It is frustrating to watch, so one can only imagine what it is like to be on the court playing the way the Sixers have for the past 18 games.

They compiled a 6-12 record over that stretch, despite holding opponents to a league-low 87.5 points.

“I would like to see us bring our ‘connectiveness’ and our energy and the things we bring defensively to the offensive end,” Doug Collins said. “Normally, you would see guys being inclined to do it offensively and not do it at the defensive end. My message to them over and over and over again is I cannot ask them to play any harder than they are playing.”

The Sixers do play hard, but a lack of scoring is an issue. The current roster has a core group of seven players that were together a year ago and averaged 99 points a game. This season, Collins’ team is averaging 94 points and since they posted a 20-9 record to open the year, that total has dropped to 91 a night.

– Reported by CSN Philly