They were a really bad basketball team. They had the second worst record in the NBA. They traded away their leading scorer, leading rebounder, and best three point shooter at the NBA trade deadline. They entered tonight's game against the Mavericks with a mere eight players. All hope was lost.
This is the story of how the Sixers led a nation.
Sillyness side, there were actually some select moments of enjoyable basketball in the Sixers' loss to the Mavericks. It's probably no coincidence having Evan Turner, Spencer Hawes, and Lavoy Allen gone helped with that. (And that's putting it nicely.) The Sixers were clearly outmatched by a competitive Mavs team, but they played their hardest. That's all you can really ask for. The Sixers were down 22 points in the first quarter and they trimmed that lead all the way down to 4 at one point. Their hustle efforts would only last for so long.
Speaking of hustle, Thaddeus Young played his butt off as he usually does. Kudos to Thad for making the most out of what's become a really undesirable situation for himself here in Tankadelphia. Thad finished with a team-high 31 points along with 13 rebounds, 6 assists, and 7 steals. Michael Carter-Williams shot 9-19 but got to the FT line 9 times and finished with 25 points, 6 assists (2 turnovers), and 5 rebounds. Tony "Wrecking Ball" Wroten dropped 21 points off the bench on 6-14 shooting.
Dirk Nowitzki led the way for the Mavs with an uber efficient 25 points on 9-12 shooting. He's pretty great.
10 straight losses in a row now for the Sixers.