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Joel Embiid (load management) out for Sixers vs. Timberwolves, rest of road trip

Joel Embiid (load management) out for Sixers vs. Timberwolves, rest of road trip

Updated: March 30, 7:10 p.m.

Joel Embiid and the Sixers dominated the Timberwolves and Karl-Anthony Towns in their previous matchup this season. Embiid posted 31 points and 13 rebounds, Towns shot 4 for 10 and was an unfathomable minus-42, and the Sixers won on Jan. 15, 149-107.

We won't get to see an Embiid vs. Towns rematch Saturday in Minnesota. In fact, we won’t see Embiid for the team’s entire three-game road trip.

Saturday will be the second load management day for Embiid since his return from left knee tendinitis on March 10, and it makes sense. Even without Embiid, the Sixers should be able to handle a Timberwolves team missing Robert Covington (ankle), Jeff Teague (foot) and Derrick Rose (elbow) with nothing to play for. The Sixers are getting closer to wrapping up the No. 3 seed in the Eastern Conference. They have a 3.5-game edge over both the Pacers and Celtics following Kyrie Irving's game-winning layup Friday in Boston. 

The Mavericks and Hawks will present tougher matchups, but Embiid’s health is clearly the top priority.

Rookie Jonah Bolden will get the start Saturday, but Boban Marjanovic will likely see more time Saturday night as a result of Embiid's absence. Marjanovic had 16 points in 18 minutes in the Sixers' win Wednesday over Brooklyn. This situation presents a good opportunity to get Bolden minutes. As the playoffs approach, it would be ideal for the Sixers to have Bolden sharp and ready when called upon if certain matchups against more mobile centers make Marjanovic unplayable.

After missing the past two games with a right quad bruise, James Ennis will play against Minnesota. Shake Milton took the bulk of Ennis' playing time against Orlando and Brooklyn, and the rookie performed well. Jonathon Simmons played 12 minutes in Orlando, then sat Wednesday night.

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Uh Oh: Stephen A. Smith is predicting HUGE things for Sixers this season

Uh Oh: Stephen A. Smith is predicting HUGE things for Sixers this season

Stephen A. Smith's track record of predicting things is suspect to say the least.

So it's with great trepidation that Philadelphia 76ers fans should watch the below clip in which he predicts an NBA Finals appearance for Brett Brown's club this coming season.

Smith made the prediction on ESPN's First Take on Friday morning while sitting alongside NBA legend Magic Johnson (the joke about tampering with Giannis may have been the highlight of the segment).

"The Philadelphia 76ers are going to the NBA Finals," Smith declares. "I'm going to defer to my man Jalen Rose when he points out that Boston arguably has the best perimeter shooting team. We can't ignore that. Toronto lost Kawhi, ain't nothing to discuss. The Greek Freak, as phenomenal as he is, the combo of not having a reliable perimeter shot combined with Malcolm Brogdon being in Indiana..."

"My attitude is, I don't like the fact that Philly lost JJ Redick, that's a big loss to me," Smith continues. "The fact that Boston no longer has Al Horford and the Sixers do, not only somebody to pair with Embiid but to spell him whenever he's out. I'm going to believe Ben Simmons has been working on his shot. I'm going to believe Tobias Harris doesn't have to worry about co-existing with Jimmy Butler and that's a plus. I'm going to believe Josh Richardson can play at both ends of the floor..."

"I'm a little suspect on their bench, but I think the Sixers are going to be playing in June."

On the bright side for Philly fans, it's not like Smith is making some bold proclamation here. FiveThirtyEight's prediction model actually gives the Sixers the best chances of making the Finals of any team in the NBA given the East's weaker make up than the West. In fact, they give the Sixers almost twice as good a chance of doing so than the next closest Eastern contender the Bucks (54% vs. 27%).

So Stephen A. isn't going out on a limb, but it never feels great when he picks your squad in anything.

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Sixers tease new red Statement jerseys that differ from last season's

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Sixers tease new red Statement jerseys that differ from last season's

The Sixers' Statement Edition jerseys last year were the red uniforms that said "Sixers" across the front in an interesting script. It appears those jerseys will be different for the 2019-2020 season.

Chris Heck, President of the Sixers and Mr. #OnBrand, tweeted out an image of the new jerseys that look quite similar to last season's but instead of "Sixers" across the front they have the familiar "Phila" in script.

Give it a look below:

The jerseys also have the familiar stars down the side of the jersey. The team hasn't made an official announcement just yet so it's unclear what other details may have changed from season to season.

This Statement Edition will join the two regular jerseys, Icon Edition (standard blue) and Association Edition (standard white), alongside the recently unveiled Classic Edition jerseys that feature a throwback to the 70s look with that very interesting "Seventy Sixers" across the front and Ben Simmons sitting in a dope old-school car.

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