The Sixers lacked the killer instinct to finish the job against the Celtics in 2023. This is a trend that has happened too many times in recent years with the franchise. James Harden defended the team’s crushing loss by saying that this is the first year of their project. But that’s misleading because he’s only talking about when he joined the franchise.
“I just want to have a chance to compete, I mean, we’re only one year in,” Harden said (via SBNation). “We played against the team who’s been together for quite a few years now. They were in The Finals last year, so you kind of know what it takes to get back there.” Unfortunately, fans aren’t as happy to write off the Ben Simmons years as Harden is.