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Tobias Harris, Sixers react to clinching playoff spot with win over Hawks

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Tobias Harris, who has stepped up as a team leader all season, had a nice all-around game, going for 17 points, seven rebounds and six assists. “This is Philadelphia basketball where greatness is really something that is expected from our fans, it’s expected from us as a group, and it’s one of our goals, day in and day out so we understand that. We’re not a team in the locker room celebrating for clinching the playoffs right now. We want to celebrate when we’re able to win, and win big, in this postseason. That’s our goal.”

Joel Embiid has been around for all of these postseason appearances, and the team has fallen short every time. “You got to make the playoffs, and you gotta win the first round, second, conference finals, and then you get to the Finals and it’s a long road. You got to be focused for it, and I think we have everything we need to make it happen. It’s all about us coming in and dominating every game.”

One of the pieces that will help is Seth Curry who had 20 points while knocking down four 3s. His presence out on the perimeter has been huge, and it has the team excited for what’s to come. “Especially, being here, a new team, new environment hopefully it’s a great atmosphere for us when we do get to get to the playoffs, but you can’t skip any steps as a team. We just got to keep our spot, we got to continue to stay healthy, continue to get better, and continue to play good basketball as a team heading into the playoffs.”

The Sixers have 10 games left to prepare for the postseason and get themselves on the right page.

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