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'Nobody' Jared Dudley has no regrets about ejection for shoving Joel Embiid during Nets' Game 4 loss to Sixers

'Nobody' Jared Dudley has no regrets about ejection for shoving Joel Embiid during Nets' Game 4 loss to Sixers

Jared Dudley — not All-Star D’Angelo Russell or Spencer Dinwiddie or Caris LeVert — has somehow become the most-discussed Nets player.

He’s invited the spotlight by calling Ben Simmons an “average” half-court player, being outscored by Simmons 31-0 in Game 3, and getting ejected for a shove on Joel Embiid that started a mini-brawl in Game 4.

Simmons, when asked about Dudley’s assessment of his half-court game Thursday, said, “That’s coming from Jared Dudley. Come on.”

And Embiid, speaking with TNT’s Ros-Gold Onwude, said after the Sixers’ high-drama 112-108 Game 4 win (see observations) that the 12-year veteran is “a nobody.”

“I’m too valuable for my team — that’s why I didn’t react. … My teammates need me more than they did him, so I just gotta be mature,” Embiid said.

Dudley had no regrets about his push of Embiid, which led Jimmy Butler to retaliate and be ejected, forcing the Sixers to play without one of their stars for most of the second half. 

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Sixers Talk podcast: Is Ben Simmons an All-Star? A reunion with Robert Covington?

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Sixers Talk podcast: Is Ben Simmons an All-Star? A reunion with Robert Covington?

On the latest Sixers Talk podcast presented by Wilmington University, Danny Pommells and Paul Hudrick discuss Ben Simmons' recent play since Joel Embiid went out with an injury, how alarming the Al Horford situation is becoming, and a possible reunion with Robert Covington.

• No, Simmons hasn't scored late in games, but he's been attacking the rim and causing opponents to make plenty of business decisions.

• How worried should we be about Horford's up-and-down season?

• Would a RoCo reunion make sense? What would you give up?

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Sixers Injury Update: Al Horford is questionable vs. Nets with left hand sprain

Sixers Injury Update: Al Horford is questionable vs. Nets with left hand sprain

The Sixers might be without their best two center options for Monday afternoon’s game against the Brooklyn Nets.

Al Horford is questionable with a left hand sprain. He sustained the injury with 6:31 left in the third quarter Saturday night vs. the Knicks after being fouled by Reggie Bullock.

"Yeah, I just took a fall there, landed on the hand,” Horford told reporters. “We’ll see where we’re at tomorrow. It’s pretty sore right now, but I’m just glad I was able to stay in the game and give the team whatever I could. … It’s definitely uncomfortable. In this game you always play through injuries and things like that. I just wanted to make sure that I did what I could. We’ll see where I’m at tomorrow, and hopefully good to go for Monday.”

Horford scored a season-low four points vs. the Knicks on 2 for 9 shooting. In the six games since Joel Embiid has been out because of a torn ligament in the ring finger of his left hand, the Sixers have gone 4-2 with Horford as their starting center.

According to multiple reports, Norvel Pelle will be listed as available but his status could change. The team is in a precarious situation with Pelle, who has one NBA day remaining on his two-way contract. The Sixers have opted against converting Pelle to an NBA deal for the time being to prioritize flexibility ahead of the Feb. 6 trade deadline, which has left them in this spot. The 26-year-old rookie has played 13 NBA games and averaged 2.6 points, 3.6 rebounds and 1.5 blocks.

On Friday vs. the Bulls, the Sixers decided not to use up one of Pelle’s NBA days, and Kyle O’Quinn played nearly 16 minutes, his first action of 2020.

It looks like Ben Simmons playing some at center could be a possibility. Brett Brown used Simmons as a small-ball five in the first half on Jan. 9 vs. Boston and after the game said, “I suspect you’ll see it again.”

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