Sixers lick their wounds after blowout loss

The Sixers starters can only watch from the bench as they trail by as much as 30 points against the Golden State Warriors.
The Sixers starters can only watch from the bench as they trail by as much as 30 points against the Golden State Warriors. (Steven M. Falk / Staff Photographer)
Posted: November 07, 2013

The 76ers knew this day would eventually come, and it occurred later than most predicted.

On Tuesday the Sixers held their first practice of the season after a loss, a resounding one at that.

Following Monday's 110-90 loss to visiting Golden State, in which the Warriors led by as many as 39 points, the Sixers began preparing for Wednesday's visit by the Washington Wizards to the Wells Fargo Center.

"There is no beating around the bush, they beat the hell out of us," forward-center Spencer Hawes said. "You try to limit a season to three or four of those over the course of it, and we got one out of the way early."

Coach Brett Brown said he didn't mince any words when talking to his team about its performance, but he also tried to use the rout as a learning tool.

"We came and we weren't good and were sloppy at times and didn't guard the way we should have and it's a fact," he said.

The Sixers (3-1) now face a Wizards team that Brown admits will be desperate after an 0-3 start. One of those losses was Friday's 109-102 defeat to the Sixers at the Verizon Center.

Brown says he is hoping for better work from the second unit. The Sixers entered Tuesday 20th in the NBA in bench scoring, averaging 28.3 points per game. Opposing benches have averaged 31.3 points against the Sixers.

Guard Tony Wroten is the Sixers' leading bench scorer, averaging 12.3 points.

When asked how much improvement the second unit has made, Brown was his usual candid self.

"Not as much [improvement] as I had hoped for really," he said. "I am being greedy."

In his greed, he is looking for more offense from the second unit.

"I feel there is a tremendous amount of weight on our starters," Brown said. "We want to keep pushing our bench to assume the responsibility and understand their role."

Wizards update

Nene (left calf strain) will be a game-time decision, according to the Wizards but he did practice on Tuesday. He did not play against the Sixers last week. . . . Trevor Booker (jammed left index finger) also practiced fully and is expected to play. Two players who remain out are Chris Singleton (left foot fracture) and first-round draft choice Otto Porter (strained right hip flexor). . . . Washington has been idle since Sunday's 103-93 loss at Miami. In that game, John Wall scored just 11 points. He had nine assists but committed five turnovers in more than 39 minutes. Wall scored 26 points against the Sixers, 23 in the first half.


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