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Moore: Sixers are running out of time to salvage the season

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With minimal help likely to come by Thursday’s trade deadline, the current group is going to have to make it happen

One 76ers all-star, Ben Simmons, called his team “soft.”

The other, Joel Embiid, repeatedly referred to as the franchise’s “crown jewel,” complained about his lack of involvement in the offense after a big first quarter during Monday night’s 137-106 thrashing by the Heat, saying, “I’m still trying to figure out what I’m asked to do.”

That Simmons, Embiid and the Sixers find themselves 31-20 and sixth in the Eastern Conference with 31 games remaining in the 2019-20 NBA season is nowhere near the expectations both inside and outside an organization that thought it could compete for a title.

That’s not what you want to hear from the two best players on a potential championship contender.

Brett Brown’s Sixers are 5 1/2 games behind the second-place Raptors in the Eastern Conference. The No. 2 seed is where they need to be in order to get homecourt advantage in the first two rounds of the playoffs. They must leap-frog the three other teams between them and Toronto to get there, too.


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