After dropping two straight against sub .500 teams, the Sixers (27-16) will look to bounce back against the Knicks (10-32) on Sunday afternoon.
Joel Embiid is currently listed as questionable with right ankle soreness.
• When: 1 p.m. ET with Sixers Pregame Live at 12:30 p.m.
• Where: Madison Square Garden
• Broadcast: NBC Sports Philadelphia
• Live stream: NBCSportsPhiladelphia.com and the NBC Sports MyTeams app
Here are three storylines to watch:
Scoring isn't the problem
Scoring hasn't been the issue for the Sixers. As a matter of fact, they've had a field goal percentage of at least 50 percent in three of their past five games and are averaging 119.4 points per game through their last five. And if you look at the Sixers' scoring over the entire season, their 114.7 points per game is sixth best in the NBA.
That leads us to the problem. Over the past three games, the Sixers have given up an average of 120.3 points and opponents are shooting 53.2 percent — 46.4 percent from three. This is against sub .500 teams, before the Sixers' schedule actually gets tough toward the end of the month. From Brett Brown to the players, everyone has voiced their disappointment with the defense. But it's about the mentality they show on the court Sunday that matters.
Keep it up, Benny
Despite their latest struggles, Ben Simmons has been stringing together some pretty good games — and keeping those jump shots coming! In the Sixers' most recent loss, Simmons had his seventh triple-double of the season with 23 points, 10 rebounds and a season-high 15 assists. He's currently second in the league in triple-doubles behind Russell Westbrook. Keep it going.
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