Archive: March, 2013
SACRAMENTO - After blowing an eight-point lead late in the fourth quarter against Denver on Thursday, the 76ers (26-42) will attempt to end their 15-game road losing streak against a Sacramento (25-45) team that, unfortunately for the Sixers, has been playing better lately.
Like the Sixers, Sacramento is out of the playoff race. However, the Kings are playing better than the 76ers, the lowest-scoring team (92.4) in the league coming into Sunday’s game.
“We’re really not focusing on the losing streak,” guard Jrue Holiday said at the Sixers morning shootaround at Sleep Train Arena. “No one discusses it. We’re concentrating on closing out games better.”
Whenever you see Spencer Hawes turn in the type performance such as the one he authored against Indiana – his 18-point, 16-rebound, eight-assist, seven-block effort was the finest single game by any Sixer this season – you understand why the Sixers were so anxious t pair this guy alongside Andrew Bynum.
Sure, Hawes has those nights when he’s as invisible as any 7-foooter can possibly be – his scoreless, 0-for-9 shooting performance in a victory against Golden State earlier this month immediately comes to mind – but alongside Bynum and playing t power forward would make performances like this far less frequent.
So, if “Plan A” doesn’t work out for the Sixers, what is the best possible option at center?
Watch: The 76ers & Pacers battled for three quarters, but Spencer Hawes' career night, including seven blocks helped Philadelphia stun Indiana, 98-91. The Inquirer's John Mitchell reports.
Unfortunately for the 76ers, one of the names that is going to be bandied about when the never-ending trade rumors start to fly this summer is going to be that of 24-year-old Thaddeus Young.
Think about it.
If there is one player on the roster that the Sixers are committed to it’s Jrue Holiday. An all-star, Holiday, though he has shown some signs of wear and tear as of late, is the closest thing to an untouchable on this roster.
The 76ers will try tonight to avoid becoming the first team to lose three straight to the Miami Heat when the Heat come to town tonight looking for their franchise-best 20th win.
Winners of just two of their last 14 games, the Sixers have the added incentive of trying to end their streak of consecutive losses to this juggernaut at 13 games (unlucky for the Heat, perhaps?) Miami’s winning streak against the Sixers is currently its longest winning streak over any opponent.
As you walk through the 76ers locker room these days, you can’t help but notice that there is a feeling that this season is over. Reporters continue to talk about how far the Sixers are out of the final playoff spot - nine games out and not yet mathematically eliminated – but none of us believes the Sixers (24-39) will make up the ground needed to overcome Milwaukee.
But it is nice to see the professionalism demonstrated during the dog days of the season by Damien Wilkins.
Wilkins has just two starts, in the last two games, of the season.
MIAMI - Since it is highly unlikely the 76ers (23-37) will be little more than a speed bump tonight against a Miami (45-14) team seeking to extend its franchise-best winning streak to 17 games, what better idea than to look at some of the numbers that have contributed to this extended stretch of road ineptitude by the Sixers.
A loss tonight for the Sixers would extend their road losing streak – already their longest since they dropped 20 straight 25 years ago - to 12.
The Sixers haven’t won away from Wells Fargo Center since a victory at the Los Angeles Lakers on Jan. 1. In the 11 road defeats since, the Sixers have averaged just 88.2 points per game while allowing an average of 99.