In the wee hours of a pivotal day, the remaining teams are preparing to fight for their season. Portland and Denver are hoping to advance and punch their ticket to the Western Finals, while Philly and Toronto are wishing for the same in the East.
For Philadelphia in particular though, what happens on Sunday night could impact who is on the coaching sidelines next season.
Brown “needs an N.B.A. finals berth to keep his job. Brown, I’m told, has little chance of surviving a second-round exit,” The New York Times‘ Marc Stein wrote this weekend.
Brett Brown has coached the Sixers since the twilight of "The Process" days. He helped these players develop, and saw a transition of the team from the lottery to true playoff contenders in the East.
Last season, their run was cut short by a second-round exit to the Celtics. This year, having geared up with more talent and depth, the expectations have risen even further. If Brown and the Sixers cannot reach those expectations, it may cost him his job.
In a Game 7 that already had so much at stake, it looks like Philly might be playing for the future of Brett Brown as well.