Even though the Milwaukee Bucks lost Wednesday night, the playoffs hopes for the Philadelphia 76ers took a huge blow. Philadelphia’s inability to defeat the worst team in the NBA could have very well been the final nail in the coffin for the 2012-13 season.
The Bucks now have a magic number of two to clinch the eighth seed in the Eastern Conference. Any hope the 76ers had of an epic comeback down the stretch dwindled away with the horrific loss to the Charlotte Bobcats. With only eight games left on the regular season, Philadelphia will need nothing short of a miracle to make the playoffs. Even if they did somehow find their way into the postseason, there is nothing that could convince me this team would have a chance against the Miami Heat in the first round.
The worst part about it is the 76ers did not even look like they were fighting for their playoff lives. There was a prime opportunity to take one step closer after the Bucks lost to the Minnesota Timberwolves, but apparently, the players have already decided the season is over. Scoring 83 points against a team that allows an average of 103.2 points per game is basically telling anyone who cares about the organization that the team has given up.
Point guard Jrue Holiday was easily the biggest disappointment of the night. The 22-year-old went a meager 2-for-24 from the field and 0-for-5 from beyond the arc. He is supposed to motivate his teammates with his performance at this point in the season, but it looks like he never received that memo.
As far as I am concerned, if the season was not already over it certainly is now. I cannot think of an outcome in which Philadelphia bounces back from a defeat of this magnitude. At this point, it is time for the bench players to get some extra playing time.