Sixers Look to Get Back on Track Against Phoenix Suns.
After a painful loss to the Warriors at home on Monday thanks to Steph Curry’s 49 points, things won’t get any easier for the Sixers tonight. Philly hosts the 41-16 Phoenix Suns, who already beat the Sixers earlier this year in Arizona. This matchup may look a lot different, with Philly having their fair share of injury problems. Tip-off set for seven tonight on NBA TV.
Tobias Harris has missed two straight games with a knee injury, but it seems that it is just precautionary as his status remains “Day-to-Day.” Ben Simmons also missed the Warriors game with a non-COVID-related illness. Both guys are expected to not suit up for tonight’s contest. Seth Curry has been nursing an ankle injury since March but played through it to face his brother. Joel Embiid has been battling through the knee injury from March, sporting a heavy brace since returning. All injuries to these starters seem to be minor or for load management, but with two starters out tonight’s matchup gets tougher for the Sixers.
The Sixers last faced the Suns all the way back in February, losing 120-111 out in Arizona. Both teams were at full strength for the contest, and it was a clash of two titans of their respective conferences. Embiid went off for 35 points, which proved to be not enough thanks to Devin Booker’s 36 points and Chris Pauls 18 point, 10 assist double-double.
The Sixers sit just a half-game in front of Brooklyn for the top seed in the East, making every game count going forward for Philly. The Sixers will get their fair share of playoff-caliber teams going forward, as they’ll have to travel out to Milwaukee for two games against the Bucks.
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