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Moore: The Sixers will go as far as Joel Embiid takes them

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23.02.2020

The star center and Ben Simmons will be the biggest determining factors in what happens during the playoffs

Alec Burks playing the way he did Thursday night certainly benefits the 76ers.

Acquired in a trade-deadline deal with the Warriors, Burks came off the bench to score 16 of his 19 points after halftime, including five in overtime, during a 112-104 victory over the Nets at the Wells Fargo Center.

Starters Tobias Harris and Josh Richardson, the contributions of Al Horford and others off the bench, what Brett Brown decides to do with his rotation and other factors will clearly have an impact on the 76ers in the playoffs.

But the primary determining factors in the success or failure of the 2019-20 Sixers will be Joel Embiid and, to a slightly lesser extent, Ben Simmons.

#Sixers C Joel Embiid on having fun again: pic.twitter.com/yKRAtVrhvg

When Embiid is engaged and in attack mode like he was against Brooklyn, the Sixers are difficult to beat.

Embiid had 39 points and 16 rebounds in Thursday’s thoroughly dominant 42-minute performance. Most impressive was that he went to........

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