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Moore: Time to start determining the Sixers' playoff rotation

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15.02.2020

Over the season’s final 27 games, Brett Brown will consider numerous options to fill three or four bench roles for the postseason

With the 76ers a little more than two-thirds of the way through the 2019-20 NBA season, Brett Brown will soon be transitioning from his 10-man regular-season rotation to the eight or nine he’ll primarily rely upon in the playoffs.

Brown, like many coaches, shortens the bench because in a best-of-seven series, the games are so important that you want your best players on the floor as much as possible. Plus, there are no back-to-back sets of games in the postseason.

With that in mind, how should Brown trim his rotation between Thursday night’s first game after the all-star break against the Nets and the April 18 or 19 start of the playoffs? It’s somewhat of a balancing act because the top priority for Brown and the 34-21 Sixers is moving up from fifth place in the Eastern Conference while determining who merits postseason minutes.

Four starting positions — Ben Simmons, Josh Richardson, Tobias Harris and Joel Embiid — are set. Those guys typically play 30-plus minutes per game and are on the court at crunch........

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