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Joel Embiid (left knee soreness) and JJ Redick (back tightness) out for Sixers' game against Heat

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Joel Embiid (left knee soreness) and JJ Redick (back tightness) out for Sixers' game against Heat

The Sixers have the third seed in the Eastern Conference locked up and nothing to play for. Unsurprisingly, two of their starters won’t be playing Tuesday night.

Joel Embiid (left knee soreness) and JJ Redick (back tightness) are listed as out on the NBA’s official injury report for Tuesday’s game against the Heat.

Embiid noted he felt “pretty sore” after recording a triple-double in the Sixers’ loss to the Bucks Thursday, though he did play almost 28 minutes Saturday when the Sixers beat the Bulls and posted 20 points and 10 rebounds.

Redick hasn’t missed a game since Feb. 5, when he sat out vs. the Raptors because of nausea. He’s averaged 27 points and shot 47.5 percent from three-point range over his last four games.

James Ennis remains out with a right quad contusion, while Jonah Bolden (sore left knee) and Furkan Korkmaz are listed as questionable.

Since Feb. 12, when he tore the meniscus in his right knee, Korkmaz has been sidelined. He went through extensive shooting drills before the Sixers played the Bucks on Thursday.

A part of “the tournament” for bench minutes off the wing before his injury, there’s still a chance Korkmaz could re-enter that conversation, even at this late stage.

With Ennis out, Korkmaz's competition is Zhaire Smith, who has four games of NBA experience, and Jonathon Simmons, who’s recently been relegated almost exclusively to the bench. As a two-way player, rookie Shake Milton is currently not eligible for the playoffs.

Korkmaz theoretically provides shooting off the bench, although he's yet to fulfill his promise as a three-point marksman at the NBA level. He's averaged 5.8 points and 2.3 rebounds in 46 games this season, shooting 33.1 percent from three-point territory.

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Sixers' Tobias Harris joins protest in Philadelphia after death of George Floyd

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Sixers' Tobias Harris joins protest in Philadelphia after death of George Floyd

Sixers forward Tobias Harris was among those protesting in Philadelphia on Saturday after the death of George Floyd in Minnesota earlier this week.

Floyd, a 46-year old black man, was killed Monday while in police custody. Video showed Minneapolis officer Derek Chauvin, kneeling on Floyd’s neck, for more than 8 minutes. His death has sparked protests against racial injustice and police brutality around the country. Chauvin was fired and charged with third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter. The other officers on the scene, Tou Thao, J Alexander Kueng and Thomas Lane, were fired but have not been charged.

Harris showed himself on social media with the crowd protesting around City Hall and the Museum of Art. Teammate Mike Scott was “there in spirit.”

Scott on Friday had voiced his disagreement with an Associated Press tweet on Chauvin’s arrest that didn’t directly characterize Chauvin’s actions as murder. 

Other prominent figures within the Sixers and NBA have also spoken out in recent days. In a series of tweets Friday night, Ben Simmons advocated for “calling out the uncomfortable subject of blatant racism that exists heavily within our society.” 

Josh Richardson on Friday had responded to tweets by President Donald Trump in which Trump referred to protestors as “thugs,” raised the possibility of bringing the National Guard into Minnesota to “get the job done right” and threatened “when the looting starts, the shooting starts.”

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Sixers Talk podcast: Latest on an NBA return; remembering 1983 Finals

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Sixers Talk podcast: Latest on an NBA return; remembering 1983 Finals

On this edition of the Sixers Talk podcast, we discuss many reported scenarios for a return to play for the NBA and remember the 1982-83 Sixers. 

(0:27) — Introducing the newest member of the Sixers Talk podcast, Ben Berry.
(2:45) — We are close to having NBA basketball returning.
(19:34) — Remembering Game 1 of the 1983 NBA Finals and how the league has changed since.

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