Ben Simmons Out Indefinitely With Left Knee Injury

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Philadelphia 76ers young star went down with a left knee injury late in the 3rd quarter, of Wednesday’s win against the Washington Wizards. He had a noticeable limp but initial reports revealed there was no significant pain or swelling in the area.

Injury Timeline

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Ben Simmons underwent an MRI on Thursday morning that came back clean. There were no tears or breaks but there was a slight patella subluxation. He’s expected to be out but checked in on as things progress from day to day , according to sources from the Athletic. An injury to Simmons could have happened a better time for the Sixers. They are playing seeding games Thant won’t really have an effect on the Sixers moving forward. So why not rest the NBA steals leader for a few games. For perspective this is the same injury suffered by NFL star Patrick Mahomes last season and he only missed 2 weeks.

Sixers Outlast Spurs 132-130

The Sixers faced the San Antonio Spurs tonight in their 2nd seeding game. Philadelphia is coming off a devastating loss to the Pacers in which they gave up a double digit fourth quarter lead. Joel Embiid will look to repeat his performance from Saturday night, when he put up 41 points and 21 rebounds.

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First Quarter

The Sixer started the game trading buckets with the Spurs. Neither team seemed like they wanted to pull away. Eventually Philly used a pair of 3’s from Josh Richardson and some timely assists from Ben Simmons, to give themselves a cushion as the quarter came to a close. Sixers led after 1 by a score of 35-33.

Second Quarter

The Sixers started the quarter by clamping down on defense. NBA steals leader Simmons stepped in front of a lazy pass and took it the other way for an easy dunk. The two teams traded buckets in the latter half of the quarter, but the Sixers were able to come out on top 64-62. Tobias Harris led the Sixers with 13 points.

Third Quarter

Philadelphia put on a defensive master class in the 3rd quarter. They limited San Antonio to just 25 points in the period while jumping out and leading by as many as 12. Embiid did most of the heavy lifting gathering 6 of his 9 rebounds in the 12 minute stretch. Furkan Korkmaz hit multiple 3’s off the bench and the Sixers led by 12 going in to the final quarter 99-87.

Fourth Quarter

Philly tried their best to give this one away as their double digit lead evaporated after giving up another 40 plus point quarter. However, Shake Milton was in full redemption mode. After putting a goose egg against Indiana, Milton score the final 3 of his 16 points with 6 seconds left to ice a much needed win for the Sixers.

Final Score Sixers 132 Spurs 130

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Doug Pederson Test Positive For Covid 19

The Philadelphia Eagles have released a statement confirming that Head Coach Doug Pederson has been diagnosed with the Covid-19 virus that has swept the globe. He is now the second coach to be diagnosed with the virus following New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton positive test back in March.

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The Eagles have stated that the Super Bowl winning coach is doing well and is following all of the proper league protocols for those infected. This includes being quarantined away from all Eagles facilities. Pederson relayed the news to the tonight following results from two positive tests.

Plans Moving Forward

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While in quarantine Pederson will remain in contact with team daily, including the medical staff. The Eagles also plan to continue daily testing to insure the safety of the rest of the organization. Pederson will be allowed to return to the team as soon as all compliances are met.

Sixers Horrible Defense Leads To Disappointing Loss 121-127

The Sixers kicked off the 1st of 8 seeding games with a match up against the Indiana Pacers. A win tonight and Philly could move up to the 5th seed in the Eastern Conference. A loss, while not a complete nightmare, would make getting premium playoff seeding that much more difficult.

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First Quarter

It was a tough first quarter for the Sixers. Philadelphia’s defense was almost non existent as Indiana shot better than 60% from the field. Tobias Harris was the biggest key to Philly staying in the game, he scored 10 points including a key and one to stop a 17-0 Pacer run. The defense eventually stiffened and Philly was able to come out of the first quarter trailing by only 6 with a score of 35-29.

Second Quarter

The Sixers started off way better in the second quarter even taking the lead after a 15-7 run of their own. The good fortune wouldn’t last however. After a yet another slew of horrendous turnovers, most notably by Shake Milton, and having no answer for the hot shooting of T.J. Warren, they found themselves behind again in the latter part of the quarter. When All was said and done Philly once again trailed by 6 going into the half, 61-55

Third Quarter

Philly finally got things going in the third quarter. Led by the excellent play of Harris and Joel Embiid the Sixers outscored the Pacers by 12 in the quarter. The defense was also dialed in and kept the Pacers without a field goal for the first 7 minutes. When the dust settled the Sixers led 87-81 after 3.

Fourth Quarter

The Sixers started the quarter hot but eventually surrendered a 10 point lead on the way to a horrendous 4th quarter in which they gave up 46 points in total. Warren had a career high 53, as he torched Philly’s pathetic attempt at defense. By the end of regulation they found themselves starring at 6 point loss 127-121. The loss puts them even further behind Indiana in the conference standings.

Final Score: Sixers 121 Pacers 127

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Sixers Fall To Thunder

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The Sixers had their second of three scrimmages Sunday afternoon. This time they faced off against the Oklahoma City Thunder. The biggest difference from Friday? They are with out All Star Center Joel Embiid who is nursing a calf strain an was not available to play today. The Sixers looked to get a good look at alternative line ups that don’t include the multi faceted big man.

First Quarter

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Philadelphia started a line up of Shake Milton and Josh Richardson at the guards, Ben Simmons and Tobias Harris at the forwards, and Al Horford at center. The loss of Embiid was evident from the offset as the Sixers gave up 3 straight layups to start the game. However, the defense did settle down the rest of the way. Philly was able to stretch their lead at the end of the quarter thanks to some deadly 3 point shooting. The Sixers were 6 of 10 from distance in the first quarter and lead 31-26 after 1

Second Quarter

The Sixers continued their hot 3 point shooting in the second quarter with Glenn Robinson III getting in to the action. Philadelphia locked in on defense early in the quarter stretching a 5 point lead out to 11 and limiting OKC to just 2 makes out of their first 9 shots. Philly kept the pedal to the medal, and the pressure on for the entire 12 minutes and went in to the half with an 11 point lead 55-44.

Third Quarter

The Sixers waisted no time getting to work in the third quarter as they stretch the lead at one point to 21. Ben Simmons had his way with OKC in the third either dishing or finishing himself. The three ball continued fall in the 3rd as Milton hit from deep to push the lead to 24, with a score of 81-57. OKC used some long range shooting of their own, and took advantage a terrible Philly bench, to chop away at the lead a little toward the end of the quarter. Philly lead after three 81-70.

Fourth Quarter

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As was the case in the first scrimmage game, the Sixers bench showed their offensive ineptitude late. A 24 point lead dwindle down to 2, in what seemed like a matter of minutes. Philly for long stretches couldn’t buy a bucket. Furthermore, the bench was even worse defensively, giving up open 3 after open 3 and putting themselves down late and eventually losing a game they lead by as many as two dozen, by two possessions.

Final Score: Thunder 102 Sixers 97