Are Philly Fans Ready for Another First-Round Exit?

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The way the standings are shaping up, Philadelphia is headed for another post-season journey. Whether it’s Chicago or Miami, the Sixers could be should be ready for a grueling series packed against some sheer skill that will send them into an early offseason in May.

Many fans can’t even remember the last time the Bulls needed Derrick Rose to win a basketball game. Chicago is cruising at this point. Winning marquee match ups against top dogs such as Miami and Boston. They’re doing this behind efficient workhorses such as Luol Deng, Joakim Noah and Carlos Boozer. The Bulls have also seen their blessings come from streaky shooters such as Kyle Korver, C.J. Watson and Richard Hamilton.

Philadelphia is also in for a load of trouble if they’re meeting Chicago. The Bulls are a team that sold their soul into the importance of defense, while also carrying a reigning MVP that is bound to find his groove against a group of turnover-prone guards such as Jrue Holiday and Louis Williams.

As for a series against Miami, Philadelphia couldn’t touch them at all during the regular season and they can remember vividly how it all went down against the Heat in last year’s playoffs. The Heat are a team with two megastars in LeBron James and Dwyane Wade, two players that can end the series in four-to-five games.

While the Sixers have been a treat to watch for most of the season, they’ve sucked their fans into a depressive slump that has them proud of winning games against dismal teams such as Cleveland and Charlotte. At this point, it Philly fans will be hoping for a competitive series that will stretch to five to six games instead of a shameful sweep.

Regardless of the sour close to the season, the Sixers look to be headed into their second-straight playoff showing since the arrival of head coach Doug Collins. Some fans have noticed the stress in Collins’ eyes. While many just hate the fact they’re heading into playoffs instead of a lottery slot. But with Milwaukee shooting themselves in the foot, the only thing Philly fans can hope for is an energetic group that will make some noise in the first round against one of these championship-caliber opponents.

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Tags: 2012 Playoffs 76ers C.J. Watson Carlos Boozer Derrick Rose Dwyane Wade Joakim Noah Kyle Korver LeBron James Luol Deng Richard Hamilton

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