Mar 3, 2014, 11:00 AM EDT
On Jan. 30, the Milwaukee Bucks held a 6.5-game “lead” over the Philadelphia 76ers for the NBA’s worst record. The Bucks seemed primed to run away with the league’s best lottery odds.
Never underestimate the 76ers, though.
Since, Philadelphia has ripped off a 14-game losing streak – the NBA’s worst skid of the season – and trimmed Milwaukee’s “lead” to three games. It will still take an incredible effort for the 76ers to overcome their early “deficit,” but Philadelphia coach Brett Brown believes in his team.
Brown didn’t give the politically correct answer when asked if he wonders if the Sixers will win another game this season.
“All the time, I tell them that,” Brown said. “This is the truth.”
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If the 76ers lose their final 22 games, their losing streak would hit 36 games – 10 longer than the worst losing streak of all time (Cavaliers in 2010-11).
Philadelphia might need every one of those losses to pass the Bucks, whom ESPN projects to win 16 games. The 76ers currently have 15 wins.
But with a coach who believes in them maybe, just maybe, the 76ers can do what seemed impossible a month ago.
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