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Sixers, Celtics, Rockets need help in playoff push

Last season, the Philadelphia 76ers were a crazy bounce from a potential overtime victory against the Toronto Raptors and a spot in the Eastern Conference finals.

Before Tuesday’s games, the Sixers were in sixth place in the East, four games behind the Miami Heat and Boston Celtics for third place and ½ game behind the Indiana Pacers for fifth place.

The team many predicted would reach the NBA Finals, including me, is a long way from doing so. Following Monday’s 137-106 loss to the Heat, Sixers All-Star guard Ben Simmons said, “We were soft.”

At 31-20, the Sixers have proven who they are, and it’s not enough to win the East.

They need to make a move ahead of Thursday’s 3 p.m. ET trade deadline. Philadelphia isn’t the only team. Let’s take a closer look at teams that need to make a trade and improve their playoff prospects:

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