People in Portland think they are finals material this year and maybe they are with a diminished GS and a full roster. Last night Whiteside, Gasol and Collins were all out, as well as Nurkic of course.
I thought the Sixers were unwatchable for a good chunk of the middle of the game but they got everything they could have possibly wanted out of a night without Joel - Harris stepped up, Horford was the difference, Simmons came back around and made those free throws and for a team that wasn't supposed to have a bench they sure looked deep last night. And for one big play at least, they had their gunner.
Last time I saw them in person here was a few weeks after the AI trade.