Updated: 5:55 p.m.
The Sixers (49-28) will look to rebound against the Atlanta Hawks (28-50) on Wednesday night. The Sixers are once again without Joel Embiid (load management). Jimmy Butler, who missed Monday's game with back tightness, will play.
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Here are the essentials:
When: 7:30 p.m. ET with Sixers Pregame Live at 7
Where: State Farm Arena
Broadcast: NBC Sports Philadelphia
Alternate broadcast: 76ers vs. Hawks Presented by NBC Sports Bet on NBCSP+
Live stream: NBCSportsPhiladelphia.com and the NBC Sports MyTeams app
Here are three storylines to watch:
Last time around
The Sixers' last matchup against the Hawks is one they'd like to forget. Between allowing 47 Hawks' three-point attempts, struggling in pick-and-roll defense, and rookie Trae Young hitting the game-winner, head coach Brett Brown said post-game, "This is not who we are." This is one of those pride games for the Sixers.
That statement, should the Sixers win, will be their 50th win of the season, marking this as just their second time with consecutive 50-win seasons since 1985-86. On top of that, dating back to 1990, there have been only two 50-win seasons in Philadelphia's history. If they win tonight, it will mark just the third in 29 years.
I probably don't need to remind Sixers fans of the pull-up, game-winning Young floater over Butler in their last matchup. This 20-year-old rookie has been off-the-charts impressive this season, from his passing ability to his knack to score in any given situation. Might we be looking at this season's rookie of the year?
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