Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 11/6/13
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 Brown admits will be desperate after an 0-3 start. One of those losses was Friday's 109-102 defeat to the Sixers at the Verizon Center. Brown says he is hoping for better work from the second unit. The Sixers entered Tuesday 20th in the NBA in bench scoring, averaging 28.3 points per game. Opposing benches have averaged 31.3 points against the Sixers. Guard Tony Wroten is the Sixers' leading bench scorer, averaging 12.3 points. When asked how much improvement the second unit has made, Brown was his usual candid self. "Not as much [improvement] as I had hoped for really," he said. "I am being greedy." In his greed, he is looking for more offense from the second unit. "I feel there is a tremendous amount of weight on our starters," Brown said. "We want to keep pushing our bench to assume the responsibility and understand their role."
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