National Basketball Association first-round playoff matchups set


The 76ers have the fifth shortest odds to win the National Basketball Association championship.

The Miami Heat (44-38) are coming from a 116-109 OT win over the Toronto Raptors to capture the No. 6 seeed.

The Celtics aren't at full strength, but they'll be no first-round pushover for the Bucks (read here): The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel's Matt Velazquez examined the many obstacles the Celtics have had to deal with throughout the season and how they aren't to be taken lightly with all the injuries they're dealing with at this point in time. They are very Spurs-like to me.

Fultz's return to the court was not without its struggles.

"It's all love and appreciation", he said. The Sixers are going to be without Embiid to start the series.

The Sixers will kick off their playoff series against the Heat on Saturday night without star center Joel Embiid.

The 76ers have done just fine without him. Hinkie was eventually ousted last season as Bryan Colangelo eventually became team president, but the seeds of Hinkie's work took hold last season when Philadelphia improved to 28-54 while No. 1 overall pick Ben Simmons was sidelined with a foot injury. The season series was 2-2, with both teams winning their home games.

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It felt up in the air for a while, but things worked out in the end - Fultz is back with the Sixers and seems to be finding his place within the team at just the right time. This season, Embiid appeared in 63 games, averaging 22.9 points, 11.0 rebounds and 1.8 blocks. I think it's a snapshot into who these guys are. "It's getting there. I've got to keep working every day".

Fultz did close the year with a triple-double of 13 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists, and there still is some hope in Philly that Fultz can get back to gaining confidence in the playoffs.

He said the eye was still swollen and he doesn't suffer from blurred vision.

Even those with 20/20 vision needed a second look at the scoreboard to make sure the numbers were real.

— led by 41, 70-29.

The much-maligned — now sure to duplicated — "process" method that saw the Sixers strip the roster of talent to guarantee losing and stockpile draft picks has been a victor.

That adjustment was made after Simmons scored 20 points on 8-of-13 shooting in the first game of the season series on February 2, with 11 of those shot attempts coming within five feet of the basket.