Well, February was quite the cold month. I saw more snow in a month than I’ve seen in 21 years of living and apparently there’s more on the way. Whatever. It seems as if we are moons removed from the same Sixers team that beat the Heat, Rockets and Bulls earlier this season. WAIT. HOW DID THIS TEAM BEAT THE HEAT?
I still find myself asking that question.
But, the month of February was unlike any beast the Sixers had seen before this season. After dropping their 12th straight contest the other night vs the Orlando Magic, the Sixers fate would be sealed. The Sixers would record their first winless month since March of 1973. I wasn’t even close to being inseminated back then, so that’s saying something. The Sixers lost 11 games in February, count em, E L E V E N.
In order, the Sixers lost to: the Pistons, Nets Celtics, Lakers, Clippers, Warriors, Jazz, Cavaliers, Mavericks, Bucks and Magic.
Those last two losses are probably the most impressive (or depressing depending on how you view the tank). Particularly, a 130-110 loss to the then 10-win Milwaukee Bucks would make even the happiest tank fan a little upset. Not so much the loss, as letting a team that scores 93.3 points per game go off for 130 points. The Bucks scored 72 (!!!) percent over their season average for PPG and somehow made O.J. Mayo look like a decent basketball player.
The problem with the Sixers, is that teams are just disgusted when they get beat by Philadelphia. When you have a team as bad as the Sixers are, NO team in the NBA, no matter how bad they are, wants to be the team that lost to the Sixers. It’s sort of like being the guy that hooked up with the fat girl at a party — endless ridiculing. It’s like losing to the Detroit Lions a few years ago during their winless season. Plus, playing a team as bad as the Sixers makes teams like the Bucks and Magic play like the Heat and Clippers. I’m pretty sure I could put together a rec team that would give the Sixers a decent shot. Which leads me to my next question:
Can The Sixers Win Again This Season?
I pray the Sixers can somehow beat the Wizards tomorrow, for Allen Iverson’s sake. But, March looks pretty bleak. The Sixers play the Thunder, Pacers (twice), Spurs, Rockets, Knicks (twice), Grizzlies, plus a handful of other teams in March. I don’t even see how the Sixers can compete with a team as dysfunctional as the Knicks or as bad as the Utah Jazz. The Sixers play the Bobcats and Celtics twice in April, so you have to figure that they have to wiggle at least one win there.
Realistically? Yes. This team will find some way to win at least another game this season. It probably won’t be many more than a few games. I’d be surprised if this team eclipsed more than five victories for the rest of the season — they did just go winless in February.
It’s amazing that this season has come to me writing an article questioning if the Sixers can win ONE more game this season, with close to two-months left in the season. Someone give me enough liquor to get me to the NBA Draft Lottery please. Get a bottle for Thaddeus Young too, please.