The Philadelphia 76ers know that they play for a contingent of fans that are notoriously impossible to please, but this is just ridiculous.
After starting the 2013-14 season with three consecutive wins, the Sixers were in search of victory No. 4 when they tipped off against the Golden State Warriors Nov. 4. But almost nobody showed up to watch.
Marcus S. Thompson III of Bay Area News Group posted a video to his Tout account that showed an awful lot of empty seats.
Sparse crowd at tip-off of Warriors-76ers. Is Philly not buying the 3-0 start? http://t.co/pLLDO6OP4t— Marcus Thompson (@gswscribe) November 5, 2013
There are a couple of possible explanations for the terrible turnout.
Perhaps the Warriors just aren't much of a draw. After all, more than 19,000 fans showed up to watch the Sixers' season-opening win over the Miami Heat. And then 15,000 more attended Philly's next home contest, an equally improbable victory over the Chicago Bulls.
I guess news of the Dubs' high-flying brand of entertaining ball hasn't made it to Pennsylvania just yet. That's too bad, really. Mainly because nobody got to watch plays like this:
Then again, maybe the thousands of Sixers fans that witnessed those first two home wins knew they should quit while they were ahead. Nobody really expects Philadelphia to continue its stunning run, and the Warriors made sure to dash any hopes of a fourth win right away, jumping out to a massive 24-point lead in the first half before cruising to an easy win.
Assuming the 76ers plummet back to Earth, we can expect plenty more underwhelming turnouts in the coming months.
It was fun while it lasted, Sixers.