The Sixers lost to the Grizzlies, 103-77. That they lost again isn't a surprise. It's just historic.
With the loss, the Sixers matched the longest losing streak in their franchise history with their 20th consecutive defeat (see Instant Replay).
Brett Brown and his players are aware of the streak, though they try mightily to ignore it.
“Everybody is aware of these records that people are talking about,” Brown said. “We don’t live in that world, and it is my job to make sure they don’t live in that world. I try to help them understand what our purpose is.
“We have an excellent leader in Thaddeus Young. We have a rookie point guard that is going through a difficult year with the losses that we have. But I think the morale is fine.”
“I try to stay positive,” Michael Carter-Williams said. “I try to focus on my team rather than our record or how many games we have lost. I also try to stay focused on the next game. At the beginning of the game, it is always 0-0, so we always have a chance. I try to ignore the comments about us losing how many straight and just keep focusing on getting better each day.”
There are some games when dissecting the final box score is a painful endeavor. Saturday's was one of them.
Young and Carter-Williams were a combined 18 for 37 from the floor, and the rest of the team 13 for 46. Additionally, the Sixers were just 6 for 23 from range. They continue to rank dead last in three-point shooting percentage (30.6).
“Three-point shooting is a thing that has haunted us all year,” Brown said. “If you look at our group that we have, there really aren’t any what you call elite NBA shooters. We have a bunch of mid-20-percent three-point shooters, so we have to try to grow that and try to develop it.”
“It sure makes life a whole lot more difficult when you are not able to make a perimeter shot,” he added.
Memphis is one of the top defensive teams in the NBA, holding opponents to the third-fewest points points per game. The Sixers wanted to run Saturday night, but the Grizzlies imposed their will.
“They really tried to slow us down and get us in a half-court set,” MCW said. “It was tough to get in transition. They did a good job with that tonight.”
The Sixers scored 20 fastbreak points but their 77 total points were a season low.
Brown's team travels to Indianapolis on Sunday for a Monday date with the Eastern Conference-leading Pacers.