Friday 26th May 2017,
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Philadelphia 76ers: Philadelphia Has to Do the “Rocky Way” to Win Against Miami

The 72-stone step entrance of the Philadelphia Museum of Art is one of the famous tourist attractions in the city. Each step bears memories and sweat of thousands of would-be Rocky Balboas mimicking his famous “Rocky climb.”

The Rocky statue that is located at the top of the steps is now found at the bottom right portion with his arms extended towards the sky in victory. This has been a symbol for the underdogs—the battered fighter that defies all odds—that he may be down but not out.

Andre Iguodala knows being down 0-3 seems to be a hopeless case. No team in NBA history has ever done it—winning four straight wins after a 0-3 deficit. Not with the resilient Miami Heat that still outscored them on an off night and not with LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh playing on one team.

The Sixers could have won the last game, but they couldn’t find ways to knock those shots in. They were true underdogs, as everybody expected the Miami Heat to crush the Sixers and no one ever dared to flip the script.

Iguodala knows that if they are to win this series, they will have to win it the “Rocky way.”

Nobody thinks it’s easy, but nobody said it’s impossible.

They almost scored an upset in Game 1 when they outscored Miami 25-11 in the first quarter, but failed to sustain their lead going to the second quarter. It has always been their inconsistency that proved costly for them. But it also has to do with Miami’s crippling defense.

One game at a time…with 82 games in the season and three games in the first round, it all boils down to one knockout game. Andre has been carrying the team for most of the time, playing with a sense of urgency and getting the team more involved in the offense.

They will have to forget about the Miami trio since basketball, after all, is a team game. Everyone must be accounted for. This is now the time Rocky strikes back and destroys Apollo Creed.

There may be a reason why the Rocky statue was placed in Philadelphia. The Sixers needed an inspiration, and they don’t have to climb 72 steps to see it.

One step at a time, one game at a time, as the Philadelphia 76ers will keep on swinging…hoping to land that one big punch.

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