The COVID-19 pandemic has distorted time.

The Philadelphia 76ers were a bounce and overtime victory away from reaching the Eastern Conference finals last season. It might as well be a lifetime ago.

Today, the Sixers are two games from getting bounced out of the playoffs in the first round after losing to the Boston Celtics on Wednesday and falling to 0-2 in the best-of-seven series.

Not only are they no closer to an Eastern Conference championship than they were last season, they are headed in the opposite direction.

And the long-term prospects aren’t encouraging either.