The Sixers are in the NBA playoffs: 'The Process' to becoming a fan

Last night the 76ers ended their regular season by soundly defeating the Milwaukee Bucks, 130-95, at the Wells Fargo Center. That means the team is heading to the playoffs with a 16 straight wins and their desired Eastern Conference No. 3 seed. It also means that if you haven’t been paying attention all season, now is probably a good time to start. Here’s everything you need to know to sound like you’ve been keeping up with the Sixers all season — don’t worry, we won’t tell.

When is the team’s first playoff game?

Game 1 is set for Saturday at the Wells Fargo Center at 8 p.m. The Sixers will be playing the Miami Heat and you can watch it on ESPN.

What’s the deal with Joel Embiid and his mask?

Embiid is the Sixers’ star center and one of the key reasons why the Sixers have been such a force this season. He was injured during the Sixers’ 118-101 victory against the New York Knicks on March 28 after colliding with teammate Markelle Fultz. Embiid suffered a fractured orbital bone, for which he has already had surgery, and a concussion. There is currently no timetable for his return, but Embiid told reporters that it’s unlikely that he’ll play in Game 1. Bummer. (Or columnist David Murphy thinks otherwise.) Read more about Embiid’s injury here.

In addition to being a baller, Embiid is also known for his hilarious social media commentary and failed attempts to woo Rihanna on Twitter back in 2014.

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Sixers center Joel Embiid wearing a face mask during warm-ups before the Sixers played the Milwaukee Bucks on Wednesday, April 11, 2018 in Philadelphia.

Who are the players that I should know?

The Sixers’ roster is loaded with talent.

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Sixers guard Ben Simmons dribbles the basketball against the Milwaukee Bucks on Wednesday, April 11, 2018 in Philadelphia.

Who is Brett Brown?

Brett Brown is the Sixers coach. He’s received a ton of credit for helping the younger players hit their stride and our columnist Marcus Hayes even thinks Brown deserves to win coach of the year for making Simmons a point guard.

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Sixers Head Coach Brett Brown against the Dallas Mavericks on Sunday, April 8, 2018 in Philadelphia.

Why does everyone keep saying “trust the process”?

The process was coined by former general manager Sam Hinkie, who believed in sacrificing short-term wins in favor of long-term victories. That meant trading away their best players for draft picks and building a core of young players with superstar potential. Simmons and Fultz were both first overall picks. And it’s clear that Hinkie’s approach has worked, judging from the Sixers’ season.

Where can I find some nifty Philly-based Sixers gear?

Check out Aphillyated, a local brand that Meek Mill has been spotted wearing. Shibe Vintage Sports also offers vintage-style apparel and hats. Cheesesteak Tees and Bark Tees are also good spots to look if you’re looking to stand out in a sea of jerseys.

Is there a Sixers song?

I am so glad you asked, budding Sixers fan! In fact, there is a song. Written and recorded in 1975, it’s called “Here Come the Sixers.” It’s not played at the Wells Fargo Center unless they win at home, but people are really digging this throwback jam already. Including, of course, the players themselves.