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Philadelphia 76ers Playing For More Than Pride Against Charlotte Bobcats

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At this point in the NBA season, teams that are far off from playoff contention are simply playing for pride. Tonight, the Philadelphia 76ers are playing for much more than that.

As the 76ers take on the Charlotte Bobcats away from home tonight, they will be gunning for more than just their pride. Philadelphia wants to avoid embarrassment.

As the epitome of pathetic, the Bobcats are just on a mission to ruin their opposition’s day in each of their remaining contests. With a measly 17 wins on the season, Charlotte is in the midst of yet another embarrassing season.

Maybe the only legitimate bright spot this season has been the quietly solid play of point guard Kemba Walker. Averaging almost 18 points, nearly six assists, and two steals per game, he is clearly doing everything he can to avoid being labeled as the bottom feeders of the league.

Going into the tail end of 2012-2013, the Bobcats are the ones playing for pride – well, what may be the small amount left of it at least.

The one thing the 76ers have been good at this year is sharing the ball and finishing plays. At 7th in the NBA in assists per game with 23, Philadelphia has done a great job of setting each other up for a score.

The unfortunate aspect behind this statistic is that they are also near the bottom of the league in points per game, meaning that they turn the ball over too much also.

There is not a whole lot to say about the Bobcats other than, well, they flat out stink. They can look at tonight as just an opportunity to relish a single victory, having not felt that emotion too often this year.

This off season, Michael Jordan has hinted at changes being made with his team. What kind of changes he is referring to remains to be seen. All we know is that they are going to need a miracle of a change to be able to compete any time soon.

Ryan Heckman is a Minnesota Timberwolves writer and NBA contributor for Follow him on Twitter, “Like” him on Facebook, or add him to your network on Google