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Ben Simmons was petty on Twitter after 76ers got eliminated

Ben Simmons in a tank top

May 13, 2021; Miami, Florida, USA; Philadelphia 76ers guard Ben Simmons (25) warms up prior to the game against the Miami Heat at American Airlines Arena. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

Ben Simmons took a victory lap (if you can call it that) after his former team got eliminated from the playoffs on Thursday.

The Brooklyn Nets star Simmons decided to be petty on Twitter, “liking” a couple of tweets dissing the Philadelphia 76ers and James Harden, whom Simmons was traded for in February. Simmons “liked” one tweet calling Harden “washed” and “out of shape” and another tweet from Skip Bayless criticizing Harden and saying that Simmons would eventually make their trade look foolish for the 76ers.

You can see the “likes” for yourself on Simmons’ page here.

Harden was definitely a disappointment this postseason — even Joel Embiid essentially admitted as much after the 76ers were eliminated. But Simmons does not really have a leg to stand on here since Harden actually played for his team. Simmons did not suit up in a single game for Brooklyn all season (causing some reported frustration within the organization), and the Nets got swept out of the first round of the playoffs.

It might be too early to tell at this point who ultimately won the Harden-Simmons swap. But right now, despite Simmons’ pettiness, it is looking like a lose-lose for both teams.

76ers make decision on Doc Rivers’ future

Doc Rivers in a suit

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Doc Rivers faced job security questions after the Philadelphia 76ers were eliminated from the playoffs on Thursday night, but the head coach is not going anywhere.

Sixers president of basketball operations Daryl Morey told reporters on Friday that Rivers will return as the team’s head coach next season. Rivers, who attended the press conference with Morey, said he is still committed to leading the 76ers.

Philadelphia was knocked out off the postseason with a 99-90 loss to the Miami Heat in Game 6 on Thursday night. During his postgame press conference, Rivers was asked if he was concerned about his job. He gave a very fiery response (video here).

The Sixers have had disappointing finishes to both seasons under Rivers. The veteran coach has had to deal with several factors that were not in his control, however. Ben Simmons became a liability during the postseason last year. Joel Embiid played through multiple injuries in the playoffs this year. Danny Green also got injured during the opening minutes of Game 6. The erratic play of James Harden down the stretch did not help.

It makes sense that the Sixers are giving Rivers another chance, though next season may be his last. If the team falls short of expectations three consecutive years, Rivers may finally have to shoulder the blame.

Joel Embiid shares the 1 big thing about James Harden that disappointed him

Joel Embiid holds a ball

Nov 27, 2019; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid (21) warms up before action against the Sacramento Kings at Wells Fargo Center. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

James Harden was unable to help the Philadelphia 76ers get over the hump in the postseason this year. His play down the stretch was a major disappointment, and Joel Embiid did not exactly defend him after the Sixers were eliminated by the Miami Heat on Thursday night.

Harden took only two shots the entire second half in Philadelphia’s 99-90 Game 6 loss. He scored 11 points. Embiid told reporters afterward that he was disappointed Harden and the rest of the 76ers were not more aggressive.

“Since we got him, everybody expected the Houston James Harden. But that’s not who he is anymore,” Embiid said, via ESPN’s Tim Bontemps. “He’s more of a playmaker. I thought, at times, he could have been, as all of us could have been, more aggressive. All of us whether it was Tyrese [Maxey] or Tobias [Harris] or guys coming off the bench.”

Embiid said he felt the entire team could have put in more effort on both sides of the ball. While he tried to make it seem like he was not singling out Harden, it is noteworthy that Embiid openly compared the version of Harden the Sixers got to the one that starred with the Rockets.

Harden averaged 21.0 points in 21 regular-season games with Philly. The Houston Harden that Embiid referred to averaged 30-plus points per game. Harden was even less effective in the postseason, where he averaged 18.6 points per game.

The 76ers needed Harden to take games over, especially with Embiid battling multiple injuries. Harden was unable to do that, which is one of the main reasons the Sixers are going home early again. They are now facing some major questions heading into the offseason.

Jimmy Butler threw shade at 76ers after eliminating them from playoffs

Jimmy Butler points on the court

Jan 22, 2020; Miami, Florida, USA; Miami Heat forward Jimmy Butler (22) controls the ball against the Washington Wizards during the second half at American Airlines Arena. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

Jimmy Butler had a big, fat message for the Philadelphia 76ers after eliminating them from the playoffs on Thursday.

