Simmons missed yesterday's 133-132 loss to the Detroit Pistons with back tightness. Robert Covington chipped in 16 points and eight rebounds. Middleton, for example, finished the game with 25 points on 6-of-18 shooting, including a 10-for-10 conversion rate at the free throw line. Embiid was also a +3 in a game that the Sixers lost by 15.
Griffin scored the first points of overtime, a three from the top of the key. But Redick had a traditional three-point play and then a 3-pointer as the 76ers tied it at 128-all with 2:03 left.
Griffin was dribbling in transition in the second quarter in Detroit and fooled Philly with a fake pass. The Sixers, at the time, led 98-91. The Milwaukee Bucks did the bulk of their damage in the 2nd quarter, posting an astounding 49 points during the 12-minute interval, with the momentum riding high on their shoulders. The two exchanged words through the media at the start of last season, with Embiid saying Drummond doesn't play defense and later saying Drummond couldn't shoot. Glenn Robinson III, acquired as a free agent from IN, did not play after logging 33 minutes combined IN the first two games. He left Sunday's win over the Orlando Magic in the first quarter with the injury and missed practice the following day.
"He had a good warm-up", 76ers coach Brett Brown said before an official decision had been made on Simmons' status. The two had been going back and forth at each other all game, both with their play and with their trash talk.