The 76ers take another step towards infamous immortality as they lose 113-91 against the Spurs Monday night.
I mean, lets be reasonable. A team that has lost the second most games consecutively in the history of the NBA, was playing the best team in basketball who had won 13 straight going into the game. Honestly, Disney would have thrown the script away if Philadelphia actually pulled this game off.
It was not meant to be as the Spurs took apart the Sixers from start to finish. Head coach Brett Brown was returning to the city that put him on the map. He was a fantastic assistant coach for Gregg Popovich in San Antonio, where he won championships and gained respect across the league. Respect that found him a job in Philadelphia.
Maybe he wishes he was still there. Probably a smaller paycheck, but maybe he wouldn’t have his name more than likely etched in the record book for being the coach of arguably the most futile basketball team in the history of the NBA. But this is his team and he must roll with the punches. Or in this case, throttling.
The word throttle seems to fit here based on the fact that once Tim Duncan and the Spurs found themselves in the lead, they didn’t ever come close to giving it away. Even on a night where Tony Parker didn’t play due to an Achilles injury.
Thaddeus Young and Michael Carter-Williams were their normal selves putting up solid numbers in a tough spot. Young and Carter-Williams both had 17 points, but did so shooting a combined 12-of-40 from the field. Both hoisting up 20 attempts a piece. Young went 0-for-five from behind the arc. The team was 11-of-33 from outside. Yes, the worst three-point shooting team in the league put up 33 attempts.
This losing streak starts to make more sense everyday.
Since these games more so than any really don’t matter beyond pride (Lets face it, there isn’t much of that left), its really about evaluating the talent that will be apart of this teams future. In that regard Henry Sims, Byron Mullens and Elliot Williams make solid cases tonight.
Sims continues to have well rounded play picking up 10 points while grabbing seven rebounds and assists respectfully. Mullens had 15 points and eight rebounds, shooting 3-7 from three-point range. Williams had 14 points on 6-7 shooting.
Spurs were paced by Austin Daye 22 points and six rebounds. Tim Duncan had 19 points in a limited 23 minutes. He really wasn’t needed for too long. Kawhi Leonard was up to his old tricks with 15 points of his own. A team effort took out the Sixers tonight
The next game is in Houston. I have to believe we will see the number 26 showing up on the Sixers record line. Call me crazy, I just don’t feel like they have what it takes for this one.