Maybe It's Okay The Sixers Are Winning

Maybe It's Okay The Sixers Are Winning

If you're any kind of sports fan in the greater Philadelphia area, you've heard by now about Greg Oden, Kevin Durant, and the tremendous depth in this years NBA draft class.  You've also likely been rooting for the Sixers to lose, lose, and lose some more in hopes of securing the top chance at winning the NBA draft lottery.  Apparently, David Aldridge thinks we must love Cheetos.

What's the point of trading Allen Iverson and letting Chris Webber go, goes the argument, if you don't reap the rewards with Greg Oden or Kevin Durant or Joakim Noah?

Which is the kind of stupid you don't hear often outside of Britney Spears' house.

While I'm still not certain I want the Sixers to win a ton of games down the stretch, Aldridge makes some good points.  This current team is super young and developing a little swagger by knowing they aren't going to be a loser every night.  It could pay dividends in the future.

So the Sixers are doing the right thing by playing with effort, even if it doesn't get results; with heart, even if it doesn't lead to victory. And it will be terrible, terrible, if Mo Cheeks, who's not allowing his players to take the easy out, is little more than a sacrificial lamb, holding the chair for the next head coach.

You ask me if Cheeks is a good coach, and I say let's find out together, when he's coaching an NBA team.

The fact of the matter is that even if the Sixers win a couple more games this year they will still have a really good chance at one of the first two overall picks in the draft.  Memphis is a lock for the worst record, especially if they move Pau Gasol.  Boston isn't in much better shape having rolled off an impressive string of 15 straight losses.

Still, I wouldn't mind seeing a couple more L's start to build up next to the Sixers record.

The Sixers take on the Charlotte Bobcats tonight at the Wachovia Center.  To cheer, or not to cheer, that is the question.

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Oh right, The Sixers: Toronto brings Philly to 0-3 with old-school clobbering

Oh right, The Sixers: Toronto brings Philly to 0-3 with old-school clobbering

Well, what a fun trip down memory lane that was. Just as they have seemingly spent much of the past four years doing, the Philadelphia 76ers traveled to Toronto last night on the second night of a back-to-back -- without Joel Embiid, natch -- and got minced. The Sixers got outpaced 36-19 in the first quarter and never recovered, eventually falling by a score of 128-94. 

It was another game where the things our rookies were good at, they were really good at, but the other stuff killed us. Ben Simmons ended with an impressive 18-10-8 -- even hitting a couple quasi-jumpers in the process -- but the way that the Raptors were able to shrink the floor against him and his ultra-limited range more or less strangled our half-court offense. The Sixers were -20 with him on the floor, and the cramped spacing partly led to a down night for our normally reliable shooters. (Robert Covington and J.J. Redick -- the former plagued by foul trouble -- couldn't even get their shots off, going a combined 1-3 from deep.) 

And Markelle Fultz's presence only exacerbated things, as he kept refusing to shoot from the perimeter, driving no matter how open he was. He made some nice plays and got to the line eight times, but his increasingly miserable FT form -- he shot the last one seemingly one-handed, with his other arm blocking his eyes -- shows why that's about all he's capable of at the moment. As suggested by Spike Eskin on a recent Rights to Ricky Sanchez pod, shutting him down until he can relearn how to shoot might be the move for our No. 1 overall pick at this point. He's not helping himself or the team playing like this at the moment. 

Of course, the biggest reason for the drubbing was the lack of Embiid. The team has no one to really hold down the middle without him at the moment -- Amir Johnson is our most reliable backup but he's something of a black hole on offense at the moment, and Jahlil Okafor (who got his first game action of the season) is still brutal when it comes to defensive decision-making. The team actually might look best at the moment sans Embiid with Simmons at the five, though that's not sustainable for long periods, especially when DeMar DeRozan is carving up our defense for 30 points on 8-12 (!!) shooting. 

Terrible throwback performance by the Sixers, and given that it's their third loss in a row to start the season, it may lead to a lot of understandable Same Old Sixers chatter. But don't forget how good that opening-night performance was against the Wizards, how much of the game against Boston we were leading for, and how tough a three-game stretch to start the season this was in general. I thought we'd go 0-3 and we went 0-3 -- next up is the Pistons on Monday, and in the couple weeks that follow, we play the Mavs, Hawks and Pacers. We wont' be winless for long -- though the sooner we can put one in the W column and avoid this team getting stuck in a peak-Process vortex, the better.