76ers look to eliminate the Wizards in front of a packed Wells Fargo Center
After everything possible went wrong during the 76ers game four loss on Monday, they have a chance to complete the gentlemen’s sweep against the Washington Wizards tonight. The Sixers will have some help from the fans tonight with the Wells Fargo Center at full capacity for the first time this season. Currently, Joel Embiid is listed as doubtful following his injury the other night, and Wizards forward Davis Bertans is out with a grade two calf strain.
While many are doom and gloom following Joel’s injury, it doesn’t seem to be as bad as fans think. Adrian Wojnarowski reported that many are optimistic regarding the injury, but Joel is still undergoing more tests just to be sure. It is going to be difficult without Joel but if the rest of the 76ers get their acts together it shouldn’t be much of a challenge.
Ben Simmons and Tobias Harris absolutely need to pull it together from Monday’s loss. Tobi shot 8/24 from the field while Ben Simmons missed six crucial free throws while Washington purposely fouled him late. Ben’s free throw shooting has been horrendous this postseason, missing 15 attempts through four games. Regardless Simmons should find his groove and if they come to compete the free throws shouldn’t decide this game for the 76ers.
Another injury to keep an eye on is guard Seth Curry. Seth hurt his ankle earlier this series but didn’t miss any games but looked to re-aggrivate it last night exiting the game early. There has been no word yet on where Seth stands but hopefully he will be good to go and have a clean slate of health going forward.
The 76ers fans are going to have a huge part in tonight’s outcome. Wells Fargo is one of few stadiums allowing full capacity and the playoff atmosphere is going to be incredible. Between their energy and a Sixers team hungry to finish this series, tonight’s game shouldn’t be a challenge. Finish the series, get some rest and let everyone recover, and get ready for game one this weekend.
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