Dario Saric, Robert Covington and JJ Redick are some of the best role players in the league. “Unless something remarkable happens, Dan, I don’t plan on him playing in Game 1”. He just passed the two-week mark on Saturday and is still considered questionable to play at all in the Sixers first-round series. Belinelli and Ilyasova combined to hit four 3-pointers in the third quarter that helped shift the tone from physical and foul-filled to a long-distance game that allowed the Sixers to put away this one. “There are no breaks”. As for Simmons, he averaged 15.8 points, 8.2 rebounds and 8.1 assists per game.
The fear for the Sixers is Miami will play off Simmons and clog the lane to prevent him from driving to the basket to create shots for himself and teammates. So will his jersey, at least for Game 1.
Since the All-Star break, Philly is second in the National Basketball Association in net rating, out-scoring opponents by 10.7 points per 100 possessions. “I think everybody feels that way”, Whiteside said. “I try not to change [routine] too much before the game”. Each time I get into an argument about The Process – 7 a.m.
“Ben is not really affected by pressure”, Redick said at morning shootaround.
The former No. 1 overall pick underwent surgery for a fractured orbital bone suffered in late March and has not played since.
Between Game 2 and Game 3, Embiid may participate in on-court work with members of the coaching staff or players who are not in the regular rotation.
The Philadelphia 76ers’ first playoff game in six years is off to an entertaining start.
“I think I’ve been put in a position to where I have to be one of the leaders even though it is playoffs, or whatever the case is”.
“No one individual is going to beat us tonight”, Simmons said.
We might as well just throw the travel rule out the window.
The Heat will need to regroup and in a hurry with Game 2 around the corner on Monday.