Joel Embiid, 76ers Celebrate Playoff Qualifying Following Nets' Defeat

Even though the Philadelphia 76ers didn't play on Tuesday, they still had something to be happy about.

The Sixers officially made the playoffs for the sixth straight season when the Brooklyn Nets lost to the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Philadelphia is in third place in the Eastern Conference with a 48-23 record, a half-game behind the Boston Celtics (49-23) for the No. 2 spot and three games behind the top-seeded Milwaukee Bucks (51-20).

The Sixers still have time to move up in the standings if they want to, and games against the Bucks and Celtics in early April give them a great chance to decide their own fate.

For now, Philadelphia fans are having a great time because their team is back in the playoffs:



Joel Embiid, who leads the NBA with 33.6 points per game, 10.3 rebounds per game, and 4.1 assists per game, is one of the top candidates for MVP.

He is also the leader of the Sixers. He's shooting a career-high 54.6 percent from the field, and on defense, he's a force, with 1.8 blocks and 1.1 steals on average.

Embiid has done well because he has a strong team around him, led by former MVP James Harden, who averages 21.4 points, 10.8 assists, and 6.3 rebounds.

Tyrese Maxey, a third-year guard, has also been a consistent contributor. He has scored a career-high 20.0 points per game on average.

As long as everyone is healthy, Philadelphia has a good chance of making a deep playoff run, which has been hard for the team in recent years. 

Embiid and the rest of the team will be motivated to please their fans by doing well in the playoffs.