Did You Expect The Philadelphia 76ers To Get This Far?
What are the Philadelphia 76ers doing right now? How the hell did they get to one game from the NBA Eastern Conference Finals?
We’re still asking ourselves that very question.
The #8 seed has made a surprising run in an already improbable season and are one game away from playing the Miami Heat in the NBA Finals. But they certainly had a little help getting there. Nevertheless, nobody expected the 76ers to be where they are at right now. Last night, the Sixers pulled off another victory against the Boston Celtics and are headed to a game 7.
Obviously, the Sixers can thank the season-ending injury of Derrick Rose for their victory in the opening series against the #1 seeded Chicago Bulls. However, nobody necessarily saw Philly pushing the Celtics to the brink. It’s been an ugly series against Boston. Blown leads, missed opportunities, and sputtering offenses have highlighted this matchup. Maybe it’s because neither team is in a rush to play the Heat (or the Pacers, but who really thinks Indiana can come back?).
With Allen Iverson in the building and being honored, Evan Turner finally showing why he was picked second in the 2010 NBA draft, Elton Brand summoning the old Elton Brand, Jrue Holliday playing great playoff basketball and Andre Iguodala upping his stock, the Sixers are doing the unthinkable.
It’s the Cinderella story that nobody is really talking about. Taking out the Celtics in this series would be huge. Even though they may be led to the slaughter by the Heat, the strange 2011-2012 NBA season continues to surprise. They are too young, too inexperienced, and just not talented enough to be here. Or so that’s what most of the skeptics say.
The Sixers are saying otherwise.
They still have one more to play. Let’s see if they can pull it off.