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Joel Embiid, Karl-Anthony Towns suspended 2 games; Ben Simmons faces no disciplinary action

Joel Embiid, Karl-Anthony Towns suspended 2 games; Ben Simmons faces no disciplinary action

We now know the punishments for the fight between Joel Embiid and Karl-Anthony Towns that occurred Wednesday night.

Embiid will be suspended two games for his actions in the Sixers’ 117-95 win over the Timberwolves. Towns, who clearly threw a punch while the two were tangled up, also received two games.

Though it did not appear that Embiid threw a punch, his actions after the fight likely didn’t help his cause. After his ejection was announced, he encouraged the fans to cheer before he began shadowboxing, much to their delight.

During his media availability after the game, Embiid took the opportunity to puff his chest.

“... I was built for this city and they were built for me," Embiid said. "My reaction, the reaction and the love they have for me —I can't thank them enough. ... And I heard the MVP chants from the locker room. But that's what the city of Philadelphia is about. You got to come here, you got to fight. You got to play hard. Got to be gritty. You got to be Broad Street bully. So that's what it's about. So we're going to keep on fighting and trying to accomplish the goal we have set for us.”

He then doubled down by waging a social media war with Towns.

Embiid will begin serving his suspension Saturday when the Sixers take on the Trail Blazers, per the NBA's release.

Ben Simmons did not face any disciplinary action. Simmons, who ended up on top of Towns at the end of the scrum, was deemed a “peacemaker” by the officials on the floor. Minnesota reportedly disagreed with that assessment, saying Simmons deployed a "dangerous chokehold."

Simmons on Thursday stood by his actions and dismissed the Timberwolves’ accusations.

“I don't really have anything to say about it,” Simmons said after practice. “My teammate and Karl went at it, I tried to grab them and separate them and get Karl to relax a little bit because I know Karl. People know me, they know I'm not that type of player so it is what it is.”

The league apparently agreed.

The Sixers begin a brutal West Coast trip starting in Portland Saturday night.



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Matisse Thybulle, Jonah Bolden and T.J. McConnell are vacationing together during All-Star break

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Matisse Thybulle, Jonah Bolden and T.J. McConnell are vacationing together during All-Star break

Though the NBA All-Star festivities have officially come to an end, the Sixers aren’t set to play again for another three nights. When you’re an avid sports fan, that seems like an eternity.

What are Sixers fans supposed to do during this break while they wait for their favorite team to get back in action?

I suggest a daily dose of wholesome content.

Today's edition of wholesome content comes from a place of warmer weather, with Sixers old and new vacationing together.

That's right, Matisse Thybulle is currently on vacation with former Sixers T.J. McConnell and Jonah Bolden. The past and present of fan favorites have come together to enjoy the little break in their hectic schedules.

And by the look of things, they're definitely enjoying themselves with ... whatever they're doing here.

And when the players are on the court, fans care about their shoe choice  — so the same should apply off the court, right?

With that being said, Thybulle went with a white croc and is rockin' them. One might even say ... crockin' them. Yes, I actually wrote that.

Anyways, the Sixers are back in action Thursday night when they host the Nets. Then and only then will the bad puns stop ... maybe.

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The fun Joel Embiid-Ben Simmons moment you might've missed during All-Star Game in Chicago

The fun Joel Embiid-Ben Simmons moment you might've missed during All-Star Game in Chicago

There’s been a lot made of Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons’ fit on the court. In the past, there have been rumblings of the pair not necessarily getting along off it.

During All-Star Weekend in Chicago, the pair seemed to get along swimmingly.

But there was this fun moment we likely all missed initially.

While it’s true that they’re very different people and may not be best friends, it seems like they have a mutual respect and admiration for one another.

Both players shined throughout the night. Simmons (17 points, six rebounds, five assists, two steals) put on a show during his first run, dunking everything in sight. Team Giannis basically ran their offense through Embiid (22 points, 10 rebounds, one ridiculous Dream Shake on LeBron) down the stretch.

Their chemistry appears to be growing. That could only help the Sixers as they look to go on a run in the final 27 games after the All-Star break.

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