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Moore: Are the Sixers’ issues temporary or here to stay?

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08.01.2020

Brett Brown’s team needs to address spacing and other concerns to increase chances for postseason success

PHILADELPHIA — After a disappointing 0-4 holiday road trip, the 76ers showed some reasons to be encouraged in Monday night’s 120-113 win over the Thunder.

At the top of the list was hitting 50 percent of their 3-point attempts (13 for 26) and handing out 31 assists while committing just 10 turnovers. Plus, all five starters scored in double figures for the first time since their previous victory — a 121-109 Christmas Day win over the NBA-leading Bucks five games earlier.

The 24-14 Sixers are on pace for 52 victories. Heading into Thursday evening’s home date with the Atlantic Division-leading Celtics and three games before the midway point of the season, it’s fair to wonder if the Sixers’ issues are in the process of being solved or will remain for the rest of the year.

Things like style of play, the Joel Embiid/Al Horford offensive tandem, halfcourt spacing and 3-point shooting have been keeping coach Brett Brown busy.

After favoring more of a freeflowing, motion offensive approach during his first six seasons with the Sixers, analytics show they’ve been more successful with Brown running set plays in........

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