Simmons misses practice while a vet is doubtful for opener
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By By Noah Levick

CAMDEN, N.J. — The Sixers acquired two non-rookies this offseason, Wilson Chandler and Mike Muscala.

It’s likely that neither will play in the season opener. Chandler is sidelined with a left hamstring strain, and head coach Brett Brown said Thursday that he’s still “a ways away.”

Saturday, Brown revealed that Muscala is doubtful for the Sixers’ opener against the Boston Celtics on Tuesday with a right ankle sprain. 

Ben Simmons also missed Saturday’s practice, though he has no long-term health concern; Brown said he had neck tightness after sleeping in an awkward position. 

If Muscala is out, Amir Johnson would likely receive all the minutes at the backup center spot. That said, Brown used Muscala a lot as a four in the preseason. He’s been impressed with Muscala’s versatility and ability to switch out onto power forwards.

Muscala averaged 4 points and 5.5 rebounds per game in 22.6 minutes per night in the preseason, shooting 28.6 percent from the floor. 

According to Brown, it’s not a big man who would be most impacted by Muscala’s absence.

“When you start looking at the rotation, you can see that Muscala’s vacancy opens up minutes,” Brown said. “T.J. (McConnell) is the most likely candidate to come in there and fill some of that void. You see how I’m excited to continue to play Landry Shamet. I will continue to do...



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