This past Saturday night, the Philadelphia 76ers clobbered the Detroit Pistons by the score of 123-98. By beating the Pistons, the Sixers avoided the ignominy of breaking the record for the longest losing streak in NBA history. They can take a little comfort in the fact that they only tied the record for the longest losing streak at 26 games. Not that it’s ever a good thing to be tied with the just-lost-LeBron 2010-2011 Cavs.
The Sixers’ ineptitude is expected and not entirely unintentional. At 16-58, they’ve won more games by now than some predicted for the entire season, thanks in part to a surprising 3-0 start to the season that included a convincing win over the Miami Heat. Let’s just say things have gone downhill since then.
But that’s all part of the plan.