Philadelphia basketball has suffered its ups and downs, to say the least. For many fans, excitement has been low since Allen Iverson last suited up with the Sixers logo across his chest almost 10 years ago.
Fans have gone through various management, coaches, and players young and old, but despite the losing streaks that were endured, fans have continued to be optimistic that seasons to come would be looking up.
This year the Sixers truly shocked the masses. With 50 plus wins in the 2017-2018 season and a record-breaking winning streak standing at 16 straight wins entering the playoffs, the team was a definite favorite entering the playoffs.
The Sixers would drive through the first round of the playoffs with a 4-1 series against the Miami Heat, allowing more excitement to roar through the city.
Keep in mind the electric energy in the city, as the Sixers moved on to the next round, Philadelphians could taste the sweet smell of the NBA Finals. Hopeful to add to this year’s accolades:
- The Philadelphia Eagles became first time Super Bowl Champions
- Villanova Men’s Basketball holds the NCAA Championship Title for the second time in three seasons
- Born and raised Philadelphia based rapper Meek Mill now walks freely
While celebrations are in order for the Sixers who had not seen the playoffs in the last five years, the Celtics are currently knocking Philly off their high horse.
The Boston Celtics who sat just one seed above the Sixers, at number 2, and won just 3 games more in regulation are now up 3-0 in the Semifinal Series. Despite being quite the even matchup, the Sixers have played nothing short of messy with various unthinkable mistakes made especially in Saturday nights home game. Even with the second chance to win in overtime, they literally threw the ball away.
The Sixers have no choice but to win 4 games straight to keep chances at the finals still alive, but it will undoubtedly be hard! Luckily the Sixers will have home court advantage for Monday nights game giving them a little hope to not be swept!
Catch the Sixers Monday, May 7th at 6 p.m. for game 4 of the Conference Semifinals.