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Dario Saric breaks out of shooting slump

Andrew Porter
November 08, 2018 - 8:27 am

For a November road win in the NBA, the Sixers got an important victory on Wednesday night in Indiana against a good Pacers team. 

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But maybe more importantly than winning their first game of the season away from the Wells Fargo Center, is Dario Saric—who finally broke out of his shooting slump.

Saric scored 18 points on 6-13 FG / 4-6 3FG / 2-2 FT in 36 minutes on Wednesday, adding seven rebounds, two assists, and just one turnover. It was the first time this season Saric made four threes, something he did 11 times last year. Saric is shooting just 27.4% from three this season and 35.3% from the field. 

Last season, only 20 NBA players who played at least 50 games shot 45% FG / 35% 3FG / 85% FT and Saric was one of those (45/39/86). Saric had a 58.2 true shooting percentage in 2017-18, 17th best in the NBA among all players who shot at least 5.0 threes per game. 

It is incredibly important for the Sixers that Saric snaps out of his slump, something that those around the organization—and myself—were confident would happen. 

The Sixers are making 11.1 threes per game this season, tied for 13th in the NBA, but their percentage is just 33.7%, 8th worst in the NBA. Last season, they shot 36.9% from beyond the arc, tied for 8th best. The Sixers need Saric back to his old self if they want to improve on that number, a big part of their offense. 

Wednesday night was the first step.