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Sixers’ coach Brett Brown: “I don’t even know what team I coached tonight”

Philadelphia is 3-7 in their last 10, they’ve played better since Ish Smith was brought in to give it a reasonable NBA point guard running the show. But before and after that there is one hallmark of this young team — they played hard for coach Brett Brown. The talent was lacking, but the effort was there.

Except for Sunday.

The Sixers put up little resistance in a 112-92 loss to the Celtics. That left Brett Brown stunned, as reported by Jessica Camerato at

“I don’t have much to say,” he said. “That was a bad NBA game tonight from our standpoint....

“I don’t even know what team I coached tonight,” Brown said. “That’s not who we are. Fortunately we got a few wins on the board previous to this game where you can say, ‘Yeah, I agree, we see what you saw.’ I’m not going to be out of control with my comment, that’s what we saw. We were poor.”

Brown cut his presser short, not wanting to say much more.

This game had been on the schedule for Saturday but was postponed a day due to the storm that dumped a couple of feet of snow up and down the Eastern seaboard. That’s not an excuse, just spitballing reasons the Sixers didn’t put out the expected effort. Whatever it was, expect Brown to address it with a few more choice words than he used in this presser in discussing with the team at practice Monday.