Sixers at Bulls – 8 p.m., TNT
The Sixers hit the road on Thursday night to face the Chicago Bulls in a nationally televised game. Doug Collins’ squad has lost six straight games, and Tom Thibodeau’s team hasn’t fared much better, going 4-12 since Feb. 1.
Sixers: 22-33 (ninth in Eastern Conference)
Bulls: 32-25 (sixth in Eastern Conference)
We feel your pain
The Bulls have dealt with nearly as many injuries as the Sixers. Chicago has been without Derrick Rose all season as he recovers from a torn ACL suffered in the opening round of last year’s playoffs. Andrew Bynum … you know the deal.
Chicago may also be without 6-foot-9 power forward Taj Gibson, who is dealing with a sprained left MCL.
The Sixers lost a miserable home game, 98-84, to the Magic on Tuesday that prompted Collins to call out his team. Former Sixer Nik Vucevic outrebounded Spencer Hawes 19-1.
The Sixers were led in scoring by Damien Wilkins and Jeremy Pargo, which is never a good sign.
The Bulls were nipped by the Kyrie Irving-less Cavs, 101-98, on the same night. Carlos Boozer and Luol Deng each had great shooting nights, combining for 53 points, but Dion Waiters (10 for 16 for 25 points) was too much for Chicago.
Will they reach 90?
The Bulls are the third-best defensive team in the NBA and the third-worst offensive team, based on points per game.
The Sixers, at 92 ppg, have the NBA’s worst offense.
First one to 90 wins.
Happy to see March
Jrue Holiday will be eager to turn the page on February, his worst month of the season. Holiday has averaged 17.5 points on 42 percent shooting, to go with 7.9 assists, all season-lows.
Against Orlando, Holiday had his third single-digit scoring game of the season.
Spencer Hawes is 7-foot-1, averages 25.6 minutes per game, and has seven double-doubles in 55 games. That’s an inexcusably low level of production. The Sixers’ lack of any sort of presence offensively or defensively down low has been a major problem this season. There’s no reason Hawes should be outrebounded 19-1 by anybody.