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Great basketball game.
High-level plays, high-level players, good effort from both sides, and a much-needed, morale-boosting win heading into the All-Star break. The Sixers really needed that one to preserve the sanity of the fans, team, coaching staff, media, and anybody who has anything to do with a franchise that’s hit some ridiculously high highs and low lows this season.
They’ll enter the break at 34-21, which isn’t super ideal, but they were able to win three in a row after losing four in a row, a streak that had fans ready to trade away the entire team and burn their shirseys in a fire pit. It was pretty rough, the past two weeks, but here the Sixers are, sitting in 5th place, two games back from Miami and four back from Boston, whom they hold a tiebreaker over. After eight days off, they’ll reconvene to play a schedule that looks like this:
- vs Brooklyn
- at Milwaukee
- vs Atlanta
- at Cleveland
- vs Knicks (second night of a back to back)
They’ll be favored in four of those games and have a reasonable chance to get to 38-22 as we head into the west coast road trip that includes the Clippers and Lakers. If they can manage 16-11 over the remainder of the season, they’ll hit the 50-win mark for the third straight year. That seems doable, but might not be enough for the three-seed this time around unless the Celtics and Heat both fall out.
We’ll see. Either way, the Sixers really needed this one, and they got it.