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With a rare opportunity, the Sixers find themselves with the most enviable road to the Finals

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And today, the first official day of the postseason, the Sixers may just have the clearest path to the NBA Finals of the remaining 16 teams. Co/kEiaUUG2j3

– PhillyVoice May 20, 2021

If the Sixers have a blue square slope ahead, other teams will have to traverse double black diamond trails, a few will face unmarked terrain Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images

The Sixers, finishing with the best record in the conference, have earned the right to the smoothest road to the finals.

But if we focus exclusively on the caliber of potential opponent we might simply ask: would you rather have to beat two of the East’s top 3 teams, one at home and one on the road or just one at home?

Barring upsets the Nets would have to beat the Bucks at home and the Sixers in Philly, while the Sixers would only have to beat one of the top three teams at the crib. One day, heartbreakingly, if a team was loved enough, had enough chances, but ultimately never broke through, we might nostalgically recall the Stockton and Malone years, the Miller years, the Barkley years, the Ewing Years, the Kidd years, the Nash years, the Chris Paul years, perhaps one day even the Lillard Years….

Win just one and a team is immortalized.

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