What to watch for tonight vs. Nets

First things first: I have been told that the 2-4 week window placed on Joel Embiid’s recovery time is a guess, at best. I will refrain from naming the reporter who put that “news” out there, but let’s just say he has quite a few followers.When I have some more solid intel on Embiid, I will report it. Until I have that solid intel, I will refrain from speculation.That is how I roll.Onto tonight’s matchup with the Brooklyn Nets, who sit in 13th place in the East but are playing like a team that doesn’t have anything to lose … which can sometimes be dangerous. Just ask the Miami Heat, who lost 110-109 to Brooklyn on Saturday night as the refs swallowed their whistles on the final play of overtime. At least that’s the way Dwyane Wade saw it.We should expect Coach Brett Brown to stick with the same starting lineup that he used Sunday against Charlotte, with the status of Dario Saric (right elbow skin infection) already removed as the monkey wrench of the day when the Sixers updated us Monday on what to expect for the 7 p.m. tipoff.Ersan Ilyasova replaced Saric against the Hornets and fouled out in 27 minutes but knocked down four of seven 3-pointers, and Amir Johnson was in the starting five in place of Embiid and did not have a fantastic stat line but contributed a bunch of intangibles, such as setting the type of hard picks that opened up passing lanes and allowed Ben Simmons to tie his season-high with 15 assists (he had done it four times). Simmons is now averaging 8.2 assists, good for fourth in the NBA.Brooklyn allows an average of 110.5 points per game, which is exceeded only by New Orleans and Phoenix. So if Simmons is going to have a game in which he gets to 16 assists, this may be the one.If you didn’t watch the matinee against the Hornets, you missed two pretty impressive performances on different ends of the floor.

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