81 games ago the 76ers were shocking the basketball world when they beat LeBron James and the Miami Heat in the first game of the season. Michael Carter-Williams had a coming out party and the rest of the NBA looked on in amazement and the Sixers proceeded to win their next two games to start the season 3-0. Since that moment, this team has gone 15-63 including a 26 game losing streak that tied not only the NBA record, but the record for all North American professional sports. But it was all on purpose, so no one really feel all that bad.
Now they face a team that is gearing up for another playoff run with nothing to gain and everything to lose. I expect to see a whole of Norris Cole and Jesus Shuttlesworth (Ray Allen) and not so much LeBron James and Dwayne Wade. I suspect Wade will play, but only to get his legs back under him and not particularly hard. The Sixers may end up losing this game, but honestly they shouldn’t.
Let’s hit it:
- Miami is locked into the 2nd seed in the East. Even if they win and Indiana loses, the Pacers own the tie breaker.
- The 76ers are locked into the 2nd seed in the NBA draft lottery.
- Carter-Williams has one more shot to cement his Rookie of the Year campaign.
- This will be the third time in franchise history that the 76ers failed to reach 20 wins in a season. (’72-’73: 9 wins) (’95-’96: 18 wins)
- Spencer Hawes will finish the season as the teams leading rebounder. He was traded February 20th.
- Jarvis Varnado recently passed Hawes for team leader in block shots averaging 1.32 per game, compared to Hawes 1.26
- Tip off is at 8pm. The game will be on Comcast Sports Net as well as 97.5 fm The Fanatic.
- It ends tonight, then two straight months of talking about the draft
The throwaway season is finally over… now there is no more excuses to be this terrible.
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