We Might Have To Start Taking the 76ers Seriously
By this point in the relatively young year, most people have already more or less given up on their New Year's resolutions.
Not, however, the Philadelphia 76ers. While their resolution of "Trust the Process" isn't exactly new, the long devotion to the mantra that has defined the Sixers since this lengthy rebuild began in 2013.
With a 93-92 win over the Portland TrailBlazers last night, the Sixers, who are now 6-1 in their past 7 games, are suddenly only 4.5 games out of a playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. To put that in perspective, the Sixers won 10 games total all of last season.
Last night's victory included a flair for the dramatics, as Robert Covington sank the Blazers by sinking this game winning shot.
You'll notice that the game winner was achieved without the use of a timeout before the final possession, something Gregg Popovich disciple Brett Brown has made great use of during Philadelphia's recent string of success. Watch here as he pulls the same tactic to success against the New York Knicks on January 11...
It's not just plays on the offensive end that have helped the Sixers edge closer to their potential first playoff berth since 2012, and it's not wins over bottom-feeders like the Knicks that have helped their rise. Observe Dario Saric's big defensive efforts from Wednesday, taken from Philly's win over the Toronto Raptors, last season's Eastern Conference finalists. Oh, and just an FYI, speaking of the Eastern Conference Fianls, the Sixers have a better record than the Cavs in the calendar year thus far.
And what would a post about The Process be without...The Process? For the grand finale, welcome in Joel Embiid, the Sixers' first selection of the 2014 Draft, nicknamed for Philly's arduous efforts, dancing...perhaps to the postseason?...in the wake of the Sixers' win over the Knicks.
The road for the Sixers gets slightly harder with their upcoming schedule, with a road date in Atlanta looming tonight before meetings with the Clippers, Bucks, Rockets and Bulls, with the Houston game on Wednesday night earning a prime-time ESPN slot.