The woefully shorthanded Sixers (38-25) have a chance to go .500 on a difficult West Coast trip and win their second straight road game.
The only people standing in their way are the woefully shorthanded Warriors (14-49).
Here are four storylines to watch as the Sixers wrap up their four-game road trip in San Francisco Saturday night.
There will be plenty of star power sidelined Saturday night.
The Sixers are still without Joel Embiid (left shoulder sprain), Ben Simmons (nerve impingement in lower back) and Josh Richardson (concussion protocol).
Embiid has resumed on-court basketball activities and will be re-assessed on Monday, a team source told NBC Sports Philadelphia Friday. He’s reportedly “hopeful” to return next Wednesday against Detroit. Simmons, who will miss his seventh straight game, is expected to be re-evaluated this upcoming week. As for Richardson, concussions are tricky, so his timeline isn’t clear.
Golden State will be without Steph Curry (illness), Draymond Green (left knee soreness), Klay Thompson (left ACL rehab) and Kevon Looney (left hip soreness).
What appeared to be a daunting matchup against Curry, who seemed to rejuvenate his mates in his first game since Oct. 30 Thursday night, now looks like a winnable game.
Need a repeat of Thursday
A big part of the reason the Sixers won in Sacramento Thursday is they shot the ball extremely well, hitting 17 of 37 from three. They’ve actually been strong from deep the entire trip, hitting 45 percent from three over the last three games.
While a similar shooting performance would certainly help, what the Sixers really need are repeat performances from Tobias Harris, Al Hoford and Shake Milton. Harris (game-high 28 points), Horford (18 points, eight rebounds, six assists) and Milton (20 points) all came up huge.
It was an especially encouraging performance for Horford, who was a plus-41, tied for the highest mark in the last 20 years of the franchise, and looked more like the player GM Elton Brand signed to a lucrative four-year deal this summer. The hope for the Sixers is this trio can continue its play Saturday and when Embiid, Simmons and Richardson return.
The Sixers won a road game Thursday. If they win one tonight, that’s two in a row. It has happened before … but not often.
They’re 10-23 on the road this season and before Thursday’s win in Sacramento, they hadn’t won a road game since Jan. 20 in Brooklyn. That was also the last time they won back-to-back games away from home as they beat the Knicks on Jan. 18.
Before that, you’d have to go all the way back to the beginning of the season. Remember when the Sixers started the season 5-0? Hard to believe, but yes, that happened. They actually won three(!) road games in a row during that stretch.
If they come home from this trip at 2-2 without Embiid, Simmons and Richardson, and playing two of the best teams in the NBA, that would be a big boon.
The return of Burks and GR3
Alec Burks and Glenn Robinson III return to Golden State for the first time since the Warriors traded the veteran wings to the Sixers ahead of the NBA trade deadline on Feb. 6.
Both players were enjoying career years with Golden State. It's been a bit of mixed bag for each player with Robinson recently expressing confusion over his role.
Both have contributed during this trip, though. Robinson tied a career high with 25 points and hit his first three threes as a Sixer in a loss to the Lakers Tuesday. Burks provided the bench scoring the team needed Thursday with 17 points in the win over the Kings.
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