The New York Islanders are Overachieving in 2018-2019
The New York Islanders are overachieving in the 2018-2019 season. Why's this the case?
The city of “Brotherly Love' is on fire and it's just heating up when it comes to bringing home the hardware in sports. As we all know, Villanova recently won their 2nd National Championship in 3 years. The Philadelphia Eagles won their 1st Super Bowl in decades. Now, it seems like the 76ers are on the brink to do what has not been done since 1983. Riding on a franchise record 15 game winning streak, the 76ers bandwagon has evolved into the Drake effect; going 0-100 real quick. With fans, executives and critics finally seeing the results for “trusting the process”, are their dominating momentum carries over into their playoff run? Dare that I said this but….the young, feisty Sixers will be your Eastern Conference representatives in this year's NBA Finals.
The Sixers are currently on the longest winning streak in franchise history. 15 games and counting as they are able to clinch the 3rd seed of this year's NBA playoffs. During the streak, a young stud by the name of Ben Simmons has been playing lights out hoops. The rookie from the “down under” is not showing his age at all has he's been averaging a triple -double during the team's winning streak. As he continues to leave it all on the floor, Simmons crafty and confident play represents a swagger that fans are slowly idolizing and teams are beginning to fear. The youthful squad have no care who is in front of them. They will apply pressure and step on your throat to get the W no matter how ugly it is. Youthful teams like the Sixers normally suppose to show immaturity and fear but not this young group. The swagger they showcase on the flow represents that Philly grit and blue collar grind which makes them an fan favorite and a major phenomenon since the days of Allen Iverson and his 2000s playoff squad.
What's more impressive about this run is the fact that they are gaining quality wins without their superstar in Joel Embiid. Embiid been sidelined due to an orbital fractural he suffered from running into his teammate Markelle Fultz during an pick-and-roll play. Embiid has been an monster and his stats proves it. This year All Star starter is averaging 22.9 points and 11.0 rebounds a night for his team. Once he went down, many have thought the Sixers were doomed but instead, they gain even more trust and confidence in themselves as role players like JJ Redick and Robert Covington have been shooting lights out from three. Even Dario Saric has been giving defenders fits thanks to his hustle plays and abilities to knock down the three ball.
As they face their potential 1st round matchup in the Milwaukee Bucks during the final week of the NBA regular season, the Philadelphia 76ers are in the position to do the unthinkable and that is to bring home an NBA World Championship. After all, there's a major chance it can be done. With a impressive win against the Cavs, Boston not having Kyrie and Gordon Hayward and Toronto's recent inconsistencies during their previous playoff performances, these young 76ers are ready to bring the pain towards any team that are sleeping on them. They say experience plays a major role during playoff time. But from what the world is seeing at Philly, they are proving night in and night out that their youthful spirit can bring promise to many fans, critics, and even doubters who already counted them out before this NBA season starts. If the momentum of them winning 15 straights continues, mark my words ladies and gents, the Philadelphia 76ers will be in this year's NBA Finals. Trust. The. Playoff. Process.