After a promising start, despite the absence of Andrew Bynum, the Philadelphia 76ers have lost two in a row, including an embarrassing blowout at the hands of the previously winless Detroit Pistons.
The Sixers looked like they were off to a good start when they won three straight to move to 4-2, both of their losses coming to the still-undefeated New York Knicks. But the issues are starting to reveal themselves as they lost a pair of home games to drop to .500: we now know that Andrew Bynum won't be back for at least a month, likely more, and the team simply doesn't have what it takes up front to get it done. Against the Milwaukee Bucks, Lavoy Allen and Spencer Hawes combined to go 3-for-13 with six points. Wednesday night, they added Kwame Brown to the equation, and while Allen acquitted himself well with a team-high 14 points on only 10 shots. But the Pistons absolutely murdered the 76ers on the glass, outrebounding them 57-38, with Greg Monroe tallying 19 points and 18 boards. With Hawes, Allen, and Brown not performing, the team might play rookie Arnett Moultrie in more meaningful minutes.
Jrue Holiday has had a great season thus far, averaging 18.3 points, but on nights like Wednesday when his shot isn't falling, there isn't another scoring option for Philadelphia. They have the fourth-worst offensive efficiency in the league, as evidenced by their 25-for-84 shooting performance - that's 29.8 percent - in the big loss to the Pistons.
Here's how Philly fared in their two games this week before a Friday night matchup:
Monday, November 12: Milwaukee, 105, Philadelphia, 96
Wednesday, November 14: Detroit 94, Philadelphia 76