After missing the playoffs last season, the Philadelphia 76ers are back in the post season. Their second season starting like the first, the 76ers opened the season against the Miami Heat, their 1st round opponent.
The real question is, do the Sixers have any chance at all against the Heat?
Well, probably not.
The Heat have what some would call, 2 and 1/2 superstars. Featuring Dwayne Wade, LeBron James, and Chris Bosh, the fearsome three were put together during an off-season that saw the Heat bring aboard James and Bosh to team up with Dwayne Wade.
The goal? To win championships. Not a championship, but championships.
The Heat had their struggles early on, to the delight of many. However, they’ve gotten things on track and while they may not be the ideal candidate to win the East or the championship, they have as good a chance as any of the Eastern or Western Conference elite. Mainly, the Heat expect to be there, they were built for this time of year.
They’ve moved way past the point the 76ers are at now. The 76ers are still building a franchise. With young talent such as Jrue Holiday, Lou Williams, Thaddeus Young, Jodie Meeks, and Evan Turner, they’re still very raw. The losing mentality that had snuck into the entire 76ers franchise, led them to start from scratch. Doug Collins was given the reigns as head coach, brought in to mold a young and talented team back to respectability. Which he has, it’s unfortunate the road has to end in the 1st round of the playoffs.
The 76ers have played well against the top Eastern Conference teams this season. There is no doubt they are going to be fired up to play the Heat, hoping to play spoiler. However, being young an inexperienced could be an early downfall for them. Especially against a team that will be as hungry as the Heat. The only hope is that the Heat take the 76ers lightly. And that could very well happen, and the 76ers could sneak in a win or two.
Now, I’m rambling a bit.
Look for a full preview tomorrow on 76ersCentral.com. Including a breakdown of the teams, what each team needs to do if they hope to win, and much, much more.