Furkan Korkmaz

Sixers vs. Bulls: 3 storylines to watch and how to stream the game

Sixers vs. Bulls: 3 storylines to watch and how to stream the game

Updated: 6:45 p.m. 

The Sixers (50-31) are back at it against the Chicago Bulls (22-59) in their final game of the regular season. All Sixers starters (Ben Simmons, Tobias Harris, JJ Redick, Jimmy Butler and Joel Embiid) are sitting this one out. Jonah Bolden is also out with left knee soreness. Mike Scott, who was questionable with lower back tightness, will play.

Here are the essentials:

When: 8 p.m. ET with Sixers Pregame Live at 7 p.m.
Where: Wells Fargo Center 
Broadcast: NBC Sports Philadelphia
Live stream: NBCSportsPhiladelphia.com and the NBC Sports MyTeams app

Here are three storylines to watch:

Bulls again …

Who’s ready for another game against JaKarr Sampson and the Chicago Bulls? Just a few days ago, Sampson, the former Sixer, dropped 29 points in the Sixers' victory over Chicago. Greg Monroe made his debut with the Sixers and Zhaire Smith and Shake Milton got some solid playing time. With the Sixers resting all of their starters, expect the focus to be on the youngsters.

Regular season wrap-up

In game 82 and with the No. 3 seed locked up, tonight is all about staying healthy. Whatever the outcome, the Sixers have finished with their second consecutive 50-win season. The last time the Sixers had back-to-back seasons 50-plus wins was the 1985-86 season.

Furkan Korkmaz

Furkan Korkmaz was back on the court Tuesday night for the first time since he tore his meniscus in mid-February, finishing with two points in seven and a half minutes. It’s going to take a little time for Korkmaz to get himself back to where he was, but even Brett Brown said that his return could prove timely.

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Sixers at Heat: 3 storylines to watch and how to stream the game

Sixers at Heat: 3 storylines to watch and how to stream the game

The Sixers (50-30) will be taking on the Miami Heat (38-42) in what likely will be Dwyane Wade’s final game at American Airlines Arena.

• When: 7:30 p.m. ET with Sixers Pregame Live at 6:30 p.m.
• Where: American Airlines Arena
• Broadcast: NBC Sports Philadelphia
• Live stream: NBCSportsPhiladelphia.com and the NBC Sports MyTeams app

Let’s get to Tuesday night's storylines:

All about Dwyane

With all the added festivities and tributes in store for Wade, including a pregame ceremony, expect tonight’s tip to be closer to 7:50 p.m. EST. Be on the lookout for all the celebrities and athletes in attendance tonight.

What type of final home game will Wade have? Will it be like Kobe Bryant who went off for 60 points, took 50 shots and played 42 minutes? Will LeBron James or Shaq be sitting courtside with Chris Bosh? Will Wade block a shot? Will he be introduced in the starting lineup intro for a final time? (He’s come off the bench all season long).

Whatever the case, it will be a night to remember.

Playoff prayer?

The Sixers have already secured the third seed in this year's playoff race, but it’s a different story for Miami. Though highly unlikely (somewhere around the range of 1 percent), there is still one scenario in which the Heat could secure the final playoff spot. Miami would have to win tonight and Wednesday against Brooklyn, while the Detroit Pistons would have to lose their final two home games and the Charlotte Hornets would have to lose at least one of their remaining two games.

Limited Sixers

Joel Embiid (load management/left knee soreness), JJ Redick (back tightness) and Mike Scott (lower-back tightness) are all taking tonight off, while Jonah Bolden remains questionable with knee soreness. (Remember James Ennis is also out with a quad contusion.) That means a very limited roster for the Sixers tonight, which may even give Furkan Korkmaz (available for the first time since tearing his meniscus back in February) some time on the court. Brett Brown has said that Korkmaz hasn't been ruled out as an option in the rotation come playoff time.

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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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