Sixers’ Fate Hangs in the Balance: Round 2 Schedule Determined by Celtics-Hawks Game 5

Sixers' Fate Hangs in the Balance: Round 2 Schedule Determined by Celtics-Hawks Game 5

As the Sixers have already advanced to the second round of the NBA playoffs, they can now enjoy the luxury of observing and anticipating their next opponents. On Sunday night, the picture became clearer as the NBA presented two potential scenarios for the Sixers in Round 2 after the Celtics’ Game 4 victory over the Hawks, giving them a 3-1 series lead.

In the event that Boston triumphs over Atlanta in Game 5 on Tuesday night, a series between the Sixers and the Celtics will be scheduled on specific dates. The Celtics, as the No. 2 seed, will have the benefit of playing at home. It is important to note that Games 5 to 7 will only occur if they are deemed necessary.

  • Game 1: Saturday, April 29
  • Game 2: Monday, May 1
  • Game 3: Friday, May 5
  • Game 4: Sunday, May 7
  • Game 5: Tuesday, May 9
  • Game 6: Thursday May 11
  • Game 7: Sunday, May 14

Assuming that the Celtics-Hawks series extends to six or seven games, the dates for the Sixers’ second-round series have been scheduled accordingly.

  • Game 1: Monday, May 1
  • Game 2: Wednesday, May 3
  • Game 3: Friday, May 5
  • Game 4: Sunday, May 7
  • Game 5: Tuesday, May 9
  • Game 6: Thursday, May 11
  • Game 7: Sunday, May 14

Following their victory over the Nets, the Sixers took a day off on Sunday and will not be practicing on Monday either. While the break before Round 2 is beneficial, it seems that the Sixers would prefer the latter scenario, with the first game scheduled for May 1, particularly due to the uncertain status of MVP favorite Joel Embiid, who is currently dealing with a right knee sprain. Sixers’ coach, Doc Rivers, indicated on Saturday that the likelihood of Embiid returning for the start of the second round is “probably 50 percent, at best.”

During one of the regular-season games between the Sixers and Boston, Embiid managed to score an impressive 52 points while shooting 20-for-25, despite the Celtics being understaffed. Following their victory against Brooklyn in Game 4, James Harden emphasized the importance of prioritizing Embiid’s health, as well as maintaining their individual skills. With uncertainty around their next opponents, Harden acknowledged the challenge either team would pose, and stressed the need for the team to remain healthy overall.

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