The Philadelphia 76ers' first look at their made-over roster is coming against a forgiving opponent. The Milwaukee Bucks might be assessing the 76ers' 10-game losing streak and having similar thoughts.
The teams with the two worst records in the NBA will meet Monday night with the host 76ers hoping to end their worst losing streak since dropping 12 straight in 2009-10.
"This situation, I don't know how much worse it could get," 76ers forward Thaddeus Young said.
It'll likely be difficult to get much more taxing than Friday's 124-112 home loss to Dallas in which Philadelphia (15-41) used just eight players after unloading leading scorer Evan Turner, starting center Spencer Hawes and reserve Lavoy Allen as parts of four trades on deadline day.
"I just tried to be very, very motivated, play hard and to finish it the right way and try to help my team win games," Young told the 76ers' official website.
Michael Carter-Williams added 25 points while Tony Wroten scored 21 off the bench for a Philadelphia team that will be assessing its roster for 2014-15 in the final two months of the season.
"They played hard," coach Brett Brown said. "We're trying to identify athletes and how they compete."
In the short term, a fair amount of emphasis might fall on defense after the Mavericks shot 62.3 percent. The 76ers are allowing 116.1 points per game and being outscored by 20.3 points on the losing streak.
Two games into a five-game homestand, the new players would like to get the streak out of the way and focus on the building process.
"I'm more than happy to come and grab this opportunity that's in front of me right now," Sims said Saturday at practice.
The Bucks (10-45) have had a similar mindset for quite some time. They're 3-21 in 2014 and dropped five of six on a homestand after Saturday's 110-100 loss to Indiana.
"Defensively, just had breakdown after breakdown right when I thought when the game was within striking distance," coach Larry Drew said. "But against good teams, you can't make those kind of mistakes."
Brandon Knight had 30 points and eight assists after missing Thursday's loss to Denver with a cut in his right heel, while Caron Butler sat out for the fifth time in seven games because of a sprained right ankle.
The Bucks lead the 76ers 73-44 at halftime, the most points the Bucks have scored in a half since Nov. 14, 2009.
The Bucks bench has scored 39 points in the 1st half... The 76ers have 44 points as a team (the Sixers bench has 12 points).
Thaddeus Young is one of the only Sixers veterans who survived the trade deadline, and he put up a great line in a blowout loss to the Bucks on Monday.