Sixers stats: Embiid turnovers, Simmons' length, shooting like Warriors

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Sixers stats: Embiid turnovers, Simmons' length, shooting like Warriors

Some fun Sixers stats ahead of tonight's game against the Lakers.

We'll avoid the Ben Simmons triple-double stuff that has been all over the internet all season.

The Sixers still have a lot to clean up. Today, we'll take a look at Joel Embiid's high turnover rate, Ben Simmons' defensive impact and some shooting stats that are comparable to the Warriors.

Robert Covington
• Covington is 48 for 96 (50 percent) from three. He's made one more three than Steph Curry in 25 fewer attempts. He's made five more threes than Paul George in seven fewer attempts. He's made 11 more threes than DeMarcus Cousins in 11 fewer attempts.

• Covington's shooting this high a percentage while still letting it fly often. His 3.7 threes made per game are tied for second in the NBA with Eric Gordon, behind only James Harden (4.3).

• A year after leading the NBA in deflections, Covington ranks fourth with 45. He's behind George (61), Thad Young (54) and Kent Bazemore (51).

Ben Simmons
• Simmons' length is already apparent on defense. He's contesting 4.3 threes per game, according to NBA.com, which is third-best in the NBA, behind only Jerian Grant and Anthony Davis.

• Simmons' ability to finish at the rim is uncommon, especially for such a young player. He's shooting 70 percent at the rim compared to 35 percent on his other 111 shots. That includes a 32 percent mark (24 for 76) on jump shots.

Joel Embiid
• Embiid is 30 for 90 (33 percent) on jumpers. A year ago, he was 38 percent.

• Among players who have played as many total minutes as him this season, Embiid has the eighth-highest rate of turnovers per 100 possessions (20.1 percent).

The seven players with higher turnover percentages are Draymond Green, Dwight Howard, Ricky Rubio, James Johnson, Jeff Teague, Tyson Chandler and Josh Richardson.

• Embiid's usage rate is still through the roof. When he's on the court, he touches the ball a ton. The only four players with higher usage rates than Embiid are James Harden, Kristaps Porzingis, D'Angelo Russell and Giannis Antetokounmpo.

T.J. McConnell
• The Sixers' backup floor general is averaging 8.4 assists per 36 minutes. That's more than LeBron James, Teague, Draymond, Simmons, Lonzo Ball and Kyle Lowry, among many others.

Team stats
• The Sixers are making 12.7 catch-and-shoot chances per game, second-most in the NBA behind only the Warriors (14.2).

• The Sixers lead the NBA with 10.9 catch-and-shoot threes made per game. The Warriors are second at 10.0

• The Sixers actually have one of the NBA's worst field goal percentages on drives this season at 41.4. Only the Kings, Blazers, Bulls, Clippers and Jazz have been less efficient.

• They're still playing the league's fastest pace. That includes the NBA's fastest offensive pace and sixth-fastest average defensive speed.

• The Sixers are averaging 17.3 post-ups per game on offense and 3.5 field goals made. It's a lost art, but they have Simmons and Embiid. Both figures are third-highest in the NBA behind the Knicks and Spurs.

NBA admits mistake that leaves Sixers scratching their heads

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NBA admits mistake that leaves Sixers scratching their heads

CAMDEN, N.J. — The Sixers were right.

The Sixers argued they should have set up at halfcourt, not fullcourt, for a decisive final possession of double overtime in Friday’s game against the Thunder. After a closer look following their triple-overtime loss, the NBA ruled the Sixers were proved correct. 

“After review, it was determined that the 76ers called timeout with 00:01.2 remaining on the game clock, which was prior to Saric's (PHI) dribble. Therefore, they should have been given the opportunity to advance the ball into their own frontcourt for the inbound,” the NBA Officiating’s Last Two Minute Report noted.

The confusion occurred at the end of the second overtime. Dario Saric got a defensive rebound and the Sixers called a timeout before he dribbled the ball. Because of this, the Sixers should have been allowed to set up a final play in the halfcourt, which is exactly what they had practiced and called.

But the referees made a last-second change as the Sixers were setting up. The Sixers were told they had to inbound from fullcourt, which would have been the case if Saric had dribbled before the timeout. The Last Two Minute Report indicated he, in fact, did not. 

“Respect that they are that transparent, but complete disappointment that it can happen,” Brett Brown said Sunday. “You really scratch your head. It’s significant.”

Every play, every basket can make a difference for a team fighting to make the playoffs. The Sixers were confident they could have won the game with the halfcourt play. Instead, they dropped back down to .500 and currently 10 in the Eastern Conference.

“Those things you need to avoid to give yourself every chance to win,” Brown said. “We can point to many other things that were self-inflicted wounds that we’ve got to do better. But when it’s that exposed and that prominent of an environment with 1.2 seconds left, it’s disappointing. But like I say, they’re transparent. I respect the fact they admitted it and we move on.”

Joel Embiid out Monday against Bulls; 2 other Sixers sidelined

Joel Embiid out Monday against Bulls; 2 other Sixers sidelined

CAMDEN, N.J. — Joel Embiid does not play both games of a back-to-back, but whether he plays in either of the Sixers' next two matchups will have to be determined.

Embiid is not traveling with the Sixers to Chicago for Monday’s game against the suddenly-streaking Bulls, who have won five straight. The big man usually plays at home in these scenarios, and considering he played 49 minutes in Friday’s triple-overtime loss, the decision was expected.

Embiid’s availability for Tuesday at home against the Kings, though, has not been finalized at this point. This is not surprising either being two days ahead of the game. Embiid, who has been dealing with back tightness, did not participate in practice Sunday. The Sixers will evaluate, monitor, and go through treatment with Embiid before making their call.

“Unsure at this stage,” Brett Brown said Sunday. “I do know he’s categorically out tomorrow and we’re going to learn more about him being available when we come back [for] Sacramento, I’d expect in the next 24 hours.”

The Sixers do know they will be without another two players for some time.

Trevor Booker will miss at least the next two games after suffering spraining his left ankle Friday. The newly acquired reserve will be reevaluated in approximately five-to-seven days.

Even though Booker was traded to the Sixers less than two weeks ago, he already made an impact on the second unit. Brown has seen enough over the last four games to know what the team will be missing.

“His toughness,” Brown said. “He’s got a motor. He plays with such a spirit. He’s a man. He’s a pro. He’s been in the league for a while. He gets it. It’s everything that you miss. It’s really everything this team needs.”

Furkan Korkmaz likely will be sidelined even longer. The rookie suffered a Lisfranc injury on his left foot while playing for the Delaware 87ers on Dec. 15 and is out indefinitely. The Sixers recalled Korkmaz from the G League and he is going through evaluation and testing. There is no timetable set for Korkmaz at this point.  

The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons described the injury as, “Lisfranc (midfoot) injuries result if bones in the midfoot are broken or ligaments that support the midfoot are torn. The severity of the injury can vary from simple to complex, involving many joints and bones in the midfoot.”

Korkmaz has been going back and forth between the Sixers and their G League affiliate in Delaware to get playing opportunities as part of his development in his first NBA season.