Sixers Notes: Win over Spurs, playoff rotation, looming roster changes

Ben Simmons - photo via USA Today Sports Images

Ben Simmons knocked in the game-winning tip as time expired in overtime, giving the Sixers the 113-11 win over the Spurs. It was a nice play by the former No. 1 pick, though surely, the Sixers wished it didn’t come near the end of the game’s 53rd-minute.

Joel Embiid had a chance to win the game at the end of regulation. He settled for a fadeaway to the side of the paint and it didn’t land.

The Spurs game was the first of five this week for Philly with the second end of a back-to-back coming tomorrow in Chicago. The team will then fly back to Texas for a game against the Rockets on Wednesday.

“It’s the worst scheduling of the year. We are 45 minutes from Houston,” Doc Rivers told FortyEightMinutes and other media after the win.

The team will then head to Philadelphia for another back-to-back (Pelicans & Pistons). As we embrace a very busy week for the Sixers, let’s take a look at more notes from the team:

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  • What will the Sixers’ playoff rotation look like in the playoffs? Rivers said it’ll really come down to who he can trust. “We just want to try to win games,” Rivers explained pre game, as he graciously answered fellow reporter Keith Pompey’s question without really giving too much information away.

  • Danny Green, who played eight seasons with the Spurs, said San Antonio is “still a home” for him. Green added that George Hill, who started his career with the Spurs, feels the same way.

  • The Sixers have re-signed Anthony Tolliver for the remainder of the season and it’s no surprise. The veteran has been a solid presence for some of the younger players on the squad and he provides some Mike Scott insurance for the playoffs.

  • ICYMI: Philadelphia will revive its efforts to land Kyle Lowry this summer. The 35-year-old point guard will hit the free-agent market looking for another deal and the Sixers will face plenty of competition for his services.

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Chris Crouse
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