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Buddy Hield touches on offensive struggles as Sixers move forward

The Philadelphia 76ers are, obviously, offensively challenged at the moment. Without Joel Embiid, the Sixers have had to dig deep in order to score the basketball and come up with wins.

The Sixers are coming off a 1-3 road trip as they scored 102, 94, 121, and 96 points in the four games, respectively. Philadelphia was able to have a big offensive day in the win over the Los Angeles Clippers, but it had been tough sledding in the other three games.

As the Sixers now return home for a game before heading back out on the road for two, Buddy Hield touched on the offensive struggles.

“We just got to play with the right mindset, sacrifice for each other, and play Sixers basketball,” Hield told reporters after the loss to the Sacramento Kings. “Tyrese (Maxey) had a good offensive night. We just got to find a way to help him and back him up. It can’t be a one-man show. We can’t just let him try to carry us every night, we got to figure out ways to help him out because he’s been tremendous for us.”

Maxey did get off to a great start in Sacramento as he scored Philadelphia’s first 16 points and had 21 in the first quarter, alone. Hield, for example, had a tough night as he scored seven points on 3-for-9 shooting and went 0-for-6 from deep.

The Kings blitzed Maxey and Philadelphia was executing really well, but couldn’t knock down any open looks. The NBA is a make-or-miss league. Hield and the Sixers will eventually knock down those open looks. That will make Maxey’s life easier.

“We got to knock down shots and when it comes to it, we got to make plays for him because he’s handling the trouble over there, they’re trapping him, they’re blitzing him and he’s getting off of it, and making the right reads,” Hield added. “We got to be able to help him out there.”

The Sixers have proven shooters on this roster. It will be on them to knock down those open looks because opposing teams are going to continue to blitz Maxey until Joel Embiid returns.

Story originally appeared on Sixers Wire