Sixers to Play Ben Simmons at Point Guard, Including Defensively. Should They?

Sixers' rookie Ben Simmons finished third in Rookie of the Year voting in NBA.com's annual rookie survey | Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports

The Sixers plan for Ben Simmons to play the point guard spot when he returns from injury. | Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports

With the 76ers vs Kings game postponed because of unsafe floor conditions, Sixers head coach Brett Brown instead shifted his attention to the future.

Whenever anybody — fans, pundits, or the coach of the team — begin thinking about the Sixers future, it’s almost impossible not to veer off into thinking about Ben Simmons, the #1 overall selection in last June’s draft. This happened yesterday with Brown at the Sixers training complex in Camden, New Jersey.

Brown talked about how he intends for Simmons to be the Sixers point guard when he returns, according to Jessica Camerato of CSN Philly.

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Joel Embiid Named Eastern Conference Rookie of the Month

Joel Embiid celebrates late in the 4th quarter during the Sixers 101-94 victory over the Miami Heat | Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

Joel Embiid has won the Eastern Conference Rookie of the Month award for games played in October and November. | Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

Sixers center Joel Embiid has taken home the Eastern Conference Rookie of the Month award for games played during October and November, the NBA announced this afternoon.

Embiid has averaged 18.2 points, 7.8 rebounds, and 2.4 blocked shots per game so far for the Sixers.

Denver shooting guard Jamal Murray won the Western Conference Rookie of the Month award with averages of 10.4 points, 2.8 rebounds, and 2.1 assists per game.

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Slippery Floor Forces NBA to Postpone Kings vs Sixers Game

Kings center DeMarcus Cousins helps mop the Wells Fargo Center floor | Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

Kings center DeMarcus Cousins helps mop the Wells Fargo Center floor | Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

The Philadelphia 76ers vs Sacramento Kings game on Wednesday night was postponed because of what the league ruled to be unsafe playing conditions.

According to 76ers CEO Scott O’Neil, the visiting Sacramento Kings first brought up the slippery Wells Fargo Center floor during their shootaround at around 4 p.m.

However, John Page, president of the Wells Fargo Center  Complex, said they did not find out about the conditions until shortly before doors opened to the public at 6 p.m. The arena was also host to a game for area children this afternoon, and nothing was reported about the floor conditions at that time.

The Sixers are tenants of the Wells Fargo Center and do not manage its operation.

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Report: Nerlens Noel to Join Delaware 87ers for Rehab Assginment

Sixers center Nerlens Noel has expressed frustration over the team's frontcourt jogjam | Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

The Philadelphia 76ers will send center Nerlens Noel to the D-League for a rehab assignment, according to a report. | Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

According to Marc Spears of ESPN, the Sixers will send center Nerlens Noel down to the Delaware 87ers for a rehab assignment.

The 87ers are the D-League affiliate for the Philadelphia 76ers.

Noel has yet to play this season after suffering an inflamed plica in his left knee during training camp. Noel underwent surgery in late October to correct the issue.

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Can the Sixers Slow Down DeMarcus Cousins?

The Sixers will take on DeMarcus Cousins and the 7-11 Sacramento Kings tonight at the Wells Fargo Center | Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

The Sixers will take on DeMarcus Cousins and the 7-11 Sacramento Kings tonight at the Wells Fargo Center | Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

The Philadelphia 76ers return to the friendly confines of the Wells Fargo Center to kick off a four-game home trip tonight against the Sacramento Kings, looking to put an end to their current four-game losing streak.

South Philadelphia is a welcomed sight for Brett Brown’s teams, as the Sixers are 0-6 on the road so far this season. In fact, they haven’t won away from Philadelphia since January 20th of last year, a string of 22 consecutive road defeats.

Waiting for the Sixers will be DeMarcus Cousins and the 7-11 Sacramento Kings, who just kicked off a six-game road trip on Sunday night and sport the league’s sixth-worst defense.

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Kyrie Irving’s 39 Points Lift Cavs to 112-108 Victory Over Sixers

LeBron James (left) and Kyrie Irving (right) react after a basket in the second quarter of Cleveland's 112-108 victory | Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

LeBron James (left) and Kyrie Irving (right) react after a basket in the second quarter of Cleveland’s 112-108 victory | Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

There are some odd traditions that have developed over the four seasons since the Sixers began their rebuild, with few stranger than the Sixers playing competitively against LeBron James led teams.

