Wow, what a week it’s been for the Sixers.
After huge wins over the Brooklyn Nets and the Los Angeles Clippers last week, the team followed up by going 0-4 this week losing to the Warriors, the Suns, and the Bucks twice.
The Sixers have mixed and matched different starting lineups this week which was definitely creative on Doc Rivers’ part, but unsuccessful overall.
Joel Embiid, Ben Simmons, Tobias Harris, and Seth Curry have all missed games over the last week which has sent the Sixers into a frenzy.
On April 16, the Sixers were a game above the Nets for the Eastern Conference 1 seed but are currently a game behind the Nets all while putting the Bucks right back in it.
This week, questions have been raised about Doc Rivers’ locker room accountability, Joel Embiid’s toughness, and the role that Ben Simmons plays in the offense, all of these weren’t conversation-worthy a week ago.
It’s funny how things can change in a week, especially in Philly.
Now is not the time to panic, it’s time to bear down.
After their worst stretch of the season, the Sixers are only a game behind the Nets for the 1st seed with a relatively easy remainder of the schedule.
The Sixers will take on the Thunder (20-40) which should be a get right game, then head on to face the Hawks (33-27), the Spurs (30-29), the Bulls (25-35), and then the Rockets (15-46) in the next week and a half. The Sixers should win all of these games, and at worst lose one.
Joel Embiid, Tobias Harris, and Seth Curry are all probable for the game against the Thunder on Monday night.
Assuming Ben Simmons returns from a mysterious illness that caused him to miss this past week, the Sixers should be back to full strength heading into the easiest part of the schedule of the year.
This stretch will give the Sixers life and a little momentum heading into the playoffs.
Philly should know better than anyone else that anything can happen in the playoffs, especially with a team as talented as the 76ers.
The Wells Fargo Center will be jumping come the start of the playoffs on May 22 and hopefully, the Sixers will be playing their best basketball.
A lot can change in a week, imagine what will happen in a month.
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