ExplosionsInDaSky wrote:The injury thing is scary because we simply won't truly know what it is until Hopefully tomorrow.
I feel like this could be anything from a precautionary move to a season ending meniscus tear. That's Jo though, and we live and die with him. It's frustrating, and Ben Simmons may very well be the most frustrating player that has ever played for this city. I thought Evan Turner would hold that crown forever, but Simmons is just so insanely talented and yet he simply can't take over when Embiid goes down. I don't understand it at all. You would think that Simmons and four shooters would be a fifty win team by itself. He should be our best player when Embiid sits and he wasn't even our fifth best player tonight. Maxey, Harris, Green, and Hill all had a bigger impact on tonight's game. Let's hope this was just one bad game from him. I imagine Embiid won't play in game 5. Hopefully Simmons bounces back.
I think a lot of the issue tonight was him getting into really dumb foul trouble. He only played 25 minutes and a lot of that was in the second half where he was basically having to hide off ball defensively he picked up his 4th literally 10 seconds into the 3rd and then his 5th very early after he came in in the 4th. I think he also allowed it to limit his aggressiveness in transition in some ways.
I'm not someone that thinks he needs to be this 20 point scorer when Embiid goes out, but he has to be better in the things he's actually very good at. He was hardly alone though. Harris, Curry and Green were a combined 4-17 from 3, that's not good enough. Harris was 8-24 from the field. Bad Howard game. Shake still MIA. Not having a better third center option than Scott is simply an organizational failure. Maxey, Hill and Korkmaz were the only guys that really brought it tonight.