Embiid Dominates, Simmons Hurt in Sixers Win against the Wizards
The Sixers were back today against the Wizards trying to build off Shake Miltons game winning three pointer against the Spurs on Monday night. Joel Embiid was sharp yet again putting up 30 points 11 rebounds 3 assists 3 steals and 2 blocks as the 76ers beat an absolutely terrible Wizards team 107-98.
Led by Tobias Harris and Shake Milton, the Sixers showed they could hold it together as Embiid battled with foul trouble and Ben Simmons exited the game in the 3rd quarter with a knee injury.
Simmons landed awkwardly after grabbing an offensive rebound. The following break, he walked into the locker room and didn’t return. Simmons dipped late in the 4th quarter and Brett Brown said after the game the team “doesn’t know anything on the extent of the injury but that he was very curious”.
I understand Brett’s answer given that the team just finished a game but for whatever reason, I’m laughing at the fact that Brett Brown would probably not know anything about the injury regardless.
We did get some updates later this evening stating that there was no serious damage and that Simmons would be day-to-day with his injury. Again, given the Sixers medical staff’s track record, that could mean career ending or he’ll be back at practice tomorrow. Let’s hope for the latter.
The 76ers pulled within a game of the Pacers for fifth place in the Eastern Conference standings. Harris and Shake really played well down the stretch. Shake hit some big shots to keep Washington out of reach. He continues to impress after a slow start game one against the Pacers.
Brett Brown said “I think that he is at the best place he has been since I starting coaching him” when speaking of Embiid which made us all wonder when he was coaching him to begin with.
Philadelphia is trying to make the most of a favorable schedule. This was the second game in a five-game stretch in which the 76ers play opponents currently seeded seventh or lower in their respective conference.
I love the guard play the last two games. Josh Richardson had 15 points and Milton added 14. That will need to remain consistent with uncertainty around Ben Simmons.
The Sixers play the Magic on Friday.