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PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA - FEBRUARY 10: James Harden #1 and Joel Embiid #21 of the Philadelphia 76ers speak during the third quarter against the New York Knicks at Wells Fargo Center on February 10, 2023 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

With 25 games left to play in the regular season for the Philadelphia 76ers and carrying a 38-19 record, this final stretch is key for them as they try to remain in the top part of the Eastern Conference seeding. The Sixers are currently third in the East standings behind the Boston Celtics and Milwaukee Bucks. But the biggest challenge may be how they respond to being on the road for 15 of the 25 games. Important stuff for this team as they try to make sure this campaign doesn’t end like the five playoff appearances have… disappointing early second-round exits. Here are a few things that needs to be a focus during the final 25 games of the season. 

Be a team

This group has done a nice job of playing for each other and not just themselves and it shows on the floor. That approach needs to remain the same over the final part of the regular season and heading into the postseason. Sure, there will be moments when individuals become frustrating but they’ll have to fight through that for the betterment of the team and the ultimate goal. 

As always… health

This is true for every team but is especially the case for the 76ers and it really applies to All-Star center Joel Embiid. He is the crown jewel (as Brett Brown would say) and in order for Philadelphia to advance past the second round – he needs to be his dominant and important self. Buit in order for that to happen he needs to be upright and able to go every night. 

Can James Harden keep up this level of play?

When he decided to return to the Sixers in the offseason, the point guard made it very clear that it was about having arguably his best chance to win a championship. So far, he’s held up his end of the bargain by putting up another All-Star type season despite not being selected to play in the game due to games missed because of his foot injury. The type of play seen from Harden through his 41 games played is what they’ll need in the spring. 

The bench and rotation will be key.

The offseason produced a few key players added to head coach Doc Rivers rotation and there is a pathway where they all could see the floor once the playoffs begin. PJ Tucker, De’Anthony Melton, Georges Niang, Shake Milton, newly acquired Jalen McDaniels and the center by committee reserves will play a big role over the next few weeks in identifying how they’ll factor in it all. 

This may be the best chance the team has during the Embiid era and they cannot fumble this opportunity. Will this season’s ending be any different from those in the past? It certainly could be, but sacrifice and how they fair over the final 25 games could tell a huge story going into the postseason. 

NBA Trade Deadline Recap- Shams vs Woj

Thursday afternoon marked the NBA’s Trade Deadline with a ton of movement across the league. Beyond the trades themselves, this day always marks a clash of two titans, Adrian Wojnarowski and Shams Charania, in the battle of breaking the deals first.

Here’s a look at each deal and who reported on it first, organized by the Sixers first and then in chronological order starting Thursday at midnight.

  • Sixers trade Matisse Thybulle in three team deal to acquire Jalen McDaniels

    Sixers acquire: Jalen McDaniels, two second round picks Hornets acquire: 2023 second round pick, Svi Mykhailiuk

    Trail Blazers acquire: Matisse Thybulle

    Woj or Shams? Woj

    Sixers Move Matisse Thybulle in a 3-Way Trade
  • Toronto Raptors acquire C Jakob Poeltl from the San Antonio Spurs

    Raptors acquire: Jakob Poeltl

    Spurs acquire: Khem Birch, a protected 2024 first-round pick, and two second-round picks

    Woj or Shams? Woj (ESPN had a graphic ready for him too)



  • Phoenix Suns acquire Kevin Durant from the Brooklyn Net

    Suns acquire: Kevin Durant, TJ Warren

    Nets acquire: Mikal Bridges, Cam Johnson, Jae Crowder, four first round picks and a 2028 pick swap

    Woj or Shams? This is an interesting one. Woj had the report that the deal was close, but technically, it was Shams that had the final report of the deal and its details first. Point for Shams.

  • Boston Celtics acquire Mike Muscala from the Oklahoma City Thunder

    Celtics acquire: Mike Muscala

    Thunder acquire: Justin Jackson and two second-round picks

    Woj or Shams? Shams.

  • Milwaukee Bucks acquire Jae Crowder from the Brooklyn Nets

    Bucks acquire: Jae Crowder

    Nets acquire: Five (!!) second-round picks

    Pacers acquire: Jordan Nwora and two second-round picks

    Woj or Shams? Shams.

  • Denver Nuggets acquire Thomas Bryant from the Los Angeles Lakers

    Nuggets acquire: Thomas Bryant

    Lakers acquire: Davon Reed and three second-round picks

    Woj or Shams? Woj (he even got an Adam Schefter retweet)

  • Indiana Pacers acquire George Hill and a second round pick from Milwaukee Bucks

    Pacers acquire: George Hill and a second-round pick

    Bucks “acquire”: A free roster spot and free up $4 million

    Woj or Shams? Woj.

  • Los Angeles Clippers acquire Bones Hyland from the Denver Nuggets

    Clippers acquire: Bones Hyland

    Nuggets acquire: Clippers’ 2024 and 2025 second-round picks

    Woj or Shams? Woj

  • Phoenix Suns acquire Darius Bazley from the Oklahoma City Thunder

    Suns acquire: Darius Bazley

    Thunder acquire: Dario Saric

    Woj or Shams? Shams.

  • Golden State Warriors trade away James Wiseman in three-team deal

    Warriors acquire: Five (!!) second-round picks, Kevin Knox

    Pistons acquire: James Wiseman

    Hawks acquire: Saddiq Bey

    Woj or Shams? Woj.

  • Atlanta Hawks and Houston Rockets trade bench players

    Hawks acquire: Justin Holiday and Frank Kaminsky

    Rockets acquire: Garrison Matthews and Bruno Fernando

    Woj or Shams? Woj.

  • Los Angeles Clippers acquire Eric Gordon from the Houston Rockets

    Clippers acquire: Eric Gordon, three second-round picks

    Rockets acquire: John Wall, Danny Green, pick swap

    Grizzlies acquire: Luke Kennard

    Woj or Shams? Shams tweeted about the trade first. He also provided the Kennard and Wall pieces of the trade first. Woj did, however, report on the second-round picks and Danny Green. Tim MacMahon gave us the pick swap. Shams got more details first so we will credit him.

  • Los Angeles Lakers trade Patrick Beverley to the Orlando Magic for Mo Bamba

    Lakers acquire: Mo Bamba

    Magic acquire: Patrick Beverley, second round “compensation”

    Woj or Shams? Shams. Shams got this by so much that he accidentally tweeted that Beverley was being traded by the Clippers, not the Lakers, in his first attempt at this tweet.

  • New Orleans Pelicans acquire Josh Richardson from the San Antonio Spurs

    Pelicans acquire: Josh Richardson

    Spurs acquire: Devonte’ Graham and four (!!) second-round picks

    Woj or Shams? Shams.

  • Los Angeles Clippers acquire Mason Plumlee in exchange for Reggie Jackson

    Clippers acquire: Mason Plumlee

    Hornets acquire: Reggie Jackson

    Woj or Shams? Woj.

  • Golden State Warriors acquire Gary Payton II from the Portland Trail Blazers

    Warriors acquire: Gary Payton II

    Trail Blazers acquire: Five (!!) second picks, Kevin Knox

    Woj or Shams? Woj.

  • Final Totals

    Woj: 9

    Shams: 7

    Second-round picks traded: 38, pending the “second-round compensation” that the Magic received.