Joel Embiid scored 35 points and Ben Simmons had a brilliant game at both ends of the floor, but the Sixers made just 6 three-pointers compared to the Blazers’ 17 and allowed 15 offensive rebounds, which were critical factors in the narrow loss.
For the Sixers’ next challenge, they’re heading to Arizona to take on the 15-9 Phoenix Suns.
This game will be another test for the improved Road Sixers. That’s before even getting to quality role players like Cameron Johnson, E’Twaun Moore, former Sixer Dario Saric, and Cameron Payne.
All together, the Suns have plenty to throw at the Sixers.