The Philadelphia 76ers‘ infamous 26 game losing streak may be behind them, but when the Brooklyn Nets visit Philly tonight, they cannot forget how painfully long of a stretch their opponent went without picking up a win. If they do, they will end the night with not just one of their more embarrassing losses during this season, but during the last several years as well.
Yes, the Nets have already lost in Philadelphia this season, so what would be the difference? Timing. When Brooklyn hit the road to take on the Sixers on Dec. 20, they also looked like they were bound to be a total trainwreck this season. The Nets entered that contest at 9-16, while Philadelphia had earned nearly half of its current win total with a 7-19 record.
But things have changed quite dramatically since the New Year came about for the Nets. Jason Kidd has gotten many people to forget about the rough start, as the team has worked their way up to a mark of 41-34 and the fifth spot in the Eastern Conference.
Meanwhile, it’s well known by this point that Philadelphia has gone in the completely opposite direction, as they fell just one loss shy of breaking the record for the longest losing streak in the history of the four major pro North American sports.
Nonetheless, simply tying the record with 26 consecutive defeats is still very fresh in everyone’s minds, which is why losing this contest would be downright humiliating for the Nets.