Sixers take aim at a better second half

Coach Brett Brown and the 76ers are looking for a better half to the season.
Coach Brett Brown and the 76ers are looking for a better half to the season.
Posted: February 19, 2014

With a respite provided by the all-star break and now five consecutive home games, the 76ers look to reverse what has been their most difficult point of the season.

At 15-39, the Sixers have the second-worst record in the NBA, behind only the Milwaukee Bucks, who are 9-43.

The Sixers have lost eight games in a row, their longest losing streak of the season. They have dropped 18 of their last 21, and even though they didn't generate high expectations, coach Brett Brown hopes to see some fight in the final 28 games of the season.

He admitted after Monday evening's practice at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine that the Sixers were one tired bunch heading into the all-star break after Wednesday's 105-100 loss at Utah.

Tired legs, tired of losing.

"When we lost some games as we did and when you combine just being down, it trickles into your mind and your body, and the accumulation of both made for some painful basketball," Brown said. "But we are back, the guys are fantastic, and we are ready to finish the season with our heads high and some dignity and playing good basketball."

The first of the five consecutive home games takes place Tuesday against the Cleveland Cavaliers and all-star MVP point guard Kyrie Irving.

The Sixers are 8-18 at home and 7-21 on the road.

Not only are the Sixers dealing with a losing streak, but there is Thursday's 3 p.m. trade deadline to ponder.

Sixers swingman Evan Turner has been the subject of numerous rumors, being linked with teams such as Charlotte and Phoenix.

"I am getting kind of excited to see what will happen," Turner said about his immediate future. "It's like a riddle - who knows? - whatever happens, happens."

One Sixer who didn't rest over the break was rookie point guard Michael Carter-Williams, who was in New Orleans for the all-star festivities.

He participated in the Rising Stars game for rookies and second-year players. Carter-Williams also competed in the skills competition, in which he and Orlando's Victor Oladipo placed second.

"I had a great time and enjoyed myself, and it was an experience of a lifetime," Carter-Williams said. "Now it's time to get back to work."


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