The horn sounded Tuesday afternoon, ending the Philadelphia 76ers' 90-minute practice session and sending the dozen players toward a corner of the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine practice court.
The players readied to stretch with large green elastic bands when first-year head coach Brett Brown called his team for a huddle.
No Wednesday morning practice, Brown told them; just arrive in the late afternoon for that night's game.
"We're going to win the game," Brown said.
Winning this season has been easier said than done.
The Sixers enter Wednesday night's game with visiting Orlando as losers of 11 straight. The 11 losses have been mostly lopsided, coming by an average of 20.27 points per game. Opponents are averaging 117.36 points per game.
"It's all part of the deal," said Brown. "It's all part of 2014."
Rebuilding is the deal, and each loss betters the Sixers' chances to win May's draft lottery.
Calculations by Tankathon.com - yes, that's a real website - list the Sixers with a 19.9 percent chance to score the No. 1 pick. The website gives the Sixers a 55.8 percent chance to land a top-three pick. Their odds trail only Milwaukee, the NBA's worst team that rocked the Sixers on Monday.
The Sixers currently hold five picks for June's draft, including two lottery selections. It is shaping up to be one of the best drafts in recent years and the Sixers are ready to cash in.
Next year's roster will likely be heavy on rookies after last week's trade deadline dispatched three players.
Danny Granger - one of the five players acquired at the deadline - seems uninterested in playing in Philadelphia and is likely seeking a buyout to play for a contender. A Sixers spokesman said negotiations on his future are ongoing.
"I don't begrudge him for any of that," said Brown. "And I think it's always our job to run a business and treat people well."
A buyout will save the Sixers money but it will not affect next season's salary cap. Granger is a free agent to be. Next season's payroll currently sits at $26.9 million dollars, about $30 million under than the predicted salary cap.
Five players have guaranteed contracts next season, three hold generous player options, and another has an affordable team option.
Michael Carter-Williams and Thaddeus Young - the two healthy Sixers who seem most entrenched in the team's future plans - are enjoying some of their highest scoring outputs as the team plays its most dismal basketball.
Carter-Williams, a leading candidate to be voted rookie of the year, is averaging 19.5 points over his last six games. Young, who is under contract for two more seasons, is averaging 21 points over his last six games.
"This year's the big learning experience. It's definitely not a bad thing," said Carter-Williams. "It's frustrating at times. But, you see teams go through adversity and it's not always going to be easy."
And the season's final 25 games will be treated like tryouts as Brown said he will determine "who's a keeper."
"You have to identify who the people this program is going to move forward with," said Brown. "And you're always hoping that it's a number that you feel like you got something out of the year."
Brown said those decisions will be made not only at games, but at practice too. The coach said he loves practicing, which happens so infrequently due to a grueling NBA schedule.
And his team goes hard, Brown said. Right until the horn sounds.