Sixers coach Brett Brown said those words about two hours before his Processed ball club took its next step toward the top of the league Tuesday night.
3 seed in the Eastern Conference and, Tuesday night, deftly eliminated the Miami Heat, 104-91, in the fifth game of the first round of the NBA playoffs.
The win unfolded in front of a gaggle of regional luminaries; rappers and politicians and athletes and billionaires.
Philadelphia hasn’t seen hardcourt excitement like this since Iverson & Co. carried it all the way the NBA Finals against Kobe and the Lakers 17 years ago.
And now, look at the 76ers’ playoff logo — a segmented snake draped around a bicentennial bell underscored by “#PhilaUnite.” The commonality: All of the teams afforded themselves space to achieve; a chance for their sum to be greater than their parts.
“They didn’t skip any steps,” said Heat coach Eric Spoelstra, who said the Sixers’ injury woes slowed the Process.
Kelly Olynyk had ripped off the face mask that protects Embiid’s healing orbital fractures.
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