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The Sixers didn’t have enough gas in the tank Wednesday night in Charlotte.


On the second night of a back-to-back game, the team fell to 9-9 on the season with a 107-101 loss to the Hornets. Their collective fatigue was evident in the second half.

Shake Milton scored 22 points, 9 assists and seven rebounds. Hornets guard Terry Rozier scored a team-high 22.

Again, it was James Harden, Joel Embiid, Therese Maxi and Jaden Springer Injuries sidelined him. Mathis Thibulle also sat out with sheath in his left ankle.

Charlotte was down a ball for LaMelo (left ankle sprain) and Cody Martin (left knee operation). Dennis Smith Jr. was knocked out in the second quarter after a sprained left ankle.

The Sixers will take on the Magic in a road mini-series on Friday and Sunday. Here are notes on their loss to the Hornets:

The six players start to heat up and attack in a game of pick and roll

Montrezl Harrell started the second game in a row and scored a Sixers first hoop, rolling to the rim and throwing a dunk.

On the Sixers’ second possession, a De’Anthony Melton-Harrell pick-and-roll resulted in two Harrell free throws. Tobias Harris also did a good job realizing that Harrell’s ball screens could help him dip, shield defenders with his body, and score in the paint. Milton was on the same page, seeing opportunities often with veteran center Mason Plumlee covering deep touchdowns. Milton’s runner extended the Sixers’ lead to 12-4 and the team’s advantage was 13 points.

Milton was excellent early on, building on another strong performance on Tuesday at Sixers win on the net With 13 points, 4-for-5 in the first quarter. The 24-year-old committed one costly turnover when he dismissed an open three-pointer, threw an uncertain pass, and led to a Hornets rushing break. However, it is okay to make an occasional mistake caused by selfless motives.

However, the Sixers as a team had a lot of gifts in combinations. The Hornets scored 23 points on 19 turnovers.

Errors are an important factor

Harrell (16 points, seven rebounds) and Paul Reed (six points, eight rebounds, three blocks, two steals) each committed two fouls in the first quarter. George Niang was called for a third early in the second, and Melton even had a technical foul.

The Sixers have already managed to convert more free throws than Charlotte (16-13), but the problem has been poignant. Although no one reached a six, the Sixers had to change their rotation and adjust their style of play. Head coach Doc Rivers used the district defense all night. He also had the Sixers Blitz Rozier in the fourth quarter, though he still hurt them with some self-generated key shots down its own stretch.

As unfortunate as it became, the Sixers on Wednesday again had an injury scare when Reed stayed on the floor after grabbing an offensive rebound and crashing on the hardwood. remained in the game. Melton was slow to climb after going down badly in the fourth quarter of the drive.

PJ Tucker went 34 minutes and finally broke a long scoreless streak when he made a corner kick in the fourth. Going into the night, he had scored zero points on an 0-for-8 over the Sixers’ last four games.

The bottom line is that the Sixers are still short on depth across the board due to their terrible injury luck. Saben Lee officially became Sixer on WednesdayAnd it wouldn’t be surprising if the 23-year-old guard got minutes in Orlando.

Fatigue leaves its mark

As his stat line would suggest, Milton did a good job.

He was particularly impressive left-handed as a passer and scorer. As the 26-year-old gets more and more reps, that skill is starting to shine. While Milton has a variety of finishing touches to his game, he is also good at staying aware of the left passes available. He’s able to find exposed shooters when the defense is down and on Wednesday, he even made a mid-air rebounding pass to Harrell for a dunk. In the third quarter, Melton pulled an offensive rebound and then assisted Harris with a flashy, deceptive coin-punch.

In the end, the Sixers needed a better than three-point group showing to beat the Hornets; They shot 9-for-38 (23.1 percent) outside the arc. It made perfect sense that a good number of those fouls were short given the circumstances – players still got more minutes than usual in the evening after a great effort at home.

This was not a case of the Sixers letting the early lead slip just because of effort and focus issues. Players who seemed on the verge of collapse had every reason to be, and the team’s turnovers exacerbated that reality.







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