While the Sixers have been able to, for the most part, keep these games against the Eastern Conference Champion (or better) squads close, they haven’t been able to pull out many victories in the process. The Sixers have lost the last eight games between the two teams, many in agonizing fashion.

Through 35 minutes of play, it seemed as if the Sixers could flip the script. The Sixers pushed through their typical third-quarter collapse, building up a 10-point lead with just a little over a minute left in the third quarter. The Cavs had never led in the game up to that point, and it seemed like this could be the day the Sixers finally hold on for a win.

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Sixers Take On LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers

The Philadelphia 76ers will take on LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers today at 1 PM at the Wells Fargo Center | Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports

The Philadelphia 76ers will take on LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers today at 1 PM at the Wells Fargo Center | Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports

It’s frequently stated that the NBA schedule is a coaches best friend, giving his team the chance to put a tough loss in their rearview mirror by giving them another game to play right away.

Those people never had to “bounce back” against the Cleveland Cavaliers.

LeBron James and company head into their afternoon matchup with the Philadelphia 76ers riding a three-game winning streak and with a 12-2 record on the season, with LeBron James (23.5 points, 8.2 rebounds, 9.5 assists per game), Kyrie Irving (23.8 points per game), and Kevin Love (22.1 points per game) leading the league’s second-ranked offensive attack.

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With Embiid on the Bench, the Sixers Can’t Compete

Robert Covington (left) and Jahlil Okafor (right) react after colliding when fighting for a rebound in the second half of Friday night's 105-89 loss to the Chicago Bulls | Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

Robert Covington (left) and Jahlil Okafor (right) react after colliding while fighting for a rebound in the second half of Friday night’s 105-89 loss to the Chicago Bulls | Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

Based solely on last night’s 105-89 shellacking at the hands of the Chicago Bulls it would be hard to (correctly) distinguish which team was wrapping up a six-game, ten-day road trip.

The Bulls sprinted out to an 8-0 run when the game tipped off, putting the Sixers in an immediate hole. The Sixers’ reserves closed the first quarter on an 11-3 run, helping keep the game close for just a brief moment more, but it was short-lived. Any time the Bulls starters were matched up against the Sixers starters, Brett Brown‘s team had no chance.

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Sixers Look to Bounce Back Against Road-Weary Bulls

The Sixers will take on former teammate Isaiah Canaan and the Chicago Bulls tonight at the Wells Fargo Center | Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

The Sixers will take on former teammate Isaiah Canaan and the Chicago Bulls tonight at the Wells Fargo Center | Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

The Sixers lost a disappointing one on Wednesday night, falling in double overtime to the Memphis Grizzlies in what would have been their best win of the season.

They’ll look to rebound tonight against the 9-6 Chicago Bulls, and they’ll do so without star center Joel Embiid, who has tonight off for rest. The Sixers are in the middle of a four games in seven nights stretch, and they want to be cautious with Embiid’s workload as he returns to NBA action.

The Sixers will face a surprising Chicago Bulls team, albeit one who is wrapping up a 6 game, mostly Western Conference (outside of the Sixers) road trip, which could work in the Sixers favor.

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Sixers Lose Double Overtime Thriller to Grizzlies

Joel Embiid (21) and Jerryd Bayless (0) defend Mike Conley of the Memphis Grizzlies during the Grizzlies 104-99 double overtime victory | John Geliebter-USA TODAY Sports

Joel Embiid (21) and Jerryd Bayless (0) defend Mike Conley of the Memphis Grizzlies during the Grizzlies 104-99 double overtime victory | John Geliebter-USA TODAY Sports

The Philadelphia 76ers fell to the Memphis Grizzlies 104-99 Wednesday night in double overtime, a tough defeat for a young team looking to build momentum.

It’s hard to have a signature win in November, but that’s what this one would have been for Brett Brown‘s young Sixers team. The Sixers came into the game winners of four straight at the Wells Fargo Center and two straight overall, in search of their first three-game winning streak in nearly three years, while playing against a quality, experienced, and tough opponent that was riding a five-game winning streak.

They gave the Grizzlies all they could handle, forcing David Fizdale‘s veteran-laden team into ten extra minutes of basketball before they could finally take control of the game.

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