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Sixers injury update: Joel Embiid (left shoulder sprain) expected to be re-evaluated in approximately 1 week

Sixers injury update: Joel Embiid (left shoulder sprain) expected to be re-evaluated in approximately 1 week

Updated: 10:05 p.m.

According to a Sixers spokesperson Thursday night, testing on Joel Embiid’s left shoulder confirmed a left shoulder sprain and showed no significant structural damage. Embiid’s progress will be symptom-based and he is expected to be re-evaluated in approximately one week, the spokesperson said. 

Embiid sustained the injury in the first quarter Wednesday night against the Cavaliers on a collision with Ante Zizic. He missed two free throws after the play, appearing to be in significant pain, before Furkan Korkmaz took a foul so Embiid could exit the game. Though Embiid briefly returned to the bench in the second quarter, he left after talking to head athletic trainer Kevin Johnson and had a conversation with GM Elton Brand in the tunnel on his way back to the locker room.

Brett Brown said he was relieved to hear that Embiid’s injury was not more severe. 

“The fact that there is no structural damage we all hear loudly, and maybe it’s as simple as that in some ways,” he said. “Of course. And it’s as much from the personal standpoint as it is [as a] selfish coach. He’s looking forward to this run home, the final third, the responsibility. No [Ben Simmons], for how long we’ll all figure out in time. To learn that from his perspective, and again, from the team’s perspective, that is exciting news.”

The Sixers, who improved to 28-2 at home with a win Thursday over the Knicks, are also without Simmons, who has nerve impingement in his lower back and will be re-evaluated in approximately two weeks.

Al Horford started at center Thursday and had his best game since the All-Star break, posting 15 points, nine assists and seven rebounds. Though Norvel Pelle was available after missing the past two games with an upper respiratory illness, Brown went with Kyle O’Quinn as his backup center. 

The team is set to travel West for a four-game road trip that begins Sunday and features games against the Lakers and Clippers. At 9-21 away from Wells Fargo Center, the Sixers have the worst record of any team currently in playoff position. 

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Sixers smother Wizards in rare road win in NBA2K simulation

Sixers smother Wizards in rare road win in NBA2K simulation

If only the real Sixers were as good on the road as the NBA2K version.

The Sixers smothered the Wizards in a 64-50 win during an NBA 2K20 simulation Friday night.

A 17-0 run to start the fourth quarter pushed the Sixers’ lead from five to 22 and essentially sealed the victory.

Perhaps Washington’s mascot — who basically looks like Gonzo from the Muppets with a gut and a wizard hat on — rollerblading on the court at halftime affected the hardwood.

Here are observations from the win:

Bully ball defense

Bradley Beal got off to a scorching start, scoring all 11 of the Wizards’ first-quarter points. After that, it was tough sledding for Beal and the Wizards.

The star guard had just one point in the second and two in the third. By the time Beal hit a three with under four minutes left in the fourth quarter, the Sixers had already gone on a 17-0 run and put the game away.

Embiid quiet again

For some reason, the Sixers don’t get the ball to their best player in this video game. It makes zero sense. Embiid did appear to be playing banged up. He kept flexing his shoulder and had a little medical symbol pop up next to him. Embiid scored one basket with 16.9 seconds left in the first half. That’s it. He did challenge a ton of shots at the rim.

On the other hand, Ian Mahinmi was the Wizards’ best player and played really well … which is something. Mahinmi, who has one of the worst contracts in the NBA, would not normally be the type of big who takes it to Embiid, but in this simulation, it was Mahinmi’s night.

Sixers would take this Harris and Horford in real life

Yet again, Horford was strong in this simulation. He was great on both ends, punishing rookie Rui Hachimura in the post offensively and defensively. Though the mighty Mahinmi did take it to Horford on a couple possessions. 

Tobias Harris and Josh Richardson were also big in this one. Harris, who was the 2K Player of the Game, posted a double-double while Richardson put the clamps down on Beal. Both players played a big part in the fourth-quarter run.


A night to forget for Neto

In a surprise move, virtual Brett Brown decided to go with seldom-used Raul Neto as his backup point guard. It did not go well. Neto missed his first four shots, which all seemed of the forced variety. Brown had seen enough and went to Richardson as his backup one.

Brown gave Neto a second chance in the second half and the veteran point guard rewarded him. Neto came up with a steal on former Sixer Ish Smith and finished on the other end in the third.

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Sixers Talk podcast: Story time with the great Coach Jim Lynam

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Sixers Talk podcast: Story time with the great Coach Jim Lynam

On this edition of Sixers Talk, we're joined by the great Coach Jim Lynam who talked about his regrets with the Charles Barkley trade, his days with the "Jail Blazers" and told stories about Dr. J, Moses Malone and Maurice Cheeks.

(1:29) • Brand being considered a candidate for the Knicks GM job?

(10:31) • COVID-19 pandemic causing an unprecedented work stoppage.

(21:12) • Joel Embiid and Josh Harris starting a campaign with Penn Medicine.

(26:30) • His relationship with Charles Barkley and the trade.

(35:40) • A story about the greatness of Moses Malone.

(39:54) • Coaching an upset over No. 1 DePaul in the NCAA Tournament.

(48:59) • Adam Silver's leadership in suspending the NBA season.

(52:29) • Coaching Rasheed Wallace and the "Jail Blazers."

(59:57) • How his close bond with Mo Cheeks formed.

(68:19) • A classic Dr. J story.

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