Brett Brown Not Worried About Sixers Shooting After Preseason Loss
PHILADELPHIA, PA (973espn.com) — That's a wrap for the 2019 NBA Preseason. While the Philadelphia 76ers had goals to end on an unbeaten note, they make it out of the preseason with a 4-1 record after an ugly loss against the Washington Wizards.
The good news is that the preseason means absolutely nothing. The bad news is that Sixers head coach Brett Brown described this game as the 'dress rehearsal,' with plans to utilize starters until late in the game to simulate a regular season scenario. And unfortunately, the team ended up mailing this one in.
The Sixers had some good moments on Friday night. For the most part, though, they looked sloppy. After completely stalling out on the offensive side of the ball, putting up only 15 points in the second quarter, Philly fell way behind. And by the time the game ended, they concluded their preseason with a 112-93 loss.
On both sides of the court, the Sixers played uninspiring basketball, but by far, their biggest issue on Friday night was shooting. Many believed that could be Philly's most notable problem heading into the season, and that proved to be correct on Friday. Ironically enough, Brett Brown spoke on it before the game, and didn't seem too fazed by the lack of shooters they have supplied on their squad.
"I think that it’s not [that] big of a problem, and time will tell," Brett Brown stated on Friday in regards to the shooting about 90 minutes before tip-off. "I think that we have shooters here. And you know, are they at the standard of JJ Redick? No. But you know, if that’s the bar — well it’s pretty high. I think we’re a better shooting team than what I sense the marketplace thinks.”
Well, the marketplace was unfortunately correct on Friday as the Sixers failed to impress with their scoring. The entire team shot 40.5-percent from the field while draining only seven of their 27 three-point attempts (25-percent). Meanwhile, Washington drained over 48-percent of their shots from the field and knocked down 16 three-point attempts (43-percent).
Should you be panicked from the preseason slump the Sixers shooters fell in? Not exactly. While Brett Brown was surprised himself, he still stands by his comments regarding his confidence in the team's shooting heading into the new season.
"I was surprised that we were as poor as we were tonight," Brown said following the game. "I stand by my comment earlier where I think that we have better shooters than the marketplace believes. My comments aren’t well-supported when you look at the preseason, but I do think that, and I still think that. It’s stuff that we need to believe in, and we can’t shy away from it."
There's obviously still a long way to go following the preseason. On Wednesday, the Sixers will gear up for the season-opener at home against the Boston Celtics. While there are some subtle concerns they have to take care of heading into the new season, their head coach is still fully confident in his team, regardless of what we saw during the preseason finale. "I believe that we are better shooters than we have shown in the preseason." Well, that remains to be seen. And soon we will find out for sure if Brown is correct or not.