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The Sixers Are Eliminated from Playoff Contention This Time Mathematically

Apr 7, 2013, 4:21 AM EDT

We’ve been reasonably certain for quite some time that the
76ers would not be playing basketball in the postseason this year, but now it’s
a fact. With Saturday night’s 106-87 loss to the Heat, their playoff hopes were
officially euthanized.

It’s sort of a shame because the Sixers have looked much
better recently. After one particularly nauseating stretch where they dropped
12 of 13, Philly has since posted an 8-6 record, and had won four of five
before falling to Miami.

Granted nobody would be confusing them for an honest
contender, especially not the way the upper-tier opponents such as the Heat and
LA Clippers routinely steamroll the Sixers. They easily would have snuck into
the postseason though.

Obviously the case can be made – and has been at length – that
the organization will be better off with a lottery pick. Yet smoke and mirrors
aside, last year’s run was still kind of fun. This season will simply fade away
to no fanfare, but instead multiple, unpleasant questions with no good answers.

The Philadelphia 76ers: good luck with that.

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