Sixers show little interest in winning games

Sixers show little interest in winning games
February 28, 2014, 4:00 pm
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Highlights: Wizards 134, Raptors 129 (3 OT)

The Philadelphia 76ers are a revolving door, trading two starters before the deadline and buying out another, Danny Granger, who'd come via trade. They're playing for the future, not Saturday's game with the Wizards (CSN 7:30 p.m.).

This also is when the franchise will retire the No. 3 jersey of Allen Iverson in a halftime ceremony in front of what's expected to be a sellout crowd at Wells Fargo Center. It's also when the Sixers probably will, in earnest, try to win for the first time in a month. They went 0-11 in February.  

Evan Turner and Spencer Hawes are no longer with them (30 points per game total). Starting in their place are Hollis Thompson and Henry Sims (eight). It's no surprise that the Sixers (15-43) have lost 12 in a row, and 15 of their last 16. 

The Milwaukee Bucks, who have the NBA's worst record, put up 130 points in regulation on Monday, beating the Sixers by 20. The Orlando Magic, who had just three road victories this season, won away from home for the first time since Dec. 16 on Wednesday.

Other than rookie point guard Michael Carter-Williams and Thaddeus Young, the Sixers don't have any legitimate starters. Eric Maynor, who was traded by the Wizards to Philadelphia last week, is coming off his best game of the season with 13 points on 5-for-6 shooting, four rebounds, two assists and no turnovers. Still, the Sixers are just holding auditions for roster spots and using the rest of the season to evaluate. 

“We want high probability that they’ll be able to be in rotations on NBA teams, that they’ll be able to be part of something that can grow,” Sixers coach Brett Brown said, according to “Are you an elite shooter? Are you an elite defender? Do you just have this incredible desire to defend? You bucket people up with their DNA and their personality and what do they bring to the table? What is their skill set? What makes them NBA-unique? Those are the types of players we’re looking for. Those are the ones we need to put on the floor and see in this last portion of the season if they’re keepers.”

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