The 76ers have made history.
With Saturday’s 103-77 loss to
Memphis, the Sixers have dropped 20 consecutive games, equaling a franchise
record. They’ve also set the record for most home losses in a row, a span that
hit 16 against the Grizzlies. And they’re only six losses shy of tying the NBA’s
worst losing streak, a 26-gamer posted by Cleveland in 2010-11.
“Everybody’s aware of all these
records people talk about,” Sixers coach Brett Brown said. “This is just
another side of learning.”
Brown is hoping to ward off a
slip in morale amongst his players, as they hit the road for four of their next
six games. The first-year coach said morale remains intact, but within a group
of players primarily in their teens and early 20s?
The realistic goal, according
to Sixers rookie Michael Carter-Williams, is “just to win ball games.”
“It’s all we can do at this
point,” he said. “It’s what we’re playing for. Any time we step on the court,
we’re just trying to win. We’re not playing to make the playoffs. We’re not a
championship team. We’re just trying to get better each and every game. We’re a
young team. We’re just going out there and competing for a win.”
Focusing on the losing streak
won’t help matters, Tony Wroten said.
“We’re not worried about it. We’re
trying to win every game we play,” said Wroten, who had 13 points against
Memphis. “Every time we step on the floor we’re trying to win. … It’s the NBA.
You play another day.”
The Sixers (15-51), who haven’t
won since Jan. 29, next play Monday at Indiana.
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