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NEVER MIND, JOEL EMBIID IS OUT WITH A RIGHT ANKLE INJURY

NBA: Preseason-Miami Heat at Philadelphia 76ers Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

PLEASE DISREGARD ANYTHING SAID ABOUT JOEL EMBIID, HE’S OUT TONIGHT.

It’s time for Hassan Whiteside vs Joel Embiid Round IV.

Quick Recap of their first couple battles...

Round I: November 21st, 2016

Embiid: 21p/5r/3b W

Whiteside: 32p/13r/2b L

Round II: Preseason: 10/13/17

(stats are meaningless here)

So yeah we all remember that.

Round III: February 2nd, 2018

Embiid: 17p/11r/4a/3b/+11 W

Whiteside: 4p/9r/-16 L

AND NOW, we have round four between the two seven footers tonight at the Wells Fargo Center, and how fitting, on Valentine’s Day.

The Sixers come in to this one riding a four game win streak, and a 10 game home win streak. The Eagles seem to have set something off in the Sixers’ (and Flyers FWIW) heads. The Sixers currently hold the 7 seed in the East with a record of 29-25 and right on their heels are the Heat, who sit in the 8 seed at 30-26. The former 5th seeded Miami Heat are in a bit of a tailspin as of late and are 3-7 in their last 10 games. They are facing the Sixers on the second leg of a back-to-back roadie as last night, they fell to the Raptors 114-112.

Hopefully, the Sixers can smell the blood in the water.

On the flip side, the Sixers most recent win came with one of the most delightful triple doubles in history as TJ McConnell finished with the most electric 10/10/11 (and 6) stat line mankind has ever seen. Ben Simmons was also chasing a 5x5 but came up a steal and 2 blocks short of the feat.

Another underlying plot line in this East Coast matchup is the Ben Simmons/Goran Dragic battle. Since Dragic was named as an All-Star replacement over Simmons on February 1st, Simmons has posted 14p/7r/7a/3s/1b per game while Dragic is averaging 18p/3r/4a/1s. Take it for what you will (but Simmons should still be the All-Star).

So we’ve got ourselves a high stakes battle for the 7 seed tonight in South Philly. There might be blood, there might be tears, there WILL be tweets.

GAME INFO:

Date: February 14th, 2018

Time: 7:00 pm

Location: Well Fargo Center, Philadelphia

TV: NBC Sports Philadelphia

Radio: 97.5 The Fanatic

Follow along on Twitter: @Liberty_Ballers