It’s day four at The Sixer Sense Round Table. Today we dive into the worst losses of the season in a season with many heart-breakers. After such a disappointing season, it is natural to have some variety in what is dubbed the worst loss.
Here is a look at just a few.
“Losing to the Charlotte Bobcats earlier this month. The Sixers are a thoroughly mediocre team, but losing to the worst team in the league is embarrassing.”
- USA TODAY Sports NBA Writer Sean Highkin
“The worst loss was Feb. 11 at home to the Clippers, 107-90. While there is no shame in losing to the Clippers, the Sixers got demolished and the loss sent them into a tail-spin losing seven straight and 12 of their next 13 games. Chris Paul exposed Jrue Holiday as he toasted the Sixers guard for 21 points, 11 assists, and five steals, and Jamal Crawford came in and rained in 20 points of his own off the bench. “
- Robby Kalland, SB Nation
“The March 21 loss to the Denver Nuggets was one for the ages. Up five with 10 seconds to play, and they somehow found a way to lose in regulation. Unbelievable.”
- Roy Burton, SB Nation
“Perhaps this is just because the game is so recent, but I think you have to look at the April 3 loss to the Bobcats. You might remember that as the game where Holiday shot 2-24 from the field and the team shot 35.1 percent from the field. They were also playing the Bobcats, who are, well, the Bobcats. If they got even a decent performance from anyone on their roster, they win that
game. But Holiday, Hawes, Young and Turner were all terrible. Damien Wilkins was the leading scorer. It was just an ugly, awful game for both teams and the Sixers were the worst of the two.”
- Cody Williams, Rant Sports
“The Sixers worst loss occurred on January 8th at home against the Brooklyn Nets. It’s not every day that an NBA player scores 20 points in a game one day after being questioned by the police about a sexual assault that took place in the team hotel, but that is exactly what Andray Blatche did. Reggie Evans put on a rebounding clinic in the game by grabbing 23 rebounds. Through three quarters, Evans was out-rebounding the entire Sixers team. Deron Williams, who struggled to find his groove at times earlier in the year, found it that night by scoring 22 points. As I sat in my seat during this game, the woman sitting in front of my was browsing Pinterest on her phone, and the man sitting behind me was reading a book. I never saw a Sixers game that was quite this bad both on the court and in the stands.”
- Matt Buesing, Fire and Ice Radio
“The February 20th loss at the Timberwolves. Only the 2012-13 Sixers could lose a game in which they allowed their opponents to only make one field goal in the 4th quarter. The Sixers overall effort in that loss was deplorable, especially against a weak opponent. A close second would be the March 21st loss to the Nuggets in which the Sixers blew a 5 point lead with under 10 seconds remaining. I’ve never seen a team find more creative ways to lose games.”
- Greg Duca, Fire and Ice Radio
“The Heat game when they were still on their streak. It was so close! It would have meant nothing to our season but just beating the Heat would have been so uplifting. And we lost because of such simple mistakes.”
- Average Bro, Sports Pro and Average Bro
“I have a 48 way tie at the top for the worst loss this season. I hate all of them.”
- Sports Pro, Sports Pro and Average Bro
“There’s too many.”
- Danny Solis, The Sixer Sense
“Oh yes. Some say worst loss but I say favorite loss. My favorite loss of the season and a top loss since I’ve been watching them in 2000, is the game against the Timberwolves. The Philadelphia 76ers allowed only 1 field goal for the entire 4th quarter…and still loss. I mean, it’s not like the Sixers were blown out and stormed back; they were down single digits to start the quarter! That game told me that maybe the Sixers are in for the tanking game. A close second was blowing the lead in Denver in like 10 seconds. I thought that was specia too.”
- Dante Nelson, The Sixer Sense
“The most unbearable loss was the game they gave away. This travesty occurred on March 21st against the Nuggets in Denver. The Sixers blew a 5 point lead with 14 seconds when they struggled to get the ball inbounds and missed many free throws. That extended the Nuggets winning streak to 14 games and even shocked Iguodala that they won the game. Oh, and who can forget the idiotic decision by Damian Wilkins to foul a three point shooter.”
-Scott Boutcher, The Sixer Sense
“Easily the worst team loss for me was in March in Denver. The Sixers had a 98-90 lead against the Nuggets with 2 minutes left in regulation. Turnovers and missed free throws gave the game away and the Sixers fell 101-100 in a heart breaking loss. Without the need for words, the loss summed up the season for the team and their fans.”
– Steve Garlatti, The Sixer Sense
“All 48 that they lost.”
-Spencer Layman, The Sixer Sense
Here’s a look at what some fans had to say.
@sixersense Worst loss getting blown out at home to the Magic.
— Jeff McMenamin (@SixersBlog) April 17, 2013
— Sam McClafferty (@arocketsa) April 17, 2013
Vs brooklyn not so long ago RT @sixersense: Question #4 : What do you think was their worst loss?
— EAGLES NATION #1 (@robramz) April 17, 2013
As you can see, there is much discrepancy in the answers; some even declined to pick a single loss. That’s expected from fans of a 34-48 team that entered the season with Conference Finals aspirations.
Thanks for stopping by The Sixer Sense Roundtable! Stay tuned for Day #5 tomorrow, we’ll discuss whether or not Andrew Bynum will be back.