The Sixers are back in the playoffs. The team has had a rough stretch in the second half of this season, especially with 9 of their last 11 games being on the road. But the Sixers have 3 straight wins, and look to have some momentum going into the playoffs. Coach Doug Collins is trying to use Spencer Hawes off the bench, and the team is 5-3 since doing so. Elton Brand and Andre Iguodala will most likely sit the last two games to rest, and the team needs them to be healthy if they want any chance of making it past the first round. The Sixers will face the Heat or the Bulls in the first round, depending if they pass New York in the last two games, who they are tied with at 34-30 apiece.
The Heat and Bulls have given the Sixers trouble this season, and command tough defensive assignments. The team needs to play the same strong defense it played in the first half of the season, and need to get strong front court play to compete with Chicago and Miami’s forwards.
The first round starts Saturday, April 28th.