Butler’s Miami Heat defeated the 76ers in Philly 99-90 in Game 6 of their Eastern Conference semifinals series. Butler was the big player for Miami, going 13/29 for a team-high 32 points in the win.

Butler is in his third season with the Heat after being traded there by Philadelphia. At the time, the Sixers chose to give Tobias Harris a contract over Butler.

Many questioned the decision, and Butler was happy to remind Philly about it after the game. A video from WPLG in South Florida captured Butler yelling out “Tobias Harris over me?” as he headed to the locker room following the series win.

Butler certainly isn’t let Philly off the hook.

The 32-year-old led his team to the NBA Finals in his first season and now has them in the conference finals this season. Philly has done well, but they haven’t made it past the conference semifinals the last three seasons. Maybe Butler should be happy about the Sixers’ decision.

Doc Rivers fires back at job security questions after 76ers’ season ends

Doc Rivers in a suit

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Doc Rivers is facing hot seat rumors once again after another disappointing season, and he certainly seems to be sick of the same old song and dance.

Rivers’ Philadelphia 76ers were officially eliminated with Thursday’s loss to the Miami Heat in Game 6 of their second-round playoff series. After the game, Rivers hit back at job security questions posed to him by reporter Howard Eskin.

“I don’t worry about my job,” said Rivers. “I think that I do a terrific job, and if you don’t, then you should write it. Because I work my butt off to get this team here. When I first got here, no one picked us to be anywhere. And again this year, the same thing.

“If that’s how anyone feels, write it, and I’m gonna feel secure about it,” Rivers added. “You don’t [ask those questions] every year. Every time you’re wrong, should you [the reporter] lose your job? No. So it’s the same thing … I know what I did this year, and I feel good about that.”

It has now been an entire decade since a Rivers-led team made it out of the second round. But even if Rivers is notorious for his playoff meltdowns, it is hard to pin the blame for the 76ers’ failure this season on him. Joel Embiid was dealing with an orbital fracture and torn ligament in his shooting hand, Danny Green got injured during the opening minutes of Game 6, and James Harden folded like a cheap suitcase when the going got tough. Meanwhile, Rivers did well to develop players like Tyrese Maxey and still managed to take two games off a clearly superior Heat team.

Rivers has been fed up for months with his treatment by the local media, but a longer offseason of scrutiny may lie ahead regardless. At least Thursday’s scene was not as bad as Rivers’ parting press conference last season.

76ers fined over injury report violation

Joel Embiid in a Sixers jersey

Jan 6, 2020; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid (21) looks on during the second quarter against the Oklahoma City Thunder at Wells Fargo Center. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

The Philadelphia 76ers were fined by the NBA on Saturday over the way they handled the injury reporting for Joel Embiid.

Embiid returned to play in Game 3 of the Sixers’ Eastern Conference semifinals series against the Miami Heat on Friday night. Embiid had not played in the first two games of the series due to a concussion and orbital fracture.

There were frequent updates regarding Embiid’s status ahead of Game 3. But we did not learn he would be playing in the game until not long before tipoff. Apparently that did not sit well with the NBA.

The league fined the Sixers $50,000 for violating league injury reporting rules. “The team failed to disclose Joel Embiid’s participation status in an accurate and timely manner prior to Game 3 of their conference semifinal playoff series vs. the Miami Heat on May 6,” the league said.

Embiid played and had 18 points and 11 rebounds in the Sixers’ win. Philly is now down 2-1 in the series.

The Phoenix Suns were similarly fined over their handling of Devin Booker’s injury status.

Joel Embiid clears major hurdle with Game 3 status up in the air

Joel Embiid holds a ball

Nov 27, 2019; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid (21) warms up before action against the Sacramento Kings at Wells Fargo Center. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

The Philadelphia 76ers have listed Joel Embiid as out for Game 3 against the Miami Heat on Friday night, but there have been reports that the five-time All-Star is doing all he can to play. At the very least, Embiid has cleared one significant hurdle.

Embiid has cleared concussion protocol, which is a minimum of five days in the NBA. According to Shams Charania of The Athletic, he is still doing everything in his power to play in Game 3 despite the Sixers saying he will be out. Embiid has been fitted for a mask and there is “optimism” that he will suit up.

