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Sixers’ losing streak now 11 games away from setting new NBA record

Mar 6, 2014, 12:14 PM EDT

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The last time the Philadelphia 76ers won a game it was Jan. 29 in Boston.

Since then the Sixers have lost 15 in a row, by an average of 19.8 points a game (a couple 40+ point losses skew that number). Coach Brett Brown is not sure his team will win another game this season — we knew they would be bad, that was really the plan from the start under GM Sam Hinkie, who may publicly deny it but was clearly on board the “tanking” for this draft class plan . And that’s a valid rebuilding plan in the current system, it’s just hard to watch at times. They traded Jrue Holiday away last draft for Nerlens Noel, who may be special but has yet to play this season. At this year’s trade deadline they moved Evan Turner and Spencer Hawes.

The NBA record for consecutive losses is 26, by the 2010-11 Cavaliers (the Cavs broke their own franchise record of 24 to “earn” that record). The Sixers are fully capable of surpassing that — in fact if they don’t stop the skid in the next week they could be on a slippery slope to the record.

Let’s look at their next dozen games — lose all these and they break the record. The good news is the list starts off with three where they could get a win.

March 8: Utah Jazz (if they are going to win one this could be it, but the Jazz are playing better lately)
March 10: at New York Knicks (another team struggling now)
March 12: Sacramento Kings (an up and down team that can beat or lose to anyone any night)
March 14: Indiana Pacers
March 15: Memphis Grizzlies
March 17: at Indiana Pacers
March 19: Chicago Bulls
March 21: New York Knicks
March 22: at Chicago Bulls
March 24: at San Antonio Spurs
March 27: at Houston Rockets

After those first three games things start to get really tough — some very good teams and then the last three of that dozen are on the road against good teams.

This is the NBA, the Sixers have talented players on the roster — Michael Carter-Williams, Thaddeus Young among others — and anyone can beat anyone else on the right night. The streak could end when we least expect it.

But more likely, if the Sixers don’t snap the losing streak in the next week the road to 27 consecutive losses is going to be a hard one to get off.

  1. 00maltliquor - Mar 6, 2014 at 12:27 PM

    This team was a whopping +21 against OKC a few days ago. And still lost ATS!

  2. sdelmonte - Mar 6, 2014 at 2:09 PM

    They play the Knicks twice. Two chances to win, alas alas.

    • sportsfan18 - Mar 6, 2014 at 2:12 PM

      beat me to it… Knicks will lose to them…

    • sumkat - Mar 6, 2014 at 3:01 PM

      Sixers will lose those games, so the Knicks pass the Pelican in the standings. If Hinke has to go to the locker room and crack MCW and Young with a 2×4, they will lose those games

  3. casualcommenter - Mar 6, 2014 at 3:02 PM

    76’ers GM Sam Hinkie is a tanking artist, and the 76’ers setting the NBA record for consecutive losses will be his masterpiece.

  4. 1historian - Mar 6, 2014 at 3:53 PM

    When a team tanks as obviously as this one is you can’t just turn it off at the end of the season. Tanking leaves a stain on a team, an organization, that you can’t get rid of. No matter how high a draft choice you get – is it worth it? I say no.

  5. blakegblogs - Mar 6, 2014 at 4:58 PM

    At least they will have set a record…

  6. blakegblogs - Mar 6, 2014 at 4:58 PM

    At least they will have set a record…

  7. philadelphiafan - Mar 6, 2014 at 9:03 PM

    Now is the time to invest in season tickets for next year.

  8. campcouch - Mar 6, 2014 at 11:34 PM

    That Bynum deal really squadooshed their plans. I think they did right by blowing up the team. If Jrue Holiday,Evan Turner and Spencer Hawes weren’t going to get them any more wins than the guys on the squad now,they were smart to trade them. If the ping pong balls bounce their way,at worst they’ll pick 4th? Even still they’ll get a quality college player (I didn’t say NBA) and Noel next year. It takes a lot more to gut a team that hovers around the 8th seed or no playoffs every year and rebuild. Give the GM and owner credit for calling it like it is.

  9. sixerstrong - Mar 7, 2014 at 10:46 AM

    For anyone who is criticizing the Sixers for tanking, I have one question for you. What would you have done? They got a ridiculous offer for Jrue that they just couldn’t refuse. Spencer and Evan were lame-duck starters that had no intention of resigning in the off-season, so they maximized their value at the deadline. Finally, they are in a unique position to perform massive talent evaluation without hurting the long-term prospects of the team. The only move that I would have done differently is I wouldn’t have let Granger get bought out. I would have kept him as a possible sign-and-trade piece. Plus his veteran leadership would have been helpful in the locker room. However, we have no idea what him and Hinkie said behind closed doors, and maybe Granger flat-out told him that he would never play a minute for the Sixers, and if that’s the case, then what other option did Hinkie have?

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