One more win. That is all the Sixers need to break a 22-year-old drought. The last time the Sixers made it out of the second round was in 2001. When Allen Iverson and the Sixers beat the Raptors to advance to the Eastern Conference Finals. And it starts tonight, with game 6 vs the Celtics.
So many times in this Sixers era have we had our hearts pulled out. It started in 2018, the start of the Embiid and Simmons era. They got knocked out in just 5 games. But the next season they added Jimmy Butler, and later Tobias Harris. They took the eventual champions Toronto Raptors to 7 games. But a Kawhi Leonard 3, that bounced 4 times, beat the buzzer to break Sixers fan’s hearts again. Two years later was supposed to be the year. All they had to do was get through the Hawks. But Ben Simmons imploding ruined our hopes once again. And last year, an Embiid injury killed any hopes the Sixers had vs the Heat.
But all of that could end tonight. The Celtics are coming to Philadelphia. And if the Sixers can beat them, they will break the curse. So can they do it?
There is good reason to be confident. We all saw how great they looked in game 5. And they outplayed them for most of game 4 too, before a bad 4th quarter made things closer than they had to be. You don’t want to say it, because we have heard it before. But this could, and should, be the year.
If you don’t believe me, give me a chance to try and convince you. We already talked about why everything that happened in game 5 is sustainable. But if that was not enough, here are 6 more numbers that should make you confident that the Sixers will win game 6, and advance to the Eastern Conference Finals.