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March 25, 2013
The Morning After: 76ers the latest team to exploit the NBA's worst defense

In case you didn't realize it, the Philadelphia 76ers aren't an offensive force in the NBA.

But if you watched the Kings play the 76ers on Sunday, you might think the 76ers were an offensive juggernaut.

Nope. Not even close.

By scoring a season-high 117 points against the Kings' porous defense, Philadelphia is now tied for last in the NBA in scoring at 92.8 points per game.

Philadelphia scored more 95 points in the final three quarters. It started in the second quarter when the Sixers erased a 13-point deficit and just kept on rolling.

"We couldn't get our coverages right in the second half," said guard Marcus Thornton. "They took advantage of it, jumped out to a big lead and we couldn't catch up."

But it's not as if a team putting up their best scoring mark of the season against the Kings is anything new.

The Kings allow the most points in the league at 104.7 per game, nearly two more a game than Charlotte (102.8).

The frustration over blown assignments is evident every night. There is usually at least one, if not two or three Kings throwing up their hands in frustration after made shots

Kings coach Keith Smart's dilemma has been whether to go with the players that rate highest defensively and watch the offense suffer.

Some of the highest-rated defenders (Chuck Hayes, James Johnson, John Salmons) aren't the leading scorers and predictably, the offense suffers.

(Remember the Hayes, Johnson, Robinson, Garcia, Brooks lineup?)

Francisco Garcia was also rated highly on the coaching staff's rating system before he was traded.

Patrick Patterson, Toney Douglas and Cole Aldrich have helped but overall the Kings remain passive on defense too often.

"It's very late in the season and the same mistakes we were making in the beginning of the season we seem to be making now," Thornton said.



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