While the chances are slim, the Sixers still remain in postseason contention. After last night’s win against Charlotte, they train the Milwaukee Bucks for the eight seed in the Eastern Conference by 5.5 games.
The Bucks still have ten games remaining on their schedule, including games against Miami, Oklahoma City, Denver, and New York.
With just nine games left for the Sixers, their schedule is marginally easier than Milwaukee’s. Games against Miami, Indiana, and Brooklyn highlight the end of the season for Philadelphia. If they can steal one or two of those games and beat the teams that they should beat, playoffs remain a real possibility. Unfortunately for the Sixers, eight of their last nine games are away from Wells Fargo Center.
If the Sixers are to make it a serious race for the eighth seed, a lot of different things need to happen. Spencer Hawes and Evan Turner need to continue to play well, and Jrue needs to play how he has all season long. Turner has had back-to-back great performances against, scoring more than 20 points and pulling down more than 7 rebounds in each contest while shooting over 50%, including a 23 point, 13 rebound outing against Cleveland.
Spencer Hawes has recorded a double-double in six of the last eight games for the Sixers. More importantly, he has been a factor on the interior defensively while remaining efficient offensively. Hawes has been a huge lift for the team that has won three consecutive and seven of their last eleven.
Last but not least, Jrue Holiday needs to be the heart and soul of the team the way he has been since the very first game. Holiday has averaged 18.4 points and 8.5 assists in his first All-Star campaign. When Jrue stuggles, so does the team, so it is imperative that he finishes the season on a high note.
The chances may be slim to none, but there is a chance. Next up is Charlotte and then Atlanta. If the Sixers can win both of those before traveling to Miami, who knows what will happen?