The Sixers didn’t start out their week very well as they got absolutely demolished by the Los Angeles Clippers with the score of 123-78. The Sixers lost by 45 points and the game was never close as the team was down by 31 points after the first quarter and down by 39 at half. To make matters worse, the loss was the Sixers 6th straight and their 16th in their last 19 times out on the floor. Blake Griffin’s to emphatic dunks in the second quarter showed how the bad the game was for the Sixers and how good the game was for the Clippers. Thaddeus Young was the only bright spot for the Sixers as he picked up a double-double with 15 points and 11 rebounds. Sixers second year forward Arnett Moultrie also returned in this blowout loss. A report came out this week that the Sixers will “continue to hold out hope” that they can trade Evan Turner for a first round draft pick.
The Sixers fell yet again 123-80 to the Golden State Warriors. The Sixers lost by 43 points and became the first team since 1993-1994 to lose by 40 plus points in back to back games. The loss to the Warriors was the team’s seventh loss in a row which ties a season worst losing streak. Former Sixer forward Marreese Speights had a career night, he never played even close to this level in his tenure with the Sixers, as he scored 32 points. Michael Carter Williams led the way for the Sixers as he scored 24 points. Evan Turner and Thaddeus Young were the only other Sixers in double figures as they both chipped in 12 points apiece. Head coach Brett Brown said this about the two tough losses, “It is hard for everybody because the reality is they have put in so much time. Despite all the turmoil, they are a group that has stayed together. At times you look up and you have to keep on playing with some level of dignity and it is hard doing that, but for the most part I thought they did that.”
Michael Carter Williams talked about going to All-Star Weekend the day before the Sixers played the Utah Jazz. Carter Williams said this about going to All-Star Weekend, “I think it will just be nice to be there. I really just want to soak it all in.” Carter Williams also said this about his recent play, “Myself, I am playing in a little bit of a slump.” MCW has committed 26 turnovers in his last five game which include a career high 8 turnovers against the Clippers.
The Sixers went into the All-Star break losers as the team fell to the Utah Jazz with the score of 105-100. It was not a blowout like the last two but it’s yet another loss to this hard-to-watch season. Evan Turner woke up for this game as he scored 20 points for the first time in his last nine games. Michael Carter Williams filled up the stat sheet as he scored 19 points, dished 8 assists, and pulled down 5 rebounds. MCW also had 2 steals, 3 blocks, and 3 turnovers. The loss marked a season worst eighth straight loss. According to Grantland’s basketball writer reported that the Bobcats are “absolutely serious” about landing Evan Turner. The Sixers finish up the first half of the season with the record of 15-39 and return Tuesday, February 18th to take on the Cleveland Cavaliers.