When it comes to who should win the NBA Rookie of the Year award, Philadelphia 76ers phenom Ben Simmons has one pick and one pick alone. With 14-straight wins under their belt - tying a franchise record - Philly has proven they are more than just a fringe playoff team in recent weeks. Now riding a 14-game winning streak, Simmons and the Sixers have already clinched home-court advantage in the first round of the playoffs, could finish as high as third in the Eastern Conference, and have won 50 games for the first time since 2001 - the season Allen Iverson led them to the Finals. Atlanta rallied in the fourth quarter to take down Boston 112-106 on the road Sunday afternoon. The teams seeded No.3-No.9 are separated by just three total games in the West standings.
Simmons credits coach Brett Brown for giving him the keys to the floor general role.
The Pacers still have a shot at the Central Division title and home-court advantage in the opening round. "That's true. But that's never really what's most on my mind".
It's been 35 years since the Philadelphia 76ers won 14 straight games.
Brown said Embiid could resume conditioning and shooting as soon as Monday.
The 76ers are a deep scoring team, with seven players averaging double figures. JJ Redick led the team with 18 points, Ben Simmons racked up 16 points with seven rebounds, nine assists and four steals while Robert Covington and Marco Belinelli each scored 15 points.
The addition of veterans Marco Belinelli and Ersan Ilyasova, both dumped by the Hawks in midseason, has solidified the rotation.
Obviously Simmons isn't going to sit there and say he doesn't deserve the award and it has to go to Mitchell, but this is still a rather firm statement by the Sixers' rookie. "Everyone was putting us lower than expected. I think for me, that's what I love to watch". Both of them believe that they have the best future core of players in the National Basketball Association, and a potential victor in this series will be getting ready to finally be the team that eventually takes over from the reign of King James.
Prince has topped 30 points three times in his last 15 games while averaging 20.5 points and shooting 40.4 percent from 3-point range.
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With his ability to be an additional ball-handler while being able to create his own shot off the dribble, Fultz has thus far provided the Sixers with a genuine point of difference coming off the bench, which will be even more important in the playoffs.
The second-year player has improved his numbers from his rookie year in nearly every category. He has scored 30 points in five games.
The Hawks have played 7 games during the last two weeks. Philadelphia prevailed in its first visit to Atlanta on November 1, then won March 30 in Philadelphia. Cleveland's regular-season finale also is against the Knicks, Wednesday at home. This season is the first in which two different Philadelphia players have been named Player of the Week since 2013-14.