10 catastrophic stats as 76ers exit with a whimper initially appeared on NBC Sports Philadelphia
That was ugly. That was painful. That was brutal.
And we’re right here to let simply precisely how ugly, painful and brutal it was.
It wasn’t that shut. The Heat led by 18 with 4:09 left. The 76ers made just a few meaningless photographs down the stretch that made the ultimate rating considerably respectable (if dropping by 9 at residence in an elimination sport is respectable) and ruined a few of my stats. But that’s OK. There are loads to go round.
So right here is the ultimate installment of this 12 months’s Roob’s 76ers Playoff Stats.
NOT EVEN COMPETITIVE: The 76ers’ 4 losses within the Heat sequence had been by a mean of 18.5 factors. That’s the most important margin of victory ever by any staff in a best-of-seven sequence towards the 76ers. The earlier excessive got here in 1971, when the Celtics averaged 17.8 factors per win of their Eastern Division Finals win over the Syracuse Nationals.
ANOTHER YEAR OF DISAPPOINTMENT: The 76ers have now failed to achieve the convention championship around the final 12 instances they’ve reached the playoffs. That’s the Third-longest streak in NBA historical past of reaching the postseason however not reaching at the least the convention semifinal spherical. The Hawks in some way reached the postseason 28 straight instances from 1971 by means of 2015 with out reaching the Eastern Conference Championship spherical, and the Clippers reached the postseason 15 straight instances from 1974 by means of 2020 with out reaching the Western Conference finals. The 76ers have misplaced six consecutive convention semifinal rounds since beating the Bucks in 2001.
HARDEN’S HISTORIC SECOND HALF: The 76ers have performed 2,208 regular-season and postseason video games within the 26 years for the reason that begin of the 1996-1997 season, which is way back to Stathead’s participant quarter finder goes. In these 2,208 video games, they’ve had precisely two gamers who’ve performed 23 or extra minutes in a second half, gone scoreless and dedicated three or extra turnovers. One is Allen Iverson in a 2000 regular-season sport towards the Lakers. But at the least he went out blazing – he was 0-for-11 in that sport. The different is James Harden on Thursday night time. There have been 4,062 postseason video games since 1996, and Harden is the one NBA participant in that 26-year span to fail to attain in a second half whereas committing at the least three turnovers in at the least 23 minutes. Harden’s fourth quarter: 0-for-2 from the sector, 0-for-2 from 3, 0-for-0 from the foul line, 4 assists, two rebounds, three turnovers. Zero factors.
HOW CAN HARDEN BE THIS BAD? In the second half of the six video games towards the Heat, Harden had extra turnovers (11) than baskets (9). He scored 4 or fewer 2nd-half factors in 5 of the six video games (4, 4, 2, 18, 4, 0) and shot 28 % from the sector (9-for-32) after halftime vs. Miami. He solely made a couple of basket within the second half of one of many six video games.
ONE MORE HARDEN EMBARRASSMENT: Harden shot 40.5 % from the sector this postseason on 13.7 photographs per sport and averaged 4.2 turnovers per sport. He’s solely the fourth participant in NBA historical past to shoot worse than 41 %, common over 13 makes an attempt per sport and commit 4.0 or extra turnovers per sport in a postseason during which he performed in a couple of sequence. The others are Paul Pierce, Jason Kidd and Russell Westbrook. Harden has had two different postseasons the place he’s shot under 41 % and averaged 4 turnovers per sport, with the Rockets in 2013 and 2016. Harden, Westbrook and Pierce are the one gamers in historical past with three such postseasons. Harden can also be one among solely 5 gamers in NBA historical past to common 3 ½ turnovers per sport and shoot worse than 43 % in his playoff profession (the others are Trae Young, Westbrook, John Wall and John Williamson).
HE USED TO BE OURS: Jimmy Butler averaged 27.5 factors, 7.5 rebounds and 5.5 assists per sport within the sequence. He’s the primary participant to hit these averages in a postseason sequence towards the 76ers in 58 years – since Oscar Robertson did it. The Big O averaged 30.4 factors, 8.2 rebounds and 11.2 assists within the Cincinnati Royals’ five-game win over the 76ers within the 1964 Eastern Division Semifinal spherical. But Butler is the one one ever to hit these milestones whereas taking pictures 55 % from the sector. Robertson shot 53.6 %.
SHAKE IT UP: In the second half, Shake Milton shot 6-for-7 from the sector and 3-for-3 from 3. The whole remainder of the 76ers’ roster shot 12-for-35 from the sector and 1-for-13 from 3 within the second half. Milton had 15 factors, 2 steals, 2 assists and a block after halftime. The final 76er to try this in a playoff sport was Allen Iverson towards the Magic in 1999.
LIVING AND DYING BY THE 3: When the 76ers shot 42 % or higher from 3 this postseason they had been 6-0. When they didn’t, they had been 0-6. They shot 46 % from 3-point vary of their six wins (91-for-199) and 29 % of their six losses (58-for-201).
NOTHING BUT RIM: In the final 20 years, the 76ers have had three gamers take at the least 5 3’s within the second half of a playoff sport and miss all of them. All three had been within the Miami sequence: Georges Niang 0-5 in Game 1, Danny Green 0-for-6 in Game 2 and Joel Embiid 0-for-5 in Game 6. Embiid shot 21 % from 3 this postseason on 7-for-33. That’s second-worst in 76ers historical past with a minimal of 20 makes an attempt. Lou Williams shot 17 % on 8-for-48 in 2012.
LET’S FINISH WITH A POSITIVE: Tyrese Maxey made 47 of fifty foul photographs this postseason for 94.0 %. That’s the best in 76ers historical past with a minimal of 35 free throws. The earlier excessive was Hersey Hawkins’ 93.7 % on 59-for-63 in 1990. In NBA historical past, solely eight different gamers have shot 94 % in a postseason on 50 or extra makes an attempt (Bill Sharman, Calvin Murphy, Peja Stojaković, Ray Allen, Dirk Nowitzki, Paul George and Steph Curry).