Don’t look now, but the two teams whose seasons are still going on are kind of on a roll. Before dropping a few, the Sixers and Flyers won a combined five straight games from Saturday through Friday (three for the Flyers, two for the Sixers), and that is what constitutes doing well for these teams. But it’s not just that:
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While they still sit at 5th in the division with a record of 14-15-6, the Flyers have been on a roll. Before their latest loss, they’d won three in a row, five of their last seven, and four of their last five away games. During that three game win streak, the goal differential was in their favor by seven goals. They’re even having some fun:
Vinny Lecavalier, whose name was mentioned so often in trade talks this year that it’s probably started to sound weird to Hexy, has come alive. He scored three goals during that streak (after a 14-game drought, so it’s not all coming up Vinny), and Jake Voracek added two more assists to increase his point total to 46 and his league lead in the category to three.
On the whole, three wins isn’t much, but they’re starting to put things together. Meanwhile …
Four wins. FOUR WINS! The Sixers beat the Heat last week, but it’s more remarkable how they did it. For all of the talk of “establishing a losing culture” and “bad habits,” the Sixers fought hard to combat that. They came back from a 23-point deficit in the 3rd quarter to win by four, all while getting none of the calls that come with having someone named Dwyane Wade on your team. Oh, they also only had eight available players.
While that fourth win only brought their season total to 4-23 (now 4-25, because god forbid you get a little excited about something), it made four of their last six road games wins (though they’ve since lost two), and improved all around:
Yes, they did put up the lowest offensive rating in that period, but let’s look at the positives, because what else have we got going on?