Philadelphia 76ers: Losing Ben Simmons Dooms Team Before Playoffs

After losing Ben Simmons during the third quarter vs. Washington on Wednesday, it’s clear the Philadelphia 76ers are in hot water before the postseason begins.

Simmons has to be a huge contributor for the Sixers and it would help if the club could create some momentum with its rotation of players.

With the NBA regular season set to conclude next Friday, Philly has to get into playoff form.

If the Sixers are without Simmons for the next week or so, it will hurt the team as they enter the playoffs.

I understand some folks really enjoyed the talent on this Philly team, but there’s too much not going their way.

The Sixers lost to Indiana as T.J. Warren went off for 53 points.

Then, Philly only beat San Antonio by a score of 132-130. They followed that up by only defeating Washington by the count of 107-98.

Next up the Sixers will battle Orlando, Portland, and then Phoenix.

Their final two games will be against Toronto and Houston.

I would expect Philly to go 3-2, but without Ben Simmons, they may go 2-3 or worse down the final stretch.

Joel Embiid needs to carry the Sixers if Simmons doesn’t return, but Tobias Harris and Josh Richardson need to play strong basketball as well.

I understand head coach Brett Brown will get a lot of criticism, but at the end of the day, it’s up to the players to show up.

The fact the Sixers didn’t pummel the Pacers, Spurs, or Wizards is insane and it’s a cause for concern.

As of now, Philly would have to face Boston in the opening round of the playoffs.

The Sixers beat the Celtics three out of four games this season.

Philly came into this season trying to avenge its loss to Toronto in the Eastern Conference semifinals last season.

The NBA just came back after being shut down for four months.

It is fair to say it affected the rhythm of the Sixers among other clubs.

Then again, Philly did lose five of their last nine games before the NBA shut down in March.

Ben Simmons left the Wizards’ game with a “subluxation of the left patella in his knee cap” according to a tweet by Sixers reporter (NBC Sports Philadelphia) Serena Winters.

Simmons averaged 16.4 PPG, 7.8 RPG, and 8 APG for Philly this season and has shown he can pass the basketball.

However, NBA fans believe the former LSU star needs to be more aggressive when it comes to shooting the rock.

The Sixers look like a team in disarray no matter who is on the court wearing their jerseys.

Moving forward, Philly needs to create a point guard by committee and roll with Shake Milton and Alec Burks.

How far will the Philadelphia 76ers go with or without Ben Simmons? Leave a comment below.

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