Joel Embiid out against Magic

With the term “load management” now drawing ire of fans, some current players and the perceived curmudgeons of previous eras, a new term has surfaced, “injury maintenance”. It is this latest tatic, that teams will employ to attempt to rest players and it is the reason the 76ers are claiming as to why center Joel Embiid will not play against the Orlando Magic. Let us see how this attempted Jedi Mind Trick goes over with the NBA as more teams go down this road.

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October 29 2019 NBA Recap

Top Performers pt rb ast Joel EmbiidPHI @ ATL 36 13 5   10-10 ft James HardenHOU vs. OKC 40 3 7   21-22 ft Kawhi LeonardLAC vs. CHO 30 7 6   2 stl , 3 blk Bobby PortisNYK vs. CHI 28 11 2   2 blk Stephen CurryGSW @ NOP 26 3 11   3 stl Jonathan IsaacORL @ TOR 24 7 0   5-7 3-pt B. BogdanovićUTA @ PHO 29 5 2   2 stl Richaun HolmesSAC vs. DEN 24 13 0   2 blk W. CarterCHI @ NYK 20 10 2   3 blk Brandon…

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Ben Simmons agrees to max contract with the Sixers

Ben Simmons and the Philadelphia 76ers have agreed on a five-year, $170 million dollar maximum contract. The deal was confirmed to The Athletic’s Shams Charania by SImmons’ agent Rich Paul. After missing his first year, Simmons have shown to be an impactful player, winning Rookie-of-the-Year in 2017-18 and then building on that by making his first All-Star team in 2018-19, where he averaged 16.9 points, 8.8 rebounds and 7.7 assists per game. However the glaring hole in his game, his either inability or refusal to take and make any jump…

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Jimmy Butler joins heat in sign-and-trade

The Miami Heat have acquired Jimmy Butler via a sign-and-trade with the Philadelphia 76ers , per ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. The Athletic and Stadium’s Shams Charania reported that the Heat sent the 76ers Josh Richardson in the deal. Goran Dragic was sent to Dallas as part the deal as well. Charania also adds that Butler will also received the full four year max, which for his is $142 million over those years. For Butler, this will be his third team since the start of last season and though his bumpy time…

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Brett Brown will be back as Sixers head coach

In a move that should fall under the “duh” category, the Philadelphia 76ers will retain head coach Brett Brown for next season, per ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski from Sixers managing partner Josh Harris. Saturday, Marc Stein of the New York Times reported that Brown’s future was on shaky outcome ( which in and of itself is complete lunacy) pending the outcome of the 76ers’ second round playoff series against the Toronto Raptors. Philadelphia would lose in game seven 92-90 when Kawhi Leonard hit an amazing buzzer beater. If the Sixers want…

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Joel Embiid status for game 1 against Nets uncertain

Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid is not certain if he will take the court Saturday for game one of the team’s first round playoff series against the Brooklyn Nets because of let knee pain. According to Rosalyn Gold-Onwude of TNT, the knee pain started after the All-Star break. The team will determine Embiid’s availability for Game 1 following Friday’s practice. He missed 5 of the team last 7 games with the issue, which he has called “extremely frustrating.” If the 76ers want to return to the Finals for the first…

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Steve Clifford: ‘Very Difficult’ for Markelle Fulton to return this year

It appears the long and mystifying saga of Markelle Fultz will see no resolution in 2018-19. The former no.1 overall pick of the Philadelphia 76ers in the 2017 NBA draft has seen just 33 games of action in his first two professional campaigns, as a shoulder issue lead to shooting issues. In those 33 games, he has posted averages of 7.7 points and 3.4 assist per game on 41.4 percent from the floor, 26.7 percent from three-point range and 53.4 from the foul line. The Sixers felt they had been…

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Joel Embiid will miss one week with knee injury

Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid will not be on the court when the team returns to post All-Star action Thursday against the Miami Heat. According to ESPN’s Tim Bontemps, the team announced that Embiid experienced soreness in his left knee that led to him getting an MRI, which fortunately revealed no structural damage. Embiid will be re-evaluated in a week and he will undergo physical therapy and load management ( whatever that means). Anytime Embiid has to miss a game there is always cause for concern, given his previous injury…

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Sixers will not sign Brewer for season’s remainder

It appears that the Philadelphia Sixers will not be retaining the services of veteran wing Corey Brewer for the rest of the season. The team had signed Brewer to a 10-day contract on January 15 and then to a second deal on January 25. Brewer had seemed to play well, adding a veteran toughness and another still capable defender to the team. I his seven games with the club, Brewer averaged 7.6 points, 2.4 rebounds, and 1.4 assists in 20 minutes per contest. Brewer will now become a free agent…

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