The 76ers are struggling after going on a monster roll through the months of February and March. The Sixers have lost four of five including a tough loss in the waning moments against Cleveland. Originally, I thought the 76ers loss against the Cavs was good for the team because it ensures the Sixers will play the Pistons in the first round of the playoffs, a team the 76ers can beat.
I'm now somewhat back tracking on that thought. Yes, I'm glad the 76ers get to play the Pistons, but what I didn't realize at the time was the loss was the Sixers fourth in five games. You want your team to have confidence heading into the playoffs and losing four of five before the season finale can put a damper on your confidence.
Tonight's game will be important for the 76ers to win if and only if Mo Cheeks plays his starters and doesn't get a disproportionate number of minutes from his bench tonight. If he does go to the bench early, then it's key the 76ers are leading at the time the starters head to the pine.
Other notes for tonight: Charlotte is 31-50, fourth in the Southeast conference. The 76ers hold the season series 2-0. A win would also give the 76ers a .500 record for the first time since 2004-2005 when they finished 43-39 when they lost to Detroit in the first round in five games.