|When the Sixers were sitting at 20-9, talk about winning a round in the playoffs was legitimate. When they were atop the Atlantic Division with an eye on home-court advantage and a lesser foe in the first round, it seemed like almost a certainty. Since then, the sky has fallen, any faith in the team has dissolved and we were pinning our hopes on a bit of luck for the honor of playing the team with the best record in the league in the first round instead of the Miami Heat. The Sixers are nothing if not frustrating, but here we are. The games count now. The question: Can the Sixers beat the Bulls?|
|Well, the Sixers who suited up got their behinds kicked in the most meaningful, meaningless game of the season. The Sixers locked up the #8 seed and will head to Chicago to take on the Chicago Bulls on Saturday. (game capsule)|
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|In a game which they had to lose, if facing the Bulls instead of the Heat in the first round is preferable (Evan Turner thinks it is), the Sixers just couldn't help but win. You can't expect the players to tank, and I suppose leaving three of his best players behind in Pennsylvania and a fourth in street clothes was as far as Doug Collins was willing to go in the tanking direction. Luckily, the Knicks pulled out a win over the Clippers, so it's no harm no foul. (game capsule)|
|The Sixers will take the floor in Milwaukee tonight without Elton Brand, Andre Iguodala and Thaddeus Young for a game that I honestly don't want them to win. The result is only meaningful if they somehow pass the Knicks over these final two games, but that doesn't mean they should turn this into a Summer League game. There's work to be done.|
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|The Sixers made a couple of related announcements today. First, they signed Xavier Silas, who spent some time with them in the preseason, for the remaining two games. Second, they announced that Elton Brand, Andre Iguodala and Thad Young didn't travel with the team for the final two games. I'm not a big fan of the second bit of news, the first is a positive, I guess. Kind of like how confetti after wins is a positive.|
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|There haven't been many opportunities to feel good about this team over the past couple of months. Tonight, you should allow yourself the pleasure. The Sixers came into this game with an opportunity to put themselves in the playoffs and secure a +.500 season for the first time in 7 years. The left the floor a bit bloodied, but smiling through the pain as they put the final nail in Milwaukee's coffin. (game capsule)|
|Professional basketball in the state of New Jersey will be put out of its misery tonight. The Sixers will play the final Nets game in the Garden State. A game that doesn't mean anything in a state that couldn't care less about the team they're losing, but for the Sixers, there's plenty on the line.|
|This is the type of game that really would've gotten us excited a couple of months ago. Hopefully, it's the type of game we're going to see a couple of times in the playoffs. It's not really the fact that the Sixers won a close game against a good team that encourages, it's the fact that they played tough. They bodied up one of the most physical teams in the league, and really pushed them around in this overtime win. (game capsule).|
|And just like that, the entire season changes. No longer are the Sixers slumping to the lottery, but they sit 2.5 games ahead of the folding Bucks, seemingly secure in the final playoff slot in the East, a date with the Chicago Bulls written in dry-eraser on the white board! Oh, glorious day. Passionate...Intense...Proud! (game capsule) Wait, what? Two badly timed losses could knock them back into the lottery? Ah, nevermind.|