Simmons, Embiid Ready for Season to Start
As far as dress rehearsals go, the Philadelphia 76ers put their best foot forward in their final two preseason games, ahead of Wednesday's season opener against the Washington Wizards.
No one looked better than Ben Simmons.
Against the Miami Heat, Simmons scored 19 points with seven rebounds, five assists and one block in just 18 minutes on Friday.
"I thought he had the most complete game of any of the preseason games," Sixers coach Brett Brown told the media after the game on Friday night in Kansas City. "Offensively he was just incredibly efficient."
Since the return of Joel Embiid to the Sixers lineup, Simmons has prospered.
In 43 minutes, Simmons has 28 points, 15 rebounds, 11 assists and just two turnovers in two Sixers wins.
The Sixers finished the preseason 2-3, winning their last two games with Embiid in the lineup.
Joel Embiid: Off Night, but ready for opener
While Embiid dominated in this preseason debut on Wednesday against the nets, scoring 22 points on 4-of-9 shooting, and 14-of-18 from the free-throw line, adding seven rebounds, three assists and one block in just 15 minutes.
On Friday, he struggled with his shot, hitting on just 1-of-7, for five points, seven rebounds, one assist and one block in 15 minutes
"When you look at the stats, you're going to say that they didnt appear to be that dominate - but it's so far from the truth,' Brown said about Embiid's "off-night". "The stuff that he does that have nothing to do with the stat sheet that is hard to quantify - he has that presence and mentality and cocky aggression that we love."
In 30 preseason minutes, Embiid totaled 27 points, 14 rebounds, two blocks and four assists.
Most importantly, he looked healthy and ready to play on Wednesday in Washington.
The Sixers will waive Kris Humphries, Emeka Okafor and James Blackmon Jr. today.