Mar 8, 2024 - Sports

Without their stars, Sixers keep sliding

Sixers Tyrese Maxey, left, and center Joel Embiid.

Been awhile since we've seen these two on the court together. Photo: Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images

The Sixers are fading faster than Travis Kelce's haircut.

State of play: The team has dropped from fifth to seventh place in the Eastern Conference since losing reigning MVP Joel Embiid to a meniscus injury and star guard Tyrese Maxey to a concussion.

  • With about a quarter of the regular season remaining, there's still no definitive timeline for Embiid's return, though there's talk of him coming back at the end of the month.

Reality check: If the postseason started today, the Sixers would have to make it through the NBA's play-in tournament for a playoff spot.

  • That's a huge drop for a team that was a win away from making the Eastern Conference finals last season for the first time since 2001.

What they're saying: The Sixers "look like a lost team" after dropping games to the lowly Nets and Grizzlies, writes Inquirer beat reporter Keith Pompey.

  • Pompey fears there aren't many more winnable games left on the schedule, including Friday's against the Pelicans.
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