Wizards' Scott Brooks on playing 76ers 'There's no reason to fear anybody'

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Scott Brooks: Sixers put on 'one sock at a time, just like us’ originally appeared on NBC Sports Washington

As the Wizards put the final exclamation point on a dominating 142-115 win over the Pacers in the play-in tournament, fans at Capital One Arena made their voices heard as they chanted about the playoffs. 

“We Want Philly!”

Of course, it’s not like the Wizards or the fans had any choice. 

By virtue of the Wizards’ win Thursday, they clinched the eighth and final seed in their conference and will face the No. 1 seeded 76ers in the first round of the Eastern Conference playoffs. Game 1 is on Sunday at 1:00 pm. 

But that doesn’t mean they’re ready to wilt just yet.

“But, hey, there’s no reason to fear anybody you play against,” coach Scott Brooks said. “You respect them and you compete against them. They put their socks on one sock at a time, just like us, unless they do something different like putting both on at the same time. I don’t think so, that’s some tricky stuff there.”

The 76ers were the third best team in basketball this year with a 49-23 record, 15 games better than the Wizards’ mark. They’ve got MVP candidate Joel Embiid in the middle and have length for days on the perimeter. Ben Simmons will also certainly present matchup problems for the Wizards on both ends of the floor. 

The Wizards, though, think they’ve got a fighting shot. And yes, it would be an upset for the 76ers to even take six or seven games to put the Wizards away. But that doesn’t mean Washington won’t go down without a swing.

“What we’re about, we want to play the way we’ve been playing,” Brooks said. “We’ve been really improving these last two months. We know we’re up against a big challenge, they’re a good team, they have the best record in the east for a reason. But the game is about 48 minutes on the clock, it’s not about the noise that people will say about the game.”