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76ers valiantly, foolishly, charmingly believe they can make the playoffs

Mar 29, 2013, 9:10 AM EDT

Lavoy Allen, Ersan Ilyasova

John Hollinger’s NBA Playoff Odds run a simulation 5,000 times to predict the final standings of the NBA season. In two or fewer of those simulations, the Philadelphia 76ers make the playoffs.

Philadelphia – six games back with 11 games remaining – is so unlikely to make the playoffs, its odds appears as 0.0 percent, though that number might be rounded. The East’s top seven teams each show up as 100.0 percent, and No. 8 Milwaukee is 99.9 percent. But even if the Bucks (35-36) somehow blows this, the 76ers (28-43) aren’t a lock to replace them. The Raptors (26-45) and Wizards (26-45) aren’t officially eliminated, though both also show up as 0.0 percent.

The 76ers, obviously drunk on their win over Milwaukee on Wednesday, are having none of that logic, though. Doug Collins, via John Finger of CSNPhilly.com:

“We’re not done yet. We’re not quitting. We’re going to keep playing,” Collins said. “I never quit before I got to the finish line and I’m not going to start that now. We don’t have that personality. This city and this organization means too much to me and to our players to do that. We have young guys and we’re trying to build a nucleus here of young players.”

Damien Wilkins:

“I play for pride every game from game one to game 82,” said Damien Wilkins, who led the Sixers with 18 points, including the game-sealing steal and dunk with 41.7 seconds left. “For me every game means the same. I try to take advantage of every opportunity given.”

Spencer Haws:

“Until the math says we’re out of it, we’re going to keep fighting for it,” Hawes said. “You’re always being watched and you’re always being judged. This season hasn’t gone the way we would have liked, but there’s still some left and we have a bright future ahead.”

This is exactly the attitude the 76ers should take. They’ve fought hard for 71 games. Why stop now?

I mean, they’re not going to make the playoffs, but there’s something admirable about their relentlessness.

  1. mustbechris - Mar 29, 2013 at 9:36 AM

    *This is exactly the attitude they should take…if they had actually fought hard for the first 71 games. Instead they quit on their coach. And that’s not even to mention that slug Andrew Bynum. Really terrible organization from top to bottom. The season ticket holders who bought season tickets because the Sixers duped them into believing they’d see Andrew Bynum play this year deserve a refund. ESPECIALLY since Bynum’s contract is being covered by insurance. The Sixers just get to pocket that money. What a ponzi scheme.

  2. thekingdave - Mar 29, 2013 at 9:40 AM

    The last two paragraphs kind of negate the title of your post

  3. broadstbully - Mar 29, 2013 at 11:03 AM

    thekingdave,

    My thoughts, exactly.

  4. 1972wasalongtimeago - Mar 29, 2013 at 11:24 AM

    If the Sixers make the playoffs, the Heat get their 1st round pick. If not, we go through this again next year. It would be nice to have that chip (15th or 16th pick) come draft night; whether it’s to pick a player, or trade it for future, higher picks.

    Go Sixers!!!

  5. divan22 - Mar 29, 2013 at 2:19 PM

    They’re 7 games back, not 6.

  6. philadelphiafan - Mar 30, 2013 at 6:59 PM

    Who cares. No matter who gets the 8th seed they’re just going to get rolled by Miami in 4 games. I’d rather the Sixers keep their first round pick anyway.

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