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Sixers do not advance in In-Season Tournament, play Wizards and Hawks next week

Philadelphia will play in Washington next Wednesday and host the Hawks next Friday.

Philadelphia 76ers v Atlanta Hawks Photo by Todd Kirkland/Getty Images

The Philadelphia 76ers did not hit on an unlikely five-way parlay in the final night of the NBA In-Season Tournament and will not advance to the quarterfinal stage, after finishing 2-2 in group play. The New York Knicks received the wild card slot in the Eastern Conference by virtue of a 3-1 record and a plus-42 point differential.

Here’s your quarterfinal schedule for Monday and Tuesday of next week.

Meanwhile, the rest of the NBA has to fill in the two additional regular season games, and the Sixers received some fairly favorable leftovers. They will play in the nation’s capital against the Wizards on Wednesday night and host the Atlanta Hawks on Friday night.

While the Sixers disappointingly did not advance out of Eastern Conference Group A (Nick Nurse jokingly blamed the court), perhaps two easier regular season games will benefit the Sixers in the long run of the Eastern Conference standings? Light years ahead? Regardless, we’re all winners for not having to see Philadelphia use the garishly red In-Season Tournament court another time, hopefully forever.

As for the tournament itself, it’s safe to say the inaugural run has been a success. In-Season Tournament games definitely had more juice to them and the point differential factor made for a fun bit of chaos and teams getting their feelings hurt because their opponents were running up the score. Suggestion: play defense? There could definitely be some tweaks (no more red courts for sure), but we’ll likely be seeing some version of the In-Season Tournament for years to come. I can’t wait to see what the atmosphere is like for the quarterfinals stage and when these teams hit Las Vegas.

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