The Philadelphia 76ers have not made it easy on themselves to remain in playoff position in the Eastern Conference.
Things are likely to get tougher in the final week of the season.
Set to play their final five games on the road, the 76ers hope to snap a three-game skid with a fifth consecutive victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Wednesday night.
Playing the second of three games in three nights, Philadelphia's late-season fade continued with a 102-97 home loss to Indiana on Tuesday. The 76ers (31-30) had a four-game lead in the Atlantic Division on Feb. 13 but have gone 11-21 since, and they own a 1 1/2-game lead over Milwaukee for the eighth and final playoff spot in the East.
"I'm trying to be positive with these guys, trying to lift them," coach Doug Collins told the 76ers' official website. "I try to bring some energy to this team and be as positive as I can."
That continues to be a challenge for Collins, whose team allowed 32 fourth-quarter points Tuesday to lose for ...