If you missed Monday night's Sixers game, here's a quick three-word recap: it was bad.
After a relatively close-fought first half, everything came apart at the seams in the second half. Jimmy Butler smoked his former team with 38 points in 28 minutes, the Sixers failed to play a shred of defense, and they were run off the floor in a laugher, losing by 31.
The loss is the Sixers' third straight, and they dropped to 9-18 on the road this season, a concerning trend considering it seems they might miss out on home court advantage in the first round of the playoffs.
Understandably, Sixers fans didn't take things well. This team, once thought to be a legit contender, simply hasn't looked the part.
Plenty of fans were not having a good time:
@ the Sixers pic.twitter.com/x23uwfhHif— Kathleen (@kathleenhayn) February 4, 2020
The 2019-20 Philadelphia 76ers. pic.twitter.com/XzkaiFnTz8— Stephen Pianovich (@SPianovich) February 4, 2020
sixers is a disgrace— socially distant sports fan (@legsanity) February 4, 2020
Sixers, please. I don't have another team to realign to. Please become viable. 😔— Zainab Javed ✨ (@zrjaved) February 4, 2020
Yeah bye lol— Liv Alice Simmons ♐️ (@livvalice) February 4, 2020
should of kept Jimmy Butler— Grand Moff Starkins (@FanSince09) February 4, 2020
Some chose to focus on the fact that general manager Elton Brand seems to have constructed a roster that simply doesn't work:
The Sixers have not displayed any ability to properly put together a roster in almost four years https://t.co/D8uzcTjHHJ— adam aaronson (@SixersAdam) February 4, 2020
Sixers tech guy showing Elton Brand how to turn off the “PF/C only” selection on the trade machine pic.twitter.com/ysPC8ai89j— kev (@kevtaddei) February 4, 2020
Thinking about better times... if only this guy never got forcibly removed. pic.twitter.com/4sqjSPVz3h— Tom Ignudo (@TomIgnudo) February 4, 2020
On the one hand, the Sixers roster is a nonsensical amalgam of conflicting skills. On the other hand, the head coach can not convince one of his best players to do the things he publicly asks him to do.— Noah Becker (@Noah_Becker) February 4, 2020
#SixersOutsiders The coaching has to be better & Al Horford has to go. It's not going to work (No spacing on offense)— Sam Grantski (@SAMGOODY101) February 4, 2020
Dear Elton Brand, I appreciate your aggressive moves in the offseason & know you are a solid gm.. please get @sixers some guys who will play with passion and can actually shoot. Right now they suck!!! #SixersOutsiders— Jimmy Greene (@thegeneral12341) February 4, 2020
Others opted to think about Thursday's trade deadline, hoping that a shrewd move or two might be able to save the team from spiraling further:
“Let’s talk about the trade deadline” pic.twitter.com/GC3XLcS0w1— John Barchard (@JohnBarchard) February 4, 2020
Blow this team up! #SixersOutsiders— Tori (@LittleBabe84) February 4, 2020
The best thing the Sixers can do at the trade deadline is acquire some heart. This team has none...— Corey Sharp (@ByCoreySharp) February 4, 2020
Trade everybody and start The New Process #SixersOutsiders— WeBackOutside Chicarito (@StoneyHustle) February 4, 2020
Even good old Stephen A. Smith got in on the action:
What in the HELL is this? I’m watching the @sixers...trailing the @MiamiHEAT by 35 Damn points. What they hell did they do....party with the @Chiefs after the damn Super Bowl? Brett Brown running this @spurs system. Tim Duncan & Tony Parker ain’t walking thru that door? Damn!— Stephen A Smith (@stephenasmith) February 4, 2020
It was a bad night, all around.
The Sixers don't play again until a showdown with the East-leading Bucks on Thursday evening, the final game of their current road trip. Should be... fun.
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