As our fearless blog leader Michael Levin pointed out earlier today, tonight is the last game of the Sixers' 2013-2014 season. I feel like it's the last day of school. I'm really, really glad this season is finally over, but at the same time I'm a little sad to see it go.
This Sixers' season was the one we all expected: the team wasn't very good and lost a lot of games. Funny enough, those losses only managed to earn them the second pick in the lottery. But there were still a number of enjoyable moments. The trade deadline was really fun. Who wasn't happy to see Spencer Hawes/Evan Turner/Lavoy Allen go? Who wasn't even more excited for the addition of BYRON MULLENS, Henry Sims, and all of the second round picks? Adding a new player on a 10-day-contract every week and later forgetting they were even on the team was a big highlight as well. Remember the 26 game losing streak and the question if the Sixers were too bad? Fun stuff!
But the BEST part of this Sixers' season was where it all started: the 114-110 win over the Miami Heat, the reigning NBA champions. It was just so great on every level. From the second rookie Michael Carter-Williams stole that pass in the opening seconds and sprinted down the court for a two-handed jam (pictured above), you just knew that night was going to be something special. That dunk kicked off an absurd 19-0 Sixers run. The Heat would go on to make it close but MCW's unexpected performance was just too much for Miami to handle. And speaking of too much to handle, check out a certain LB author's reaction to that win:
Sixers just beat the Miami Heat. THE MIAMI HEAT. THE SIXERS. AND THE HEAT. BEAT EM. JUST WITH THEIR HANDS AND STUFF AND THEIR BODIES AND VARIOUS AMOUNTS OF SKILL AND FUN AND ACTIVITY.
Michael Carter-Williams had a GAME. GAME GAME GAME GAME GAME GAME.
LeBron James, Chris Bosh, Ray Allen -- those are guys who lost to the Sixers tonight. To MCW. And Evan Turner. And Tony Wroten. And SAM HINKIE. AND BRETT BROWN.
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SAM HINKIE SAM HINKIE SAM HINKIE SAM HINKIE SAM HINKIE SAM HINKIE SAM HINKIE SAM HINKIE SAM HINKIE SAM HINKIE SAM HINKIE SAM HINKIE SAM HINKIE SAM HINKIE.
My reaction was a little more tame.
That was pretty darn cool. Loving MCW. 22 pts, 12 ast, 9 stl, 7 reb (only 1 TO). You gotta be kidding me man
Let's take a moment to enjoy MCW's performance in video highlights form.
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The circumstances surrounding tonight's game will be a little different. With the Heat locked into the number two seed in the East, they have nothing to play for (except PRIDE, who's rights are owned by the Sixers). LeBron James and Chris Bosh will be sitting out. Other players will probably want to take it easy and rest for the playoffs. So with that said... take advantage, Sixers. You have nothing to lose and everything* to gain. Just go out there, have some fun, and win the damned basketball game. It would be awesome if MCW has another big game in store. Whatever the case, let's end this season on a high note.
Sixers win big.
Tip is at 8:00 PM EST. The Sixers are in Miami. GameThread will be up at 7:30 - don't forget to join us for one last time this season. You can catch the game on CSN Philly. You can listen live on the radio: 97.5 The Fanatic.