The 76ers are hoping Tony Wroten can help solve their late-game blues.
The point guard had four points and five turnovers in 13 minutes Saturday. It was his first game back after being sidelined since January because of a partially torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee. The Sixers (1-20) have blown fourth-quarter leads in six of their last seven losses.
"You see at the end of games when people can't create their own shot and get to the rim by themselves. He can," coach Brett Brown said. "So although you look at limited minutes with five turnovers, you just get glimpses of what he was and what he can do. He's unique to our group."
On a minutes restriction, Wroten said he is scheduled to play 15 to 16 minutes against San Antonio (17-4) on Monday.
One day after saying his team needs to get tougher down the stretch, Brown gave more specifics about why the Sixers struggle late in games.
"The league knows that [Robert] Covington and Isaiah Canaan are our best perimeter scorers," he said. "They put their best starting defenders on them, and they bend us over. The league knows that T.J. [McConnell] is struggling -- it's not his strength right now -- so they go under by 11 feet on every single pick and roll and crowd the paint."
He added that teams front and double-team rookie Jahlil Okafor in the post.
"They get it out of his hands," Brown said. "Sometimes when you wrestle with it too much, the clock evaporates and you get into late clock a lot with two guys with their best defensive players on their way."
The Sixers have a three-play package for late-game situations. Wroten's ability to get to the rim will give them more options.
Follow and contact Inquirer 76ers beat writer Keith Pompey on Twitter @PompeyOnSixers and on Instagram at PompeyOnSixers