Looking at the Sixers’ schedule and wondering when their next victory might finally come? You are not alone.
The Sixers on Sunday lost to the Magic, 99-91 (see Instant Replay). It was their 12th defeat in 13 tries. They are 16 games under .500 and have Brooklyn, Miami and Indiana on this week’s docket. Yes, those three games are all at home, but that trio is a combined 123-64 on the season.
Jrue Holiday, who was 4 for 16 from the floor for eight points Sunday, displayed dejection, frustration and even disbelief throughout the contest, as if his body language was sending a message: How did it get this bad?
“Losing is not fun, so I am sure there is some discouragement because there was such expectation for us this season,” coach Doug Collins said. “It just seems like so much stuff has gone against us, but that is part of this business. It is a shame. I feel really bad for our guys because we played really well in spurts.”
Holiday had an opportunity to tie the game with two free throws with 2:15 remaining, but instead, the 78 percent free-throw shooter missed them both.
“We just have not been able to close out some games,” Collins explained. “We have had three or four games in this stretch where we have had great chances to win and we have not been able to do that.”
The Orlando game looked like the Sixers’ best shot to win in a stretch that began with Tuesday’s game against Boston and continues through Saturday’s matchup with the Pacers.
After loss to Magic, Sixers' week gets much tougher
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