The Sixers could have a lot more riding on Sunday’s Game 7 against Toronto than a trip to the conference finals.

The New York Times reports that head coach Brett Brown is expected to be fired if his team loses.

Beyond the uncertain fates of Butler, Harris and the sharpshooting J.J. Redick, rumblings in league coaching circles have grown louder by the day that 76ers Coach Brett Brown needs an N.B.A. finals berth to keep his job. Brown, I’m told, has little chance of surviving a second-round exit.

Whether the Sixers lose on Sunday to the Raptors in Game 7 of their second-round playoff matchup, or in the Eastern Conference Finals against the Milwaukee Bucks, putting that kind of pressure on the coach can’t be good for business. 

Brown clearly has been the right guy to coach these guys. 

He really hasn’t had this complete team for too long either. 

We’ll see what happens if they lose. 

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