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In their first scrimmage of the NBA Bubble restart, the Philadelphia 76ers defeated the Memphis Grizzlies 90-83. You can read a recap of the game here.

Brett Brown

On what carried over from practice that he was most excited about today…

I thought that defensively in the first half, our guys were really good. I think that the technique that we spoke about prioritizing – hands on balls, deflections and running – I thought we were really good in that capacity. I though our first-half defense was really good and I though that when you look at – go to Ben Simmons as an example; he played what? Two possessions as a point guard, three possessions as the primary ball carrier and ended up leading our team with nine assists and only one turnover. And so, you start seeing how does that look in, albeit, a preseason sort-of scrimmage game, how does that look? How does Shake [Milton] look at [the] one, how did Al [Horford] and Jo [Embiid] look together playing? Those types of things I thought was decent carryover.

On how he thought Ben Simmons’ shot looked…

I’m with you [in saying that Ben shot the ball calmly]. I get excited, and as I said this yesterday or two days ago – whenever it was – it’s the paradigm shift, it’s the spirit; he doesn’t flinch. The sport told him, “I’m open, nobody’s guarding me, shoot it.” And he did. I agree with you; there wasn’t any hesitation on what’s next; “What decision do I have to make now?”

On what stood out in Tobias Harris’ double-double…

His offensive rebounding. I like the fact that he had four offensive rebounds. I like the fact that he was really quite committed when shots went up. You know, he had live legs, he had dancing feet. At times he was refusing to be boxed out. And I call them back-riders, people that just make one step, somebody boxes them out and that’s it, it’s over, they melt. He is not that. He had live legs; he was fully committed playing downhill. And I thought his double-double was good, but his four offensive rebounds to me were better. And your point about him communicating; it was one of the focal points of the locker room prior to the game – when I asked them, “What do you guys want to get out of today? Give me something on defense, give me something on offense,” and that was the locker room’s message to each other was, “This is what we need to do defensively. We need to lock in and communicate with each other.” We have a lot of switch groups going on, it’s not straight vanilla. It’s some stuff we’ve got to talk through. And I though Tobias did both of those things – communicate and offensive rebound – well.

Tobias Harris

On if he’s given thought to how to tie racial justice messaging into the season…

Yeah, so I have given that a lot of thought and that is to continue to push the message – justice for Breonna Taylor. Brett Hankison, Jonathan Mattingly and Myles Cosgrove need to be held accountable and we need justice for Breonna Taylor and I’ll continue to preach that message after every single game, so if you want to hear it I’m always here to do interviews and use my platform in the best way possible, but those individuals need to be held accountable. And that’s my message.

On where he and his teammates are in the process of determining what they will do in Orlando in order to push racial justice messaging forward…

Yeah, so right now we want Daniel Cameron to step up and arrest those names that I’ve just stated and take accountability for someone’s life that’s been taken away, unwillingly. And that’s where we’ll start. We’ll start right there and we’ll try to get justice the best way and in the greatest way possible for Breonna Taylor. So, to answer your question, that’s exactly where we’ll start.

Ben Simmons

On what the scrimmage atmosphere felt like as a player…

It was great just to be back out there, especially for me. I was out since that Milwaukee game [in February], so I’m blessed just to be able to come in and compete with my teammates. We’re all grateful for being able to be here and play ball again.

On working with the new starting lineup in the scrimmage…

It was good. I think everyone had a good pace to them. Defensively, we were locked in early on and you could really see that everybody was communicating, moving around the floor, getting deflections, steals as we were trying to run. So, I think, overall in terms of that starting five, we did a great job.

On his willingness to shoot from longer distances and if he feels he’s changed his approach…

Approach – think just changing the style of play, I guess, not really. I’m taking what they give me. I’ve been working on the three-ball and shooting it, so no, I’ve been feeling comfortable. Still getting to the rim, still going to attack and find my guys, you saw I think I had nine assists. So, still trying to play my game and just trying to evolve and be a better player.