The 76ers lost Monday. You probably already knew that.
But maybe you didn’t know what Los Angeles forward Blake Griffin said about the
Sixers, following the Clippers’ 94-83 win.
“Philly’s a tough team, and they play hard,” Griffin said.
“If you don’t play hard and with that intensity, you’re not going to win here.”
Part of Brett Brown’s culture change for the Sixers goes
beyond wins. It’s in establishing a reputation around the league, as a running
team, as an aggressive team, as a team that will not roll over. The Sixers
twice in the fourth quarter whittled their deficit, which had crested at 21
points, to seven points. Both times, they couldn’t get the next basket to close
the gap even further.
Compliments don’t feel nearly as good as victories. But
they go a long way toward vanquishing sleepless nights, like the one Brown
likely experienced last Friday, after the Sixers’ defensive collapse in a loss
“I slept OK last night,” Brown said at Tuesday’s practice.
“I didn’t sleep that well after Charlotte. There’s a respect factor that we
want to have for this program. The players have put in the time. And there’s
only a handful of games where you say, ‘You don’t want to be a part of that, or
linked to that performance.’ The entire Spurs game. At Charlotte. Those are the
games that stand out to me. After that, I’m really proud of our guys and how
they have competed.
“I see daylight where we’ll continue to get better
The Sixers (7-15), who have lost four in a row, have
dropped 11 of 13 overall. They left today for a two-game roadtrip, which begins
Wednesday in Minnesota and ends Friday in Toronto.
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