monday night against Dallas the Sixers rallied from 19 back to take a one-point lead in the fourth quarter, and it felt like the 0-10 Sixers could get their first win of the season. But the veteran Mavericks took care of the ball down the stretch and hit some shots, while Philly could do neither. At the end of the day it was the Sixers’ 27 turnovers — 26 percent of Philly’s possessions, one in four trips down the court, ended in a turnover — that did them in (Dallas won 92-86). Brown was asked about the turnovers after the game.
“What else could I say? In my mature world, this is what I’d say we have to do a better job of executing down the stretch to close out a game,” Brown said. “We didn’t against San Antonio and we didn’t tonight. We need to. It’s part of growing up.”
The bottom line is the Sixers are 0-11 this season, 0-21 if you want to count the end of last season, too. The guard play that has the team coughing the ball up so much is a big part of the problem — Brown would love to play bubble NBA guys Tony Wroten and Kendall Marshall in the backcourt, but they are injured. So it’s T.J. McConnell and Nik Stauskas getting the starts and Isaiah Canaan behind them. Not exactly a lineup anyone fears.
But it’s the one GM Sam Hinkie gave Brown, and what’s the coach supposed to do about it? Walk off the Stage?