The Philadelphia 76ers Lose To Pacers And Playoffs Are Slipping Away
The Philadelphia 76ers on Tuesday night were playing their last regular season game at home at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia. They were also playing one of the hottest teams in the NBA right now the Indiana Pacers. The Sixers are just trying to hold on to the last playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. Their playoff lives are just hanging by a string. The Indiana Pacers defeated the Philadelphia 76ers, 102-97 and have Sixers head coach Doug Collins and the rest of the Sixers faithful scratching their heads.
The Sixers are 31-30 and are just 1-1/2 games ahead of the Milwaukee Bucks for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. The Sixers finished their home season at 19-14.
The Sixers did get to within 98-95 with 47 seconds to play in the game. They had a chance to tie the game but guard Lou Williams missed a three point attempt.
Thaddeus Young finished the game for the Philadelphia 76ers with 19 points. He has played so consistant for the Sixers and he is showing everyone that he can play in the NBA night in and night out. The Sixers play their final five regular season games on the road. This is going to be a tough task for this team to get into the playoffs. They are going to have to do it on the road and that stretch starts Wednesday night when the Sixers travel to Cleveland to take on the Cavaliers. This trip will also include the team in which they are trying to hold off the Milwaukee Bucks who they will play.
The 76ers now have to try to hang onto their playoff position. It really does not look good because the Sixers are on such a tailspin right now and not playing good basketball. As a team you want to be playing good basketball going into the playoffs. At this point do the Sixers really want to make the playoffs, for what a first round series against either the Miami Heat or the Chicago Bulls. This season has turned out to be a very disappointing season for the 76ers. There was promise there but how quickly it has turned around. This team is just two players away from being a real threat in the NBA. They have a head coach in Doug Collins who does know how to coach. There is a foundation here so there is plenty of promise but the Sixers fans do not want to hear that right now.