There were many who doubted the NBA would get to to this point, but on Saturday the 76ers will open with the first of their remaining eight regular-season “seed” games when they take on the Indiana Pacers.
The games, which are taking place in a “bubble” in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., actually look good on television and they will get even better when the virtual crowds are added during the seed games.
Basketball is back and the Sixers will be out to show that they are much better than their current No. 6 seed in Eastern Conference.
— Marc Narducci (email@example.com)
In both games, the Sixers starters outplayed their opponents. Memphis’ five starters had a combined plus-17 rating, while the Sixers starters were plus-43. The Sixers led by as many as 29 points.
Against OKC, the Sixers led by as many as 24 points. The Sixers starters were a combined plus-69 while OKC’s five starters were a combined minus-68.
More than a stat sheet can show, the Sixers starters and reserves played with a lot of energy in both games.
Here are some takes from the first two games.
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Even without a crowd, the scrimmages have played well on TV and they will only get better.
The 76ers said that Joel Embiid, Raul Neto, and Glenn Robinson III were expected to be participate in what was supposed to be a light practice on Monday morning.
Embiid missed Sunday’s scrimmage with right calf tightness, Neto was sidelined with back tightness and Robinson suffered a left hip pointer in the second quarter.
The team said that an update on their status for Tuesday’s scrimmage against the Dallas Mavericks will be provided on game day.
All three continue to receive treatment and remain day to day.
While all the competition in the playoffs will be difficult, the Sixers best chance to reach the Eastern Conference finals would be to avoid the favored Milwaukee Bucks until the conference championship series.
For that to happen, the Sixers would be better off staying at the No. 6 seed than possibly moving up to the fourth or fifth. (They could also avoid the top seed until the conference final by moving up to the No. 3 seed. They are currently 4.5 games behind No. 3-seeded Boston).
Having two rounds to get into gear would be a better way to face Milwaukee. That’s not to say the Sixers would have it any easier in earlier rounds against the likes of Boston, Miami and Toronto. It’s just that facing the Bucks with some true momentum would be the best way to beat them.
Brett Brown has said he doesn’t think about any of this. He is just worried about having his team playing its best when the playoffs begin.
Tuesday: Sixers vs. Dallas Mavericks (scrimmage) at HP Fieldhouse, 8:30 p.m., NBC Sports Philadelphia.
Saturday: Sixers vs. Indiana Pacers at Visa Athletic Center, 7 p.m., NBC Sports Philadelphia.
Aug. 3: San Antonio Spurs vs. Sixers at Visa Athletic Center, 8 p.m., NBC Sports Philadelphia.
Aug. 5: Sixers vs. Washington Wizards at The Arena, 4 p.m., NBC Sports Philadelphia/NBA TV.
Aug. 7: Orlando Magic vs. Sixers, HP Fieldhouse, 6:30 p.m. NBC Sports Philadelphia Plus/TNT
All of the events are at Walt Disney World.
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