The Philadelphia 76ers fell Tuesday night to the Dallas Mavericks, 107-100, from an onslaught of scoring from a combination of OJ Mayo, Shawn Marion and Chris Kaman. The scoring came in bunches all night and it seemed as if the 76ers were unable to stop the shooting performances of the Mavericks.
Kaman, Marion, and Mayo combined for 60 points while running away with a win at home at the American Airlines Arena in Dallas, Texas. Mayo poured in 26 points & 8 assists in the winning effort and helped the Mavericks shoot 54.2 percent from the floor as compared to the Sixers lowly 43 percent.
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Dorell Wright was one of the top performers for the Sixers, finishing with a season-high 25 points on 7-for-13 from behind the arc coupled with five rebounds and a pair of assists. With the loss of Jrue Holiday and Andrew Bynum to injury there has to be a consistent spark on play from someone on the Sixers roster. That might just be Wright. The once league-leader in three-point-attempts in a season (In 2010: 502) could be just the addition the Sixers need to pull themselves out of a funk.
"We're all NBA Players, somebody has to step up and do they job, all I gotta say," Dorell Wright responded when asked on changes in the offense due to injuries, "They made their shots, they didn't turn the ball over as much, and they executed their plays." (quotes compiled via NBA.com)
Additionally with Holiday being gone, Evan Turner has also begun to fill in the role left by the injured point guard. Turner finished the game with 17 points, 5 assists and 5 rebounds while becoming one of the primary ball handlers for the club due to the slew of injuries. Spencer Hawes also added a convincing 18 points and 7 rebound effort to help carry the team.
The main issue the Sixers will begin to face as they have entered a 10-game road trip, is the absence of a floor-general. Without Holiday (averages 18.4 ppg, 8.9 apg, 1.5 spg) the Sixers lose a key component and the central cog of their offense, something that won't win them many games if they continue their mediocre level of play.
With depressing play as of late that has left the Sixers falling below .500 (12-13 overall), there has to be some level of intervention or a change in the offensive play. Whether it come from more set plays from Coach Doug Collins, to finding more wide open shooters out of the pick-and-roll or dribble-drive penetrations, something must be done. As this road trip continues there has to be multiple players willing to step up for the sake of the 76ers in Holiday's absence.
It surely won't be Andrew Bynum.
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