Yes, the euphoria from the four-game winning streak to start the new year is long gone. The rout by Detroit marked the Sixers' second straight blowout defeat and their 12th loss in 15 games. It was a thrashing that dropped their record to 15-33 heading into Monday's game against the Brooklyn Nets at the Barclays Center.
So how does coach Brett Brown keep the Sixers upbeat as the losses continue to mount?
"It's hard. No, it's hard," Brown repeated. "I go back to where we started [in the beginning of the season]. We are trying to get these guys better. We are trying to develop. We want to play. We want to give them opportunities.
"There's no time to hold your head. You are in the NBA."
But the Sixers are routinely overmatched. This team was built to lose, and everyone in the league knows it.
On the road, they often look like Christians being thrown to the lions. The Sixers are expected to stumble, and at times the result electrifies opposing crowds.
Yet they are asked to dust themselves off after each setback and remember that it is part of the rebuilding process. So they'll tell the media they are determined to stay focused.
"The task at hand is winning basketball games and going out there and playing great team defense," Young said. "When we get our team defense together . . . we will be fine."
One major problem: This team has glaring defensive shortcomings. The Sixers struggle in pick-and-roll defense. They are allowing a league-worst 9.6 three-pointers and 109.9 points per game.
They also are turnover-prone, and the team's foul-shooting and three-point-shooting deficiencies have led to a lot of blowout losses.
"It's definitely tough when you are losing basketball games," Young said. "But we can't let that deter what we are trying to do and get us off the path that we are trying to take.
"We have to go out there and remain focused. Take the losses that we are taking and turn them into a positive and get wins."
That sounds good.
But the body language displayed Saturday night showed just how much the mounting losses are wearing on the Sixers.