If you are, you better hope the Sixers have enough karmic capital in the bank to make up for tanking the rest of this season, because tonight we saw the first clear signs that they plan on making every effort to lose as many games as possible.
If you don't believe me, take a look at this rotation chart:
Love it or hate it, you're just going to have to accept it. Eddie Jordan is waving a giant white flag, probably at the behest of Ed Stefanski, and it's going to mean even more ridiculous lineups for the rest of the season. The one bright spot from this game: A DNPCD for Willie Green. That was sweet. The rest of it? Tough to watch, honestly.
I don't really know how to feel as a fan at this point. It pains me to see this team play this bad, but I think I'm kind of numb to it. I mean, when the games actually mattered, it tore me to pieces. Seeing us fall this far, it was like pulling teeth. But at this point, we're already here. We're already firmly in the lottery, this coach has already done a ton of damage to this roster, so now I'm left simply weighing options. If you're having a problem getting your mind around the situation, try looking at it like this:
What does a win get you? Honestly, I can't come up with a single positive, outside of 2.5 hours of decent basketball (you'd hope). Worst-case scenario, success under a foolish coach with despicable systems and basketball values reinforces a few bad habits among some of the younger players.
What does a loss get you? A better shot at a higher draft pick. Plain and simple, there's infinitely more to be gained by losing. It means you're probably going to be subjected to more boneheaded decisions and lackluster play, but odds are you were going to be subjected to that anyway. Any way you do the math, losing is the best option right now. I held out as long as I could that they'd fire Jordan and turn things around, but there's no point anymore.
Back to tonight's game. Jason Kapono broke his 0-for-2010 streak from three, it took him 25 minutes of action, but he finally broke through. (If 25 minutes for Kapono doesn't scream TANK to you, something's wrong with you). The box score just looks silly. The Sixers shot better from three, 11/24 (45.8%), than they did from two, 32/86 (37.2%). They grabbed 16 offensive rebounds, and got 40 points off their bench. They still lost by 13 points.
Player of The Game: Kapono. 17 points, to lead the team, and 1 rebound in 25 minutes.
Team Record: 23-43
Up Next: Tonight, vs. the Knicks
Lottery Update: The Kings picked up a big win. The Sixers are now tied with the Pistons and Knicks for the 7th-worst record in the league, only a half game ahead of/behind Sacramento for 6th.