Tobias Harris becomes math wizard in assessing Sixers’ 3-point woes
Tobias Harris of the Philadelphia 76ers had a simple answer when asked about the Sixers’ long-distance miseries this season. Philly was once again outshot by the red-hot Utah Jazz on Monday and was dealt their third straight loss. The Sixers only made eight of their 23 attempts from deep while the Jazz were 18-45 from three-point land which helped them secure another home win.
According to the 28-year old, the problem is actually rather straightforward for the Sixers.
“Simple math, 3 is more than 2.” Harris said after the game (via Sixers reporter Rich Hofmann of The Athletic).
Tobias Harris had a long answer about the 3-point volume, admits that Sixers could shoot more.
"Simple math, 3 is more than 2."
— Rich Hofmann (@rich_hofmann) February 16, 2021
Though the Sixers’ 2020-21 campaign has been quite impressive, their outside shooting has definitely seen some better days. They’re currently at the 28th spot in the league in terms of three-point attempts this season (28.9 per game) making just 35.9% of those attempts.
It also didn’t help their case that they were facing the team who was shooting the most three-pointers so far this season in Utah with an average of 42.4 attempts per outing. Philly didn’t only just shoot fewer threes, they also converted less against the Jazz. A scorching hot Jordan Clarkson came off the Jazz’s bench and matched the Sixers’ total three-pointers as he knocked down a career-high of eight triples.
Fortunately, the 76ers have managed to win a ton of games so far this season amid their struggles from deep. Despite the loss, Philadelphia still find themselves at the top of the Eastern Conference with an 18-10 record ahead of the Milwaukee Bucks and the Brooklyn Nets. If they want to continue their dominance in the East, they have to find ways to put up more shots and knock them down.
Imagine what could happen if this team — already in a very strong position in the standings — can shore up its most central weaknesses and evolve to an even fuller extent. There is genuine cause for optimism among the 76ers and their coaching staff.