04/15/11 7:33 am EST
Sports Illustrated’s Michael Rosenberg declares the Sixers America’s Team by virtue of their drawing the NBA’s Evil Empire in round one. Doubtless most Americans will be pulling for the 7-6, but can America’s Team really be the second most-popular in their own building? Evidently yes.
As the old saying goes, if you can’t stand the Heat, root for the Sixers.
Also at cnnsi.com, the indomitable Zach Lowe points out that the Sixers have gone 38-28 since their Nov. 26 loss to the Heat, but regardless picks Miami in five. Why the pessimism? Lowe identifies LeBron James as the Heat’s x-factor. The Sixers’? Spencer Hawes. Gulp.