The worst 12 year old general manager on NBA 2K couldn't make a worse roster than what the team from Philadelphia brought to town...

Riddle: What happens when an NBA team plays Elliot Williams, Brandon Davies, Daniel Orton, Tony Wroten, Hollis Thompson, and James Young in a game?

Answer....

They get beat 115-101 on the road to the Phoenix Suns. That is what happened to the Philadelphia 76ers, with a roster that might lose a seven game series to the Delaware 87ers, on the road tonight. It is hard to imagine a worse roster than what they fielded, but we can all go home and try on NBA 2K14 this weekend.

Here is a quarter-by-quarter review:

First Quarter Review

The first quarter was all Suns as Miles Plumlee had 12 points and 5 rebounds while the team got out running scoring 15 points in transition. Plumlee had the highlight of the quarter with a dunk on Lavoy Allen, but then Spencer Hawes gave it back to him a few plays later. The offense was clicking, but the defense was non-existent again. In their last four first quarters the Suns have given up 27, 28, 24, 25, and 28 points. That is not good.

There was a cool moment in that quarter where Gerald Green hit his second three in a row and the bench -- Ish Smith, Eric Bledsoe, and Dionte Christmas, all jumped up in celebration.

After one, 36-27 Suns

Second Quarter Review

At this point the "76ers" have played Elliot Williams (started), Hollis Thompson (started), Daniel Orton, and Brandon Davies NBA minutes, Just a reminder.

This half was a showcase for how good Michael Carter-Williams really is. He finished the half with 16 points 2 rebounds 3 assists and 2 steals including one where he just took the ball out of Plumlee's hands. Overall the defense went from bad to worse this quarter allowing 32 points getting the 76ers tight back in the game. The main difference between the first and second quarter for the 76ers was free-throws. In the second quarter they went 8-9 after not attempting one in the entire first quarter giving them easy points.

The Suns went 1-1 in the quarter from the charity strip on a Bledsoe make after a technical foul.

At the half, 60-59 Suns

Third Quarter Review

The Suns took back what they gave away and extended their lead in the third quarter to take control of the game. This is usually a trap quarter where teams can fall asleep after half-time, but the Suns to the occasion behind balanced scoring from their starters. Young and MCW tried to keep them in the game with 8/22 points, but it was not enough.

Plumlee notched his career-high this quarter in points scoring 21 surpassing the previous high of 18 which he had twice this year.

After three, 88-81 Suns

Fourth Quarter Review

There was just no real chance with this roster to last a 48 minute game at the pace the teams were playing at and win for the 76ers. They fought valiantly or something like that, but came up on the losing end. Plumlee left the game to get seven stitches, then came back for more. He is a warrior. There was a lot of "trying to just run out the clock" in the fourth quarter.

Final Score, 115-101 Suns

PHOENIX — This one was tabbed as an important game in the preseason. After all, playing for lottery positioning is all the rage. But nope, the Phoenix Suns host the Philadelphia 76ers on...

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Going behind enemy lines for some insight on the game tonight...

With the help of Liberty Ballers Michael Levin we preview tonight's match-up between the Phoenix Suns (17-11) and the Philadelphia 76ers (8-20).

Projected Starters

PG -- Eric Bledsoe v. Michael Carter-Williams

SG -- Goran Dragic v. Evan Turner

SF -- P.J. Tucker v. Hollis Thompson

PF --Channing Frye v. Thaddeus Young

C --Miles Plumlee v. Spencer Hawes

Suns Injuries: OUT Emeka Okafor (Neck)

76ers Injuries: Evan Turner (Probable, Right Knee), OUT Jason Richardson (Left Knee), Nerlens Noel (Left Knee), Arnett Moultrie (Left Ankle)

When we talked at the beginning of the season we were both sold on the concept of Philly and Phoenix being very bad. Instead they each started 5-5 with quality play from new point guards in town. Since then the 76ers have taken a dip, but a lot of that has to do with Michael Carter-Williams. With, they are 7-10 and look like a competitive team. Without they look like a team that relies on Thaddeus Young and Spencer Hawes for wins. Which is the Dr. Jekyll and which is the Mr. Hyde?

