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.
The final NBA In-Season Tournament East Group Play Standings ️— NBA (@NBA) November 29, 2023
Bucks (#1 Seed), Pacers (#2), Celtics (#3), and Knicks (#4) advance to the Knockout Rounds
Knockout Rounds begin Monday, 12/4 and Tuesday, 12/5 on TNT pic.twitter.com/yxywWYfWF6
Here’s your quarterfinal schedule for Monday and Tuesday of next week.
In-Season Tournament Quarterfinals schedule ⬇️ pic.twitter.com/DoCFeNukmE— NBA Communications (@NBAPR) November 29, 2023
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.
NBA regular season games scheduled for Wednesday, Dec. 6 and Friday, Dec. 8 ⬇️ pic.twitter.com/g0EykpvfZh— NBA Communications (@NBAPR) November 29, 2023
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.