05/08/12 3:51 pm EST
A win tonight and the Sixers advance to the second round of the playoffs for the first time since 2003, where they’ll square off against one of a pair of teams they went 5-1 against in the regular season.
So that’s the good news. The bad is this: to get there, they still have to take a game from a prideful Bulls team that is, while profoundly depleted, formidable.
And to do that they’ll probably need the benefit of the continuation of some recent trends that don’t look entirely sustainable.
(Free throw shooting, Spencer Hawes eating people’s faces, terrible injuries to integral members of the Bulls; these things come to mind.)
But get excited Philadelphia. We certainly are.
Five and a half hours out from tip-off, here are some links to whet your appetites.