(Part-2) 3 thoughts after shorthanded Sixers lose to Jazz in horrible back-to-back

The Sixers' possession advantage could not transfer into a comfortable lead because they opened 2 for 14 from three-point range.

The bulk of long-distance misses were good looks, including three first-quarter Jaden Springer tries. Springer sank 7 of 8 threes in the preseason, but he hasn't translated that performance into the regular season. Batum's 0-for-5 three-point shooting also hurt the Sixers.

The Sixers were lucky the Jazz shot 2 of 12 from three-point range in the first half. Springer, Patrick Beverley, KJ Martin, and Mo Bamba formed a Sixers bench. Utah's second unit outscored the Sixers 39-27 despite Beverley's 12-point, seven-assist game.

Martin hit two slams and displayed good dunking instincts against the Jazz's zone on his 23rd birthday. He and Bamba each had three first-half fouls. It was hardly the prettiest game with both teams finishing up back-to-backs and failing to shoot.

Kris Dunn defended Maxey well. Most of the night, he struggled to complete and receive whistles.

Markkanen was on point all night. He hit 5 of his team's 8 threes, had numerous elegant, long-striding transition slams, and prevented the Sixers from stringing together stops.

The Sixers needed a strong fourth quarter to recover. The Jazz began with a huge Kelly Olynyk-Walker Kessler frontcourt, while the Sixers answered with three guards, Martin, and Batum. Utah extended their lead to 96-81 on a Jordan Clarkson and-one leaner.

Maxey was more aggressive early in the fourth and made stronger downhill drives, but the Sixers never troubled the Jazz. They'll have to wait until Wednesday to restart.

Watch this space for further developments.