Philadelphia 76ers: Dark days in South Philly

Following the trade deadline this past Thursday, the Philadelphia 76ers essentially threw in the towel on the 2013-2014 season.  The case can be made that the towel was thrown in months before the season had even started.

Regardless of how the Sixers view this season, the effort that the team has displayed in recent weeks has been absolutely atrocious.  There has not been one aspect of the game that the team can be proud of.

Last night, the Milwaukee Bucks came in to the Wells Fargo Center in a battle of the bottom two teams in the league.  These two teams had met twice already this year, as the season series was tied at one game apiece.

Despite the Sixers’ horrendous play as of late, the outcome of the game should have been a close one.  However, this will go down as one of the worst losses of their season.

The Sixers were not even a bit competitive with the Bucks as they lost the game by a final score of 130-110.  Defense has been the Achilles heel of the team all year, but no one could have predicted last night being as ugly as it was.

Milwaukee came in to the game second to last in the league in scoring, averaging a little more than 93 points a game.  The 130 points scored on Monday night was by far their biggest total of the season.

“When you’re losing with the margin that we have been losing at against Milwaukee, I think not great things creep in all over the place,” said Sixers head coach Brett Brown.  “I thought the energy tonight was extraordinarily poor.”

Coach Brown could not have stated it any better, as it appears he has no answer for why his team continues to play as badly as they are.  Nothing is going right for the team at the moment, and appears to be getting worse as time goes along.

The Sixers are currently on an 11-game losing streak, which is their longest of the season.  Losing by 20 points at home to a team with 10 wins heading in to the night only means that the worst has yet to come.

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Now a question that has to be looming around the Sixers organization is whether or not they can win another game this season. 

Prior to the start of the season, the Las Vegas oddsmakers had the Sixers season win total at over/under 16.5 games.   Following the 3-0 start, it appeared as if the Sixers would wipe out that number.

The Sixers have fallen off considerably after the first month and are now making Vegas look like geniuses.   They are currently 15-42 and have 25 games remaining.

The remainder of the season does not seem too promising as they have 13 more road games while only 12 more at home.  They still have to play some tough Western Conference teams as well as teams fighting for playoff positioning in the East.

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Despite their struggles, there are a handful of games that they actually have a slim chance of winning.  Out of the 25 games left, they play Boston, Orlando, Charlotte, and New York twice; then Detroit and Utah once. 

If the team is going to get another win this year, it most likely will be against one of these teams.  The way things have been going, it seems as if there is no realistic chance that they will win any of the other 15 games.

The Sixer faithful have to be disgusted with the fact that the team not winning another game this season may actually be a reality.  They should hopefully win one or maybe two more games, but it should not come to a surprise if it does not happen. 

One thing that the Sixers can be somewhat happy about is that they are not completely the worst team in franchise history.  Back in the 1972-1973 season, the Sixers finished the year 9-73.

At least the team this year is not the worst one ever assembled.  However, they are pretty close to it.

General Manager Sam Hinkie seems to be convinced that the team is on the correct path with their future plans.  The Sixers inability to win fits right in to his desire of getting higher draft picks along with more cap space.

Maybe the team will be much improved five years from now, but that is a long time away.  Now the Sixers organization has to ponder how many wins the team will come up with before the end of this dark and gloomy season.

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