When Philadelphia followed a win over Toronto by beating Boston on Thursday, and Joel Embiid became Philly’s first All-Star starter since Allen Iverson, it was more than a banner day for the 76ers.
It pushed the NBA across the midseason threshold, with Philadelphia being the last team to hit the 41-game mark.
The season’s first half has carried the usual themes of Golden State’s dominating ways, Miami’s deceiving success and Cleveland’s distressing stretches.
There is a commonly good team fading to dark (Memphis) and a commonly bad team on the rise (Minnesota). There are teams turning it around from last season (Philadelphia) and the start of the season (Oklahoma City)...