Philadelphia 76ers: Looking to finish strong

The Philadelphia 76ers season expectations were incredibly low to say the least.   With the 2013-2014 NBA season coming to an end, the Philadelphia 76ers are just two games away from concluding one of the worst years in franchise history.

They will finish their season on Wednesday evening as they head to south Florida to take on the Miami Heat.  Even though it is likely the Heat will rest the big three in this one, the odds of the Sixers winning are still fairly low.

Despite the fact that the Sixers have already lost 63 games this season, they are still going to want to close the year out on a positive note.  The best way to ensure that is by getting a win tonight against the Boston Celtics. 

With the Celtics coming to the Wells Fargo Center this evening, this will be the fourth and final time these two teams meet.  The Celtics are currently in the same situation as the Sixers, but that does not mean these two teams have nothing to play for on Monday night.

The Sixers are currently on another losing streak; losing tonight and on Wednesday will make it six straight heading in to the offseason.  This is nothing compared to their 26 game losing streak, but nonetheless will try to halt the skid as quickly as possible.

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The Sixers and Celtics have been rivals for decades, but this is the first time since the 2006-2007 season that they will both miss the postseason.  Even though they will both miss the playoffs, each team understands the competitive nature between one another and the importance of this game.

76ers/Celtics 2012 Eastern Conference Semifinals

76ers/Celtics 2012 Eastern Conference Semifinals

Boston is currently on a two game win streak and would love to make it three after tonight.  However, from a team morale standpoint, this game is much more significant for the Sixers.

It has been no secret about how poorly the Sixers have played this year.  Out of all the teams in the NBA, the Celtics are the one team in the league the Sixers match up well against. 

In the three previous meetings this season, the Sixers dropped their only meeting at home but won the other two in Boston; including their most recent win on April 4th.  Out of the team’s 17 wins, Boston is the only team that the Sixers have beaten more than once.

By getting a win tonight, they will guarantee themselves a winning record against at least one team in the league this season.  This may sound like a small accomplishment, but with the way the Sixers’ season has gone, this will be a huge step in the right direction.

For a team that is full of players who get demolished by their opposition on a regular basis, securing a winning record against a team could be inspiring.  These guys continue to work hard and improve, so a win tonight could be a way to show how they are progressing in their development as professionals.

Any sign of positive reinforcement for a young player is vital to their mindset.  Beating Boston this evening  will not change the overall outlook of this season, but will be somewhat of a reward to the players who battle day in and day out.

Tonight is the final home game for the Sixers, so the attendance should be higher than normal.  The Sixers need to take the energy from the home crowd and give them something to cheer about.

The Sixers have shown more poise and toughness in recent weeks, as they have found themselves playing more competitively.  Now it is time to put all of their hard work to the test and see if they can close out the home season the same way they started it in October, with a big win.

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