If you're able, try to sit back, relax, and enjoy the basketball game tonight. The Sixers have been mercifully eliminated from playoff contention, the odds of moving up or down in the lottery are pretty low, and really, one spot either way doesn't matter a whole lot. Put your feet up and soak it in. We only have to watch five more after this one.
With nothing left to play for and the stakes at an all-time low, I'm not exactly sure what to expect. I do know, however, there's no reason left to be upset or overly invested in the outcome. That can be a liberating experience as a fan, if you squint your eyes and only examine the situation from a certain angle, in a certain light. At least that's what I'm telling myself. Jrue vs. Deron is typically a fun matchup. Reggie Evans plays nearly 25 minutes/night for a playoff team. If that isn't worth the price of admission, I don't know what is. Evan Turner is riding a string of six consecutive games above the Mendoza line of efficiency. Perhaps Doug will put Moultrie into the rotation for these final six games, see what the kid can do (not holding my breath). You can cut the drama with a knife.
Back in July my family and I made the exodus from Brooklyn to the wilds of New Jersey. For the past ten years or so I walked past the corner of Flatbush and Atlantic nearly every day. First it was an empty lot, then it was an empty lot surrounded by protesters, I once bought a Christmas tree from a fly-by-night operation set up amid "Don't Develop Atlantic Yards!" flyers at this very corner. Then came the lawsuits, the financial crisis and what was once supposed to be a humongous new live/work/play development project (with 17 buildings taller than the Williamsburg Bank Building
), was scaled down to a stadium and really nothing else, and not even the stadium they wanted to build. All the protesting was for naught, as is so often the case. Anyway, tonight I'll make my return to Brooklyn to see the old neighborhood and my beloved Sixers one last time in this lost season.
The tip is at 7:30pm. Use this as your game thread. I'm going to be under the hoop on the same side of the floor as the Sixers bench, but a row or two up. See if you can see me on the tube.