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Ben Simmons drained a three in practice, so of course Sixers fans went crazy

Ben Simmons drained a three in practice, so of course Sixers fans went crazy

The Sixers are finally back practicing as a team down in the NBA's Disney bubble. After going four months without seeing their favorite players on the floor together, Sixers fans probably would've been happy to watch a 10-minute video of eblow jumpers and bounce passes.

Instead, they were given the holy grail of Sixers practice clips: a Ben Simmons three.

The fateful shot, a catch-and-shoot three from the left wing, comes about 24 seconds into a video of practice highlights:

You've got to love the team casually dropping that clip into the compilation, as if it's just another shot and not the most polarizing argument in the organization's orbit.

Of note, Simmons' two in-NBA game threes were taken from the respective corners, while his preseason three against the Guangzhou Loong-Lions came from the opposite wing, off the dribble. So this is a unique shot from Simmons, and it looked good.

Now, you might think that Sixers fans, hardened after multiple offseasons of "this is the year Simmons shoots threes!" chatter, would avoid overreacting to the shot.

You... would be wrong:

It's fair to say basketball fans are excited to watch some basketball.

With Simmons heading to the power forward position in the Sixers' new-look starting lineup later this month, perhaps he'll decide to go crazy and test out a new approach to his shot selection, too. It's... possible?

Or maybe he will never change. We'll see.

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Sixers injury update: Joel Embiid (left ankle) out against Suns; Ben Simmons has surgery

Sixers injury update: Joel Embiid (left ankle) out against Suns; Ben Simmons has surgery

The Sixers’ injury update on Monday was a long one. 

Joel Embiid is out for Tuesday’s game against the Suns with the left ankle injury he sustained in the first quarter Sunday vs. the Blazers. He’ll be undergoing treatment and evaluation at the team’s practice Monday night.

Brett Brown said he expected Embiid to play again before the playoffs, though characterized that view as “just one man’s opinion.”

Josh Richardson, who scored 34 points against Portland, will rest Tuesday. Tobias Harris is questionable with right ankle soreness and Al Horford is questionable with left knee soreness. Harris hasn’t missed a game this season, while Horford said in July, “I probably wasn’t where I wanted to be” physically earlier in the season but felt “in a much better place” after being able to rest during the NBA’s hiatus. 

The length of the injury report is not surprising after Brown on Monday seemed receptive when asked about possibly restricting minutes for key players in the team’s final three seeding games.

“I think it’s true ... where you want an honest sort of medical assessment of anything that equals a potential problem — you just want to avoid (it),” he said. “And landing the plane and entering the playoffs from this vision line of a bubble and time off and tiptoeing on pins and needles where you don’t want people to get injured, and then still find a rhythm, that’s a slippery slope. 

“You mentioned Jo. I think the question extends to people like Al Horford, as an example. Making sure Tobias is in a place where we can manage his minutes going forward and still find that balance of trying to compete and find a rhythm.”

Ben Simmons was the other player on Monday’s report. 

The 24-year-old had successful surgery to remove a loose body in his left knee, the team said, performed by Dr. Chris Dodson from Rothman Orthopaedic Institute. He’ll begin rehabilitation in Philadelphia immediately and will have a post-operative evaluation in approximately two weeks. 

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Sixers Talk podcast: A lot more questions than answers right now

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Sixers Talk podcast: A lot more questions than answers right now

On this edition of the Sixers Talk podcast, we discuss the health of Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons, whether the All-Star duo should stay together and much more.

(0:32) — Embiid suffers an injury and Lillard drops 51.
(9:16) — Don't expect a deep playoff run.
(14:30) — More pressure on Shake Milton or Josh Richardson going forward?
(21:41) — Will Brett Brown get a pass if the Sixers don't succeed?
(34:39) — Here we go with the trading Embiid or Simmons talk again.

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