The Sixers are right back where they were two years ago.
They’ve finished the season with 41 wins and they’ll take their talents to South Beach for the first round of the playoffs against LeBron James and the Miami Heat.
Basketball fans came out in numbers to Wells Fargo Center for Fan Appreciation Night, receiving gifts and quality entertainment, but they didn’t get to see a win against the Detroit Pistons Wednesday night.
Jrue Holiday lead the way for the Sixers with 21 points and seven assists. Evan Turner looked promising, scoring 18 points to go along with seven assists and eight rebounds.
“I’m disappointed and I’m quite sure coach is too,” said former Philadelphia forward, Marc Jackson on CSN’s Sixers Post-game Live. “That’s momentum going into the playoffs.”
Rodney Stuckey’s 29 points and eight assists proved to be difference in tonight’s game against Detroit. He got to the foul line with only about 10 seconds remaining and a chance to put the game away, but failed to convert both foul shots, leaving Philly with one more chance to tie the game.
Jrue Holiday penetrated through the defense, drawing Austin Daye towards the paint and leaving Jason Kapono wide open beyond the arc along the baseline. Let’s just say that Kapono isn’t a regular in the Sixers’ rotation, and it showed after his shot clanged iron, erasing any chances of finishing the season with more wins than losses.
Even before this game started, the playoff seeds were locked, taking away much of the tonight’s importance. Although we came away empty handed, the 76ers’ organization and fans should look back and be happy on what was accomplished this season.
If you thought that we’d be in this position after starting the season with three wins and 13 losses, then you’re either brilliant or a liar.
The fact of the matter is that the Philadelphia 76ers are in the playoffs, baby. That’s no lie.