Player News - 76ers

Date: Team: Pos:

Joel Embiid said he is going to participate in all three of his events this weekend.

That means he'll be out there for the All-Star Game, the Rising Stars event and Skills Challenge. He'll be starting with fellow 76ers Dario Saric and Ben Simmons for the World team tonight, and he'll be taking part in one event over each of the next three days. Embiid did not play on Wednesday due to swelling, so it's nice to see this is only a precaution.
Feb 16 - 3:41 PM

Coach Brett Brown said swelling in Joel Embiid's ankle from Monday's game against the Knicks was why he was held out on Wednesday.

That's a little discouraging that he had swelling a couple days after a game, but at least it's not related to his knee or foot. Hopefully, the All-Star break will allow enough time for Embiid to get his foot in good shape again.
Feb 15 - 4:04 PM

Free agent SG/SF Gerald Henderson (hip surgery) has been cleared to play.

It's been six months since Henderson had surgery on his hip, and while he was originally expected to miss the entire 2017-18 season, he's reportedly ahead of schedule. Maybe he latches on with a contender when the buyout market slows down, but it's probably more likely that he signs a contact this offseason.
Source: ESPN
Feb 15 - 11:40 AM

Richaun Holmes had 11 points (4-of-7 FGs, 3-of-5 FTs), nine rebounds, two assists and two blocks in 28 minutes off Philly's bench on Wednesday.

Holmes made the most of his opportunity with Joel Embiid (ankle) out of commission. Most teams would love the luxury of Holmes as frontcourt depth, yet he had as many DNPs as minutes in his previous seven games. Embiid's injury is minor and there's no reason to touch Holmes during the All-Star break.
Feb 14 - 10:54 PM

Amir Johnson started on Wednesday in place of Joel Embiid (ankle), finishing with five points, four rebounds and three assists in 20 minutes.

The veteran has started nine games this season but his averages speak for themselves -- 7.3 points, 4.4 rebounds, 2.7 assists, 0.9 steals and 0.3 blocks. Those numbers aren't useful outside of the very deepest fantasy leagues, and they get even worse when he's coming off the bench behind Embiid.
Feb 14 - 10:53 PM

Marco Belinelli scored 17 points in his Sixers debut on Wednesday, making 7-of-12 field goals in 28 minutes off the bench.

Belinelli hit three 3-pointers and his teammates kept feeding him the ball once he got hot, but he added just one rebound without any assists, steals or blocks. He was a solid pickup in reality for Philly as they fight for playoff position, but Belinelli's fantasy value is limited to 3-point shooting and scoring, especially while J.J. Redick is healthy.
Feb 14 - 10:51 PM

Ben Simmons triple-doubled on Wednesday with 18 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists in a massive comeback win vs. the visiting Heat.

He shot 8-of-15 from the field with four steals in 36 minutes. This marks' Simmons sixth triple-double of the season, and at this point he's basically going head-to-head with Donovan Mitchell for Rookie of the Year. The Sixers are in the playoff hunt and they also have the best projected fantasy schedule in Weeks 20-26, so everything is coming up roses for Simmons' owners.
Feb 14 - 10:51 PM

Amir Johnson will start in place of Joel Embiid (ankle) on Wednesday.

Even as a fill-in starter, Johnson has had dubious results this year. With so many alternatives on a wild 12-game night, most owners should have better plays.
Feb 14 - 6:58 PM

Joel Embiid (ankle) will not play against the Heat on Wednesday.

This is a small surprise with Embiid not playing against his trash-talking counterpart, Hassan Whiteside. Embiid has been playing in back-to-back sets now, but he's been on the injury report for basically every game these days. He'll get some extra time off to recover over the All-Star break. Amir Johnson, Trevor Booker and Richaun Holmes should play more.
Feb 14 - 6:51 PM

Marco Belinelli is expected to make his 76ers' debut on Wednesday vs. the Heat.

Belinelli was available to play on Monday, but didn't actually get out there, but Brett Brown said he'll throw him into the rotation with Justin Anderson (ankle) unavailable. He'll have a limited role in Philly and isn't worth using in most leagues.
Feb 14 - 5:30 PM

Joel Embiid (ankle) will be a game-time call for Wednesday's matchup with the Heat.

This is the last game for Philly before the All-Star break, and considering he played in the previous two games despite being listed as questionable, it seems like he has a decent shot of getting out there with some rest ahead of him. Check back closer to tip-off for official confirmation on his status.
Feb 14 - 5:22 PM

Justin Anderson (sprained right ankle) will not play Wednesday vs. Miami and will be re-evaluated in 7-10 days.

Anderson limped off the floor in Monday's win over the Knicks, and it appears he is dealing with a high ankle sprain. Fourtuanety, the All-Star break comes at a good time for Anderson, as he'll have eight days to rest/rehab the ankle. Anderson only sees limited minutes off the Sixers bench even when healthy, so he should be left on waivers.
Feb 14 - 11:23 AM

Joel Embiid (right ankle soreness) is questionable Wednesday's game vs. Miami.

Embiid has been listed as questionable in each of Philly's last two games, but has suited up and dominated both contests, scoring at least 24 points and grabbing 16 rebounds in each game. This is the Sixers last game before the All-Star break, so he'll have the added benefit of extra rest in the near future. Check back later for confirmation of his status.
Feb 14 - 11:22 AM

Ben Simmons stuffed the stat sheet with 11 points, six rebounds, six assists, four steals and three blocks vs. the Knicks on Monday.

This was his third game of the season with at least three blocks and three steals which leads the NBA -- Giannis Antetokounmpo, Steven Adams and DeMarcus Cousins each have two. Simmons was 6-of-8 from the field and 1-of-2 from the line in 33 minutes while leading the 76ers to their fourth straight win. He's quickly becoming a superstar in fantasy and in real life.
Feb 12 - 10:52 PM

Dario Saric scored 24 points in Monday's win over the Knicks, shooting 8-of-12 from the field and 4-of-5 from the line.

He's now scored at least 20 points in three of his last four games and this was his 12th game of the season with 20+ points. Saric also drilled four 3-pointers, adding four rebounds, one assist and one turnover in 32 minutes. He's been incredibly reliable for Philly, scoring in double digits in 34 straight games. He'll look to make it 35 straight on Wednesday vs. Miami as the 76ers continue to climb the standings.
Feb 12 - 10:38 PM


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