Who: Philadelphia 76ers (0-7) vs Dallas Mavericks (5-3)
Where: American Airlines Center, Dallas
Watch On : Comcast SportsNet/97.5 The Fanatic
The Lowdown: The still winless Sixers head to the Texas for a quick three-game road trip where they’ll take on the Dallas Mavericks, the Houston Rockets and the NBA Champions, the San Antonio Spurs.
First up is the Mavericks, who currently sit at 5-3 and are coming off an emotional game against the Sacramento Kings. First, the team rallied from 24-points down to get the win against the Kings 106-98, the team’s third biggest comeback in franchise history. But more importantly, Nowitzki’s 23 points on the night was enough for him to pass Hakeem Olajuwon on the NBA points leaders list to move up to No. 9 all-time. The 17-year veteran finished the evening with 26,953 career points, seems rejuvenated and is playing some of his best basketball in years.
Chandler Parsons finished the night with 19 and Monta Ellis with 16. Philly native Jameer Nelson left the game with what appeared to be a hamstring injury, but isn’t expected to miss any games.
At the other end you have the Sixers who are coming off their worst loss of the season thus far, a 120-88 blowout to the Toronto Raptors. Despite keeping games close for the majority of this young season, the team was manhandled at both ends of the court, overmatched and outplayed. The Raptors shot an impressive 27-30 from the foul line and pretty much did whatever they wanted. Tony Wroten scored 18 but even coach Brett Brown had a tough time finding positives, telling Dhiren Mahiban of CSN Philly
“… it’s hard for me to find many positives in this game other than this is reality. We are undermanned every night and we have to find a way to arrest things and control tempos because if you blink, games escape you really quickly.”
But on the bright side, tonight will see Michael Carter-Williams and Nerlens Noel take the court together for the first time since both were drafted by the Sixers last year. Will it be enough to spark the team to an improbable win? I wouldn’t bet on it. Dallas is scoring an average of 105 points per game to the Sixers 93.3 and allowing 102.1 points to the Sixers ridiculous 106.1.
We all knew the season was going to be like this, so we’ll take our wins where we can. Seeing MCW and Noel finally play together will have to be enough.