Ah, can anyone believe the Sixers have arrived at their final home game of the 2014 season? I still remember how this season started, with that glorious victory over the Miami Heat which propelled a 3-0 start to the season. Things have changed mightily since then, however, the Sixers have completed their goal of this season: tanking. The Sixers have the second worst record in the NBA (17-63) and have been the main team in discussions of the “tanking” phenomenon. Contracts have been shed and cap space is plentiful, plus fans no longer have to watch the mindless ball dribbling of Evan Turner or drone-like defense of Spencer Hawes. Sixers fans remember how painful last season was — to sit and watch this team lose and fall to the ninth seed in the east, which is the definition of mediocrity.
This season has been different, but it hasn’t all been bad. It’s been refreshing and reminded us that there are great things on the horizon for Philadelphia Sixers basketball. With that being said, let’s get to some quick hits for tonight’s contest:
- The Celtics are the only team that the Sixers have notched multiple victories against this season.
- The Sixers are third in the NBA in scoring in the paint, at 49.3 PPG. Kind of happens when a team is made of up no one that can consistently knock a jumper down.
- The Sixers are on a four-game losing streak, while the Celtics are on a two-game winning streak.
- Rajon Rondo, Jared Sullinger, Jerryd Bayless and Kris Humphries are all day-to-day with various injuries.
- The Sixers are 9-31 at home and the Celtics are 9-31 on the road, something has to give…right?
- The Celtics are averaging 105.4 PPG as a team, over their last five games, which is increased by 9.4 points from their season average.
- Tipoff is at 7 PM at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, PA.
All statistics from CSNPhilly.com