The Philadelphia 76ers took down the Washington Wizards in Game 5 during Wednesday night’s NBA action to win their first-round series 4-1 and the Atlanta Hawks defeated the New York Knicks in Game 5 on Wednesday night to win their series 4-1 as well. Now, the Hawks and 76ers will match up with one another in the Eastern Conference Semifinals with a trip to the Eastern Conference Finals on the line.
After failing to reach the Eastern Conference Finals for the last four seasons, the 76ers finally have a team they feel is good enough to not only win the East, but win their first championship since 1983. The only question moving forward for the Sixers is the health of Joel Embiid and whether or not he will be ready for Game 1 on Sunday, June 6th.
The Hawks get swept by the Knicks in the regular season, but in the postseason, they have looked dominant. After losing Game 2 on the road in MSG, the Hawks rattled off three consecutive victories against the Knicks and looked near perfect on the defensive-side of things.
With Trae Young playing arguably the best basketball of his career and numerous players on their roster having the ability to knock down big shots, the Hawks are definitely going to be a tough team for the 76ers to face in the Eastern Conference Semifinals.
This is definitely not going to be a series like the Wizards for Philadelphia, especially if they are without Joel Embiid for an extended period of time. With that said, let’s dive in and take a look at each team heading into this series.