The 76ers’ Tony Wroten will
not travel with the team for a three-game roadtrip that begins Saturday in
Chicago, said coach Brett Brown.
The sixth man-turned-spot
starter went down with a right ankle sprain midway through the fourth quarter.
X-rays on his ankle came back negative, according to a team rep. He was
navigating the locker room on crutches.
While driving the lane with
6:01 remaining, Wroten stepped on the foot of New York Knicks guard Iman
Shumpert and crumpled. Wroten remained on the floor, grabbing at his right foot
while teammates surrounded him. The second-year guard did not return to the
“It was a big sprain. Just got
to take it one day at a time, really,” said Wroten, who had 12 points and four
assists. “It’s a high ankle sprain. Tough to put weight on it.”
The roadtrip starts Saturday
at Chicago and also includes games Monday at San Antonio and Wednesday at
Houston. It’s not entirely inconceivable that the 20-year-old Wroten could join
his teammates somewhere along the way.
Winning with Wroten was
difficult enough. Winning without him will be a challenge. The Sixers (15-54)
have lost 23 in a row, and are three wins shy of matching the league’s record for
the longest losing streak.
Wroten was asked if you can
ever get used to losing.
“Hell no,” he said. “I’m never
used to losing. I speak for the team. We’re never used to losing. There’s no such
thing as getting used to losing. I never come into a game talking about, ‘I hope
we lose. Let’s just play.’ No. We come into the game, every game, trying to
win. Just speaking for myself, no matter how many times we lose, no matter how
many times we lose in a row, you can never get used to losing. I’m pretty sure
my teammates would agree. I’m not worried about no (number of) losses in a row.
It happens. About the NBA, there’s a game the next day.”
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