The Devon Givens Show

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LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - JANUARY 15: Joel Embiid #21 of the Philadelphia 76ers dribbles past the defense of Wenyen Gabriel #35 of the Los Angeles Lakers during the first half of a game at Arena on January 15, 2023 in Los Angeles, California.

With much of the attention in the city of Philadelphia surrounding the Eagles as they are on the doorstep of their 2nd Super Bowl appearance in five years – the Sixers have quietly found their way back at the top of the Eastern Conference. Albeit the two seed behind the conference-leading Boston Celtics.

The Sixers were 12-12 and sitting in no man’s land. Many wondered if this team would be any different than the squads from previous years. And the fan base had every right to be concerned. But jumping the gun then just didn’t seem like the right approach at that time even with the early disappointment. Since the tough start that saw them without the starting backcourt of James Harden and Tyrese Maxey for a month each, Philadelphia has shown exactly why they were looked at as a possible representative for the East in the NBA Finals.

Their record now stands at 30-16 heading into tomorrow’s showdown with Ben Simmons and the Brooklyn Nets. At The Center, they sport a record of 17-7 and had a stretch of 11 straight wins at home. Thanks to the just completed undefeated 5-0 road trip out West, the 76ers are now four games over .500 on the road with a 13-9 record. Considering where they were… really impressive stuff. Let’s not overlook the fact that they have won 18 of the last 22 games played.

There is plenty of basketball left to play. And there is a trade deadline in 16 days that could help add to the roster. They could also simply stay put with what they have because the front office likes this particular group. While the Eagles have picked up where the Phillies left off as a team positioning themselves for a right to play in their sport’s respect championship – the Sixers have paid attention and are on a good path to try to make 3 for 3 with a visit to the title round.