For the last time this season, the Sixers will play a basketball game tonight. In what's become a small tradition over the past couple years, I am once again recapping the final game of the regular season.
This year is, uh, a little different than the past two years. In 2014, the last game was about wanting the Sixers to beat the Heat and finish the season on a high note. They did that. In 2015, the last game was about wanting the Sixers to lose to a Heat team that was also trying to lose in order to protect their draft pick. The Sixers did their part last season but Philadelphia needed some help from the Magic and didn't get it. This year, the last game is about ... well, I don't know. I guess it's about PRIDE, but the Sixers already traded all their draft picks for him. The truth is, I don't really care what happens tonight.
It's really a shame that Hinkie is gone. It's even worse how he was essentially forced out. I wasn't even mad when I heard the news. It was just very disappointing. A week later, I don't have the same feeling of despair. Instead it's been replaced by uncertain indifference. On one hand, I feel like this team is destined for mediocrity again and they're going to be a waste of time. On the other hand ... hey, maybe Hinkie collected enough assets for Bryan Colangelo to utilize in order to shape this team into a contender. I'm not counting on that to happen, but I can't rule it out entirely.
I'm ready for the season to be over and see what the future holds, good or bad. So maybe that's the meaning of tonight's game ... just end it. Win, lose, whatever. Let's just get this season over with already.
Draft Pick Rooting Interests
Derek Bodner has a detailed explanation of which teams you should be rooting for and why as it pertains to the Sixers' first round draft picks this year. Here's a quick version, with the teams you should be rooting for in bold.
Miami @ Boston. I hate rooting for the Celtics. But go Celtics. Huge game. Miami can still pick anywhere from 21st to 24th. Toronto @ Brooklyn: A Raptors win guarantees the OKC pick will be 26th. Orlando @ Charlotte: If Charlotte wins, they can catch Miami at 48 wins. Indiana @ Milwaukee: If Milwaukee wins, they can push Sacramento down to the 8th worst record. Atlanta @ Washington: Atlanta is currently tied with Miami at 23rd, so you want them to pull away. Sacramento @ Houston: Houston has its season on the line, so you hope they can beat Sacramento, and push the Kings to the 8th worst record. Denver @ Portland: Denver is also tied with Sacramento, so a win can break that three-team tie.
Tip is at 8:00 PM EST. The Sixers are in Chicago. This is your game thread. Watch the game on CSN Philly. Listen to the game on 97.5 The Fanatic.
|2015-2016 NBA REGULAR SEASON|
|Thursday - April 13, 2016|
|8:00 PM ET
|CSN - Zumoff, Alaa, Molly French
|Who cares||SG||Who cares|
|Who cares||SF||Who cares|
|Who cares||PF||Who cares|
|Who cares||C||Who cares|
|2015/2016 NUMBERS OF NOTE|