Thaddeus Young of the 76ers has not been one to mute his voice. But the power forward's body language after Wednesday's practice showed someone in the midst of a dreadful season.
So what's the most frustrating thing for him right now?
"The way we are losing," said Young, whose team is 7-19 and on a seven-game losing streak. "The first half is always great. That third quarter always takes its toll on us. You get down another 10, 15 points. It's hard to come back, sometimes, from those deficits."
Young thinks that's a result of being a youthful team. He feels that young players don't know what to expect during a course of a game.
"You've just got to go out there and keep playing hard," Young said. But veteran players "might have certain ways they pick you apart, that they know, but you don't know that they are doing it."
This season has been a tough adjustment for the seventh-year veteran. His frustration level has risen on a team with five rookies and two second-year players.
"I'm used to playing with guys who are four- or five-year veterans in this league," Young said. "And they can play. Then you have one or two good guys who come in here fresh and are trying to make a name for themselves."