The NBA and the Player’s Union have agreed on a plan to bring basketball back this summer and finish out the 2020 season. Twenty-two teams — 13 form the West and 9 from the East — have been invited to Walt Disney World Resort to play out the final eight games of the regular season and then go into the playoffs.
For Philadelphians, one thing is on our mind: how does this new format affect our Philadelphia 76ers’ chances at the NBA title? Do they have a title run in them? Let’s examine the situation.
State of the Team
As the season was winding down and the playoff push was in full effect, the Sixers were hurting. Ben Simmons was on the shelf with a back injury, Al Horford and Joel Embiid still hadn’t found a way to mesh together on the court, and the team couldn’t find a road win if it were handed them the game on a silver platter. However, with a full three months to recover, Simmons looks ready to take the league by storm — whether that includes a jumper is irrelevant. A healthy Ben Simmons is a boost for the defensive side of the ball, and there are still few in the league who can match his contributions. Only time will tell whether the time off will help incorporate Al Horford into the offensive equation or how the rotations will be staggered.
Road to the NBA Finals
The Sixers are currently tied with the Miami Heat for the 5th seed in the East. They now have an 8 ½ game lead on the 7th seed Brooklyn Nets means that the Sixers can finish no worse than the 6th seed, which sets up some intriguing matchups depending on how the rest of the seeding shakes out. However, a likely scenario involves going through the Boston Celtics, Toronto Raptors, and most likely, the Milwaukee Bucks to get to the NBA Finals.
While the Sixers have a war of attrition ahead of them, the fact that we are getting basketball on our screens soon gives people hope during these trying times. Whether the Sixers can provide the Delaware Valley a little bit of basketball magic remains to be seen, but we are looking forward to watching them in the Happiest Place on Earth.
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