The Philadelphia 76ers bring their league-leading 24 game losing streak to San Antonio. The Spurs, meanwhile, haven’t lost since Feb. 21 — they’ve won 13 straight games, which also leads the league.
QR: The 76ers have lost 24 straight games. What’s it like rooting for a team that loses this often? Spurs fans haven’t had a prolific losing team since 1996. It’s been awhile.
SO: I’ve been rooting for losses for the better part of a year and a half now, so while it seems foreign to root for loss after loss to someone who hasn’t done it, for me it’s almost natural. At first, rooting for them proved difficult for me, because it’s just not natural. Now, because I’ve been doing it for so long and can still see the greater good (Gellert Grindelwald up in here) I can justify rooting for losses. But I feel bad for the players and coaches, as they’re working and playing hard but don’t have much to show for it.
QR: Michael Carter-Williams, despite a low field goal percentage, leads rookies in Player Efficiency Rating (PER). Is he the real deal?
SO: MCW obviously needs to drastically improve his shooting, but I’m bullish on everything else about him. If he becomes a league-average or better shooter, he’s got all-star potential. His defense on opposing point guards, even with a strength disadvantage in most cases (which hopefully improves some with age), has impressed me even coming out of the Syracuse system, terrible for developing good defensive players at the NBA level. His passing and court vision is good enough, and he rebounds excellently for his position.
Point guards that struggle with shooting kill spacing for the rest of the team, though. And the Sixers have absolutely no shooters around him, which probably hurts his percentage as well. It’ll be his make-or-break skill going forward.
QR: The 76ers are vying for a high pick in the draft. Who is the most enticing player in this years class, considering the 76ers roster?
SO: Considering the roster or not, to me it’s Andrew Wiggins. He’s an athletic freak of nature, and he fits probably the biggest hole the team is. I’m now drooling on my keyboard.
QR: Prediction for tonight’s game?
SO: During the Spurs’ current win streak, they’ve outscored opponents by something like 15 points per 100 possessions. During the same period, the Sixers have been outscored by 16 points per 100 possessions. You’d think that one team wouldn’t be 31 points better than the other, but you know what, the Spurs probably are 31 points better than the Sixers.
So to answer your question: Blood. There will be blood.