The 76ers will be looking to achieve something that hasn’t happened in nearly two months – win two games in a row.
The Sixers last had consecutive wins when they captured three straight games against Phoenix, Dallas and Charlotte Nov. 25, 27 and 30th.
They get their chance tonight when the San Antonio Spurs visit the Wells Fargo Center.
The Sixers are coming off Friday’s 108-101 overtime win over the visiting Toronto Raptors, overcoming a 19-point deficit early in the third quarter.
At 17-23, the Sixers must start stringing together wins if they have playoff designs.
“At this point in the season it is very important for each team to start solidifying where they will be in the playoffs and solidifying what they will do in the playoffs,” Sixers forward Thaddeus Young said following this morning’s shootaround.
If the playoffs began today the Sixers wouldn’t qualify. Entering Monday they were ninth in the Eastern Conference, three games behind eighth place Boston.
So there is a little more urgency as tonight’s game is the official midway point of the season.
“We have to start taking advantage when we get a win, trying to turn it into a winning streak and turn the corner in one game and start making that the rule and not the exception,” forward Spencer Hawes said.
Of course it won’t be easy against a Spurs team that entered Monday 32-11, tied for the most wins in the NBA.
“They are good team, coming in and definitely they will try to run their stuff,” Young said. “We have to go out and bring energy and intensity to the game.”
The energy has to come early for the Sixers. In the last two home games, the Sixers haven’t started well. They trailed 53-47 at halftime in their 111-99 loss to New Orleans and were trailing 60-43 at the half against Toronto.