Philadelphia 76ers vs. Milwaukee Bucks: Preview/Game Thread

Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

24 hours after beating the Nets at the buzzer, the Sixers now face a team that appears one of their greatest obstacles of tanking: the Milwaukee Bucks.

Game #28
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December 21, 2013
BMO Harris Bradley Center
8:30 PM ET
TCN
Probable Starters
Michael Carter-Williams PG Brandon Knight
Hollis Thompson SG Giannis Antetokounmpo
Evan Turner SF Khris Middleton
Thaddeus Young PF John Henson
Spencer Hawes C Miroslav Raduljica
2012/13 Advanced Stats
101.8 (1) Pace 93.6 (27)
97.7 (26) ORtg 94.5 (30)
106.7 (29) DRtg 104.3 (21)
Game Officials
Ed Malloy
Eric Dalen
Mark Lindsay

The last time the Philadelphia 76ers played the Milwaukee Bucks, Spencer Hawes connected on a game-winning buzzer beating fadeaway sparking a fanbase wide debate about being chill in the face should tanking gone wrong. Anger was felt, tears were shed, LB writers disagreed, and Hawes saluted America.

Since then, suffice to say, tanking has began to go right for the Sixers. They are 2-11 since that win, and one of those wins came last night thanks to an overtime buzzer beater by Evan Turner.

Speaking of overtime, guess who else played a one overtime game last night? That's right, Milwaukee! How amazing is that! Less amazing, the Bucks managed to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory conceding a game-tying Tristan Thompson bucket with two seconds left in regulation before losing by three to the Cavs in overtime.

Both teams are on the second half of a back-to-back. Both teams (one wittingly, the other unwittingly) are in the midst of the greatest tanking battle the NBA has ever seen. This is going to be bad. You may not want to watch, but you will because this ugliness may determine the future of the NBA forever. Can stop, will stop. I don't know what that means but it works here. Maybe.

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