PHOENIX - Through five games, the 76ers' holiday road trip has been neither a success nor a disaster.
So far, it has been an accurate reflection of the season itself: a couple of wins against solid but undermanned teams, a couple of losses against much better teams, and one loss that really should have been a victory.
On Monday night against the Golden State Warriors, a game that was perhaps the only likely win on this swing, the Sixers lost, 110-95.
Sixers coach Doug Collins was without Andre Iguodala, who was a late scratch with right Achilles tendinitis, and Lou Williams, who remained in Philadelphia for the birth of his daughter.
Through five games of this eight-game trip, the Sixers are 2-3 and now have an overall record of 12-19.
After Monday's loss, the Sixers flew to Phoenix, where they will play the Suns on Wednesday night.
The team did not practice on Tuesday.
Iguodala is listed as day-to-day, although Collins seemed hopeful that he would be available against the Suns. Williams is expected to rejoin the team in Phoenix.
Monday's game was lost beyond the arc: The Warriors finished the game 15 for 23 on three-pointers, including six treys in the second quarter. The Sixers tried to keep pace by pounding it into the paint - Elton Brand and Spencer Hawes combined for 25 points and 28 rebounds - but Golden State continued extending its lead behind the play of its backcourt of Monta Ellis (22 points), Stephen Curry (17), and Dorell Wright (28).
"It's extremely tough," said Brand of defending without Iguodala. "Not having Andre out there defensively - not saying he could have stopped Wright, but he could have given us a better shot out there. They spread the court and a lot of guys got open looks because of it."
Brand said he doesn't expect the usual end-of-road-trip fatigue because Collins has been spot-on with his practice decisions.
"Like Denver [a 95-89 Sixers win], we really had a great, great, hard practice when we came in from break that we didn't really expect, but we went two hours, got used to the altitude, and we got our lungs and legs back," Brand explained.
But in Phoenix, coming off back-to-back games, Collins allowed his team a day of rest.
"It's tough for us especially this year because we play better at home," said Sixers point guard Jrue Holiday. "We're not doing too well on the road. We have men down and we're fighting our butts off."
Through 31 games, the Sixers are 8-6 at home and 4-13 on the road.
Holiday likened the Suns' offense to that of the Warriors: open court, run-and-gun, spacing the floor.
"It's going to be tough for us," Holiday said. "We need to slow them down a little bit. I think we kind of got rushed against the Warriors and played their pace for a little bit, which killed us."
Strained. Forward Jason Kapono, who has lately been on the inactive list, sat out Monday with an injury. Kapono is listed as day-to-day after straining his calf during Saturday's practice in Denver.
The rook. Rookie big man Craig Brackins played 10 minutes, 39 seconds against the Warriors, his second appearance this season for the Sixers. Brackins finished the game 1 for 4 from the field with two points and two rebounds.
The trip. The Sixers have three games remaining in their journey: Wednesday's contest against the Suns, Friday's in Los Angeles against the Lakers, and Monday's in New Orleans against the Hornets.