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Friday, March 21, 2014

Sixers' Tony Wroten to miss 3-game roadrip, says he'll never get used to losing


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 game.

“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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