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NBA Finals or bust for the Sixers? Don’t say that just yet

NBA Finals or bust for the Sixers? Don’t say that just yet

It is a simple question likely to elicit a variety of responses.

What would determine if this a successful season for the 76ers?

The 76ers finished 52-30 last year and defeated the Heat in the first round of the playoffs before losing to the Celtics 4-1 in the Eastern Conference semifinals.

This season, General Manager Elton Brand has added impact players Jimmy Butler and Tobias Harris via a pair of trades, increasing expectations.

"Our opportunity is now," Brand said. That's how he explained the Harris deal at last week's trade deadline.

Some fans insist it'll be a disappointment if the Sixers don't reach the NBA Finals for the first time since...

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