Philadelphia 76ers vs. Portland Trail Blazers 11/24/14: Video Highlights, Recap

The longest winning streak in the NBA met the longest losing streak on Monday night when the Portland Trail Blazers took on the Philadelphia 76ers.

The Blazers had won their past seven games, while the Sixers have yet to notch a victory this season.

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Predicting How Long Philadelphia 76ers’ Losing Streak WIll Last

The cavernous gap sitting between the Philadelphia 76ers and the rest of the NBA suggests the loss-column-embracing franchise may never win a game.

The Sixers, by design, are atrocious. The team has dropped each of its first 13 games, only keeping four of those contests within single digits. Philly has the league’s worst offensive rating and overall net rating, both by considerable margins.

The team has 69 games left on its schedule. Vegas doesn’t like Philly’s odds in any of them.

Five more losses and the Sixers will match the 2009-10 New Jersey Nets for the worst start in NBA history at 0-18. That’s starting to feel inevitable and, in some ways, appropriate.

“The franchise is accustomed to inglorious records,” wrote Sports Illustrated‘s Nelson Rice. ”Last season, they tied the 2009-10 Cavaliers‘ mark of 26 straight losses and the ’72-73 Sixers still hold the distinction of owning the worst record over a full season (9-73). This year’s team might eclipse both feats.”

One win is all it will to take to stop this miserable slide, but securing that victory will not be easy. Philly’s upcoming schedule is short on breaks, plus easy games for most teams aren’t exactly winnable contests for this group.

Still, there are five games offering some semblance of hope. We’ll run through those five matchups, and then peak into our crystal ball to see when the Sixers are most likely to finally enter the win column.

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Philadelphia 76ers Are Underdogs in Every Remaining Game of NBA Season

It’s been another ugly NBA season for the Philadelphia 76ers, who are currently 0-13 to start the year.

Because they have yet to win a game this season, the oddsmakers don’t exactly have a lot of confidence in the 76ers. ESPN’s Marc Stein tweeted that, according to numberFire, the 76ers are favored in exactly zero remaining games this year:

The Sixers are bound to get a win at some point, but odds like this aren’t going to inspire much confidence.


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Philadelphia 76ers vs. New York Knicks 11/22/14: Video Highlights and Recap

The New York Knicks looked to stop their recent skid on Saturday when they took on the Philadelphia 76ers. The Knicks had dropped two straight and nine of their last 10, and faced a reeling Sixers squad that had dropped each of its first 12 games of the year. 

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Boston Celtics vs. Philadelphia 76ers 11/19/14: Video Highlights and Recap

The Boston Celtics looked to pull themselves out of their recent skid on Wednesday, when they took on the Philadelphia 76ers. The Celtics had dropped three straight after opening the season 3-3, and faced a reeling Sixers squad who had dropped each of their first 10 games in convincing fashion. 

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Philadelphia 76ers vs. San Antonio Spurs 11/17/14: Video Highlights and Recap

If the Philadelphia 76ers were going to get their elusive first victory on Monday, they were going to have to go through the defending champions to do it.

The San Antonio Spurs took on the Sixers, looking to build momentum after a slow start to the season that saw the champions go 5-4 in their first nine contests.

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Philadelphia 76ers vs. Houston Rockets 11/14/14: Video Highlights and Recap

The red-hot Houston Rockets looked to keep rolling through the early season when they took on the slumping Philadelphia 76ers on Friday night. The Rockets had won seven of their first eight games, and they faced a flagging Sixers squad that had lost its first eight games of the season and was fresh off a 53-point drubbing at the hands of the Dallas Mavericks.

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Philadelphia 76ers Reached Peak Tanking in Dallas Mavericks Blowout

Don’t call the 0-8 Philadelphia 76ers a dumpster fire. That’s an affront to smoldering refuse.

General manager Sam Hinkie’s tanking effort is more like a deep space exploration into the outer reaches of awfulness. It’s bold and terrifying, and it propelled the 76ers into territory even they hadn’t fathomed before Thursday night.

Facing a bloodthirsty Dallas Mavericks squad on its home court, winless Philadelphia folded early and resolutely, going down 28 points in the first frame despite the return of Michael Carter-Williams and Nerlens Noel to the floor.

Mavericks fans quickly lost interest in the hardwood bonfire and began to browse the periodicals:

The 76ers’ suffering ended in a 53-point, 123-70 loss—only five points shy of the franchise record, according to Jordan Garretson of The Associated Press (h/t Yahoo Sports).

Having literally just penned a Players Tribune article earlier in the day about his unwillingness to tank, Carter-Williams struggled to reconcile Thursday night’s result.

“I’m sure we’ll remember this, and don’t want it to happen again,” Carter-Williams told The Associated Press’ Stephen Hawkins (h/t “None of us in this locker room will ever get used to losing like that. None of us will ever get used to losing, period. We’re upset after every loss.” 

Carter-Williams may not want to lose badlyhe led his team in points, rebounds and assists on the nightbut according to the Philadelphia Daily News’ Bob Cooney, he did appear to throw in the towel:

Zero reprieve is on the immediate horizon for Philadelphia. It faces the Houston Rockets at the Toyota Center Friday night and plays at San Antonio Monday. This stretch, in all likelihood, will be not unlike an extended hibachi dinner for Houston and the Spurs.

They will filet, sear and stack the 76ers’ roster into a volcano tower. The team is burning. Might as well have fun with it.


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Philadelphia 76ers vs. Dallas Mavericks 11/13/14: Video Highlights and Recap

The Dallas Mavericks looked to continue their strong start to the regular season on Thursday, when they hosted the struggling Philadelphia 76ers. The Mavs had won two of their last three and faced a flagging Sixers squad that had lost each of its first seven games.

Michael Carter-Williams’ return from a shoulder injury to make his season debut was a beacon of hope, but even his presence couldn’t compel the team to win.

Carter-Williams played 30 minutes off the bench, picking up right where he left off with 19 points, eight rebounds and five assists, but he got very little help from his teammates in a 123-70 blowout loss that was ugly from the get-go.

The only other Sixer to reach double figures was Tony Wroten, who had 11 points. Dirk Nowitzki scored 21 points in 20 minutes to lead the Mavericks.

Dallas improved to 6-3, while Philadelphia is still in search of its first victory and all alone in last place in the East.

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Lakers’ Wayne Ellington On Leave After Father’s Murder In Philadelphia

PHILADELPHIA — The father of Los Angeles Lakers guard Wayne Ellington Jr. was shot and killed in Philadelphia over the weekend.
Police say 57-year-old Wayne Ellington was found shot in the head in the driver’s seat of a car in the Germantown section of northwest Philadelphia just after 8 p.m. Sunday.
The Philadelphia Inquirer reports that he was taken to Einstein Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead later that night. No arrests have been reported.
Wayne Ellington Jr. said in a statement on the Lakers’ website that he and his family were “devastated by the news of my father’s murder.” The sixth-year pro has been granted an indefinite leave of absence.
General manager Mitch Kupchak said players, officials and employees are saddened.
Ellington was not with the Lakers on Tuesday night for their game in Memphis. Lakers coach Byron Scott said in his pregame comments that he learned of the senior Ellington’s death Sunday night after the Lakers win over Charlotte.
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