The 76ers are on the brink of a dubious NBA record, but the team is trying to maintain a positive attitude, not the easiest of tasks for an 0-17 club.
If the Sixers fall Wednesday at Minnesota against the banged-up Timberwolves (4-12), they will tie the NBA mark for the worst start to a season set by the 2009-10 New Jersey Nets.
Coach Brett Brown said he hasn't brought up the topic to his team.
"I am going to keep moving along and try to stay focused on what is most important, and that record isn't even close to being what is most important," Brown said Tuesday after practice at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. "What is important is taking this young group of guys and to continue to develop them and coach them and make sure they feel good about themselves and continue to play hard, and I think we are doing that."
The key for the Sixers is blocking out the commotion surrounding the losing streak.
"We hear it all the time and are trying to focus on getting better each day and have no other time to focus on anything else," point guard Michael Carter-Williams said.
Carter-Williams has played 10 games since his return from offseason shoulder surgery. He is averaging 15.6 points, 5.9 assists and 6.8 rebounds. In his last two games against Dallas and San Antonio, he averaged a triple-double - 18.0 points, 11.5 assists and 10.5 rebounds.
"I just want to continue building on that," he said.
Nerlens Noel, who missed the 109-103 loss to San Antonio on Monday with a right hip pointer, returned to practice.
"I thought he looked rusty and really sore and it was like pulling teeth to get him to move," Brown said.
Guard Alexey Shved, who had 19 points against San Antonio, is "highly questionable" for the Minnesota game with a hip flexor, Brown said.
Brown said guard Tony Wroten (right knee sprain) will miss his third straight game.
The Wolves have lost five of their last six and are coming off a 127-101 road loss to the Los Angeles Clippers on Monday.
Shooting guard Kevin Martin, who has a fractured right wrist, center Nikola Pekovic (sprained right wrist) and point guard Ricky Rubio (sprained left ankle) are out for Minnesota. The Wolves also said backup center Ronny Turiaf (right hip soreness) also won't play. One available starter is former Sixer Thaddeus Young, who will play his former team for the first time in the regular season. He is averaging 13.4 points and 4.5 rebounds.