Wednesday, January 26 2022

The Philadelphia 76ers have had their chances late in games on their recent 3-game homestand. While they lost all three genes, they still had a chance to win those games late despite being so shorthanded.

They received big efforts from up and down the roster, but if they could have gotten more from one of their main players, they probably could have turned one of those losses into a win.

Furkan Korkmaz, who is one of the team’s main shooters and scorers, has had himself a tough couple of games. He shot a combined 5-for-29 from the floor and 4-for-22 from deep over the final two games of the homestand and if he could have gotten a couple of those shots to fall, the Sixers could have turned a loss into a win.

However, that is the way it goes sometimes. Basketball can be a make-or-miss game and coach Doc Rivers is confident he will get back in the right direction again.

“It’s just missed shots,” said Rivers. “I literally don’t ask or care. He’s a great shooter. Everybody goes through stretches. The fact that Steph Curry can go through stretches, I think that excuses the entire league of going through stretches.”

Korkmaz did miss a game with a sore right wrist, but Rivers is not concerned about that. While the wrist could be bothering him, he is still out there playing and the team has confidence in him.

“It’s just basketball, man,” Rivers stated. “Some days you can make every shot and the rim looks huge and sometimes the rim looks small. It could be fatigue, it could be his wrist, it could be all that, but the bottom line is, we’re gonna keep throwing him out there, and we want him to keep throwing them up there.”

To Rivers’ point, that is the way that basketball is played. Korkmaz just has to go out there and continue to shoot his way out of the slump as the Sixers get set to begin a 6-game road trip on Saturday.

This post originally appeared on Sixers Wire! Follow us on Facebook!

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