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What Joel Embiid’s absence means for the 76ers: An unleashed Ben Simmons, a potential drop in playoff position

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Embiid is set to be re-evaluated in 1-2 weeks, per the Sixers, but his stay on the sideline will likely last longer than that, as the Sixers always play it cautiously when it comes to their centerpiece. Simmons is at his best when he’s able to get out in transition and is surrounded by shooters, and that’s exactly how the Sixers will look to play with Embiid out.

More minutes for Norvel Pelle

One player that will directly benefit from Embiid’s absence is Norvel Pelle, who has surpassed Kyle O’Quinn on the depth chart and emerged as Philadelphia’s backup big man behind Embiid and Horford. Every game counts in the postseason race in the East, and with Embiid sidelined for several weeks, the Sixers may very well drop a game, or two, that they would have won had the All-Star big man been playing, which could ultimately cost them a spot in the standings.

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