Of course, a one-year, $23 million deal would be tough for anyone to pass on.
While they wait to see who they face in the next round, many are putting the Sixers as the favorites to dethrone LeBron James as king of the East. The lights went dark, and the team’s liberty bell was rolled out toward midcourt.
And honestly, who could blame people for doubting his decision? Simons leads in rbounds with 10.8 and in assists with 9.8 per game.
Embiid showed this type of potential in his year at Kansas. The mantra has come to fuel an offensive machine that, at the most important time of year, is humming along in high-octane fashion. Joel Embid said “Our time is now” and the Sixers are looking like they could make Embid look like a prophet. Yes, you read that correctly. The Celtics hold a 3-2 lead in that best-of-seven. They also witnessed the Heat’s rough play. They are a staggering 30-8 since picking up Ersan Ilyasova and making this team complete.
Embiid suffered the injury after colliding with the newly returned teammate and 2017 first overall pick Markelle Fultz during the Sixers game against the New York Knicks on Wednesday. The team has won as the Sixers in 1967 and 1983.
Cavs’ Hill questionable • Cavaliers point guard George Hill is questionable for Wednesday’s Game 5 against IN because of back spasms.
And Simmons was once again brilliant in every facet, becoming the first rookie since Magic Johnson in 1980 to register a postseason triple-double with his 17 points, 13 rebounds and 10 assists. The Sixers will get the victor of the Bucks-Celtics series next and Simmons finished with averages of 18.2 points, 10.6 rebounds, 9.0 assists and 2.4 steals against the Heat in their five-game series.
According to oddsmakers at YouWager, the 76ers are a 10-point favorite on the spread line.
While his performance on the court is obviously crucial to the Sixers success, his presence off the court could prove to be just as vital. Older teams or teams with older players don’t receive criticism for composure or have their composure questioned as much as younger teams do. This is the kind of team where they don’t let you off the hook.
Ben Simmons helped guide the Sixers to a 106-102 win in Game 4 with his first triple-double of the series. “Well, he hasn’t been back to The Finals since”.
Sam Hinkie may be gone, but the fundamental strategy – gutting a middling team to recharge the roster over a few years – seems to be paying dividends.
Mill issued a statement saying the past months had been “a nightmare”, and thanked his many supporters and visitors, who included Rubin, New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft and Democratic Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney.