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With their maddeningly, disgustingly predictable 2-6 road trip behind them, the Sixers sit five games under .500 heading into what remains of the New Year. An update on Andrew Bynum is supposedly in the works for tomorrow, let's say a Valentine's Day return is the best case scenario. Where could/should/will the Sixers be by then?

Here's the upcoming schedule (Win/Loss, based purely on team's records as of today):

  1. vs. BKL, Tuesday - Loss
  2. @ TOR, Wednesday - Win
  3. vs. HOU, Saturday - Loss
  4. vs. NOH, 1/15 - Win
  5. vs. TOR, 1/18 - Win
  6. vs. SAS, 1/21 - Loss
  7. @ MIL, 1/22 - Loss
  8. vs. NYK, 1/26 - Loss
  9. vs. MEM, 1/28 - Loss
  10. vs. WAS, 1/30 - Win
  11. vs. SAC, 2/1 - Win
  12. vs. ORL, 2/4 - Win
  13. vs. IND, 2/6 - Loss
  14. vs. CHA, 2/8 - Win
  15. vs. LAC, 2/11 - Loss
  16. @ MIL, 2/13 - Loss

So based on record alone, the Sixers are looking at 7-9 over the next 16 games, taking them to Valentine's Day. 22-29 overall, 7 games under with 31 left to play, meaning if they don't outperform their record between now and then and Bynum is back by then, they'd probably need to finish something like 19-12 in their final 31 to get back to .500 (and to make the playoffs, they're going to have to be somewhere around .500).

The window for Bynum's return even meaning anything this season is closing pretty quickly, I hope we get some good news tomorrow.

Here's a look at how the Sixers' 8-man rotation performed on the 8-game trip:

Jrue
299 MP, 62/137 FG (45.3%), 11/27 3P (40.7%), 20/23 FT (87%), 42 REB (5.25/game), 74 AST (9.25/g), 6 STL (.75/g), 5 BLK (.63/g), 32 TOV (4/g), 155 PTS (19.4/g), .527 TS%, 2.31 AST/TOV

Turner
286 MP, 34/91 FG (37.4%), 4/16 3P (25%), 10/17 FT (58.8%), 50 REB (6.25/game), 34 AST (4.25/g), 17 STL (2.13/g), 2 BLK (.25/g), 25 TOV (3.1/g), 82 PTS (10.3/g), .416 TS%, 1.36 AST/TOV

Thad
275 MP, 53/103 FG (51.5%), 0/1 3P, 8/14 FT (57.1%), 50 REB (6.25/game), 13 AST (1.63/g), 14 STL (1.75/G), 7 BLK (.875/g), 4 TOV (.5/g), 114 PTS, .522 TS%, 3.25 AST/TOV

Richardson
151 MP, 18/50 FG (36%), 6/22 3P (27.2%), 1/4 FT (25%), 18 REB (3/game), 9 AST (1.5/g), 2 STL (.33/g), 1 BLK (.17/g), 7 TOV (1.2/g), 43 PTS (7.17/g), .415 TS%, 1.29 AST/TOV

Lavoy
214 MP, 31/63 FG (49.2%), 0/0 3P, 5/9 FT (55.6%), 54 REB (6.75/game), 8 AST (1/g), 3 STL (.38/g), 6 BLK (.75/g), 6 TOV (.75/g), 67 PTS (8.38/g), .500 TS%, 1.33 AST/TOV

Hawes
197MP, 35/80 FG (43.8%), 0/7 3P, 14/18 FT (77.8%), 56 REB (7/game), 16 AST (2/g), 4 STL (.5/g), 12 BLK (1.5/g), 15 TOV (1.875/g), 84 PTS (10.5/g), .477 TS%, 1.07 AST/TOV

Dorell Wright
217 MP, 27/61 FG (44.3%), 16/41 3P (39%), 11/13 FT (84.6%), 36 REB (4.5/game), 11 AST (1.38/g), 10 STL (1.25/g), 6 BLK (.75/g), 6 TOV (.75/g), 81 PTS (10.1/g), .607 TS%, 1.83 AST/TOV

Nick Young
168 MP, 28/70 FG (40%), 13/28 3P (46.4%), 15/19 FT (78.9%), 23 REB (2.88/game), 8 AST (1/g), 4 STL (.5/g), 1 BLK (.125/g), 8 TOV (1/g), 84 PTS (10.5/g), .536 TS%, 1 AST/TOV

It's great to see two starters with a TS% of about .415. Just a bad, bad team. Well, tomorrow is another loss...er, day.
by Brian on Jan 6 2013
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