The Heat have a 2-0 lead in the series, so it goes without saying that Philadelphia needs Embiid. However, he is still dealing with numerous injuries.

Embiid suffered a concussion and orbital fracture in the Sixers’ Game 6 series-clinching win over the Toronto Raptors last week. He had already been playing through a significant hand injury.

Embiid and his teammates know that the series is likely over if the 76ers lose Game 3 and fall into a 3-0 hole. If there is any way he can fight through the injuries, he will almost certainly do so.

Timetable for Joel Embiid’s return revealed

Joel Embiid holds a ball

Nov 27, 2019; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid (21) warms up before action against the Sacramento Kings at Wells Fargo Center. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

The Philadelphia 76ers will be without Joel Embiid for at least two games of their Eastern Conference semifinal series against the Miami Heat.

Embiid suffered an orbital fracture and concussion late in the fourth quarter of Philadelphia’s blowout win over the Toronto Raptors on Thursday night. According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, the five-time All-Star will not travel to Miami with the Sixers for Game 1 and 2. There is “optimism” he could play when the series returns to Philadelphia.

Embiid was injured when he took an elbow to the head on a Pascal Siakam drive late in the fourth quarter against Toronto. Sixers head coach Doc Rivers faced some criticism for keeping Embiid in the game with such a big lead, but he defended himself on Saturday.

While he has to sit out for at least five days because of the concussion, Embiid does not need surgery for the orbital fracture. He suffered a similar injury four years ago and missed three weeks after undergoing surgery.

Embiid is already playing through another significant injury, which is one reason Rivers was questioned. He still managed to score 33 points and grab 10 rebounds in Game 6 against Toronto. The 76ers will have their work cut out for them without Embiid in Miami.

Extent of Joel Embiid’s latest injury revealed

Joel Embiid in a Sixers jersey

Jan 6, 2020; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid (21) looks on during the second quarter against the Oklahoma City Thunder at Wells Fargo Center. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

Joel Embiid added two more injuries to his growing list during the Philadelphia 76ers’ series-clinching win over the Toronto Raptors on Thursday. Fortunately, there is at least some positive news to share.

Embiid suffered an orbital fracture and concussion late in the fourth quarter of Game 6. The injuries appeared to occur when he took an elbow to the head on a Pascal Siakam drive. Embiid will be sidelined for a minimum of five days because of the concussion, but John Clark of NBC Sports Philly reports that the big man will not need surgery for the orbital fracture. That means Embiid could return at some point during Philadelphia’s next series against the Miami Heat.

Embiid will be out for Game 1 of the Eastern Conference semifinals, which is on Monday night. He will likely miss Game 2 on Wednesday as well, but it sounds like there is a chance he could play after that.

Embiid suffered a similar injury four years ago. He underwent surgery then and was out for three weeks. It is unclear if he will simply try to play through the latest fracture with a face shield and then have surgery after the season.

Of course, Embiid is already playing through another significant injury. He still managed to score 33 points and grab 10 rebounds in Thursday’s blowout over the Raptors.

76ers get unexpected rough injury news about Joel Embiid

Joel Embiid holds a ball

Nov 27, 2019; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid (21) warms up before action against the Sacramento Kings at Wells Fargo Center. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

Philadelphia 76ers fans probably want to chuck their phones at the wall after reading the latest injury development with star center Joel Embiid.

Shams Charania of The Athletic reported on Friday that Embiid suffered an orbital fracture and mild concussion during Thursday’s series-clinching win over the Toronto Raptors. There is no timetable for Embiid’s return, and he will be sidelined indefinitely, Charania adds.

The Embiid news comes out of left field, as he had played 36 minutes on Thursday and put up 33 points and ten rebounds in a blowout win. Now the 76ers will immediately be behind the eight-ball in their second-round series against the top-seeded Miami Heat, which begins on Monday.

A clip circulated on social media of the play where Embiid appeared to have gotten injured. He took an elbow to the head on a Pascal Siakam drive with the 76ers holding a 29-point lead with less than four minutes remaining in the game. Embiid would leave the game after the play, but many assumed it was because of the lopsided score.

The leading MVP candidate Embiid was already playing through another serious physical issue prior to Thursday’s game. Now it is unclear just how much of Philadelphia’s second-round series against Miami the All-Star center will be available for, if any at all.