They are a very fun team to watch with MCW might even be in the playoff picture if he didn't get hurt. Not a common sentiment in the pre-season... --Kris Habbas

That's more of a reflection on how bad the East is than the Sixers having any talent. MCW is great, sure, but he's also got lots and lots of areas to improve upon -- notably his shooting efficiency. There's no question that they held him out as a precaution (again, why rush?), but even mostly with him, they haven't won a regulation game in almost two months. Their last four wins have been in overtime. So not only are they bad, but they've gotten lucky. That's going to normalize.

Things are going great on our end. Trades are coming, they're 8-20, and the two teams ahead of them (Utah and Milwaukee) are getting better and healthier.  Hopefully a few teams in the East will turn into buyers and the Sixers can separate themselves a bit.

Think the Suns' success is gonna maintain? -- Michael Levin

The interesting thing about the Suns success, and I have talked about this before, is that it is being done with no experience. None of these players or coaches are used to playing at this level for 82 games. Channing Frye is, but that is about it. They have a good chance of maintaining their success if they keep doing what they are doing. Attacking, shooting well, and playing with great energy every night. They proved that is not a given with losses to Utah and Sacramento earlier this season before the winning streak.

What can we expect to see from the 76ers tonight? Personally I am excited to see MCW live, but what else should the Suns be worried about? -- KH

MCW on Bledsoe/Dragic should be fun. Expect the Suns to hit 45 threes. Sixers just cannot guard the perimeter. It's hysterical.

In terms of experience, the Sixers have yet to play anyone over the age of 25 for even a single minute this season. It's wildly impressive commitment. -- ML

That is an under-emphasized point of the NBA right now. Every given night there is another very good to great point guard coming to town. The Suns are going from Stephen Curry doing a little bit of everything with a triple-double to Michael Carter-Williams on back-to-back nights which posses a huge challenge.

The 76ers should at least be well rested, right? -- KH

Enjoy tonight!

Time: 7:00 pm MDT TV: FSAZ After suffering their worst loss of the season last night, the Phoenix Suns return home tonight to face a very beatable but very rested opponent in the Philadelphia 76ers....

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While the 29 point loss to Golden State on Friday night is a major blight on an otherwise surprisingly good season by the Phoenix Suns, every other Western Conference playoff contender has at least one stinker this season too.

The Phoenix Suns lost in big fashion on Friday night, by 29 points to the Golden State Warriors. After entering the season with what was widely regarding as some of the worst talent in the NBA only to surprise the league with a 17-10 record through Christmas, some might think the 29-point loss is a harbinger of bad things to come.

But if you look at the schedule across the league, most importantly in the West, you'll see a lot of blowouts up and down the line. Dallas Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle said last week in Phoenix that, since the new CBA, there's a lot more turnover, less depth and, as a result, occasional lopsided wins and losses by every team in the league.

Let's look at the worst losses so far by the other Western Conference playoff contenders, in order of their current conference seeding:

  1. Oklahoma City Thunder (24-5) - lost to Minnesota by 19 points
  2. Portland Trailblazers (24-5) - lost to Houston by 15, Phoenix by 13 and 14
  3. San Antonio Spurs (23-7) - lost to LA Clippers by 23
  4. Houston Rockets (20-11) - lost to Indiana by 33, LA Clippers by 19, Phoenix by 9
  5. LA Clippers (20-11) - lost to LA Lakers by 13, OKC by 14
  6. Phoenix (17-11) - lost to Golden State by 29, Memphis by 19
  7. Golden State Warriors (18-13) - lost to Memphis by 18, OKC by 21, Houston by 22, Phoenix by 4
  8. Dallas Mavericks (16-13) - lost to Sacramento by 15, Phoenix by 15

While the Suns have the second worst loss now among Western playoff contenders, only the LA Clippers have not lost by at least 15 points so far this season.

The Phoenix Suns have already beaten four of the other top seeds in the West, going 5-5 overall even including last night's stinker.

Over the first 28 games, the Suns have played the league's 6th toughest schedule to date. Only five teams have played a harder schedule, based on their opponents current collective records.

And, even after that 29 point loss to Golden State, the Suns are still 10th in ESPN's (Hollinger's) automated daily Power Rankings based on statistical analysis focusing strength of schedule, performance in last 10 games and overall offensive and defensive efficiency.

Sure, last night's loss might be a harbinger of bad things to come. But the odds are in favor of last night being an aberration. Golden State is a good team, was shooting very well, and playing in front of their home crowd.

It happens.

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