Is this season’s Philadelphia 76ers team for real or are they just getting lucky? The Sixers remain undefeated and have two convincing wins under their belts after beating the Miami Heat and Washington Wizards. The answer is, they’re surpass expectations.
The Sixers shocked the Heat as well as most Sixers fans, and they made a comeback against the Wizards Friday night, 109-102. While the Wizards might not be a complete surprise, the Sixers did come back after being down by 12 points in the third quarter.
They haven’t started this hot since the 2006-07 season, but fans shouldn’t celebrate just yet considering they still have 80 games left and fatigue can catch up to the Sixers by the All-Star break.
A major key for the Sixers has been their impressive shooting. They shot over 51 percent the entire game and went on a hot streak for 65 percent in the fourth quarter against the Wizards.
They’ll need every player to step their game every night. Opening night saw rookie Michael Carter-Williams, who nearly had a triple-double, and both Thaddeus Young and Spencer Hawes took over on Friday night after Carter-Williams didn’t play as well. He ended up scoring 14 points on 6-for-15 shooting against the Wizards.
The Sixers shouldn’t completely surprise as they’re playing as underdogs with little pressure on them. They may have a chance to get to 30 wins, but will be dealing with adversity as the season progresses, particularly against the better teams. This is a team playing with a “nothing to lose” attitude at the moment, however.
Expect a few more surprising wins this season, but it still won’t be enough to make the playoffs and will hinder their chances of taking one of the biggest steps in franchise history with a chance at drafting Andrew Wiggins or even Jabari Parker next summer.