Can the Philadelphia 76ers Catch the Boston Celtics In the Playoff Chase?
The Philadelphia 76ers are just a couple games out of the 8th seed in the eastern conference playoff chase. Currently, the Boston Celtics have a hold on that 8th seed, but today they lost one of their major pieces to a torn ACL during their matchup with the Miami Heat. Yup, I’m talking about Rajon Rondo. This should give the Sixers the ability to catch the Celtics right? Well, not so fast.
Look, the 76ers are a decent team, but they’re far from being a top team in the NBA. Everyone knows they don’t beat the Chicago Bulls last year if Derrick Rose didn’t get hurt, and then they traded Andre Iguodala in a three-way trade to get Andrew Bynum to Philly. Problem with that trade was that Andrew Bynum hasn’t played a game yet seeing as he’s been hurt and sitting around with a sweet afro this year. In my opinion, they’re still a few steps slower than a team like Boston as they have veteran players to carry them even though Rondo is hurt. The Sixers don’t have a Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett. Not yet anyway.
This is a team that has a couple young players that are certainly good players (Jrue Holiday), but they lack the depth other playoff teams have. I think the Sixers are NOT far away, but not close enough to do real damage.
Let’s see what they do at the trade deadline to get better, but I don’t think they have what it takes to be in the postseason this year.