Sixers basketball is back, baby!
After what feels like nine years - and was actually nine years in my sims - the Sixers are finally hitting the floor again (before having three more days off). Any sense of momentum may have vanished in the long layover between Philadelphia and London, but the Sixers are looking to make it five wins in a row since being blessed by the Based God when they face the Celtics today at 3PM.
The Sixers, and standout social media performers Marc Zumoff and Keith Pompey, have been soaking up all the sights and sounds of LDN:
Chillin’ after the match. pic.twitter.com/bGXkNpPaM9— Philadelphia 76ers (@sixers) January 10, 2018
Coach talks about the team getting a chance to experience a different culture. #NBALondon pic.twitter.com/pxqR9OKefM— Philadelphia 76ers (@sixers) January 9, 2018
.@BenSimmons25 talks about getting a chance to play in front of a London crowd. #NBALondon pic.twitter.com/VugQASbTZV— Philadelphia 76ers (@sixers) January 9, 2018
Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot even met his hero:
Fresh off of arriving in London, @timcabs had a surprise meeting his childhood hero and @Arsenal legend @ThierryHenry. #NBALondon pic.twitter.com/bBXJDq8SaM— Philadelphia 76ers (@sixers) January 10, 2018
Of course, on top of all that fun and games is a .... game. The Sixers’ only other home game against the Celtics this year was the home opener which ended in a 10-point loss. They faced off in Boston once, which had the Celtics on top again, this time by 11. After today’s game, they’ll face off again next Thursday and then go their separate ways until the (playoffs/off-season). Pick whichever one of those you want. Joel Embiid will likely be looking to show off of an international stage, there will be no Markelle Fultz, and Dario Saric’s dad will be seeing him play for the Sixers in person for the first time. It should be a good one.
While the Sixers are looking to make it five in a row, the Celtics are looking for consecutive win #7. This would be a battle between two of the East’s hottest teams, but it’s been a brutal stretch for fandom, as a hot-streak heading into the Sixers’ most historically dominant month was cooled by playing the waiting game. Today, that ends, and after a much shorter break, we’re back to full-time basketball. God Save the Team.
3:00PM EST / O2 Arena, London, England / NBC Sports Philadelphia / 97.5 the Fanatic / NBATV