In 2012 the 76ers found themselves a game away from the Eastern Conference finals, eventually falling in seven games to long time rival, the Boston Celtics. In 2014 they are pretty much the worst team in the NBA. When I say pretty much, I mean to say without a doubt. Last night proved it.
The 76ers lost by 20 points at home to the Milwaukee Bucks. The same Bucks that came into the contest with only 10 wins before the night began. Now they are just another in a row of teams not only beating the Sixers, but taking them behind the woodshed in the process.
So I sit here posing a 100% honest question to the fan base, can this team win another game all year?
It seems like a long time ago, this team was 3-0 after beating the Heat, Wizards and Bulls. Hell, they were even number one in a few Power Rankings across the internet.
But now this team is losers of 11 straight, something that is almost unheard of in today’s NBA, unless you are from Charlotte. The most recent loss came at the hands of the only team I thought could worse that the 76ers. I was wrong.
Philadelphia is the only team currently on a double-digit losing streak. The only team with a negative double-digit scoring differential in the NBA. They are giving up 111.0 points a game. Also worst in the NBA. Borderline ABA numbers.
The Sixers started the 2014 calendar year winning three straight on the road at Denver, Sacramento, and Portland. The last game coming on January 4th. Since then the 76ers have gone 3-21 with their last home win coming on January 15, against the Charlotte, by three points. So I ask the question, will they win again?
By just the eye test alone the 76ers have about eight truly winnable games left. They play Orlando twice, splitting a home and home. They also do the same with Charlotte. The Sixers also have one more against both Sacramento and the Utah Jazz. The two wildcard games will be the home and home with the Knicks.
Despite the 76ers struggles this year, NYK has been having a few of their own. Now with Raymond Felton recently arrested on gun possession, it could honestly get worse for Mike Woodson’s squad (and they don’t even have a first round draft pick). However Evan Turner, who picked up his career high 33 points, against the Knicks in Manhattan, is no longer a Sixer, making that mountain just a bit higher to climb.
The old saying of “even a broken clock is right twice a day” could apply to this team. They could pull out some victories out of nowhere and shock some teams that didn’t see it coming. But… I don’t think they will. You don’t lose by 20 at home to Milwaukee then go into Miami and blow the mask of LeBron’s face. It just doesn’t happen like that.
I am not one for predictions cause I am always wrong. But there is a pretty solid chance, I feel, that this team won’t win more than four more game for the rest of the season and will finish with the leagues worst record.
Keep in mind, Sixer faithful, the team that has the worst record doesn’t always get the first pick. Ask the Charlotte about that. But we can almost rest assured… one of those big names out of the college ranks are coming to Philly. In the end, wasn’t that the goal anyways?
Someone needs to give Thaddeus Young a hug.