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The Philadelphia 76ers Need to Bounce Back

12/05/2012 12:46 pm 12:46:42 | Updated Feb 04, 2013

Well it would be far from a stretch to say that the Philadelphia 76ers have been particularly impressive in the last few games.

After a pair of disappointing losses to the Chicago Bulls on Saturday night, 93-88, and the Minnesota Timberwolves, 105-88, the Sixers need to find a spark in their offense to bring more hope back to the "City of Brotherly Love."

There needs to be an understanding that Jrue Holiday and (as much as it pains me to say this) Evan Turner can't continue to carry the entire load for the struggling Sixers. Without the presence of the badly battered bowling bandit Andrew Bynum, the Sixers lack a serious low-post presence offensively and defensively. Additionally, Thad Young can't contribute 16 or more points a night; he just can't do it yet, so there has to be someone else.

Looking at the Sixers post problems; Spencer Hawes, Kwame Brown and Arnett Moultrie (who may be taking a trip to the NBA D-League soon) are all not solutions to this ongoing problem. This is something can only be fixed, sadly, either with Bynum or increased and consistent play from the backcourt.

Jrue Holiday is currently leading the team in points per game (18.5) and assists per game (9.3) to further solidify his chances at making his first All-Star appearance in February, but that's a ways away.

To much avail of the 76ers, Evan Turner has finally started to prove that he belongs on the roster as well. The former Ohio State Buckeye is averaging 14.1 points per contest while snagging 7.1 boards as well, third in points to the aforementioned Holiday and second in rebounds Thaddeus Young respectively.

Young is leading the team in rebounds after gaining 25 extra pounds this off-season to make him the obvious choice at the power forward position. The 24-year-old New Orleans native has finally put some extra bounce in his step.

As far as the rest of the team goes, Philadelphia fans better get out a good cheese steak, it's going to be a long stretch for the 10-7 overall 76ers.