|Yes, the bottom-feeding scourge of the sports blogging world, fake trades. With the team spiraling out of control, Bynum's return hopefully looming, but not before a handful more losses pile up and a weird three-day rest period, why not?|
|Watching this team can be maddening, at times. Over the past two games, they've played basically 48 minutes of quality, hard-nosed defensive basketball (entire second half + overtime against Toronto, entire second half minus a five-minute stretch vs. San Antonio). Against the bad team, one half was enough. Against the good team, it wasn't. Against Milwaukee tonight, they aren't going to have the legs to make a big comeback.|
|That first half was the ugliest half of basketball I've seen in nearly two weeks, since the Sixers last got hammered by the Raptors. The second half and overtime? Yeah, that was pretty.|
|With Shelvin Mack in hand and a couple days of practice under their belts, the Sixers will look to right a wrong tonight at the WFC. Nine days ago, they laid down in Toronto and let the Raptors have their way with them. They better stand up.|
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|Inconsistency is not this team's problem. Their big men are consistently soft. Their starting small forward is consistently overmatched and petulant. Their offense consistently depends on one guy to do everything, and everyone else to take low percentage shots. This team built a dominant defense around an extreme strength last season. This year, that strength is a glaring weakness...consistently.|
|The Sixers will look to build their win over the Rockets on Saturday into a streak tonight against the New Orleans Hornets in Philly. The Hornets probably aren't as bad as their 11-26 record would indicate now that they've got their full team assembled, but they're still a team the Sixers should be able to handle on their home floor.|
|The Sixers put their practice time to good use in between the Toronto loss and the Houston win. One change they made seemed designed to serve two purposes: Keeping their legs fresher and limiting the wide-open looks from three their opponents had been getting.|
|For the first time in about a month, the schedule will favor the Sixers when they take the floor tonight against the Houston Rockets. Houston lost a close game to the Celtics in Boston last night, James Harden (40) and Jeremy Lin (36) both played heavy minutes. No time like the present.|
|Apathy is infectious. Most game days, I can't wait to get home, I rush through dinner and sit down to watch the game. Last night, I took my time. As tired as the Sixers seemed against the Nets, as much as they didn't seem to care, well, it took it's toll. Unfortunately, after about five minutes of the Raptors game, I wished I'd taken a later train. There was nothing enjoyable about watching the Sixers last night, nothing at all.|
|Over the past six-plus weeks, the Toronto Raptors have posted an unimpressive 10-14 record. What is impressive, is the dramatic swing the team took from horrid to great within that stretch. They lost an impressive 12 of 13 games early on, then won 8 of 9 later. They're currently riding a 2-game losing streak as they wait, rested, for this beleaguered Sixers team in Toronto.|
|The trip is over. The excuses are gone. The Sixers will play 13 of 15 on their home floor now, beginning tonight against the surging Brooklyn Nets. It's time for them to translate effort into wins if they're going to remain in the playoff hunt.|
|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?|
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