The beginning of every NBA season brings a broad swath of expectations for both individual players and collective teams. Those expectations carry quite a bit of weight, and to an extent can matter much more than objective success. If you’re exceeding expectations, you’re doing great. If you’re not quite getting there, you might be the target of endless Twitter roasting, and sometimes even more severe consequences.
These expectations are why the Cavs, despite being 31-22 and No. 3 in the East, were in a state of disarray and panic before basically doing a full-on rebuild in two hours at the deadline. But the Sixers, who are just hanging on to the eighth and final playoff spot in the conference at .500, are one of the feel-good stories of this NBA season.
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