By Harvey Hoffman 

ESPN is reporting that, after a stressful Tuesday with Ben Simmons being tossed out of practice and then suspended, Sixers players had  a team dinner after flying to New Orleans to clear the air.

After laughing and getting their minds off basketball for a few hours, the 76ers assembled a strong opening showing by blowing out the New Orleans Pelicans 117-97, showing good team chemistry along the way.

“It’s good to just go out and kinda not talk about basketball and talk about life,” said Joel Embiid, who scored 22 points and was able to take the fourth quarter off.

“That’s also an evolution for me, because I usually, when I used to go on the road, I’d just like to stay in my room and be on the phone and play video games.”