Sunday’s win over Detroit was nice, but it came against a team that just didn’t care. Detroit mailed in the game, having already locked down the number one seed in the Eastern Conference. Tonight, Cleveland comes to town with a bit more on the line.
The Cavs currently sit a half game behind the Bulls for the number two seed in the East. They need to win out and hope Chicago loses their final game of the season. If Cleveland can’t catch the Bulls, they’ll open up with the Miami Heat, though they’ll have the home court advantage.
What does this mean to the Sixers? Well, it means they have a chance to ruin LeBron’s post-season plans. This is the young team’s first chance to really play the spoiler role, and I think they’ll relish in the opportunity.
No word on whether Andre Iguodala, Kyle Korver or Rodney Carney will be available come game time, but if they’re healthy enough, the Sixers will put them out there. Even at this late stage, the Sixers aren’t tanking games and all of us fans should be thanking Mo Cheeks, Billy King and every player on the team for giving maximum effort right down to the wire. (Check out Bleeding Green Nation for a good look at the reverse incentive bad teams have in pro sports).
I’m looking forward to see how the Sixers handle a playoff team with something play for. I’m also eager to see how Louis Amundson follows up his break out game.