On Wednesday the Sixers will try to accomplish something they haven’t done all season long: win four games in a row.
It won’t be easy with the Indiana Pacers in town. It begins a demanding stretch for the Sixers before the All-Star break in which three of their next four games are against the Pacers, Clippers and Bucks, who are a combined 32 games over .500.
With a record of 21-26, the Sixers have an opportunity to finish close to .500 and that is where I thought they would be at the mid-season break.
Winning games for the next three weeks without Thaddeus Young will be extremely difficult as the Sixers' energy guy recuperates from a grade one strain of his left hamstring. If -- and it is a big if -- the Sixers can tread water through the month of February, they have the potential to add some bodies to their lineup and possibly make a little bit of a run. I just can’t see Boston maintaining its level of play with Rajon Rondo out the rest of the season, which means the eighth and final playoff spot is up for grabs.
Just making the playoffs isn’t all that great, but in a season where the expectations were so high in the fall with the addition of Andrew Bynum, I would settle for a playoff berth. I’m anxious to see what Bynum can do, and I realize we won’t see all that much in the beginning whenever he returns. (Yes, I do believe he will return in February.) But after a month or so on the court, that is a different story.
This Sixers team is screaming for an interior player and even if it is for a short period of time, I would be very interested in seeing what this Sixers team would look like with a big body in the middle. The Sixers have 19 games on the road after the All-Star break, and if this team is going to do anything worth writing about in the second half of the season it will begin with wins away from home, where they have just six wins in 21 tries.