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Spurs at Sixers Preview: Alas, hope in a game there should be none

The Sixers play the Spurs tonight. Odds are, this won't be the first game the Sixers win this season.

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The Sixers have not won a game this season. You likely already knew this, unless this is your first day back from a month-long vacation in Malta in which case welcome back and what did you do in Malta for a whole month? The Sixers are playing the San Antonio Spurs tonight. Whether or not you knew that or this is the first you are realizing tonight's opponent is San Antonio, your first reaction upon learning this news was "welp."

And with good reason. The Spurs are good. The Sixers are not. These games are not about the Sixers not wanting it enough, it's just about them not being talented enough and them being a few years away from being talented enough. Of course, none of this is rocket science, but the better team should be favored to beat the inferior team by a pretty wide margin.

That said, upsets do happen, and the better team does not always win. Take for instance the 2013-14 Sixers. While in the middle of their first season under "Together We Build," they had a record-tying 26-game losing streak featuring many ugly losses: a 20-point loss to the worst team in the league, a 22-point loss to these Spurs, a 45-point loss to the Clippers, a 43-point loss to Golden State, and so on and so forth. The point is not to rehash those memories, but to point that despite a 26-point losing streak and despite similarly ugly losses to what we have seen this year, the Sixers still won 19 games this year, four more games than the Milwaukee Bucks won. The current losing streak which have many feeling as if the Sixers will never win again, is only at 16 games, 10 short of last year's low-water mark. Alas, hope.

The Sixers will win games this year. Yes, games. Plural. They can do it. They will do it. I believe! I have hope! I believe in an idea that no team will ever go 0-82! Or 1-81! I believe! You believe too!

I also believe circumstances could show themselves to be such that if the Sixers would ever beat the Spurs, this is the game where they can do it. The Sixers had a day of rest yesterday, while the Spurs played a road game at Boston yesterday. Tonight's game is in Philadelphia. Alas, hope.

If Tim Duncan, Kawhi Leonard, Tony Parker, and the rest of the Spurs starters all play meaningful minutes and do not play fatigue, Michael Carter-Williams, Nerlens Noel, K.J. McDaniels, and superstar Brandon Daives probably do not stand a chance. But if the Spurs show up fatigue or if Gregg Popovich rests his starters because the Spurs have 28 more important fish to fry a very real possibility considering the circumstances, there is a chance. A small chance, but a chance for happiness. This may be the night the Sixers pull a huge upset in 2014-15.

I just spent over 400 words talking about how the Sixers might actually have a chance against a team they have no right to have a chance against. Here comes the season's next 50-point loss.