David Murphy: The Sixers have surpassed the Celtics, and have validated Sam Hinkie’s tenure

Pity the Celtics. Or, don’t pity them, because pitying them would feel a little bit like pitying a hedge fund. Laughing at them doesn’t really work either. They might be 10 games behind the 76ers in the Eastern Conference, but they’re hardly a disaster. They’ve won at least 48 games in each of the last five seasons. Three years ago, they came within a game of the NBA Finals. They are a good team with a good coach and plenty of staying power. Problem is, they aren’t a great team, and they can’t seem to figure out how to become one. What do you get for the team that has everything except the one…

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