The 76ers knew this day would eventually come, and it occurred later than most predicted.
On Tuesday the Sixers held their first practice of the season after a loss, a resounding one at that.
Following Monday's 110-90 loss to visiting Golden State, in which the Warriors led by as many as 39 points, the Sixers began preparing for Wednesday's visit by the Washington Wizards to the Wells Fargo Center.
"There is no beating around the bush, they beat the hell out of us," forward-center Spencer Hawes said. "You try to limit a season to three or four of those over the course of it, and we got one out of the way early."
Coach Brett Brown said he didn't mince any words when talking to his team about its performance, but he also tried to use the rout as a learning tool.
"We came and we weren't good and were sloppy at times and didn't guard the way we should have and it's a fact," he said.
The Sixers (3-1) now face a Wizards team that...