Last night the 76ers ended their regular season by soundly defeating the Milwaukee Bucks, 130-95, at the Wells Fargo Center. That means the team is heading to the playoffs with a 16 straight wins and their desired Eastern Conference No. 3 seed. It also means that if you haven't been paying attention all season, now is probably a good time to start. Here's everything you need to know to sound like you've been keeping up with the Sixers all season — don't worry, we won't tell.
Embiid is the Sixers' star center and one of the key reasons why the Sixers have been such a force this season. He was injured during the Sixers' 118-101 victory against the New York Knicks on March 28 after colliding with teammate Markelle Fultz. Embiid suffered a fractured orbital bone, for which he has already had surgery, and a concussion. There is currently no timetable for his return, but Embiid told reporters that it's unlikely that he'll play in Game 1. Bummer. (Or columnist David Murphy thinks otherwise.) Read more about Embiid's injury here.
In addition to being a baller, Embiid is also known for his hilarious social media commentary and failed attempts to woo Rihanna on Twitter back in 2014.
The Sixers' roster is loaded with talent.
Brett Brown is the Sixers coach. He's received a ton of credit for helping the younger players hit their stride and our columnist Marcus Hayes even thinks Brown deserves to win coach of the year for making Simmons a point guard.
The process was coined by former general manager Sam Hinkie, who believed in sacrificing short-term wins in favor of long-term victories. That meant trading away their best players for draft picks and building a core of young players with superstar potential. Simmons and Fultz were both first overall picks. And it's clear that Hinkie's approach has worked, judging from the Sixers' season.
I am so glad you asked, budding Sixers fan! In fact, there is a song. Written and recorded in 1975, it's called "Here Come the Sixers." It's not played at the Wells Fargo Center unless they win at home, but people are really digging this throwback jam already. Including, of course, the players themselves.