01/23/15 9:40 am EST
With 40 games remaining in Tank 2.0, it become obvious that the 76ers are not going to experience any Detroit Pistons-like push (9-3 in their last 12) for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. A roster that was built to lose, and has done so nicely, is now missing its key 6th man (Tony Wroten) for an undetermined amount of time. Additionally, the starting power forward (Luc) will allegedly miss his third straight game tonight with a bruised knee. Finally, the Sixers starting center (Noel) suddenly contracted a respiratory illness, could not play against the lowly New York Knicks on Wednesday and is questionable for tonight.
Still, the Sixers have collected 8 wins so far this season (4-6 in last 10 games) which is more victories than this scribe and most of the online “experts” dreamed Brett Brown’s team would haul in prior to the 2015 All-Star break. However, with key players missing and a brutal upcoming schedule that features games — vs. TOR; @MEM; @ NOP; vs. DET; @ ATL; @ CLE and @ DEN — , it bears exploring just how bad the odds makers think this team might be.