76ers to open NBA Playoffs Sunday at home, meet Play-In Tournament team

Tuesday, May 18, 2021
76ers to open playoffs Sunday at home, meet Play-In team
The Philadelphia 76ers will open the NBA Playoffs Sunday at home, but against who remains to be seen.

PHILADELPHIA -- The Philadelphia 76ers will open the NBA Playoffs Sunday at home.

But who will Joel Embiid, Ben Simmons, Seth Curry, Danny Green and Tobias Harris be playing against on the Wells Fargo Center court?

That is yet to be determined.

The 76ers will face either the No. 7 seed Boston Celtics, No. 8 Washington Wizards, No. 9 Indiana Pacers or No. 10 Charlotte Hornets in round one of the playoffs.

It all depends on what happens in the Play-In Tournament which begins Tuesday night.

The winner of Pacers-Hornets play-in game will then play the loser of Celtics-Wizards play-in game.

And the winner of that game will advance to face the 76ers in a best-of-seven series.

Did you get all that?

If not, let's have 76ers legend Charles Barkley try to explain the Play-In Tournament like only he can.

ESPN says the biggest concern for the 76ers going into the playoffs is: "Can this team score enough? Setting aside the obvious potential for injury, no one questions Philadelphia's ability to play suffocating defense when it is whole. But the 76ers' second-ranked defense is superior to the team's 13th-ranked offense, which can tend to get bogged down, especially when its streaky 3-point shooters start missing. Then there's the issue of scoring late in games -- that has been a problem in Philly for years -- and it remains to be seen whether this season's team will solve it."

The 76ers ended the season 49-23 and earned the top seed in the Eastern Conference.