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#pounditTuesday, August 11, 2020

Sixers owner: Early playoff exit would be ‘very problematic’

The Philadelphia 76ers have high expectations after investing in Jimmy Butler and Tobias Harris this season, which means an early playoff exit would be unacceptable.

Owner Josh Harris said Friday that it would be “very problematic” if the Sixers failed in the first round this season, especially with a potential matchup against the Boston Celtics, a team they have consistently struggled against, looming large.

“It would be problematic,” Harris said, via Jackie MacMullan of ESPN. “Very problematic. It would not be what we’re playing for.

“We’d be unhappy. I’d be unhappy. The city would be unhappy. We’re going to work hard to make sure that doesn’t happen. We have enough talent on our roster that if we play the way we’re capable of playing, we can beat any team in the East.”

Coach Brett Brown got a new contract after last season, but one has to wonder if an early exit would bring his position under threat. It’s clear that the Sixers are aiming high, and they will not settle for a quick playoff run this time around.

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