The Golden State Warriors faced up against the Philadelphia 76ers Monday night in what was a complete shellacking. The final score of the game had Philadelphia losing by 43 points, 123-80, making it two games in a row of losing by 40+ points. Golden State led by as many as 49 points in this game as the 76ers never had a chance. The Warriors won behind the efforts of bench PF Marreese Speights, who dropped in a career-high 32 points to go along with eight rebounds. Speights played so well that Golden State fans were even giving him MVP chants.
The more important story from the game is that the 76ers finally appear to be in full tanking mode. After starting off the season much better than expected, management must have said something to the team because they have been just flat out awful. In fact this is the second straight loss for Philadelphia that has come by 40 or more points. Although it is embarrassing right now, it is the best move for the organization moving forward. There is simply not enough talent for this team to go anywhere. There’s a slim to none chance of landing an elite free agent as well. Losing as much as possible at this point is a necessity.
Let’s not forget that this team still has center Nerlens Noel being saved for next season. If the 76ers are able to come away with the No. 1 or No. 2 pick in this year’s draft, they can be a quality team in just a couple of seasons. Thaddeus Young and Michael Carter-Williams have both emerged as important players moving forward, so add an Andrew Wiggins type player to the mix and that’s a pretty solid starting five. The coaching staff has done a fantastic job at making the team appear to be competing while they are actually hopeless.