The Sixers (15-43) had two important games this week against teams that are also looking for the ping-pong balls to roll their way in this year’s draft lottery. The absolutely horrible Milwaukee Bucks, who are dead last in the NBA sitting at a measly 11-45, were in town Monday night. It was truly a battle of the tanking teams.
As a Sixers fan, this was probably one of the most painful games to watch. The Bucks came into this game averaging 92.3 points per game and they won
the game 130-110. The Sixers played absolutely horrible defense and without any hustle or cohesiveness at all. This is pretty much a whole new roster thrown out on the court, which is somewhat of an excuse for the lack of togetherness on this team, so I’ll give them that.
Playing horrible defense and without any hustle is inexcusable though. The Sixers are playing extremely lackadaisically, and should be embarrassed by their performance. Maybe they would turn it around against struggling Orlando Magic right? Wrong.
The Magic came into this game with a 16 game road losing streak. A matchup with the Sixers is sure to fix this!
Orlando beat the Sixers, 101-60. Ex-Sixer Nikola Vucevic continued his strong season with a 21 point and 13 rebound effort. Rookie Victor Oladipo played extremely well too, as he had 17 points and 11 rebounds.
There really isn’t much hope to see an exciting Sixers game for the rest of the season. It may sound far-fetched, but the Sixers may very well not win another game this season.
This ends a winless February for the Sixers in their 11 games this month. This is the definition of going winless for Wiggins!
There is absolutely no talent left on the Sixers roster as a result of General Manager Sam Hinkie’s moves at the trade deadline. Aside from the slop that the Sixers are putting out on the court, this is the perfect chance for Michael Carter-Williams to carry more of the load and develop his ability to score. MCW was more of a distributor on the offensive end of the court during the first half of the season, and now with the talent left on the roster, he needs to score more points. Thaddeus Young also needs to step up, which he has done lately. Thad dropped 47 points combined in these past two games.
As sad as it is, this is exactly what the Sixers need to do to ensure a high pick in the draft. The Sixers needed to lose these two games against the Bucks and Magic, and did exactly that.
I can’t believe we are cheering for losing, but it is in the best interest of the team to lose as many games as possible.
So, how many more days until the NBA draft? It can’t get here soon enough.