Sixers harm update – Ben Simmons (low again tightness) out vs. Nets

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Sixers injury update: Ben Simmons (low back tightness) out vs. Nets

By Paul Hudrick

February 20, 2020 1:34 PM

Updated: 5:35 p.m.

About Sixers
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Sixer (2007 film), an Indian Kannada-language film
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Philadelphia 76ers, a professional basketball team in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
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Sydney Sixers, an Australian cricket franchise
Southern Sixers, mountains in the southern United States which are at least six thousand feet tall
Stephen Kellogg and the Sixers, an American rock band
The members of the sixth pilgrimage to Terra Nova, the settlement in the U.S. TV series of the same name
Sixer, one of the senior youth members of a Cub Scout Pack, who leads a team called a “Six”
Sixers, the slang term for members of the IOI in Ready Player One

Sixers injury update: Ben Simmons (low back tightness) out vs. Nets

About injury
Injury, also known as physical trauma, is damage to the body caused by external force. This may be caused by accidents, falls, hits, weapons, and other causes. Major trauma is injury that has the potential to cause prolonged disability or death.
In 2013, 4.8 million people world-wide died from injuries, up from 4.3 million in 1990. More than 30% of these deaths were transport-related injuries. In 2013, 367,000 children under the age of five died from injuries, down from 766,000 in 1990. Injuries are the cause of 9% of all deaths, and are the sixth-leading cause of death in the world.

The Sixers appeared to be returning from the All-Star break relatively healthy.

So much for that.

Sixers injury update: Ben Simmons (low back tightness) out vs. Nets

All-Star Ben Simmons is out for Thursday’s game against the Nets with lower back tightness. Simmons reported discomfort at practice Wednesday and received treatment, per a team source. He woke up Thursday morning and was still experiencing discomfort and received treatment at the team’s facility. His status for Saturday’s game against the Bucks will be updated Friday.

The only injury update that was given at Wednesday’s practice was that Joel Embiid would no longer be wearing a splint on his left hand. Embiid had surgery to repair a torn ligament in the ring finger of his left hand back on Jan. 10. He played in the All-Star Game with his fingers buddy taped.

Even Josh Richardson, who’s dealt with injuries to both hamstrings this season, said on Wednesday that he was feeling good.

Simmons has been one of the Sixers’ most durable players. After missing his draft year with a broken foot, Simmons played 81 games his rookie season and 79 last year. This will be just the third game he’s missed this season.

With the Nets in town, the Sixers could’ve really used Simmons. He’s been playing at a Defensive Player of the Year level this season and Brooklyn boasts a dangerous guard duo in Spencer Dinwiddie and Caris LeVert.

With 27 games left in the regular season, the Sixers sit in fifth in the East. Health has been an issue so far this year and will likely be crucial to the team making a late push in the conference playoff picture.

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This model is awfully high on the Sixers’ chances to make the NBA Finals

By Paul Hudrick

February 20, 2020 4:36 PM

If you’re looking for a reason for optimism as the Sixers return to the court following the All-Star break, one model is awfully high on them.

According to FiveThirtyEight, the Sixers have the third-best chance to win the NBA Finals — an even higher percentage than the NBA-best Bucks. 

It shouldn’t be surprising that the Lakers and Clippers have the best chances, but it’s certainly a shock to see Milwaukee fourth. You can see in the chart above that while the Sixers have a better chance to win the Finals, the Bucks actually have a better chance to make it there.

FiveThirtyEight’s RAPTOR player ratings have been high on the Sixers since the beginning of the season. For most of the year, the Sixers have actually been favored to win the title over both L.A. teams. You can learn more about how the ratings work on their site.

The Sixers currently sit fifth in the East with 27 games left to play. They have basically no chance of catching the Bucks for the top spot and are six games behind the Raptors for the second seed. 

Considering they’re just 9-19 on the road, making the Finals as a fifth seed would be an awfully big ask, but if you’re looking for hope, maybe this model will help.

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Allen Iverson tears up remembering his friend Kobe and the one time they played as teammates

By Enrico Campitelli

February 20, 2020 3:31 PM

Philadelphia 76ers legend Allen Iverson has shown his softer side since retiring from the NBA in 2010. While he was known for his hard-nosed style of play on the court during his heyday, he’s become known more lately for the love he shows his NBA brethren and his big old hugs.

Whether he’s talking about the current Sixers squad being his “little dudes” or his old rivals like Ty Lue, A.I. never has a bad word to say. He’s a true ambassador of the game.

The Players’ Tribune did a nice sitdown with Iverson over All-Star weekend and it’s making the rounds again today thanks an ESPN bump.

While Iverson shared an incredibly heartfelt written remembrance of Kobe Bryant shortly after his death, as Sixers fans know, there’s nothing quite like seeing the emotion in Iverson’s face when he’s feeling it.

Iverson talks fondly about the one time he got to play on the same team as Kobe in the 2008 All-Star game. 

“It was always a battle between me and him,” Iverson said. “And then, having the chance to be on the same team with him…” 

“I mean, looking back on it, that was it. Just having the chance to play with my guy. Not knowing that would be the only time that I had a chance to play with him.”

The two didn’t see much action together in the 2008 game as Kobe was limited with a finger injury and only played three minutes.

Back when he was involved with the Big3 League in 2017, Iverson dreamed about a potential pairing with Kobe: “That would be a dream of mine to play with Kobe.” 

It never happened, sadly.

Iverson went on to retell the story about Iverson going to the club and Kobe going to the gym which lead to the most poignant quote from the whole interview.

“That was the Mamba. He was younger than me, but I actually looked up to him and his greatness,” Iverson said.

You can watch the full sitdown with Iverson on Perriscope here.

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