Philadelphia 76ers, after 20 years, tied for 1st place from the East
After five years of a 10-season winning streak, the Philadelphia 76s are leading the Eastern Conference Summit.
Friday’s 122-97 win over Orlando Magic Philadelphia ranked number one in the East in 20 years, something that coach Doc Rivers said the team shouldn’t take for granted.
“It’s an achievement. I don’t want to underestimate it, but I told our guys to have fun with it, I don’t want to call it a moment, I told them to enjoy the second, because that’s not what we want, but it’s part of what he can achieve along the way. Toward what he wants,” Rivers said. “I think for this team, and we are young like us, having a stadium on its home is really important. It is good to have us. So we should be proud of it. “
With the No. 1 seed in hand, the Sixers maintain a home-field advantage during the post-season period, but it also comes with the added bonus of being on the flip side of supporting the Brooklyn Nets and Milwaukee Bucks. The 76ers will not see any of those teams until the Conference Finals.
“This means that what we said that we want to do at the beginning of the season is get the number one seed,” he said. Ben Simons. “Obviously we have the advantage of local stadiums. But on top of that, we have to prepare for the playoffs. We have another game to finish and then the real work begins. We put ourselves in a good position, but in the end we managed. I want to win the championship.”
However, the District Court could be important to the Sixers, as they have the best home record in the East at 27-7, compared to the 20-16 road record.
“Being the number one ranked helps a lot from the house advantage,” he said. Joel Embiid. “It definitely helps a lot because we were in control of our land. We hardly lose here … so it means a lot to get first.”
However, history has not been kind to early crops in the East. In 10 of the past 12 seasons, the Eastern Conference number one failed to reach the NBA Finals.
As now, the Sixers’ opponent in the first round has not yet been decided, as the four teams in play – the Charlotte Hornets, Indiana Pacers, Washington Wizards and the Boston Celtics – will face off to decide who is seeded eighth. Simmons said it’s not important.
“I don’t care who we play against. This is the goal of taking first place,” he said. “You feel you’re the best team in your conference, so you’re supposed to play with anyone. If we’re afraid, we shouldn’t be in that position.”
He led the last 76 team to take the lead in the East Allen Iverson He was trained by Larry Brown. This team went to the NBA Finals, losing to the Los Angeles Lakers in five matches. It’s been a long time since the Sixers have returned to the top, with Process Age finally closing the ring to sit at the top of the East, something Embiid has reflected on.
“It starts when the Sixers finish the season 10-62,” he said. “I think that’s when I started. Since then, we have only improved.”