It’s been a tough day for Sixers fans. After Philly’s loss to the Milwaukee Bucks Saturday evening, news broke that Ben Simmons, who exited the game early with lower back tightness, was “emotional” upon receiving an x-ray on his back and would need to receive an MRI. Then, the latest news came Sunday afternoon, which is that Simmons needs to undergo further testing on his back, keeping him out for the Sixers’ game against the Atlanta Hawks on Monday at the least.
To make things tougher on the Sixers, Tobias Harris is doubtful for the game against the Hawks with a right knee contusion, which he suffered during Saturday night’s game.
Tobias Harris is doubtful for tomorrow’s game with a right knee contusion.— Kyle Neubeck (@KyleNeubeck) February 23, 2020
If you had asked me a week ago what I expected out of the Hawks game for the Sixers, I’d have said a comfortable win. Now, the Sixers could be down two starters when Atlanta comes to town. That doesn’t rule the Sixers out — far from it. But it’s going to take a dominant performance from Joel Embiid as well as someone from the bench stepping up.
The timing of the recent injury slew compounds the challenge for the Sixers. With some roster turnover from the deadline and Al Horford having recently moved to the bench, Brett Brown has been experimenting with his rotations on the fly. At this point, it feels like we’re back in the Process days. Remember when the Sixers would sign a point guard to a 10-day contract in the afternoon and go on to start him the very same evening? Fun times.