Tonight, the 15-56 Sixers head to Houston to play a pretty damn good 48-22 Rockets team. Barring some sort of March Madness miracle, it’ll be a record-tying 26th consecutive loss.
If you still get a kick out of watching Sixers basketball, you could do worse than tonight’s game. The Rockets play a fun brand of basketball that involves a lot of 3-pointers, and not a lot of long twos. They also have this big guy in the middle, Dwight Howard, who blocks a ton of shots and occasionally makes his free throws. If he is playing well in the postseason, the Rockets are a championship contender. They’re what we hope the Sixers will be in a couple years.
In preparation for the inevitable No. 26, I did a Q&A exchange with Mitchell Felker (@Mitchell_Red94) from Red94.com of the TrueHoop Network. Head over to Red94 to read what I had to say about Hinkie, Noel’s possible return, and the record-breaking losing streak.
Goldwein: I can’t figure out the Rockets. Some nights they look like championship contenders and others they look like they barely belong in the playoffs (well, the Western Conference playoffs). How far can Houston go?
Hinkie’s strategy is a much easier if not safer course of action. And after the Jrue Holiday-hijacking kick-started his plan, he had no choice but to bottom out. But now that the die is cast, I wouldn’t be shocked to see him apply some of Morey’s principals.
Is Dwight Howard everything you could have dreamed of and more?
If this were an NCAA tournament game, what seeds would you assign to the two teams?
I don’t mean this as any kind of insult, but I think the 76ers are the worst team in the NBA. How many players off that roster would play for a typical playoff team? Three, maybe? I admit, I haven’t watched enough to what has been the problem with the Milwaukee Bucks this year, but they at least have legit NBA talent. It’s a coin flip, but I think the Sixers are the bottom-seed
The Rockets seed right where their record has them, 6th overall. They’ve beaten the Spurs all three times that they’ve played them, but haven’t found a way to topple the Thunder or Clippers yet in three tries apiece. And while they have the same record as the Heat, no way you can put them ahead of the Champs.
Heading into the season, I think 6th overall is about as high as most realistic-fans figured the team would be. And if the West standings stay as they are now, Houston would avoid a second-round meeting with OKC and the Clippers. The Spurs are hardly a reprieve from that fate, but at least the Rockets have film of themselves winning in that matchup.