It was January 29th, and Evan Turner hit a buzzer beater to lift the Sixers over the Celtics. Now it is March 27, and that Celtics triumph is the last time the 76ers won a game.
And tonight is our big night: With a loss to the Rockets tonight in Houston, the Sixers will tie the 2010-11 Cleveland Cavaliers for the most consecutive losses in NBA history at 26. But it’s all going to be worth it! The Cavaliers tanked the year they lost 26 straight and are now … 29-44? I guess tanking isn’t magic.
As you can expect, the Sixers are now getting national attention due to their futility: The Today show covered the team’s plight/rebuilding strategy on this morning’s program, complete with requisite snowballs at Santa reference and Ed Rendell and Jim Cramer quotes. Won’t the media talk to one of our other celebrity fans sometime, like the guy who wears the shoulder pads to the Eagles games?
Additionally, The New York Times steps out of writing about Fishtown for once and has a long feature on the team today.
The last victory had come Jan. 29 on a buzzer beater by Turner in Boston, so long ago that forward Thaddeus Young, the one established Sixer, said, “Tell you the truth, I don’t even remember it.”
Game time tonight is 8 p.m. Go Sixers!