NEW YORK - The 76ers have the third-worst record in the NBA. Yet Joel Embiid talked about making a playoff push after Sunday's 105-95 victory over the last-place Brooklyn Nets.
"We are seven or eight games out of the playoffs, so we have a chance," the rookie center said in the visitors' locker room at the Barclays Center. "We are learning. We are coming together. We are learning how to play with each other.
"We are just great now."
The Sixers (10-25) have won three of their last four games. However, some might consider them a long ways away from making a playoff push. The Washington Wizards (18-18) would be the eighth and final Eastern Conference playoff seed if the regular season ended Sunday. The Wizards are 71/2 games ahead of the Sixers in the standings.
But Embiid is optimistic because the Sixers still have 47 games left. He believes his squad can make up a lot of ground by then.
"Like I said, we are seven or eight games from the eighth place," Embiid said. "That's a goal. I think we have a chance. We've been hot lately. . . . We are really starting to figure things out. We are starting to learn how to end games."
Gerald Henderson was asked about Embiid's comments. The eighth-year veteran doesn't think making the postseason should be the team's concern at this part of the season. He wants the Sixers to focus on how they're playing.
"Even now, teams that are going to make the playoffs aren't thinking about the playoffs," Henderson said. "They are thinking about staying healthy and what it looks like out there on the court. . . . We just need to focus on playing consistently."
He wants the Sixers to focus on closing out games and getting contributions from everyone.
The Sixers will work out NBA Development League point guards Chassan Randle, Briante' Weber, Yogi Ferrell, and Cat Barber on Monday, according to a league source.
The Sixers have an available roster spot after waiving swingman Hollis Thompson on Thursday.
Barber was with the Sixers during the preseason. The undrafted player out of North Carolina State is a member of the Delaware 87ers, the Sixers' D-League affiliate.
Randle plays for the Westchester Knicks. Ferrell is a member of the Long Island Nets, while Weber plays for the Sioux Falls Skyforce.
The Vertical website reported that the Sixers could consider working out former NBA point guards Nate Robinson and Jordan Farmar.
Center Jahlil Okafor did not see action for the second consecutive game.
Henderson knows what the third overall pick in the 2015 draft is going through. As a rookie during the 2009-10 season, Henderson played in only 43 of 82 regular-season games with Charlotte. He averaged just 8.3 minutes with zero starts.
"He's a star," Henderson said of Okafor. "He wants to play. I've been there."
Henderson gave some advice on the best way for his close friend to deal with the situation. He said Okafor should want to play, which Okafor does. Henderson added that players shouldn't use their being out of the rotation in a negative. Instead, it should motivate them do more.
"If you are [ticked] off, do your workouts [ticked] off," Henderson said. "Get in there and do more [ticked] off. Get in the game and play [ticked] off. Use it in a positive way."