Not-Tanking Sixers Try Really Hard, Lose by 53

Michael Carter-Williams wrote an essay bashing the media for being too hard on the Sixers the same day he returned to the lineup. Whoops.


Philadelphia 76ers forward Nerlens Noel during the second half against the Dallas Mavericks at American Airlines Center.

On Thursday, Michael Carter-Williams wrote an essay in The Players Tribune, essentially a new professional-athletes-only blog, about the Sixers’ struggles. In the piece, titled “Don’t Talk to Me About Tanking,” Carter-Williams says the media has been too harsh on the team.

“Nobody took the losses harder than we did,” Carter-Williams wrote. “We deserved plenty of criticism, but we all put in too much work to be treated like a joke.”

After sitting out the start of the season with a shoulder injury, Carter-Williams returned to the Sixers lineup. So here is a recap of last night’s Sixers game: The absolutely not-tanking 76ers tried really hard last night in their game against the Dallas Mavericks. They lost by 53, 123-70.

The Sixers avoided tying the worst loss in franchise history on a late JaKarr Sampson three (assist, MCW!) and a a Carter-Williams dunk with three seconds left. Carter-Williams scored 19 points, grabbed 8 rebounds and dished 5 assists. Fellow 2013 first-round draftee Nerlens Noel scored 5 points and had 7 rebounds. Both tried very hard, as the Sixers usually do.

The Sixers trailed at halftime, 73-29, but were as close as 2-0 and 4-2 at one point. The Sixers won the third quarter by two points. In the old Contintental Basketball Association, that means the Sixers would pick up a point!

“The only positive I can find out of it is that Michael Carter-Williams returned and played an NBA game with Nerlens,” Coach Brett Brown said postgame, “And both of them had a chance to increase their cardio work playing basketball games, because they haven’t done that in a while.”

The Sixers play again tonight in Houston against the Rockets. They are 0-8.

[The Players’ Tribune | CSN Philly]