But, this is what we all wanted.
This Sixers squad was constructed to lose — we all know this. But, can we take a second and imagine how the players and coach feel after getting thumped, night-after-night?
We actually don’t have to imagine, because they’re letting us know how bad it’s actually getting.
Hear some words from coach Brett Brown after the Sixers were thumped by Atlanta last Friday night, particuarlly about team defense (via Philly.com):
“It was the poorest performance of our season. It was one of the few times that the effort wasn’t there. The effort wasn’t there.”
“You either play it or you don’t,” Brown said. “You do or you don’t. It’s a mindset, it’s a way you see the sport and we need to see the sport from that lens or we’re going to have those types of nights. This period of the NBA season [just before the All-Star break] is always delicate. We think that we’re going to do something offensively to get back in it and we’re getting tricked, we’re going to get caught and then that’s it. Until you approach the game to where scores are a problem . . . You have to feel it is a problem. Until you feel like every score is a problem, you should want to seek answers, you want to have an accountability where it’s a group thing, a team thing. Until you really do that you are going to have these types of nights from time to time.
“It’s a mindset that we want to get back in it on this [offensive] side of the floor and it has to be on that side [defensive] of the floor. Bottom line, end of story. That’s how the culture of this organization has to be built and will be built.”
With trade rumors mounting and the February 20th trade deadline looming closer and closer, winning could seem as laughable away as ever. Let’s be real. The Sixers are getting destroyed by teams that aren’t amongst the elite in the NBA, WITH Thaddeus Young, Spencer Hawes and Evan Turner. Just imagine what will happen when a combination of those three are gone. Obviously, there will be returns, but I can’t imagine they would be anything special.
The Sixers have lost 12 of their last 15 games and appear dejected and uninterested in most games. There is no more happiness — the euphoric feeling from the four-game winning streak at the beginning of the new year is long gone.
I know this is what we all wanted, but MAN, this is getting bad.