The Philadelphia 76ers will continue their road trip on Friday when they take on the young and rebuilding Oklahoma City Thunder. They will be looking right the ship on the road as they have now lost four straight road games following the three-game skid to end their last road trip.
The Sixers will finally have a fully healthy and active roster. No rest days, no nagging injuries, just a full roster. It will only be the fifth time this season where Philadelphia will trot out their entire starting lineup and it’s the team’s 12th game. It will give a bit of an indication of how good they can be.
With that being said, it’s now time for Friday’s game preview:
How to watch Sixers vs. Thunder
- Date: Friday, November 15
- Time: 8:00 p.m. EST
- Location: Chesapeake Energy Arena Oklahoma City, OK
- TV: NBC Sports Philadelphia
- Sixers: NONE
- Thunder: OUT: Andre Roberson(left knee recovery), QUESTIONABLE: Hamidou Diallo(left knee sprain)
Harris shot 0-for-3 from deep on Wednesday as a follow up to his 0-for-11 shooting in Tuesday’s game with the Cleveland Cavaliers and he is now shooting 20.4% from deep overall on the season. For the Sixers to have any type of success, they will need Harris to get back on track and coach Brett Brown understands that as he stated:
I think it’s just human nature. He wants to please. He wants to shoot the ball. He wants to score. We need him to score. We needed Al (Horford) and we needed Tobias to score. We had a drought in the last period and we had a long night in that regard offensively. It consistently reminds me of two things. One, it always in any level of team that you have, it takes longer for offense to catch defense. And two, during that spell you better guard. You better guard. It’s the only insolation that you have if you’re going to miss shots at the rate that we’ve been missing shots. And, so be it.
Sixers shooting struggles
It is not just Harris, the Sixers as a whole are struggling recently as they are shooting a combined 16-for-68 from deep in the previous two games which is causing them to be 24th in the league in 3-point shooting at 32.8%. No matter how ugly the numbers look, the Sixers need to continue shooting the ball in order to breakthrough.
Al Horford understands that notion as he stated:
We have to keep shooting and we have to keep shooting with confidence. I trust all our guys here. We work on those shots all the time. They were a lot of good looks, but I don’t want to say it is so much about the shots, it’s just the overall feel defensively. We had a lot of breakdown there which is not like our group I feel. It is something we have to address.
The Sixers will finally have a fully healthy roster against a scrappy, and talented. Thunder team. Oklahoma City can use Chris Paul, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, and Terrance Ferguson to bother the Sixers on the perimeter while Steven Adams and Nerlens Noel do a solid job of protecting the basket. This will not be an easy game–then again, none of them are in the NBA–but it is one the Sixers should come out on top of. Harris is due to a breakthrough and Joel Embiid will be returning to help out Ben Simmons and company.
Pick: Sixers pull away late
Sixers vs. Thunder season series
Game 1 November 15:
Game 2 January 6: