Friday, January 30, 2015

Sixers leading woeful division

DALLAS – Entering the season, the 76ers were supposed to be the worst team in the NBA. It didn’t seem like they would even be competitive within their own division.

Sixers leading woeful division

Sixers rookie point guard Michael Carter-Williams and coach Brett Brown. (H. Rumph Jr/AP)
Sixers rookie point guard Michael Carter-Williams and coach Brett Brown. (H. Rumph Jr/AP)

DALLAS – Entering the season, the 76ers were supposed to be the worst team in the NBA. It didn’t seem like they would even be competitive within their own division.

However, four weeks into the season, the Atlantic Division has been awful. The Brooklyn Nets and New York Knicks have been horrible. With 3-6 records, the Nets and Knicks are tied for last place in the division. Both teams were expected to challenge the Miami Heat and Indiana Pacers for Eastern Conference supremacy.

That has enabled the Sixers (5-6) to lead the pack, despite losing six of their last eight games.  Boston (4-7), losers of three straight, and the Toronto Raptors (4-7) are tied for second in the NBA’s worst division.

Twelve-point underdogs, the Sixers are expected to lose their third straight game Monday night against the Dallas Mavericks at American Airlines Center. The Nets are the other division team in action Monday night.  They are favored by 2 ½ points over the visiting Portland Trail Blazers.

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- Keith Pompey

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Keith Pompey has been an Inquirer reporter since September 2004 and took over the Sixers beat in the summer of 2013 after covering Temple basketball and football for the previous three years.

Marc Narducci has served in a variety of roles with the Inquirer since beginning in 1983. He has covered the 76ers as a backup and a beat writer. In addition, Narducci has covered everything from the Super Bowl to the World Series and a lot in between.

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