The Sixers return home to the Wells Fargo Center after a great road trip against the Western Conference, where they finished on a four game winning streak. The streak includes wins against the Denver Nuggets, Los Angeles Lakers and the Portland Trail Blazers, who may be the hottest team in the league. It was the best the Sixers have done on the west coast since way back in the year 2000.
The Sixers at this point have played 33 games and the word “tanking” is no longer in any ones vocabulary. As a matter of fact, in the lowly in eastern conference, the Sixers are actually not that far out of the eighth seed in the playoffs. Not that any one who is a fan wants the Sixers to have a playoff berth but it is something to keep an eye on going down the stretch. Especially since the Sixers will forfeit their first-round pick this year if they make the playoffs.
This team is playing with a lot of confidence, especially seven-year veteran Thaddeus Young. In his last five games he is averaging over 25 points per game. Include that with great play from rookie Michael Carter-Williams and Evan Turner, the Sixers are looking like the team we thought they wouldn’t be, at least for the moment. It would make one ask themselves, Have the Sixers turned the tide on the season? Or, is it just a string of really good play from a really poor team? What ever the case maybe it seems nobody has an answer for this team at the moment.
The Sixers will return home tonight and play in front of their home fans for the first time since mid-December. They will face a tough Minnesota team whom they have already lost to earlier in the season at home. The Sixers will need to keep the same fire burning that they had on the road because with the teams like the Pistons, Knicks and Miami Heat coming in the next few days the transition may not be that easy facing some tough opponents night after night. The team and Brett Brown will need to be focused and have all hands on deck if they want to keep climbing out of the cellar of the division.