Tonight, for the first time since 2001, the Sixers will host a Game 7 in their building.
Knowing the nostalgia surrounding that early-2000s team, those are the type of historic stakes we’re dealing with tonight as the current iteration of the Sixers looks to put away Atlanta. Disastrous second-half collapses in Games 4 and 5 prolonged this series longer than it needed to go, and without Tyrese Maxey doing his best Deus Ex Machina impression Friday night, we would probably be looking at Atlanta in 6 and a tumultuous offseason of upheaval in the City of Brotherly Love.
A win tonight and we can put Games 4 and 5 in the vault of “Things We’ll Never Think About Again.” So how do the Sixers get it done tonight at the Wells Fargo Center?
For starters, it would sure help for Seth Curry to stay on his current heater.
The Sixers will also need a better effort on the offensive end than they received from Joel Embiid in Game 6.