By Jerry Wein
The Sixers thrilling win over the Utah Jazz last night left them with a 24-12 record at the All Star break, a half game ahead of the Brooklyn Nets.
The Sixers present a very interesting matchup for the Nets with Joel Embiid on offense and Ben Simmons on defense.
Now that Embiid is playing MVP-caliber basketball, there’s literally no one in the NBA that can stop him from going for 30 points and 15 rebounds in every playoff game.
Against the Nets, with DeAndre Jordan and the always-injured Kevin Durant as his primary defenders, Embiid might average 40 points and 20 rebounds.
On defense, Simmons can at least slow down whichever of the Nets superstars he’s covering.
Could those two matchups be enough to take down Brooklyn? Could Daryl Morey swing a deal for a hard-nosed player like PJ Tucker? It should be an exciting battle for the beast of the East.