Will the Sixers win again this season?

Coach Brett Brown, with Eric Maynor, has seen his team lose 12 straight games.
Coach Brett Brown, with Eric Maynor, has seen his team lose 12 straight games. (STEVEN M. FALK / Staff Photographer)
Posted: March 01, 2014

The 76ers might not win another game this season.

Their trade-deadline overhaul, combined with a challenging schedule, makes it hard to find games they would be favored to win.

Thirteen of their remaining 24 games are against teams that would be in the playoffs if the season had concluded Wednesday.

Five other games come against teams - the Memphis Grizzlies (twice), New York Knicks (twice), and Detroit Pistons - that could still make a playoff push.

On paper, the Sixers' best opportunities are against the Orlando Magic and the Boston Celtics. They'll face the Magic on Sunday at the Amway Center. The Sixers (15-43) will travel to Boston on April 4 before hosting the Celtics on April 14.

Fans are finding out that the Sixers lost a lot in last week's trades that shipped Spencer Hawes to the Cleveland Cavaliers and Evan Turner and Lavoy Allen to the Indiana Pacers.

As a result, the squad, with a 12-game losing streak, might be hard-pressed to beat even the Magic (18-42) and Celtics (20-39).

On Monday, a Milwaukee Bucks team with the worst record (11-45) in the NBA buried the Sixers, 130-110, at the Wells Fargo Center.

Two days later, the Magic snapped their 16-game road losing streak with a 101-90 win over the Sixers.

"There's a competitive side that it stinks," coach Brett Brown said of the losses. "We want to win. That's the bottom line.

"But it doesn't cripple anything that we are doing in regards to how we wake up and do the next day."

That's because the Sixers never hid their intention to sacrifice wins to increase their chances for a top lottery pick in the draft.

It became obvious in Wednesday's game that they were evaluating players to see who might fit into their future.

"It's tough, but you just have to move on to the next day," rookie point guard Michael Carter-Williams said of the mounting losses. "As long as we go out and play hard, that's all that matters.

"Winning would be nice. But if we go out there and play hard as a team, we have to be happy with that."


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