While watching the frustrating Philadelphia 76ers play on a regular basis, several things have become clear after just one week of games, and not just that they remain no closer to catching up to the Boston Celtics. The No. 4 seed in the East might be the best they can attain, since the Toronto Raptors and Milwaukee Bucks look deeper, stronger, better. The 76ers lack the outside shooting from a year ago and cannot afford to be without point guard Ben Simmons and his triple-double proclivity for long. Simmons left a weekend game with a back injury and seems likely to miss a few contests, and that becomes an immediate problem creating offense.
11hDavid Purdum and Doug Kezirian