Who: Philadelphia 76ers (0-11) vs Phoenix Suns (7-5)
Where: Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, PA
Watch On : Comcast SportsNet/97.5 The Fanatic
The Lowdown: Up until this week, tonight’s game against the Phoenix Suns simply figured to be another loss in a season filled with losses. The Suns come into Philly riding a two-game win streak and are averaging 103.8 points per game, more than enough hand the Sixers their twelfth straight defeat. Phoenix is a team on the upswing and headed for the playoffs, so this shouldn’t have been much of a contest.
Then Suns’ guard Eric Bledsoe opened his big mouth.
This week on social media the idea was put forth that the University of Kentucky Wildcats, the team considered the best in college basketball right now, could actually beat the Philadelphia 76ers. While most basketball fans agree that this would be highly unlikely, even as bad as the Sixers are right now, Bledsoe disagrees. He told Brian Geltzeiler and Malik Rose on SiriusXM Radio (via ZagsBlog.com)
“I’m definitely taking Kentucky. I think Philly would get probably, maybe one game. I know (Sixers fans) gonna be mad, but I love my Wildcats.“
Yes, he actually thinks the Wildcats would win a seven-game series against the Sixers. And apparently most of America agrees with him.
When Tony Wroten was asked about Bledsoe’s comments, he told John Gonzalez of CSN Philly.com
“Nah, they can’t beat us. He’s crazy.”
And if he found the comments offensive?
“Yeah, it’s insulting. He might be serious, but I know Bledsoe. I’m not going to take it personally.”
The end result is that this whole game has taken on a whole new level of interesting. You can be sure the Sixers would love nothing better than to get their first win of the season against Bledsoe and the Suns.
The Suns are allowing 104.2 per game, which puts them right above the Sixers’ 105 points. Michael Carter-Williams now has four games under his belt and should have shaken most of the rust off. Both he and Nerlens Noel more than likely will be starting tonight and (God willing) so should K.J. McDaniels. If the Sixers can keep the defensive pressure on and somehow find an offensive rhythm, there is no reason they couldn’t steal a win tonight and finally quiet the critics for at least a day or two.
And I think I speak for all Sixers fans when I say we need a win, the sooner, the better.