When you lose to the team with the worst team in the league, and you don't even look competitive in doing so, I think it's safe to say that you are now the worst team in the league. Congratulations Philadelphia 76ers, I dub thee the worst team in the National Basketball Association. Tonight's drubbing by the lowly Memphis Grizzlies, to the tune of 118-102, has put the Sixers in a position to control their own destiny, finally. If the Sixers lose the remaining 42 games on their schedule, they'll have the worst record in the league. You may laugh, but with the way this team is playing, it's completely within the realm of reason that they could do so.
The Grizzlies have been scoring like this ever since the Czar, Mike Fratello, was relieved of his coaching duties and Tony Barone (rhymes with bologna) took over. They've averaged 112 points per game under Barone. Of course, they've also been giving up 119 per game. The Sixers barely managed to break triple digits against what has become the worst defense in the league.
Kyle Korver showed up in the second half tonight, finishing with 30 on the game, one short of his career high. That's pretty much the only positive thing you can say about the Sixers tonight. Willie Green is atrocious. I'll leave it at that. As far as Mo Cheeks goes, well, he's still the best chance the Sixers have of finishing with the worst record in the league. I still can't figure this out. Every game the Sixers start out in the first quarter running the offense through Dalembert. It doesn't seem logical, mostly because Dalembert's low post moves are pretty futile, but it usually works. Tonight, Dalembert started 4-4 from the floor and scored the Sixers first 8 points. Here's where things go haywire. If he's hot, why go away from him? After taking, and making 4 shots in the first 3 minutes of the game, why does he only get 4 more shots the rest of the game? Why does Willie Green get 23 shots when he can't hit the broad side of a barn? At times, it seems like Cheeks is coaching to lose.
One other thing to note about the Sixers, don't get too used to Andre Miller. He's visibly upset on the floor, he isn't playing his game, and he wants out of Philly. He's too much of a professional to say it, but I would be shocked if he isn't moved by the trading deadline. There are plenty of teams out there who need a solid point guard, and he's a chip the Sixers are going to cash in, maybe coupled with one of the picks they got from Denver to get a higher pick in the first round, maybe for an expiring contract, who knows, but I think he's on his way out of town. Korver's your player of the game, by default.
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