NBA.com‘s John Schuhmann: 6
The Sixers went 4-3 in that stretch against seven of the best teams in the league, with the highlight being Monday’s thrilling victory over the Lakers. They’re legit, but one concern is that they were outrebounded by 45 over the seven games. Now, as they head to the break, they’re getting their road legs tested.
ESPN.com‘s Marc Stein: 6
The Sixers are still waiting for their first 20-point win of the month, but they still share the league lead in that category — tied with Chicago with eight — and still boast one of the East’s top three records despite the fact their February schedule is so much tougher than their January schedule was.
NBC Sports‘ Kurt Helin: 6
Beat the Lakers thanks to Lou Williams (who can be their late game go-to guy), but fell to the Clippers and Spurs — in a stretch against seven quality teams over two weeks they go 4-3. They are legit, but a notch below elite.
CBS Sports‘ (and everywhere else’s) Matt Moore: 6
The Sixers aren’t winning all their games against the good teams, but combined with their regular stomping of bad teams, they’re winning enough to make you think they’re as good as their record indicates.
SI.com‘s Britt Robson: 7
Home losses to the Spurs and Clippers last week hurt the Sixers’ credibility as a viable championship contender, solidifying their place in the East’s second tier with Atlanta, Orlando, Indiana and Boston, behind the Heat and Bulls. That’s likely to be their ceiling if center Spencer Hawes can’t overcome a nagging Achilles strain that has kept him out of all but two games since Jan. 16.
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