Sixers, Warriors both hope to end losing streaks

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Updated: March 2, 2013

The Philadelphia 76ers will try to snap a seven-game slide
on Saturday night when they welcome the Golden State Warriors to the Wells
Fargo Center.

Golden State will complete a five-game road trip on Saturday and things
started well with a win in Minnesota, but the Warriors haven’t tasted victory
since, losing their last three.

But when it comes to losing streaks, Golden State has nothing on the Sixers.

Philly hasn’t won since a home victory on Feb. 9 over the lowly Charlotte
Bobcats. They haven’t scored 100 points since January and things have been
just as bad off the court.

Head coach Doug Collins went on a tear in the media center after a dreadful
loss at home to the Orlando Magic on Tuesday, questioning his team’s effort.

Then on Friday, Andrew Bynum, one week after participating in his first 5-on-5
practice, admitted there was swelling in his right knee, which was the first
one injured, not the one hurt while bowling.

Bynum finally acknowledged that he may not play a game this season.

“I’m doing everything to get back,” said Bynum. “Being healthy is more
important than everything else. I still think I can play, but the season’s
short.”

Bynum, an unrestricted free agent after the season, didn’t seem overly
concerned if he couldn’t give it a go this season, despite the Sixers parting
with three big pieces to get him in the offseason.

“I feel like it’s my life, I’m 25 and I don’t want to have no cartilage,” said
Bynum. “I don’t want to play in pain.”

The Warriors are in much better shape as a franchise despite their three-game
losing streak. Although, Golden State has made some headlines during its
sojourn east.

First, there was the skirmish in Indiana between Pacers center Roy Hibbert and
Golden State’s David Lee on Tuesday. Lee got suspended a game for his part in
the altercation and missed the Warriors’ game Wednesday in Madison Square
Garden against the Knicks.

It was on that night, in the world’s most famous arena, where Steph Curry
exploded. He torched the Knicks for 54 points on 11 made 3-pointers, which was
one shy of the NBA’s single-game record. The Warriors lost the game and Curry
played all 48 minutes.

On Friday night in Boston, Curry got a break — he logged only 42 minutes, but
the Warriors fell, 94-86, to the Celtics. Curry led the way with 25 points,
but shot only 6-for-22 from the field and 3-for-11 from long range.

“I played a lot of minutes but that’s no excuse — you gotta just keep being
aggressive,” Curry said after the Celtics loss. “I thought we got a lot of
good shots in the second half, it was just uncharacteristic of us not shooting
the ball well when we’ve got good looks like that.”

The Warriors, who are 5-2 against the Atlantic Division this season, beat the
Sixers on Dec. 28 in Oakland. However, Golden State has lost four straight on
the road in this series and hasn’t won in Philly since Nov. 24, 2007.