Philadelphia 76ers Playing For Second Place Already?

November 9th, 2009 by Bryan Toporek Leave a reply »
As fellow B/R Featured Columnist Harrison suggested  a few days back, the absolute beating the Sixers received at the hands of the Celtics the other night suggests an alarming trend for Philly fans: that the Celtics are simply too talented for the Sixers to compete with this year.

The discrepancy in talent became painfully obvious as the Celtics continued to grind against the Sixers , turning a two-point lead after the first quarter into a 30-point blowout in the fourth quarter.  The Celtics shot nearly 57 percent (compared to 36.3 percent from the Sixers), had 12 more assists than the Sixers, and had their bench score 64 points on the Sixers in the rout.

We also can't fail to account for how invincible Boston has looked at this early point in the NBA season.  Before a seven-point home loss to Phoenix last night (one of the early surprise teams of the 2009-10 season), the Celtics had rolled to a 6-0 record, with three of those wins coming by at least 28 points.

Okay.  So, barring injury to one of the Big Three, the Sixers aren't catching the Celtics any time soon.  But second place in the Atlantic Division still likely makes the playoffs.
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