With Boston or Miami looming on the horizon, there are those who believe that the Philadelphia 76ers trip to the postseason will be a short one.
And then there are those who have been paying attention these past four months.
Since their abysmal 3-13 start, Philadelphia has been one of the hottest teams in the NBA, going 37-24 over its past 61 games. The 76ers' success has been a total team effort - they've locked up a spot in the playoffs despite the fact that no one on their roster is averaging 15 points per game this season.
With momentum on their side - and Doug Collins at the helm - the Philadelphia 76ers are going to be a much tougher out than many people expect. Here are 10 reasons why the 76ers could shock the world and pull off an upset in the first round of the Eastern Conference Playoffs.