THE SIXERS extended their losing streak to six games over the weekend. Joel Embiid impressed once again on Friday, and tickled the imagination of what could be when on the court with Jahlil Okafor, but the team gave a horrible effort in a 105-88 loss to the Orlando Magic, a team that was in the middle of a five-game road trip and had lost the night before in Memphis.
THIS IS THE TIME of year to give thanks, and when it comes to the 76ers, there seems to be a bit to be thankful for. Just start by looking at this date, Nov. 25, the past two seasons. In 2014-15, the team was 0-14 on its way to 17 straight losses to begin the season. The next year, the Sixers were 0-16 and suffered two more losses before finally finding their first win of the season.
IT WAS A dreary Sunday morning in San Antonio's AT&T Center when the 76ers were wrapping up a morning practice. Two nights earlier, they had dropped their ninth consecutive game to open the season in Houston. The Sixers' 2014-15 roster at that time included starters Tony Wroten, Henry Sims and Brandon Davies. Drew Gordon, Chris Johnson and Alexey Shved were some of the bench players Brett Brown could go to.
THE NEWS that has been delivered to 76ers coach Brett Brown of late has been pretty positive. Jerryd Bayless, penciled as the team's starting point guard after getting signed in the offseason, saw his first action of the season Monday in a 101-94 win over the Miami Heat. The damaged ligaments in his left (non-shooting) wrist still cause pain, but Bayless chose to forgo surgery to get on the floor in a timelier fashion.
THE DEFINITION of insanity is trying the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result. If anyone knows anything about insanity over the past few years, it's 76ers fans. Forty-eight wins in 254 games (including Friday's initial victory of this season against the Indiana Pacers by 109-105 in overtime) over the past four seasons plays a big part of that. Four of the team's seven losses this season have come by a total of 16 points.
YOU SEE IT for the umpteenth time, and it's still not easy to find a solution. On Tuesday, the 76ers lost yet another winnable game down the stretch, this time to the lowly Orlando Magic. There were defensive letdowns, sloppy offensive possessions and head-scratching decisions.
Bob Cooney has been the 76ers beat writer for the Daily News for the last seven years. Prior to that, he covered anything and everything, including a lot of college basketball. A lifelong resident of the area, he has a good idea of how Philly fans think and loves the passion they have for their teams. He's here to ask the questions that you want answered.