Player News - 76ers

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Robert Covington hit a game-winning 3-pointer with four seconds left to defeat the Blazers 93-92 on Friday, finishing with 22 points, six rebounds, one steal, one block and five 3-pointers in 34 minutes.

It was a highly contested shot for RoCo, but he came through to make the 76ers 5-0 at home in 2017 (video in link below). The 76ers continue to thrive late in games with already four wins decided by five points or fewer in 2017. As for Covington, he's playing great and should be starting in all standard leagues.
Jan 20 - 11:21 PM

Ersan Ilyasova played 29 minutes against the Blazers on Friday, scoring 24 points with six rebounds, two assists, one block, two steals and five 3-pointers.

The 76ers outshined the Blazers from deep with Ilyasova and Robert Covington coming through. Even with Dario Saric playing much better, Ilyasova still has found plenty of minutes with 27.4 per game in his last five. His floor-spacing addition was the main reason why the 76ers picked him up and it is absolutely working. He is a hold in standard leagues despite some potential roadblocks to value.
Jan 20 - 11:15 PM

Nerlens Noel scored five points with nine rebounds, two assists, two steals and two turnovers in 21 minutes against the Blazers on Friday.

Most importantly, Noel had a game-sealing stop at the rim against Mason Plumlee to get the win. Noel's rim protection has been a big change for the second unit instead of Jahlil Okafor, so his minutes should be safe unless the 76ers go all-out showcase on Okafor. With Joel Embiid likely out on Saturday for rest, Noel should get close to 20 minutes. He's worth owning in all standard leagues.
Jan 20 - 11:04 PM

Dario Saric made just 1-of-12 from the field for three points against the Blazers on Friday, adding six rebounds, three assists, one block and one 3-pointer in 24 minutes.

Clearly, his shot was off. If you want to look at the positives, there were a lot. Saric played some minutes at center in this game, he still got minutes even when Ersan Ilyasova went off, his defense has made a huge impact lately, and coach Brett Brown still trusted him late despite the poor shooting. He's a rookie, so The Homie Dario is going to be inconsistent. He's a borderline player to hold, but his owners may not want to cling too tightly for a hot free agent.
Jan 20 - 11:01 PM

Joel Embiid (left knee) has been ruled out for the rest of Friday's game as a precaution.

After a fourth trip to the locker room and being ruled out, Embiid came back to the bench and was crestfallen he could not return. He was doing some cutting in the hallway to the locker room to likely try to show he was able to play. In other words, the 76ers just didn't want their franchise player to go out there. He had to battle in this game and probably went to the floor about 10 times with multiple times limping throughout the game. The worst blow for Embiid was a knee contusion in the third quarter and he even tweaked it again later. For now, we don't think it's serious, but there's very little chance he plays on Saturday.
Jan 20 - 9:13 PM

Joel Embiid went back to the locker room for a second time on Friday vs. the Blazers.

This game looks like it's going to go down to the wire, so Embiid will do whatever he can to get back out there. He's dealing with a left knee contusion, so it shouldn't be a long-term concern. Stay tuned.
Jan 20 - 9:07 PM

Joel Embiid suffered a left knee contusion and has has returned on Friday.

He jogged out of the locker room and got a huge cheer. It looks like he's OK, but you can bet he'll be resting tomorrow. Trust The Process.
Jan 20 - 8:44 PM

Joel Embiid jogged back to the locker room in the third quarter on Friday.

His knee hyperextended after he slipped on the floor and he was limping for about 15 seconds. Embiid gathered himself and went back to the locker room with two trainers. It's likely a checkup and hopefully he's OK.
Jan 20 - 8:37 PM

76ers waive G Mo Williams.

After the 76ers claimed him just to help them get to the salary floor and hurt the Nuggets from doing so, another team can do the same thing. Maybe Williams will officially be on his fifth team this month.
Jan 20 - 6:00 PM

The Sixers have re-signed Chasson Randle to a second 10-day contract.

Randle has only played sparingly, but he's played well in spot minutes. He has scored 13 points on 4-for-7 shooting in 20 minutes over two games. However, he would need an injury to either T.J. McConnell or Sergio Rodriguez to crack the rotation consistently. Randle can be left on waiver wires for now.
Jan 20 - 5:48 PM

76ers claim G Mo Williams.

That makes it four teams in two weeks for Williams. This move is only to get the 76ers $2.2 million closer to the NBA's salary floor, which was the same motivation the Nuggets had when they traded for him earlier this week. Williams is likely done playing in the NBA.
Jan 20 - 5:13 PM

Coach Brett Brown said Dario Saric would get consideration for Rookie of the Year if Joel Embiid wasn't in the league.

The Homie Dario was awesome in the fourth quarter to help the 76ers earn a win against the Raptors on Wednesday. Saric hasn't really played many minutes at the three, which has taken away from Ersan Ilyasova slightly. He's playing much better and coach Brown talking him up suggests he should be around 24 minutes most nights. He's worth a look for owners with something to cut.
Jan 19 - 3:58 PM

Coach Brett Brown said he thinks the 76ers will have Ben Simmons (foot) at some point this year.

In case you missed it yesterday, ESPN reported he could debut shortly after the All-Star Game. This is really the most positive sign from Brown about a potential target date. This could be due to the 76ers arguably playing the best basketball in 2017 and now they actually have a chance to make the playoffs. We'd still rather stash Khris Middleton (hamstring), but feel free to stash Simmons if you have a big lead or an open I.R. spot.
Jan 19 - 2:27 PM

Chasson Randle is expected to get a second 10-day contract from the 76ers.

Randle has only made two appearances so far, but he has impressed with 13 points, two rebounds, one assist, two steals and three triples in a combined 22 minutes. He's currently third on the depth chart behind T.J. McConnell and Sergio Rodriguez, but he could get an extended look this week so the 76ers can make a decision on his long-term future with the franchise.
Jan 19 - 12:36 PM

Nerlens Noel (sprained left ankle) returned on Wednesday with five points, three rebounds, three turnovers and zero assists, steals or blocks in 21 minutes.

Noel missed Monday's game but his return confirms that it was a minor sprain, as the Sixers typically err on the side of caution with injuries. He's usually far more productive on a per-minute basis, so his owners should forgive him tonight's dud. Expect better vs. the Blazers on Friday.
Jan 18 - 10:38 PM


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